Leaders of the future: Love, take courage, imagine and don’t go it alone

Iris de León-Hartshorn is the director of Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA. This is the third in a three-part blog series based on a presentation Iris gave on leadership at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in January 2018. In this time of such turmoil in our church and society, I have reflected on what church leaders need to […]

Leadership: Bridges to Cross

Iris de León-Hartshorn is the director of Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA. This is the second in a three-part blog series based on a presentation Iris gave on leadership at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in January 2018. As I look back in years in church leadership I have become aware of some bridges I had […]

Leadership: God calls broken vessels

Iris de León-Hartshorn is the director of Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA. This is the first in a three-part blog series based on a presentation Iris gave on leadership at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in January 2018. Being a leader in this time in our history is tough. Institutions, including the church, have lost a […]

Insights from the Flourishing Ministry study

Terry Shue is director of Leadership Development for Mennonite Church USA. “Being a pastor is a tough, demanding job, one that is not always very well understood or appreciated. Pastoral work is more complex than that which transpires in the hour-or-so a week that many lay people see the pastor in action as she or […]

Watching for God at work

Nancy Kauffmann is denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA. After every convention, our youth group at College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana gives a report to the congregation. Each member of the youth group responds to three questions, one of which is, “Where did you see or experience God at work while at convention?” I […]

How will I respond to fear?

Nancy Kauffmann is denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA. In expressing concerns to me about the future of Mennonite Church USA, someone recently said, “I fear the direction the Mennonite Church is headed in. I fear we are losing all that we hold dear. Is the church going to survive all this?” For the rest […]

Raising the bar, healthy boundaries and training the trainers

Terry Shue is director of Leadership Development for Mennonite Church USA. My backyard adjoins three of my neighbors’ properties, each one with a different type of boundary. One is a six-foot-high solid wooden fence; the other boundary is made up of nice groupings of trees and a grape trellis; and the third is a less […]

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 […]

Leadership 101

Nancy Kauffmann is denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA. I traveled to Saipan under Mennonite Disaster Service and FEMA last month. Our group was to repair homes that had been damaged by the 2015 typhoon Soudelor. There are still a number of homes without roofs, windows, electricity or running water. After committing to a three-week […]