Affording College: Before, During and After

Beryl Jantzi is director of Stewardship Education for Everence, a faith based financial services company of Mennonite Church USA, which serves all who are interested in integrating their faith with their finances. There is an old adage that says, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is […]

Spiritual Road Map

Shana Peachey Boshart is formation minister for Central Plains Mennonite Conference, long time youth ministry worker, wise parent and adoring grandparent. Shana is no stranger to faith formation and has spearheaded some amazing initiatives like: Step Up, a leadership development program for Mennonite youth to learn the dynamics of church polity, and Anabaptist Faith Formation Network, […]

What I learned … from ministry to social work

For 13 years Ross Erb served as associate pastor for Children, Youth and Families at Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He now works as a child advocate at Collins Center, a local non-profit that seeks to eliminate sexual violence and it’s impact in the community. When not working, Ross loves to read, garden, […]

The Truth of Ubuntu

Shannon Dycus lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her husband, Gregory and two sons – ages 4 and 6. She is co-pastor at First Mennonite Church in Indianapolis. The realities of race, power and justice are ongoing conversations as a pastor of color in a predominantly white congregation. The conversations almost always include food and grace. This post originally appeared […]

Looking toward Orlando

Danilo Sanchez lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters. There he serves as a part-time youth pastor with two Mennonite churches and works part time with Mennonite Central Committee as the Summer Service National Coordinator. He studied at Eastern Mennonite Seminary (2013) and Eastern University (2010). This post originally appeared on the […]

Tools not only to survive, but thrive

First leadership conference for youth of color draws more than 400 participants Glen Alexander Guyton is chief operating officer for Mennonite Church USA. Culture Shock kicked off Friday night, Aug. 28, 2016, with close to 400 youth, young adults and parents in a high-energy worship service that included dynamic music and a comedian, KevOnStage, who […]

There will always be enough

Rachel S. Gerber is denominational minister for youth and young adults for Mennonite Church USA. We call these three months (June, July & August) “summer vacation.” Vacation?  Really? Parents, I see you. I hear you. I get you. Trust me. With three kids of my own under 10, juggling part-time work (from home), baseball games, […]

Mennonite Church USA to host first leadership development event for youth of color

(Mennonite Church USA) — Culture Shock, Mennonite Church USA’s first leadership conference for youth of color, will be held Aug. 26–28 at Calvary Community Church, Hampton, Virginia. “We want to make sure we find ways to prepare our young people for leadership with key skills that will strengthen them and ultimately, the church,” said Glen […]

There is still life within him

Rachel S. Gerber is the Mennonite Church USA denominational minister of youth and young adults and editor/creator of The Gathering Place, an interactive website for Anabaptist youth leaders for resourcing, networking and spiritual formation. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana, with her husband of 16 years and three young boys. I recently ordered, “Searching For Sunday: […]

To small congregations: you are enough.

Rachel S. Gerber is denominational minister for youth and young adults for Mennonite Church USA. To those who find themselves in small (or smallish) congregations, I have a word for you today. You are enough. I know of the countless hours you have spent praying about growing in size. I know you have given much […]