Social Distancing and caring for each other during COVID-19

Duncan Smith is director of The Corinthian Plan for Mennonite Church USA.   “Social distancing” is now a part of our everyday lexicon. There is a lot of discussion as to whether this should be called “physical distancing” because the main intent is for people to have a zone around others that lessens the spread […]

Looking to the bridge builders

Sue Park-Hur is denominational minister of Leadership Development for MC USA. Recently, world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma performed at the U.S.-Mexico border city of Laredo, Texas. The Paris-born Chinese-American artist chose to play at a public park located next to the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge, one of the crossings that connect the U.S. and Mexican cities. With […]

On leadership, influence and responsibility

Shana Peachey Boshart is MC USA’s denominational minister for Faith Formation. It used to be hard for me to identify myself as a leader. Other people were leaders, not me. I was raised in a culture of not putting yourself forward as a leader. I learned that it’s best not to claim to be a […]

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 […]