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									Mennonite Brethren Churches (USA) U.S. Conference

(Please complete with typewriter, print with black ink, or by computer with number of question to identify your response.)

Instructions: Please fill out questionnaire completely. Most questions can be answered with a yes or no. If you wish to qualify your answer please do so. The following recommended resources are available to assist in responding to the questions. Confession of Faith of the Mennonite Brethren Church, Winnipeg and Hillsboro: Kindred Productions, 1999. Commentary and Practical Application of the Confession of Faith, Winnipeg and Hillsboro, Kindred Productions, 2000. Faber, Connie and Jost, Lynn, Family Matters: Discovering the Mennonite Brethren, Winnipeg and Hillsboro: Kindred Productions, 2002. Various brochures and pamphlets about history, beliefs and mission of the Mennonite Brethren. A. PERSONAL DATA 1. Name:
Last First Middle

2. Date: E-mail: Phone:( ) Fax: ( )
State/Province Zip/Postal Code Cell phone:

3. Present Address:

If temporary, give forwarding address & date effective 4. Birthdate: 8. Citizenship: / /

5. Age:

6. Birthplace:

7. Sex: Male [ ] Female [ ]

By Birth [ ] By Naturalization [ ]

9. Marital Status: Single [ ] Engaged [ ] Married [ ] Widowed [ ] Separated [ ] Divorced [ ] Remarried [ ] 10. Name of Spouse or Fiancé(e) 11. Date and location of Marriage 12. Names and Birthdates of Children or other Dependents 13. Spiritual biography (attach one-page summary please)

B. EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND 14. List all schools attended since high school:
School Location Years attended Degree Specialty

Position Church/Organization Location When(from/to) Responsibilities

Position Employer When(from/to ) Responsibilities

17. Current denominational affiliation

18. Ministerial status: Ordained [ ] Licensed [ ] By what organization? E. MINISTRY AVAILABILITY 19. Please indicate date when you would be available

20. Prioritize your preference of location and the type of position you are seeking. If already placed, identify the location and position: . __Urban __Suburban __City __Town __Village __Rural __Senior Pastor __Solo Pastor __Associate Pastor __Worship __Care __Nurture __Administration 2

__Children __Youth __Adult __Senior Adult

__Other 21. Please indicate specific geographical areas where you would or would not consider a position (geographic areas for personal or health reasons, etc.) 22. What restriction, if any, do you wish to place on sharing this information with churches, agencies or other denominations?

F. PERSONAL CALL 23. Do you have the inner conviction and assurance that you have been born again through the Word and the Spirit on the basis of the finished work of Christ? Yes [ ]No [ ] Comment

24. Do you have an inner conviction that the Lord has called you to the gospel ministry? Yes [ ]No [ ] Comment

25. If married, is your spouse in agreement with you in your call of God to the gospel ministry, and will your spouse be supportive in this role? Yes [ ]No [ ] Comment

G. PERSONAL LIFE 26. Does your spouse have the inner conviction and assurance that he/she has been born again through the Word and the spirit on the basis of the finished work of Christ? Yes [ ]No [ ] Comment

27. Do you and/or your spouse have any unresolved marital tensions that could adversely affect your ministry effectiveness? Yes [ ]No [ ] Comment 28. Do you have a police record that could hinder your effectiveness? Comment Yes [ ]No [ ]

29. Is your life free from the use of alcohol, tobacco, or other habit-forming substances or harmful addictions? Yes [ ]No [ ] Comment 3

30. Can it be assumed that you have managed your finances well and do not have financial obligations that could create a hardship for you? Yes [ ]No [ ] Comment

31. Do you or your spouse have any health problems that could affect your ministry effectiveness? Yes [ ]No [ ] Comment

32. Are there unresolved conflicts in previous ministry relationships? Comment

Yes[ ]No [ ]

33. Have there been incidents and/or accusations of moral, ethical or sexual indiscretions in your life (in your ministry experience)? Yes[ ]No[ ] Comment

34. Have you been baptized upon your confession of faith? By which mode? Comment

Yes[ ]No [ ]

H. THE CONFESSION OF FAITH (Digest Version) The following Digest Version is based on the complete and official Confession of Faith including scriptural references, which is available on request from Mennonite Brethren Conference offices. Please answer “yes” if you unequivocally agree, and “no” if you disagree. If you answer “no” or wish to qualify your answer, please do so. 35. God We believe in the one true God, the source of all life, who reigns over all things as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and who lovingly cares for all creation. God the Father planned the redemption of humanity and sent Jesus Christ the Son to be the Savior of the world. Jesus proclaimed the reign of God, bringing good news to the poor and triumphing over sin through His obedient life, death, and resurrection. God the Holy Spirit empowers believers with new life, indwells them, and unites them in one body. Yes[ ]No[ ] Comment


36. The Revelation of God We believe God has made Himself known to all people. Beginning with creation and culminating in Jesus Christ, God has revealed Himself in the Old and New Testaments. All Scripture is inspired by God, and is the authoritative guide for faith and practice. We interpret the Scripture in the church community as guided by the Holy Spirit. Yes[ ]No[ ] Comment

37. Humanity and Sin We believe God created the heavens and the earth, and they were good. Humans, God’s crowning act, were created in the image of God. Sin has alienated humanity from the Creator and creation, but God offers redemption and reconciliation through Jesus Christ. Yes[ ]No[ ] Comment

38. Sin and Evil We believe sin is individual and corporate opposition to God’s good purposes and leads to physical and spiritual death. Yes[ ]No[ ] Comment

39. Salvation By Grace We believe God saves all people who put their faith in Jesus Christ. By His obedient life, sacrificial death and victorious resurrection, Christ delivers people from the tyranny of sin and death and redeems them for eternal life in the age to come. All creation eagerly awaits its liberation from bondage into the freedom of the glory of God’s children. Yes[ ]No[ ] Comment

40. The Nature of the Church We believe the church is the covenant community called by God through Jesus Christ to live a life of discipleship and witness as empowered by the Holy Spirit. The local church gathers regularly for worship, fellowship and accountability, and to discern, develop and exercise gifts for ministry. Yes[ ]No[ ] Comment


41. The Mission of the Church We believe the mission of the church is to make disciples of all nations by calling people to repent, to be baptized, and to love God and neighbor by sharing the good news and doing acts of love and compassion. Yes[ ]No[ ] Comment

42. Christian Baptism We believe baptism by water is a public sign that a person has repented of sin, received forgiveness, died with Christ and has been raised to new life through the power of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is also a public declaration of a believer’s incorporation into the body of Christ as expressed in the local church. Yes[ ]No[ ] Comment

43. Lord’s Supper We believe that in obedience to Christ, the church observes the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of His atoning death and to celebrate forgiveness, new life, and the fellowship and unity of all believers. Comment Yes[ ]No[ ]

44. Discipleship We believe Jesus calls people who have experienced the new birth to follow Him in a costly life of service to God. The power of the Holy Spirit transforms believers from the unrighteous pattern of the present age into a life of joyful obedience with God’s people. Yes[ ]No[ ] Comment

45. Marriage, Singleness and Family We believe that singleness and marriage are honored by God and should be blessed by the church. God instituted marriage as a lifelong covenant between a man and a woman for the purpose of companionship, encouragement, sexual intimacy, and procreation. Children are a gift from God and should be nurtured by parents in the ways of God. Yes[ ]No[ ] Comment


46. Society and State We believe that God instituted the state to promote justice and to maintain law and order. Christians’ primary allegiance is to Christ’s kingdom. Believers are called to witness against injustice, exercise social responsibility, and obey all laws that do not conflict with the Word of God. Yes[ ]No[ ] Comment

47. Love and Nonresistance We believe that God in Christ reconciles people to Himself and to one another, making peace through the cross. We seek to be agents of reconciliation, to practice love of enemies, and to express Christ’s love by alleviating suffering, reducing strife, and promoting justice. Because violence and warfare are contrary to the gospel of Christ, we believe that we are called to give alternative service in times of war. Yes[ ]No[ ] Comment

48. The Sanctity of Human Life We believe that God is creator and giver of life, and highly values each person. Procedures designed to take human life are wrong. We oppose all attitudes which devalue human life, especially the defenseless lives of the unborn, disabled, poor, aging and dying. Yes[ ]No[ ] Comment

49. Stewardship We believe the universe and everything in it belong to God the Creator and that we have been entrusted by God to manage its resources. All God’s gifts, including money, time, abilities and influence, are to be received with thanksgiving, used responsibly, and shared generously. Yes[ ]No[ ] Comment

50. Work, Rest and The Lord’s Day We believe God’s act of creation provides the model for work and rest. In work, we use our abilities to glorify God and serve others. In rest, we express thanks for God’s provision and trust in God’s sustaining grace. In worship, we gather to commemorate the resurrection through worship, instruction, fellowship, and service. Yes[ ]No[ ] Comment


51. Christianity and Other Faiths We believe God’s atoning work in Jesus is the only means of reconciling people with God. God has not left any without a witness to the Creator’s goodness and power. Christians treat people of other faiths with respect, but urgently proclaim Christ as the only way of salvation. Yes[ ]No[ ] Comment

52. Christ’s Final Triumph We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will return triumphantly at the end of this age to destroy all evil powers, condemn all who have rejected Christ to eternal punishment, and unite believers with Christ to reign forever with God in glory. Yes[ ]No[ ] Comment

I. CURRENT ISSUES (Please use separate sheets if necessary for your answers.) 53. What do you think are the critical theological issues of today?

54. What is your view on the role and ministry of the Holy Spirit in the church?

55. What is your view on divorce and remarriage? Explain your understanding of the biblical basis for divorce? of remarriage? of possible limitations on a divorcee’s service in the church?

J. MENNONITE BRETHREN CONFERENCE COOPERATION 56. Do you agree to abide by the constitution, and/or by-laws, of the National and District Conferences of Mennonite Brethren Churches which have jurisdiction in the area within which you reside? Yes[ ]No[ ] Comment

57. Will you seek to live in mutuality and harmony with fellow workers in the conference and at all times seek to maintain a high standard of ethics in these relationships? Yes [ ]No[ ] Comment 8

58. Will you actively seek to support and promote the programs and ministries of the Mennonite Brethren Conferences? Yes[ ] No[ ] Comment

K. CHURCH POLITY 59. What is your view of the functional structure of the local church?

60. What do you see as the pastor’s role in the local church; or, what is your philosophy of ministry?

61. What is your view of the church historically known as a “brotherhood and/or covenant community”?

62. State briefly your conviction about ordination.

L. GIFTS FOR MINISTRY 63. What personality traits do you see as your greatest assets in ministry?

64. What spiritual gifts have been discerned by you and other Christians in your life and ministry?

65. Which ministries do you particularly enjoy and find most fulfilling?

66. List some of your positive experiences in ministry.

67. Which, in your opinion, are your weakest ministry related abilities?


68. Are there areas of ministry you would like to explore, but have not had the opportunity? (Please give reasons as you see them.)

69. Are there areas of ministry you would prefer to leave to others? (Please give reasons as you see them.)

M. RELATIONAL SKILLS IN MINISTRY 70. Describe your relationship to your parents/guardians as a teenager.

71. Describe your present relationship to your parents/guardians.

72. What present, unresolved anxieties do you have about ministry?

73. Describe your attitude towards power and authority. How do you deal with it? How do you use power and authority? How do you respond to the use by others of power and authority?

74. Rate your family’s support of your goals and involvement in ministry: weak Parents Support your response with reasons: Spouse Support your response with reasons: Children Support your response with reasons: 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4

strong 5




75. Rate your ability to relate to people: To spouse Support your response with reasons: To children Support your response with reasons: To church members Support your response with reasons: To members of church leadership team Support your response with reasons: To unsaved people in your community Support your response with reasons: To fellow-pastors Support your response with reasons: 76. Rate your ability to motivate people to action: Support your response with reasons: 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5

77. Rate yourself as to potential for effective ministry to and with people Support your response with reasons:









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