About MHS Association

MHS Association is here to help your organization achieve it’s best outcomes while staying true to it’s Anabaptist roots.

A network of Anabaptist organizations that inspire unique collaborations

Encouraging best practices in non-profit governance to help ministries thrive

Shared values that guide culture toward creative solutions

Developing health and human service leaders through an Anabaptist lens

Faith-grounded strategic business tools and resources that advance missions

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Anchored in Anabaptist values, MHS Association inspires and strengthens health and human service ministries to fulfill their missions.


MHS Association is the go-to leader for integrating faith and work in health and human services


Following Jesus as the Leadership Example

As Anabaptists, Jesus is the center of our faith and our model for leadership.

“It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant”Matthew 20:26

Fostering Collaboration for Mutual Benefit

As Anabaptists, community is at the center of our lives. Within community, we seek the good of all through collaboration, partnership, and mutual aid.

“If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,”Philippians 2:1-5

Pursuing Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

As Anabaptists, reconciliation is the center of our work. We seek peace, wholeness, and justice for and with all people.

“The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these,”Mark 12:31

“Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed; defend the orphan, plead for the widow,”Isaiah 1:17

Inspiring Creativity and Excellence

We are all created in the image of God, the creator, and are called to serve God with excellence.

“For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life,”Ephesians 2:10

“Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise, think about these things,”Philippians 4:8

Honoring One Another

We value each individual as the beloved of God. We value and support their ministries as they seek to bring healing, hope, and wholeness. The staff of MHS Association are committed in spirit and deed to being anti-racist.

“Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor,”Romans 12:10


MHS Association seeks to inspire collaboration, integrate faith and work, and advance the mission of each member ministry. Anabaptist faith and values are the foundation for this work. The Anabaptist tradition’s core beliefs have been described by Palmer Becker as:

  1. Jesus is the center of our faith
  2. Community is the center of our lives
  3. Reconciliation is the center of our work

In our program development and interactions with membership, the greater community, and one another, MHS Association staff endeavor to live out these core beliefs by fostering a culture of belonging, hospitality, and shalom. We celebrate the image of God (Genesis 1:26) manifested in persons of every age, ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, education, intellectual or emotional or physical ability, and economic or immigration status (Galatians 3:28). We strive to find common ground on which to build relationships with our membership and the greater community. We aim to treat others as we would like to be treated. We acknowledge that, even with the best intentions, we are learning and will sometimes fall short and invite accountability from our community. We affirm that all members are welcome to fully participate in the programs and community of MHS Association.