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Committed to World Mission: A Focus on International Strategy 1 edition

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At the urging of twenty international delegates at the North American Conference in Reedley, California in 1984, the first Mennonite Brethren World Missions Conference in Curitiba, Brazil was born. An international executive and program committee was appointed to make plans and arrangements for the conference [Victor Adrian (chairman), Kilabi Bululu (Africa), Takao Nakamura (Japan), Jacob August Wall (Brazil), P.B. Arnold (Asia), Franz Rathmair (Austria), Herbert Brandt and Henry H. Dick (North America)].

When the first worldwide conference of the Mennonite Brethren met February 17-21, 1988 in Curitiba, Brazil some 805 registered delegates representing fifteen countries and about 160,000 Mennonite Brethren Church members focused on the theme "Mennonite Brethren Mission in the World." The conference, held in the Boqueirao Mennonite Brethren Church, was conducted in four and sometimes five languages, and its plenary sessions drew thirteen to fourteen hundred people daily.

Curitiba 88, or Awakening 88 as the Brazilians called it, had a three-fold purpose: to enable us to encourage each other in faith and life; to permit our understanding of our mission in the contemporary world to grow in such a way as to foster a common vision and strategy; and to forge a closer partnership in the mission of the church.

May this book--a record of the presentations, discussions, and activities at Curitiba 88--contribute to a larger vision of Christ's mission in the world.

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Committed to World Mission
A Focus on International Strategy
edited by Victor Adrian and Donald Loewen

Published 1990 by Kindred Press in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA and Hillsboro, Kansas, USA .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Introduction 11
Clarifying our Mission Hans Kasdorf 15
Understanding the Mennonite Brethren Hans Pankratz 29
Mission in Times of Conflict Paul G. Hiebert 37
Vision and Strategy for the Mennonite Brethren Victor Adrian 47
Contemporary Theological Issues
Effective Church Growth Strategies 59
Principles of New Testament Leadership 62
Principles of Internationalization in Mission 66
Mennonite Brethren Distinctives 69
Learning from Other Mission Strategies 73
The Role of Baptism and Church Membership 75
The Role of Women in the Church 80
The Priority of Evangelism in the Church's Mission 86
Music in Mission Strategy 89
Dealing Biblically and Pastorally with the Divorced and Remarried 93
Dimensions of Social Responsibility in the Mission of the Church 97
Being Peacemakers in the World of Unrest 100
The Christian and Political Involvement 103
Experience and Action at Curitiba 88 Donald Loewen 109
Impulse for the Future Victor Adrian 119

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vi, 129p.
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8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches


  • Contributor
    Hans Kasdorf
  • Contributor
    Hans Pankratz
  • Contributor
    Paul G. Hiebert
  • Contributor
    Victor Adrian
  • Contributor
    Donald Loewen

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