So you’re searching for a pastor…during a pandemic?

Michael Danner is the associate executive director of Church Vitality for Mennonite Church USA.   The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many aspects of our lives, including life in the church. One area that has been impacted is pastoral searches. I know of some congregations at the beginning of their pastoral search process. Other congregations were […]

So you want to go back to church (as usual?)!

Doug Luginbill is the conference minister of Central District Conference of Mennonite Church USA.   Our Central District Conference theme for this year is “Spirit, bless our souls with yearning” and is based on a line taken from a call to worship in Sing the Journey #124. For many of us, our yearnings have likely […]

New video series on Technology Best Practices for Virtual Meetings and Work Tools

  (Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) releases a new video series, Technology Best Practices for Service, that offers best practices for holding virtual meetings and worship services, as well as effective technology tools for working from home. Created by Crystal Washington, a technology strategist and certified futurist, this series is broken […]

A time to love and honor our loved ones

Iris de León-Hartshorn is associate executive director for Operations for Mennonite Church USA.   Early in my ministry, I worked for seven years as a hospital chaplain, four and a half of these as a hospice chaplain. I met with countless families and was involved in many conversations about end of life decisions. I sat […]

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 […]

Sue Park-Hur

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 […]