5 reasons why you might want to meet a spiritual director by video call

Dan Schrock pastors at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship in Goshen, Indiana, teaches spiritual direction at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, works as a wellness specialist for The Corinthian Plan, and offers spiritual direction to others. His website is www.danschrock.org.   A mere decade ago, it was unusual for people to meet a spiritual director who lived […]

Living in the mystery of disorientation

Terry Zehr is the conference minister of New York Mennonite Conference.   Several years ago, I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Walter Brueggemann speak at Eastern Mennonite University’s School for Leadership Training. As I recall, during one of his sessions, Dr. Brueggemann proposed reading scripture through the framework of ‘orientation-disorientation-reorientation.’ Though I can’t recall […]

So you’re searching for a pastor…during a pandemic?

Michael Danner is the associate executive director of Church Vitality for Mennonite Church USA.   The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many aspects of our lives, including life in the church. One area that has been impacted is pastoral searches. I know of some congregations at the beginning of their pastoral search process. Other congregations were […]

Shaping Faith in a Digital Culture: Web of connection and God’s love

This is part of a series of reflections on the Deep Faith/Pastors and Leaders 2020 conference held March 2-5, 2020 at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary.   Janette Lyndaker Gallagher is the pastor of Community Mennonite Fellowship in Corning, New York. She graduated with an MDiv from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in 2018. She is married […]

Faith Online: Pain, paradox and promise

We are a plugged-in society, and that’s not changing. Increasingly, our interaction is happening primarily through social media. In so many ways this is fantastic — our networks are bigger, we can stay in touch with so many people. But as communication and relationships shift to the digital sphere, how do integrate our real lives and […]

Faith Online: Social media, our confession of faith and quotation marks

We are a plugged-in society, and that’s not changing. Increasingly, our interaction is happening primarily through social media. In so many ways this is fantastic — our networks are bigger, we can stay in touch with so many people. But as communication and relationships shift to the digital sphere, how do integrate our real lives and […]

Faith Online: What would Jesus blog?

We are a plugged-in society, and that’s not changing. Increasingly, our interaction is happening primarily through social media. In so many ways this is fantastic — our networks are bigger, we can stay in touch with so many people. But as communication and relationships shift to the digital sphere, how do integrate our real lives and […]

Faith online: Cultivating healthy habits

We are a plugged-in society, and that’s not changing. Increasingly, our interaction is happening primarily through social media. In so many ways this is fantastic — our networks are bigger, we can stay in touch with so many people. But as communication and relationships shift to the digital sphere, how do integrate our real lives and […]

Faith online: Nonviolent communication and cultivating empathy

We are a plugged-in society, and that’s not changing. Increasingly, our interaction is happening primarily through social media. In so many ways this is fantastic — our networks are bigger, we can stay in touch with so many people. But as communication and relationships shift to the digital sphere, how do integrate our real lives and […]