Values-based Leadership Program seeks to transform leaders

  By Kayla Berkey (Mennonite Church USA/Values-based Leadership Program) — The second in-person session of the 2017-2018 Values-based Leadership Program (VBLP) took place at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center on Feb. 21 – 23. VBLP is a leadership training course rooted in an Anabaptist perspective and designed to support the development of Christian leaders in a […]

Leadership: Bridges to Cross

Iris de León-Hartshorn is the director of Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA. This is the second in a three-part blog series based on a presentation Iris gave on leadership at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in January 2018. As I look back in years in church leadership I have become aware of some bridges I had […]

Leadership: God calls broken vessels

Iris de León-Hartshorn is the director of Transformative Peacemaking for Mennonite Church USA. This is the first in a three-part blog series based on a presentation Iris gave on leadership at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in January 2018. Being a leader in this time in our history is tough. Institutions, including the church, have lost a […]

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MC USA to train investigators of ministerial misconduct

ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA) – The office of Leadership Development of MC USA will hold an Investigator Training for Ministerial Misconduct to take place on March 2-4, 2018 in the Elkhart, Indiana office. By offering the training, MC USA seeks to create a pool of trained investigators should the event of misconduct arise anywhere […]

Shue announces resignation from Executive Board staff

(Mennonite Church USA)—Terry Shue announced his resignation from his position as MC USA director of Leadership Development. His end date will be no later than June 1, 2018. “I offer this resignation with deep love for the church,” said Shue. “It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to serve alongside the […]

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Executive Board staff transitions in Mennonite Church USA

(Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) staff announces current staff transitions: Alyssa Bennett Smith completed her service on the MC USA Communications team for EB staff in September. She served as web and social media content manager for nearly three years. Alyssa helped to envision and coordinate the 2015 website overhaul. […]

Watching for God at work

Nancy Kauffmann is denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA. After every convention, our youth group at College Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana gives a report to the congregation. Each member of the youth group responds to three questions, one of which is, “Where did you see or experience God at work while at convention?” I […]

How will I respond to fear?

Nancy Kauffmann is denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA. In expressing concerns to me about the future of Mennonite Church USA, someone recently said, “I fear the direction the Mennonite Church is headed in. I fear we are losing all that we hold dear. Is the church going to survive all this?” For the rest […]

Pastors don’t grow on trees

Nancy Kauffmann is denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA. A conference minister reflecting on a congregation’s search committee process where a number of potentially good pastors were passed over blurted out to me, “I would like to tell them ‘pastors don’t grow on trees!’” I laughed, but later it got me to thinking of where […]

Walking the Camino

Terry Shue is director of Leadership Development for Mennonite Church USA. This summer I was given the gift of a six-week sabbatical through Mennonite Church USA. The older we get (I turned 59 this summer), the more we realize how precious the gift of time is! Thank you! During this time, my wife Kay and […]