Rick Stiffney at VBLP

Values-based Leadership: Transforming leaders through an Anabaptist perspective

By Mim Shirk GOSHEN, Indiana (MHS) — The first session of this year’s Values-based Leadership Program (VBLP) was held at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, Oct. 18-20. Leaders from diverse settings gathered for the first of two sessions, titled Leading from the Inside. The session used the DiSC profile and the Leadership […]

Dr. Joseph Manickam

Hesston College announces Dr. Joseph Manickam as candidate of choice for its ninth president

HESSTON, Kansas (Hesston College / Mennonite Education Agency) — The Hesston College (Kansas) Board of Directors, following a unanimous vote by those at its October meeting, announces Dr. Joseph Manickam as its candidate of choice to become the ninth president of Hesston College. “Dr. Manickam is creative, imaginative and is a visionary,” says Kelvin Friesen, […]

Mennonite Church USA logo

CLC ponders issues on path to future: peer review, new Assembly process, diversity and more

HESSTON, Kansas (Mennonite Church USA) — The Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) met at Hesston Mennonite Church Oct. 17-19 for its third meeting of the biennium to listen, discern and advise the denomination on issues facing the church and its future. The CLC is a body of elders for Mennonite Church USA consisting of an Executive […]

To embody God’s love

Jon and his wife, Megan Leaman Heinly, are from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, but are currently living in New Haven, Connecticut where he is completing his Master of Divinity at Yale Divinity School. Jon is passionate about youth ministry and prior to seminary, he served as youth minister for Lancaster Mennonite School and Lancaster Conference of Mennonite […]

Love is a Verb: God’s love made flesh

As the featured speaker at  Hope for the Future (HFF) in January 2016, Isaac Villegas offered these reflections on the theme of “Love is a verb” as a way into the Bible passage assigned to him for the gathering: Ephesians 4:15-16. This part two of his series of three talks. “But speaking the truth in […]

Deep Faith: An exciting conversation concerning Christian formation

Doug Unrau has pastored the Lowe Farm Bergthaler Mennonite Church in Manitoba, Canada, since graduating from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in 2013 with a Master of Divinity. Previous to pastoring, Doug worked in electronic manufacturing and IT industries. In his spare time, Doug is a frustrated artist, dabbling in photography and music. You can check […]

Money, marriage and the world of millennials

Beryl Jantzi is director of Stewardship Education for Everence. If you are interested in resources that can be used to assist in conversations about finances and financial planning, be in touch with Beryl. There are a number of good resources currently available for pastors to use when working with couples getting ready for marriage. One […]

Deep Faith: Deeper (and broader) than I expected

Amy Marie Epp is a pastor and has worked in worship and with children, youth and their families for over 10 years. Amy is married and a parent to a nine and a one-year-old. She loves reading (especially mysteries) and sewing (especially quilts). She is devoted following in Jesus’ wide way of just peace and […]

A new way to pray

Vera Smucker Shenk of Goshen, Indiana is an on-call chaplain at Elkhart (Indiana) General Hospital. She has been a spiritual director since 2001. Her passion for holistic healing continues to call to her, seeking more ways to help others experience the joys and challenges of ongoing growth. Vera is a member of the Mennonite Spiritual […]