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As the mission agency of the MB church in the U.S. and Canada, our mandate is to help multiply disciples, churches, and missional leaders in 65 countries around the world. 

Why Multiply?

you are called to multiply

"I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last." — Jesus (John 15:16) 

From God’s very first assignment to us, "Be fruitful and multiply," to the commission of Jesus to go into all the world and make disciples, it’s clear that you were made to multiply. God has placed a desire within you to do something with your life that will matter for eternity. There is nothing that our broken world needs more than Jesus, and you have a meaningful role to play in helping others come to know him. Yet we face opposition. There is an enemy who uses fear, deception, and distraction to disconnect us from each other and our mission.

let’s plant churches together

Jesus prayed "… that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that you sent me, and loved them." 

Jesus desires for us to join together with him and each other to become united in love and purpose. We can’t multiply on our own, but fruit grows when Spirit-led teams live on Jesus’ mission. We call these teams ‘churches’ and the world needs more of them!

growing in partnerships

At Multiply, we inspire, equip, and encourage the body of Christ to multiply healthy disciples and churches. We praise God for over 150 years of global mission engagement and a vast network of fruitful partnerships worldwide. Our strategy is to facilitate church planting locally, nationally, and globally, simply because church-planting teams produce the most fruit. As we make disciples and start new teams in over 40 countries, our passion is to help everyone get involved in a church plant and find their unique fit.

growing in partnerships

At Multiply, we inspire, equip, and encourage the body of Christ to multiply healthy disciples and churches. We praise God for over 150 years of global mission engagement and a vast network of fruitful partnerships worldwide. Our strategy is to facilitate church planting locally, nationally, and globally, simply because church-planting teams produce the most fruit. As we make disciples and start new teams in over 40 countries, our passion is to help everyone get involved in a church plant and find their unique fit.

that the world may know Jesus

find a team
"The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few."
— Jesus (Matthew 9:37)


God is at work in the world, and he is inviting us all to join him in his mission. We’d love to connect you with church-planting teams in your own neighbourhood and across the globe, where you’ll find many opportunities to serve, give, and pray. Whether you join an existing team or start a new one, the world will come to know Jesus as we work together.

Would you partner with us?

Give what God has placed in your hands and allow it to be multiplied by Jesus!

Last year, 132 churches were planted (a new church every three days).

Last year, more than 3,000 people were baptized in new church plants.


We believe that, as the body of Christ comes together, thousands of churches will be planted and millions of people will encounter Jesus.

What we Believe

Multiply is Gospel-centered, Spirit-led, and mission-focused. Our beliefs are evangelical, centered on the Bible and focused on Jesus. We work with leaders from many denominations and we focus on the person and work of Jesus Christ. 

1. 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 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.

2. 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 Scripture in the church community as guided by the Holy Spirit.

3. Creation and Humanity

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.

4. Sin and Evil

We believe sin is individual and corporate opposition to God’s good purposes and leads to physical and spiritual death.

5. Salvation

We believe God saves all people who put their faith in Jesus Christ. Through 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.

6. 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.

7. Mission of the Church

We believe the mission of the church is to make disciples of all nations by calling people to repent, be baptized, and love God and neighbor by sharing the good news and performing acts of love and compassion.

8. Christian Baptism

We believe baptism by water is a public sign that a person has repented of sin, received forgiveness, died with Christ, and 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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 gifts from God and should be nurtured by parents in the ways of God.

12. 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.

13. Love, Peacemaking, and Reconciliation

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, practice love of enemies, and express Christ’s love by alleviating suffering, reducing strife, and promoting justice. The bond and fellowship among followers of Jesus transcends all racial, social, and national barriers. 

14. 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 that devalue human life, especially the defenseless lives of the unborn, disabled, poor, aging, immigrants, and dying.

15. 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.

16. The Lord's Day, Work, and Rest

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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

Leadership

Executive Team

Larry Neufeld

Larry’s role on the Lead Team is to give vision and direction to Multiply’s Mobilization Team and Media Team, providing leadership to the mobilization of people, prayer and resources, and communicating the story of how God is at work amongst the nations. He works with the Regional Mobilizers and churches across North America to grow our capacity to send and support missionaries. Larry is based out of our international office in Abbotsford, BC.

Doug Penner

Doug’s role on the Lead Team is in the area of Global Program and Operations. He is based out of our international office in Western Canada, serving overseas church-planting movements by providing strategic coaching and spiritual encouragement to our workers and national partners.

Carin Van Den Berg

As the Director of Human Resources, Carin oversees all aspects of HR and Team Health, including Member Care, HR Administration and Pre-field training, equipping and resourcing of Long term workers. She serves on the Lead Team representing the people and culture aspects of the agency.

Jeff Friesen

Jeff serves as Controller within Multiply’s finance department, based out of our Western Canadian office in Abbotsford, BC.

Randy Friesen

Randy serves as the President of Multiply, providing vision and leadership to the development and growth of our organization. When not travelling to our mission projects around the world, Randy speaks to audiences across North America, calling this generation to a life of risk and sacrifice in an eternal direction.

Executive Team

Randy Friesen

Randy serves as the President of Multiply, providing vision and leadership to the development and growth of our organization. When not travelling to our mission projects around the world, Randy speaks to audiences across North America, calling this generation to a life of risk and sacrifice in an eternal direction.

Larry Neufeld

Larry’s role on the Lead Team is to give vision and direction to Multiply’s Mobilization Team and Media Team, providing leadership to the mobilization of people, prayer and resources, and communicating the story of how God is at work amongst the nations. He works with the Regional Mobilizers and churches across North America to grow our capacity to send and support missionaries. Larry is based out of our international office in Abbotsford, BC.

Doug Penner

Doug’s role on the Lead Team is in the area of Global Program and Operations. He is based out of our international office in Western Canada, serving overseas church-planting movements by providing strategic coaching and spiritual encouragement to our workers and national partners.

Carin Van Den Berg

As the Director of Human Resources, Carin oversees all aspects of HR and Team Health, including Member Care, HR Administration and Pre-field training, equipping and resourcing of Long term workers. She serves on the Lead Team representing the people and culture aspects of the agency.

Jeff Friesen

Jeff serves as Controller within Multiply’s finance department, based out of our Western Canadian office in Abbotsford, BC.
Board of Directors (click to expand)


Brent Warkentin - Chair 
Brent is the pastor of First MB Church in Wichita, KS – our largest MB church in the Midwest. Brent grew up on the mission field, in Asia, and is a gifted communicator and leader. He has served on our board since 2004.


Allan Dickens
- Assistant Chair
 
Allan grew up on the mission field, in Africa. He is a dentist, local church elder, and gifted lay leader who has served on the Multiply Board since 2012.


David MacLean 
David is a leadership and business consultant and coach who equips leaders to be more effective in the marketplace. He is a gifted communicator, strategic thinker and advocate for the whole church to live on mission. David has served on our board since 2018.


Ed Heinrichs 
Ed has served as a pastor, spiritual life director, and camp director. He is a gifted leader and strategic thinker who has served on the Multiply Board since 2012.


Jeff Gowling 
Jeff is the Lead Pastor at The Bridge Bible Church in Bakersfield, CA, the largest Pacific District MB church. In addition to being a gifted communicator and leader, Jeff loves strategic planning. Jeff has served on the Multiply Board since 2014.


Kimberlee Jost 
Kimberlee shares her spiritual gifts of intercession and relational health as a Multiply Board member. She is a member of Ebenfeld MB Church in Hillsboro, KS. Kimberlee previously served with MCC in Paraguay, and owned her own business for 16 years. She and her husband Bruce live with their two daughters in Hillsboro, KS. She has served on the Multiply Board since 2016.


Ruth Schale 
Ruth grew up on the mission field, in Zimbabwe. Her training as a medical doctor and attention to detail and process is a gift to the Multiply Board. She has served on the Multiply Board since 2008.


Shirley Falk 
Shirley served for 20 years as a Multiply missionary in Spain and Peru, and currently serves with international university students alongside her husband Gerald in Saskatoon, SK. She has been on the Multiply Board since 2016.


Archie Eustler - Finance and Audit Committee Chair 
Archie is a trained CMA and MBA who has contributed his financial planning skills to the Finance and Audit Committee of our board. He served as Finance Manager with a large airline manufacturer, and is recently retired. Archie also served on the Stewardship Commission for the USMB Southern District Conference for 8 years. Archie has been on the Multiply Board since 2016.
Allan Dickens - Assistant Chair 
Allan grew up on the mission field, in Africa. He is a dentist, local church elder, and gifted lay leader who has served on the Multiply Board since 2012.
Archie Eustler - Finance and Audit Committee Chair 
Archie is a trained CMA and MBA who has contributed his financial planning skills to the Finance and Audit Committee of our board. He served as Finance Manager with a large airline manufacturer, and is recently retired. Archie also served on the Stewardship Commission for the USMB Southern District Conference for 8 years. Archie has been on the Multiply Board since 2016.
Shirley Falk 
Shirley served for 20 years as a Multiply missionary in Spain and Peru, and currently serves with international university students alongside her husband Gerald in Saskatoon, SK. She has been on the Multiply Board since 2016.
Jeff Gowling 
Jeff is the Lead Pastor at The Bridge Bible Church in Bakersfield, CA, the largest Pacific District MB church. In addition to being a gifted communicator and leader, Jeff loves strategic planning. Jeff has served on the Multiply Board since 2014.
Ed Heinrichs 
Ed has served as a pastor, spiritual life director, and camp director. He is a gifted leader and strategic thinker who has served on the Multiply Board since 2012.
Kimberlee Jost 
Kimberlee shares her spiritual gifts of intercession and relational health as a Multiply Board member. She is a member of Ebenfeld MB Church in Hillsboro, KS. Kimberlee previously served with MCC in Paraguay, and owned her own business for 16 years. She and her husband Bruce live with their two daughters in Hillsboro, KS. She has served on the Multiply Board since 2016.
David MacLean 
David is a leadership and business consultant and coach who equips leaders to be more effective in the marketplace. He is a gifted communicator, strategic thinker and advocate for the whole church to live on mission. David has served on our board since 2018.
Ruth Schale 
Ruth grew up on the mission field, in Zimbabwe. Her training as a medical doctor and attention to detail and process is a gift to the Multiply Board. She has served on the Multiply Board since 2008.
Brent Warkentin - Chair 
Brent is the pastor of First MB Church in Wichita, KS – our largest MB church in the Midwest. Brent grew up on the mission field, in Asia, and is a gifted communicator and leader. He has served on our board since 2004. 

History

The MB Story

HISTORY: During the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, “Radical Reformation” movements arose all across Europe. Initially seen as a threat to the established Protestant and Catholic Churches, thousands were imprisoned, drowned, beheaded, or burned at the stake. Menno Simons was one of the few leaders who was not martyred, and his followers (“Mennonites”) adopted a stance of pacifism and withdrew to settle in isolated colonies in Russia. Over time, the colonies grew affluent, self-focused and complacent. In 1860, a few Mennonites experienced a renewal in their passion for Jesus, desire to reach their neighbors and their experience of the Holy Spirit. They became known as the “Brethren” and, later, the “Mennonite Brethren.”
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SPIRIT & WORD: The Brethren were dissatisfied with only hearing the Word of God and worshipping on Sundays. They began to meet independently during the week in small home groups for prayer, Bible study and fervent worship. Manifestations of great joy and enthusiasm accompanied the movement in its early stages. This was not generally understood, and the movement was suppressed by the leaders of the Mennonite colonies.

PERSECUTION & COMMUNITY: The Brethren met with criticism and rejection in the colonies and eventually became a separate, independent church. Mennonite elders opposed their independence and forbade them to meet. Persecution only served to strengthen the Brethren’s commitment, and they continued to meet in homes and in secret settings. Their community was characterized by a deep, warm affection and practical care for one another as family, and many were drawn to join them.  

MISSION: Facing mandatory conscription to serve in the Russian military and the pressure for ethnic minorities to conform to the dominant culture, many Anabaptists immigrated to North America. In subsequent migrations, Mennonite Brethren arrived as refugees, both to North America and other continents. Wherever they went, they eagerly planted new churches, united around a common mission to see the Gospel proclaimed around the world. In 1885, they formed the mission agency which is now known as Multiply. Since its founding, Multiply has sent out more than 2,400 long-term missionaries, and thousands more on short-term teams. Collaboration and relationship-building between the many global families of churches - called “conferences”- is facilitated by the International Community of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB), formed in 1990.

VISION: With globalization and widespread immigration in this century, the world of mission has changed to encompass an “everywhere to everywhere” approach, in contrast to having Western missionaries lead in global evangelism and church planting. Multiply positions global workers in supportive roles alongside key national leaders, focused on building healthy partnerships with church networks in each country. Our tagline, together that the world may know, expresses our desire to partner with our MB churches and with the global Body of Christ, helping to make disciples, plant churches and expand the Kingdom of God through holistic ministry to the least-reached. 

The Multiply Story

In 2018, MB Mission embraced a new name: Multiply. The tagline of the new global mission agency was: together that the world may know. Still based in the Mennonite Brethren family, Multiply was called to facilitate church planting locally, nationally and globally. The vision was focused on making disciples, planting churches and growing partnerships.
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Rich History: Multiply has a rich mission history within the larger story of the Mennonite Brethren (MB) Church, which was the result of a fresh move of the Holy Spirit among Mennonites in Southern Russia in 1860. From the very beginning, MBs were characterized by a revitalized faith in Jesus and a passion for sharing the Gospel with others. This was seen first locally with their fellow Mennonites and Russian neighbours and then by sending missionaries to the ends of the earth, which first happened in 1889 when they sent missionaries to India. 

Due to persecution in Russia in the early 1900s, many MBs were scattered internationally and started new churches wherever they went. Eventually, in North America, their churches united around a common mission to see the Gospel proclaimed and churches planted around the world, so they formed MB Mission.

National Partnerships: In many global settings where MB Mission was working, more national leaders were taking charge and seeing fruitfulness like never before. In response to this, MB Mission began re-positioning their global workers in a more supportive role alongside national leaders. Increasingly, the new strategy was focused on building healthy partnerships with national church-planting networks.

A similar trend developed in North America as MBs continued to plant churches. In Canada, where church multiplication was particularly fruitful, MBs founded the C2C Network to resource their church-planting efforts across the country, which eventually expanded into the US as well.

One Mission: As MB Mission became Multiply in 2018, it was clear that the new agency was focused on one mission globally and that North America had become another region of that one mission. It was hoped that local and global mission would be brought closer together at a time when the world of mission was changing radically. Major people movements continued to shift the world’s population, with many from the least-reached people groups of the world moving to places where the Gospel was being proclaimed with freedom. As well, the church of the Global South had become a major mission force. The false dichotomy between the church and mission was being replaced by a growing understanding that God was on a mission and his missionary was the Church. Global mission was re-envisioned as being “from everywhere to everywhere.”

Togetherness: Along with this emphasis on one mission, Multiply’s passion to see the Church united and fully released into God’s mission was also becoming more prominent. The new tagline, “together that the world may know”, was inspired by the prayer of Jesus in John 17:20-23.

Although the new agency was MB-based, it was focused on serving cross-denominationally to facilitate church planting locally, nationally and globally. Practically, the agency’s vision was to equip every Christ follower to live and share the Gospel and to help every church get involved in planting churches, and to establish and grow effective partnerships to facilitate multiplication.

At the heart of Multiply is a basic belief: God is on mission, reconciling the world to himself, and he desires to accomplish this through his family, the Church.