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 […]

New website for Mennonite youth workers to launch at KC2015

(Mennonite Church USA)—A new website for youth workers, The Gathering Place, will officially launch at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Kansas City from June 30 to July 5, 2015. Rachel Springer Gerber, Mennonite Church USA denominational minister for youth and young adults, envisions the site as a hub for networking, peer-to-peer resourcing and spiritual […]

The Gathering Place and the future of youth ministry

Rachel Gerber is denominational minister for youth and young adults for Mennonite Church USA. I recently watched a great Youth Specialties interview with Kenda Creasy Dean, Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Seminary, and extraordinary leader in youth ministry today, where she candidly spoke about her hunches of the future of youth ministry. […]

Youth leaders gather, explore issues of racism

(Mennonite Church USA)—The 2015 Youth Ministry Council (YMC) gathering drew 45 youth pastors, leaders and sponsors — representing 10 Mennonite Church USA area conferences — for a time of work and worship at Spruce Lake Retreat Center in Canadensis, Pennsylvania, April 19-22. The event’s theme was “Connecting our Stories: Imagining our Future.” “Youth Ministry Council […]

Youth Ministry Heroes

By Olivia Bartel Folks in youth ministry, paid or laypeople, are amazing. They are stalwart and prayerful, passionate and mischievous, generous and caring. They are the people who mentor the youth in our churches.  They tend to work many more hours than they are paid and volunteer endlessly.  Some have large youth groups and some […]

New denominational youth and young adult minister announced

By Joanna Shenk ELKHART, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA)—The Leadership Development team of Mennonite Church USA welcomes Rachel S. Gerber as the new half-time denominational minister for youth and young adults. She will begin this assignment Jan. 6, 2014, and work from her home in Bloomington, Ind. In her new role, Gerber will provide resources for […]

Mennonite youth workers invited to meet in Kansas City

Mennonite Church USA youth ministry leaders are planning a gathering for youth ministry workers across the church. Youth pastors, youth sponsors and other Mennonites connected to youth ministry are invited to the gathering in Kansas City, Mo., May 12–15, 2014. Meeting at the site of the 2015 convention of Mennonite Church USA will give participants […]

Youth Ministry Council 2013 – Review #1

The following report was originally submitted to the leadership of Indiana-Michigan Conference. It is re-posted here with Derrick’s permission. by Derrick Ramer, Youth Pastor at Emma Mennonite Church, Topeka, IN “Biblical leadership: Leadership is an influence relationship between leaders and followers that intends real change according to mutual purposes”. – John Stahl-Wert Youth Ministry Council […]