MWC Commissions

MWC General Council Commissions are a part of the Mennonite World Conference General Council structure.  The vision, mission, and priorities that define the general structure of Mennonite World Conference are described in the Constitution.

Subcategories

  • Mission Commission

    Purpose

    The Mission Commission provides MWC member churches with resources and a forum for dialogue on global witness and service. The commission brings together the Global Anabaptist Service Network (GASN) and the Global Mission Fellowship (GMF) and enables dialogue and direction around pressing issues and opportunities in global witness and service. For mission agencies and churches, the commission hopes to stimulate global, continental, regional, and local partnerships in outreach, focusing on places where people have not yet had the opportunity to know Jesus Christ. For service agencies, the commission seeks to enable both dialogue and inter-agency collaboration in response to the pressing needs of God's people and our communities everywhere.

    Commission Members

    Richard Showalter, Chair (USA); Agus Mayanto, Vice-chair (Indonesia) - also Chair of the Global Mission Fellowship; *J. Ron Byler, Vice-chair (USA) - also Chair of the Global Anabaptist Service Network; Rafael Zaracho, Secretary (Paraguay); Edgardo Docuyanan (Philippines); *John S. Fumana (DR Congo); Ofelia García Hernández (Mexico); Adolphe Komuesa Kalunga (DR Congo); James R. Krabill (USA); Don McNiven (USA); *Rosa Erlinda Bonilla de Robelo (Honduras); Max Wiedmer (France), Hermann Woelke (Uruguay).

    Those members marked with an asterisk (*) were added to the Mission Commission in May 2012 when the Global Anabaptist Service Network became part of the Mission Commission.

     

  • Peace Commission

     

    Purpose

    The Peace Commission offers MWC member churches a wide array of support: enabling talk about the peace issues facing individual churches, countries and continents; providing a conversation forum in which churches can consider together peace-related questions and issues that they would otherwise face alone; strengthening the common peace identity through mutual reinforcement and discussion; and further enabling cooperative efforts on select peace initiatives.

    Commission Members

    Paulus Widjaja, Chair (Indonesia), Robert J. Suderman, Secretary (Canada), Calixte Thioro Bananzaro (Burkina Faso), Antonio González Fernández (Spain), John Paul Lederach (USA), Jenny Neme (Colombia), Markus Rediger (Switzerland), David Rouse (Australia), Leonidas Saucedo Rodriguez (Bolivia), Lakhsmi N. Subandi (Indonesia)

     

  • Faith & Life Commission

    Purpose

    The Faith and Life Commission enables MWC member churches to receive and provide counsel on Christian faith and practice, as well as on Anabaptist-Mennonite witness in the world today. This commission encourages MWC member churches to develop relationships of mutual accountability in the convictions they hold and in the lives they live – locally, internationally and cross-culturally.

    Commission Members

    Alfred Neufeld Friesen, Chair (Paraguay), John D. Roth, Secretary (USA), Rainer Burkart (Germany), Hanspeter Jecker (Switzerland), Alix Lozano Forero (Colombia), Albert Ndlovu (Zimbabwe), Rebecca Osiro (Kenya), Valerie Rempel (USA), Janti Widjaja (Indonesia), Thomas Yoder Neufeld (Canada)

     

  • Deacons Commission

    Purpose

    The Deacons Commission focuses on the welfare of the churches within the MWC communion, particularly in times of duress, and offers listening, prayer, encouragement and support to churches feeling the need for brothers and sisters to "walk with them" in their particular need.  The commission promotes the attitude and practice of service among member churches by means of visits, teaching and materials.

    Commission Members

    Cynthia Peacock, Chair (India), Henk Stenvers, Secretary (Netherlands), Dave Dyck (Canada), Barbara Hege-Galle (Germany), Shemlal Hembrom (Nepal), Yukari Kaga (Japan), Delbert Kuhosakubi (DR Congo), Warren Hoffman (USA), Samuel Martínez Leal (El Salvador), Enock Shamapani (Zambia), Gladys Siemens (Brazil)