Who We Are
With our faith communities knit together, we are able to do what we could not do as single congregations. Committed, caring communities of faith are the bases from which Christ is proclaimed in word and deed. Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference under-girds and connects congregations with one another as we center our spiritual development in Jesus Christ.
We are a community of congregations
Centered on Jesus
Guided by the Holy Spirit
Acting through Grace, Love and Peace
Engaging the world God loves
As IMMC congregations live into this vision, we hope for and anticipate the following:
- Congregations will strengthen their relationships with each other to foster greater affection, understanding, and mutual sharing.
- Conference activities will equip congregations to be spiritually and biblically grounded, led by Spirit-filled leaders, and telling stories and celebrating God-with us.
- Each congregation and its members will grow in capacity for God-centered worship, Christ-like love, and reaching out to their neighbors in Spirit-led witness and service.
Centering conference life around Jesus
Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. This simple confession unites the church across cultural, national, racial, denominational and every other human-made boundary that separates people from each other. As one, the church proclaims faith in Jesus for salvation from sin and service to God.
Jesus is a person, the fullest expression we have of our Creator and the original intent for the salvation of the world. We follow this Jesus whom God sent into the world (Colossians 2:6). Jesus is not a theology or belief construct. While Jesus is not bound by Anabaptist traditions, we believe the Anabaptist stream of faith contributes to a deeper understanding of what it means to follow Jesus here and now.
Shared spiritual practices
We are shaped over time by what we pay attention to and the habits we form. Thus we want to pay attention to and enact several spiritual practices that will continually bend us toward Christ, and form us over time as Christ followers. These practices help us stay centered on Jesus even in the midst of differences. This vision proposes we agree to be accountable to one another for implementing the following set of common spiritual practices. These practices are currently embedded within our Confession of Faith (related COF article numbers listed after each).
- We will worship God as the central act of our common life whenever gathered (COF 1, 9).
- We will practice prayer, fasting and generous giving (COF 18, 21).
- We will prayerfully study the Bible together whenever we gather to increase our competence in reading, interpreting, and applying the scriptures in an Anabaptist perspective to our everyday lives and to issues we face in the world (COF 3, 4, 15, 17, 18).
- We will accept and offer hospitality, believing it creates the context for God’s kingdom to appear in our midst (COF 10, 18).
- We will study the Bible with neighbors and strangers, inviting them to become disciples of Jesus (COF 10, 8).
- We will practice peacemaking by extending loving-kindness and forgiveness (COF 17, 22).
We believe that by committing ourselves, together, to work at these spiritual practices, God will bring transformation toward Christ-likeness and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
The following were developed and approved by delegates in 2023 as guidance as congregations and the conference relate to LGBTQIA+ persons.
- Individual congregations may, without fear of censure, receive or not receive single LGBTQIA+ people or LGBTQIA+ people in covenant relationship as members and non-credentialed leaders in their congregations.
- Pastors, with the affirmation of their congregations, may, without fear of censure, officiate or refuse to officiate same-sex covenanted unions.
- Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference (IMMC) will not deny credentials to someone called to ministry in IMMC because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. Congregations continue to be the deciding bodies about their pastoral leadership and thus can, without fear of interference, choose to call or not call as a pastor any person equipped for pastoral leadership as determined by the Credentialing Guidelines and the Ministry Credentialing Team.
RENEWING A VISION
Renewing a Vision (RaV) outlines the vision and mission of Indiana-Michigan Conference as we live into our shared spiritual practices. “The vision puts emphasis on the centrality of Jesus in our life; places a high value on our relationships with one another; expresses a commitment to respond to God’s love for us by sharing God’s Love in the world” (Renewing a Vision, 2023).