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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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Youth are invited to ‘Step Up’ with a larger voice at 2017 Convention

By Walt Wiltschek HARRISONBURG, Virginia (Mennonite Church USA) — A light bulb went off for Leah Wenger at the 2015 Mennonite Church USA Convention in Kansas City. Delegates at the convention were embroiled in a controversial discussion about two resolutions that would shape the future of Mennonite Church USA — the Resolution on Forbearance in […]

One small step for Mennonite Church USA

Glen Guyton is chief operating officer and director of Convention Planning for Mennonite Church USA. After ringing in 2017 with my 88 year old mother and 93 year old aunt I seriously began thinking about family times, history and my future. My time with my familial matriarchs left me wondering what type of legacy I […]

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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 […]

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Aportes del Concilio Racial/Étnico, el nuevo proceso de la asamblea es tema prioritario de la junta ejecutiva

Por Janie Beck Kreider NORTH NEWTON, Kansas (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) – La junta ejecutiva de la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. se reunió en la oficina del Comité Central Menonita (CCM) de Central States del 10 al 12 de noviembre para planificar la asamblea de delegados 2017 en Orlando y evaluar el rol […]

Racial Ethnic Council input, new Assembly process top Executive Board agenda

By Janie Beck Kreider NORTH NEWTON, Kansas (Mennonite Church USA) – The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board (EB) met at the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Central States office Nov. 10-12 to plan for the 2017 Delegate Assembly in Orlando and to assess the role of the board in the face of a changing church. The […]

Eight little words

Glen Guyton is chief operating officer and director of Convention Planning for Mennonite Church USA. Over the past few days I have been reading my Facebook feed and watching the various reactions about the election. Most, but not all of my friends are in shock, saddened, confused and fearful. Some of my friends are asking […]

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CLC ponders issues on path to future: peer review, new Assembly process, diversity and more

HESSTON, Kansas (Mennonite Church USA) — The Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) met at Hesston Mennonite Church Oct. 17-19 for its third meeting of the biennium to listen, discern and advise the denomination on issues facing the church and its future. The CLC is a body of elders for Mennonite Church USA consisting of an Executive […]

Examining the management of our precious gifts

Glen Guyton is chief operating officer and director of Convention Planning for Mennonite Church USA. The church has been a poor steward of the resources we have been given. The bulk of our time is devoted to worship services and insider “fellowship” events that only seek to indoctrinate the individual to our particular congregational culture. […]