Learn, Pray, Join: Playing the long game

Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg is a missional discipleship leader and consultant. She and her husband Shem, recently bought a heating and cooling business in the Kansas City area where they live with their three rambunctious children and hope to cultivate a simple church movement. I’ve never been a fan of anything that moves slowly — movies, sports, […]

A “People Garden”: Urban church planting in the 1980s

Jason Kauffman is director of Archives and Records Management for Mennonite Church USA. He offers this snapshot into a church planting movement in Mennonite history as we Learn, Pray, Join for Peace Church Planting. On April 12, 1978, Mennonite Board of Missions (MBM) appointed Edward Taylor as associate secretary of Home Missions. Taylor was a […]

Learn, Pray, Join: When limitations become opportunities

Zachary Martinez is the pastor of Sojourn Mennonite Church in Fort Collins and Greeley, Colorado. He lives with his family in Greeley, where he likes to garden, ride his bike and patronize local breweries and coffee shops. His work has appeared in The Mennonite, the Sun Magazine, and other publications. I didn’t initially accept a call to […]

Learn, Pray, Join: The story of Piedra Viva

Naun Cerrato’s roots are in Central America. He moved with his family to Elkhart in the 90s. Naun Graduated from Goshen College with a Bachelor of Science degree and completed his master’s at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in 2018. It all started when a small group of people participated in some community events in Elkhart […]

Learn, Pray, Join: I took a risk for the Gospel

Olak Sunuwar is a pastor at Living Water Community Church, Chicago, for the Nepalese speaking community. Typically, a Sunday looked like this: During the week, I prepared a sermon for Sunday. I woke up early Sunday morning. I drove almost one hour with my family to the North Side of Chicago for worship together. We’d […]

Learn, Pray, Join: A lesson for future church planters

Hilda Zapata-Palacios was born in New York City and raised in Guatemala. Currently, she lives in West Palm Beach, Florida, which is the place where her experience as a church planter began.  One of my earliest memories of church planting is fellowship. Several years ago, my friends and I would get together every weekend and […]

Learn, Pray, Join: Mutuality at the heart of hospitality

Anton Flores-Maisonet is co-founder of Casa Alterna, a hospitality house located in a Guatemalan neighborhood in Georgia and devoted to faithful acts of mercy and justice. During the funeral visitation for my paternal grandfather, a woman wandered in from off the mean streets of New York City. Disheveled and disturbed she entered this sacred space […]

Learn, Pray, Join: Following in the footsteps of Jesus

Ana Alicia Hinojosa is from Brownsville, Texas and works for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Central States as Immigration Education Coordinator, where she is committed to the work of educating immigrants of their rights and bridging congregations to the work of MCC. She is a single, adoptive mother of three teenagers, who have inspired her to […]

Learn, Pray, Join: I did!

Rachel Barnes lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Chris, and her children, Aidan and Ella. She has been a teacher for 15 years in the Denver metro area. She currently teaches ESL at Bradley Elementary in southeast Denver.  I was driving down I-70 heading to the Greyhound bus station in downtown Denver, willing myself […]

Learn, Pray, Join: Casa de Paz

Debbie Reed lives in Denver, Colorado and attends the First Mennonite Church. She retired from teaching in 2012 but continues to substitute teach when she is not playing in the beautiful Colorado mountains. Case de Paz is one of her many beloved volunteer obligations.   Juan, Carlos and Mazhar all walked out of the door […]