MC USA Leaders’ Council holds first meeting of the biennium

This report initially appeared in The Mennonite. By Hannah Heinzekehr The Journey continues. Three weeks after Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) approved plans to implement the Journey Forward, a two-year process building on the outcomes generated by the Future Church Summit process at the Orlando convention in July, the Constituency Leaders’ Council (CLC) of MC USA spent considerable time processing the […]

Sent 2016 video profiles, blogs available online

(Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — Four video profiles of church planters and a series of blogs offer glimpses into creative initiatives highlighted at Sent 2016: A gathering of Mennonites planting Jesus-centered communities, held March 31–April 2, 2016, in the New Orleans area. More than 100 Mennonite church planters, coaches, conference leaders and others met […]

Church planters as spiritual entrepreneurs

Mauricio Chenlo is denominational minister for Church Planting, a shared position of Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Church USA. A few months ago I read an article by Dave Page on Church Planters as Spiritual Entrepreneurs that provoked me to think about the uniqueness of initiating a new church community. I have read a lot about […]

Enviados 2016: Un encuentro de menonitas que plantan comunidades centradas en Jesús

[English] ELKHART, Indiana (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU./Red Menonita de Misión) — Más de 100 plantadores de iglesias, líderes y capacitadores menonitas involucrados en sembrar las semillas del reino de Dios en toda la extensión de los Estados Unidos se reunirán en una cumbre nacional sobre plantación de iglesias entre el 31 de marzo y […]

Sent 2016: A gathering of Mennonites planting Jesus-centered communities

[Español] ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network) — More than 100 Mennonite church planters, coaches and leaders involved in planting the seeds of God’s reign across the United States will gather for a national church planting summit March 31 – April 2, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Pastor Karl Bernhard, a church planter with […]

Dreamers, risk-takers and testifiers plan Sent 2016

André Gingerich Stoner is director of Holistic Witness for Mennonite Church USA. When 10 of us met to plan Sent 2016, we were excited about who we discovered in the room: Dreamers, risk-takers, testifiers who were helping birth: – a growing multi-generational Spanish community in a large city; – a house church network of millennials that […]

Save the date

Mauricio Chenlo is denominational minister for church planting, a shared position of Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Church USA Executive Board. This summer in Kansas City, church planters, coaches and conference leaders from Pennsylvania to Florida and California to Oregon, met to share stories and encouragement and to make plans for a Mennonite Church USA church […]

The Forgotten Ways: A church planting leadership retreat

Mauricio Chenlo is denominational minister for church planting, a shared position of Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Church USA. In October 2014, Pastor Hilaire Louis Jean of Church of God, Prince of Peace in Miami, and Andrew Bodden, East Coast Constituency Coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee and Mennonite Mission Network Board member, participated in a […]

Attractional vs. incarnational mission

Mauricio Chenlo is the Denominational Minister for Church Planting with Mennonite Church USA. You can follow him on Facebook at Church Planting Mennonite Church USA.  In the world of evangelical mission-minded folks, a new polarity has emerged in the last few years: attractional vs. incarnational. Polarities get the attention of many people because of their […]

Inventory shows 85 new congregations in the last five years

Area conferences support birth of new faith communities across Mennonite Church USA [Español] By Ryan Miller ELKHART, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Mission Network)—In recent years, examinations of Mennonite Church USA demographics have focused on declining membership. But a recent list offers a new perspective. A “snapshot” inventory compiled in March 2013 by Mennonite Church USA […]