What Holy Week teaches us — again

Rachel S. Gerber is denominational minister of Christian Formation for Mennonite Church USA. As a pastor, the story of Holy Week always poses a variety of challenges, like a parent dressing up leftovers to feed the family dinner, again. Turkey meatballs! Turkey tetrazzini! Turkey tacos! As a church we hear this same drama played out […]

Restore Us, O God!

Elsie Rempel is the author of the Lent and Advent At-Home devotional booklets, sponsored by AnabaptistFaithFormation.org and Central Plains Mennonite Conference. Elsie is a passionate advocate for ministry with children and seniors in the life and ministry of the church. Her blog, Faith Bytes, and her book, Please Pass the Faith: The Spiritual Art of Grandparenting, […]

Finding your rhythm and rule

Rachel S. Gerber is denominational minister of Christian Formation for Mennonite Church USA. How am I doing? When was the last time you really asked yourself this question (and answered)? No matter your political persuasion, these last few months have been quite … well, divisive. And if you are in any type of Mennonite Church […]

The Believers Church Bible Commentary Editorial Council

Jo-Ann A. Brant has been a professor of Bible and Religion at Goshen College since 1993. She is the author of Dialogue and Drama: Elements of Greek Tragedy in the Fourth Gospel (2004) and John: Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament (2011). She has represented Mennonite Church USA on the Believers Church Bible Commentary Editorial […]

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 […]

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 […]

Deep Faith: The church without walls

Jacob Liechty is a student at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Indiana, where he is working toward a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry. Earlier this month, Oct. 6 – 8, he attended the first Deep Faith Conference, a gathering of U.S. and Canadian Anabaptist faith formation practitioners. This is the second in […]

Deep Faith: A holistic approach to spiritual formation

Rachel Gerber is denominational minster for Youth and Young Adults for Mennonite Church USA. This is the first in a series of reflections from participants at Deep Faith: Anabaptist faith formation for all ages, held Oct. 6-8, 2016. “Fresh as the morning, sure as the sunrise, God always faithful, you do not change…” God of […]

Let the children come

Rachel Gerber is denominational minister for youth and young adults for Mennonite Church USA. Without fail whenever I open my computer to do work, or email, my four-year-old immediately becomes increasingly interested in what I am doing. He is absolute and determined to be in right in the middle of the mix, no matter how […]

Conference to focus on Anabaptist faith formation across generations

By Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART, Indiana (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary/Mennonite Church USA) — Thirty workshops geared toward people at all stages of life and three plenary sessions will be offered as part of Deep Faith: Anabaptist Faith Formation for All Ages, a conference for people who care about faith formation to connect with and learn […]