Ministry partner update: ICOMB – July 2018
The International Community of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB) is made up of 21 national churches in 19 countries with approximately 450,000 members. ICOMB exists to facilitate relationships and ministries to enhance the witness and discipleship of its member national churches – connecting, strengthening and expanding.
Summit, 3–5 June 2018
The leadership baton passed from David Wiebe to Rudi Plett. David presented Rudi with a plate given to ICOMB from Mennonite World Conference (MWC) leader Larry Miller as a symbol of ICOMB's relationship to MWC. Rudi shared his vision for the future and the delegates gathered around to pray for him and commission him.
We discussed the merger between MB Mission and C2C. This new entity will be called Multiply. ICOMB will become the mother (giving identity and a family) for national church conferences whereas Multiply will be like a midwife helping give birth to new networks and conferences.
There are currently more than 30 networks of local churches at different stages of maturity and development.
Vic Wiens received a new mandate from MB Mission to work with ICOMB. He will become Emerging Conference Coach and support conferences on the path to ICOMB membership, and help to build the education/training grid in all regions.
Emerson Cardoso (Brazil), formerly ICOMB Secretary, was elected chair. Andreas Isaak (Germany VMBB), was elected secretary.
—Rudi Plett, executive director