Learn, Pray, Join: Playing the long game

Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg is a missional discipleship leader and consultant. She and her husband Shem, recently bought a heating and cooling business in the Kansas City area where they live with their three rambunctious children and hope to cultivate a simple church movement. I’ve never been a fan of anything that moves slowly — movies, sports, […]

Learn, Pray, Join: A lesson for future church planters

Hilda Zapata-Palacios was born in New York City and raised in Guatemala. Currently, she lives in West Palm Beach, Florida, which is the place where her experience as a church planter began.  One of my earliest memories of church planting is fellowship. Several years ago, my friends and I would get together every weekend and […]

Sent 2016 video profiles, blogs available online

(Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — Four video profiles of church planters and a series of blogs offer glimpses into creative initiatives highlighted at Sent 2016: A gathering of Mennonites planting Jesus-centered communities, held March 31–April 2, 2016, in the New Orleans area. More than 100 Mennonite church planters, coaches, conference leaders and others met […]

Sent 2016: It is about the Kingdom of God!

Sent 2016: A gathering of Mennonites planting Jesus-centered communities, was the first gathering of Anabaptist-Mennonite church planters of its kind. Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Mission Network brought together church planters, groups testing the call, pastors, missiologists and conference leaders March 31-April 2, to explore approaches, best practices and the variety of perspectives that exist […]

Sent 2016: The Great Commandment and the Great Commission — two sides of a coin

Sent 2016: A gathering of Mennonites planting Jesus-centered communities, was the first gathering of Anabaptist-Mennonite church planters of its kind. Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Mission Network brought together church planters, groups testing the call, pastors, missiologists and conference leaders March 31-April 2, to explore approaches, best practices and the variety of perspectives that exist […]

Sent 2016: Patience and church planting

Sent 2016: A gathering of Mennonites planting Jesus-centered communities, was the first gathering of Anabaptist-Mennonite church planters of its kind. Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Mission Network brought together church planters, groups testing the call, pastors, missiologists and conference leaders March 31-April 2, to explore approaches, best practices and the variety of perspectives that exist […]

Now is the time to plant peace churches!

First national church-planting summit, Sent 2016, brings together diverse group of practitioners to encourage and inspire one another. [Español] By Danielle Klotz NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (Mennonite Mission Network/Mennonite Church USA) — Inspiration for courage and faithful obedience to God’s call flowed continuously at Sent 2016, Mennonite Church USA’s first national church-planting summit, held March 31–April […]

Church planters as spiritual entrepreneurs

Mauricio Chenlo is denominational minister for Church Planting, a shared position of Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Church USA. A few months ago I read an article by Dave Page on Church Planters as Spiritual Entrepreneurs that provoked me to think about the uniqueness of initiating a new church community. I have read a lot about […]

Sent 2016: A gathering of Mennonites planting Jesus-centered communities

[Español] ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — More than 100 Mennonite church planters, coaches and leaders involved in planting the seeds of God’s reign across the United States will gather for a national church planting summit March 31 – April 2, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Pastor Karl Bernhard, a church planter with […]

Save the date

Mauricio Chenlo is denominational minister for church planting, a shared position of Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Church USA Executive Board. This summer in Kansas City, church planters, coaches and conference leaders from Pennsylvania to Florida and California to Oregon, met to share stories and encouragement and to make plans for a Mennonite Church USA church […]