Dove’s Nest

The Dove’s Nest is an organization committed to empowering faith communities to keep children and youth safe from abuse in their churches, homes and communities.

Implications for the family of bivocational pastors

It goes without saying that a pastor’s family is important and having a good family life contributes to successful, sustainable pastorates. Yet as Mennonites our history caring for the pastor’s family is somewhat spotty at best. Pastors (mostly men) have sacrificed their family life for the ministry of the congregation and now regret it. Today’s […]

Bivocational Pastors

For Pastors: Pros and Cons Bivocational ministry is not for every pastor. This gathering of positives and negatives from research and Mennonite bivocational pastors may help discern if God is calling you to this unique form of ministry. Time Management and Boundaries How to accept being “done” when there is always more that could be […]

2015 Survey of Appointed Delegates

See Full Survey Text     Español Survey Results English  Español Summary Report Extended Report Resumen ejecutivo Informe final   The Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA has prepared the following survey of delegates as part of their preparation for the Delegate Assembly at convention in Kansas City, Mo., June 30-July 5, 2015. A link to […]

Survey for Credentialed Leaders

On Friday August 8, 2014, a survey was e-mailed to credentialed leaders (active, active without charge and retired) within Mennonite Church USA. Below you can read Executive Director Ervin Stutzman’s letter of introduction to the survey, as well as a list of the survey questions. Please note that this is not the live survey, and you […]

Health Coverage and Forms (Spanish)

Health plan forms Congregational Selection Form: Formulario para Selección de Congregaciones Coverage Information Resumen de beneficios Explicación de Beneficios Wellness Benefits & Resources Programa Preventivo 2013 Programación preventiva de salud para mujeres Programa BlueCard Worldwide Blues On Call Subvenciones Fondo de subvenciones para un equilibrio justo: Requisitos de aptitud y hoja de trabajo Solicitud de […]

Transitioning Into Ministry

Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing. But we appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to respect those who labor among you, and have charge of you in the Lord and admonish you; esteem them very highly in love because of their work. 1 Thessalonians 5:11-12. TRANSITIONING INTO […]

Vision explores joy

The fall issue of Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology looks at joy through biblical studies, a sermon and reflections. One author explores leadership and joy; another justice work and joy. Read a selected article online and subscribe to the journal.

Ministerial Credentialing, Competencies and Education

Representatives from Mennonite Church USA area conferences and pastoral education programs gathered in Glen Eyrie, Colorado, in the fall of 2003. Out of this meeting came churchwide educational standards for ministerial credentials.