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 […]

Mennonite Church USA Statement of Confession and Commitment

Nancy Kauffmann is denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA. Jason Kauffman is director of the Archives. This post is based on a statement they presented together on behalf of Mennonite Church USA on April 22, for Indiana Indian Day in Rochester, Indiana. To understand more about this one-time event and Mennonites’ connection to it, read […]

Leadership 101

Nancy Kauffmann is denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA. I traveled to Saipan under Mennonite Disaster Service and FEMA last month. Our group was to repair homes that had been damaged by the 2015 typhoon Soudelor. There are still a number of homes without roofs, windows, electricity or running water. After committing to a three-week […]

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‘Ministerial Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure’ provides updated process for the church

(Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Church Canada) — Ministerial Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure is a resource to equip Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada to address ministerial sexual misconduct directly and boldly. This work builds on previous policies and procedures developed by denominational leaders throughout both national church bodies in 2000 as a guide for congregations and area conferences in addressing ministerial […]

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 […]

Places where our children find safety

Nancy Kauffmann is a denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA. I appreciated the reflection on “When Abusers Have Done a Lot of Good” by Alan Stucky posted on Doves’ Nest. He talks about the trap we can so easily fall into when the person who has abused is someone who has been known “to do […]

Resources for pastors, conferences and congregations

Nancy Kauffmann is a denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA. Recently In the airport I overheard a Dad ask his son, “How many were there?” And the 5-year-old boy replied, “1,000,100.” I don’t know what they were talking about, but the boy’s response of such a wild number made me smile as I thought about […]

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Se forma un panel para la prevención del abuso sexual

[English] (Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU.) — En respuesta a la Declaración para toda la iglesia sobre abuso sexual, la cual fue aprobada por la asamblea de delegados de la Iglesia Menonita de EE. UU. en su convención bienal de este verano en Kansas City, el gabinete del personal de la junta ejecutiva ha conformado […]

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Sexual abuse prevention panel formed

[Español] (Mennonite Church USA) — In response to the Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse, which was passed by the Delegate Assembly of Mennonite Church USA at its biennial convention in Kansas City this summer, the Executive Board staff Cabinet has called together a panel to continue the work of healing and prevention of sexual abuse […]