Youth could become full delegates at 2019 convention

By Kayla Berkey (Mennonite Church USA) — Lorren Oesch recalls a moment at the 2017 MC USA Delegate Assembly in Orlando, Florida, when her table group encouraged her to go onstage and share her perspective at the microphone. She particularly remembers encouragement from Cyneatha Millsaps, who sat at her table and currently serves as executive […]

The Gathering Place re-launching with faith formation webinars

(Mennonite Church USA) — The Gathering Place, a virtual space where Anabaptist faith formation leaders can gather, learn, share and grow, is getting a new start with new resources and several upcoming webinars for Mennonite Church USA faith formation leaders. The Gathering Place was originally created in 2015 by Rachel Gerber, former denominational minister for […]

2019 Lent At Home Guide is available now

(Mennonite Church USA) — Get ready for a holy feast. The Lent At Home resource based on the theme “Blessed Hunger…Holy Feast” is available now with materials for exploring God’s abundance and the season’s themes. The materials begin with Shrove Tuesday on March 5 and continue through Easter Sunday on April 21. “The At Home […]

Faith formation, worship and witness at MennoCon19

Clayton Gladish has served as one of the pastors of Hesston Mennonite Church for over five years. His passions include faith formation, biblical studies, and creating compassionate communities. He rarely turns down a good burger or the chance to play games with friends. He sometimes strives for perfection, but would rather have opportunities to learn and […]

Being open and honest about the state of youth ministry at The Gathering Live

  (Mennonite Church USA) — “What kind of faith are we passing on to the next generation? How are we doing as a church in modeling a vibrant faith centered in Jesus Christ? Where are the intergenerational and relational gaps in our congregations?” A group of 32 pastors, sponsors, educators and mission agency representatives met […]

MennoTalks: Women’s practices that bind us together

At the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando in July, planners tried something new. Something they called MennoTalks. Not quite TED and not exactly Pecha Kucha, MennoTalks explored a different topic each day, featuring speakers from diverse perspectives. Topics included Celebrating Women (Wednesday); Race, Religion and Justice (Thursday); and Local and Global Peacemaking (Friday). Over […]

Holy Ground

Rachel Gerber is denominational minister of Faith Formation for Mennonite Church USA. Rachel will complete her service with the denomination on July 31. “Get in the car!  It’s time to go!” Maybe your Sunday morning routine is a calm and peaceful one full of rainbows and unicorns, but for us, with three young boys in […]

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, […]

Good for Junior Youth, Good for Parents

Asia Frye is the coordinator for junior youth convention in Orlando this summer. She’s a retreat speaker and former youth pastor from Hillsboro, Kansas. She looks forward to graduating from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary this May. This post originally appeared on Mennonite Church USA’s convention website. Early registration for convention runs through March 23. Register […]

Restore Us, O God!

Elsie Rempel is the author of the Lent and Advent At-Home devotional booklets, sponsored by AnabaptistFaithFormation.org and Central Plains Mennonite Conference. Elsie is a passionate advocate for ministry with children and seniors in the life and ministry of the church. Her blog, Faith Bytes, and her book, Please Pass the Faith: The Spiritual Art of Grandparenting, […]