MC USA leaders Journey Forward at spring meetings

(Mennonite Church USA) — The MC USA Executive Board (EB) and Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) met for joint meetings on April 11-14 at Dock Mennonite Academy, Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Shannon Dycus led worship based on materials for Journey Forward, the two-year process of discernment growing out of the Future Church Summit held in Orlando, Florida in […]

The Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention presents guidelines for non-credentialed individuals at end of two-year term

  (Mennonite Church USA) — On Saturday, April 14, at the joint meeting of the Executive Board and Constituency Leaders Council, Anna Groff, Nancy Kauffmann and Jenny Castro, members of the Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention, presented guidelines for MC USA congregations and organizations to respond when non-credentialed individuals are accused of sexualized violence. Other […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]