Dreams for the Future Church: Reflections from the FCS Design Team

As Christians, we are people who let Christ’s grace soften our grip on our lives in order to open ourselves to God’s life working in us. Releasing our desire for control enables us to welcome God’s future — that the Spirit of God would produce life in and through us, and that the life of […]

Mennonites share audacious dreams on second day of Future Church Summit

ORLANDO, Florida (Mennonite Church USA) — Filled with conversation, music, laughter, “audacious visions” and Mennonite “quirks,” the second day of the Future Church Summit at the Mennonite Church USA convention shifted the focus from past to future and from internal to external. The day started by re-visiting the discussion of church history and experience from […]

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Future Church Summit takes off while looking back

ORLANDO, Florida (Mennonite Church USA) — The long-anticipated Future Church Summit kicked off Thursday evening at the Mennonite Church USA convention, inviting delegates and additional stakeholders to “imagine an Anabaptist future” for the church. Moderator Patty Shelly began the evening session by encouraging participants to “surrender outcomes of this process to God.” Referencing the Purposeful […]

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CLC meeting tests the Future Church Summit model

Note: This article first appeared in The Mennonite. By Hannah Heinzekehr ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) Eschewing their usual agenda, members of the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) spent their last meeting of the biennium testing a large-group visioning process that will be used at the Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando this July. Around 70 […]

Following Jesus into the future

Ervin Stutzman is executive director of Mennonite Church USA. This article originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of The Mennonite. Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. — Hebrews 12:1b-2 (TNIV) From time to time, someone asks me something […]

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The Future Church Summit: Forging a path from Orlando to new possibilities

By Janie Beck Kreider   “I feel we have lost our vision, and it needs to be reignited. I came to this church to be part of a different narrative – a counter-cultural, anti-Christendom movement that follows a radical Jesus. The first Anabaptists chose to be radical – not assimilated to culture or the spirit […]