What Holy Week teaches us — again

Rachel S. Gerber is denominational minister of Christian Formation for Mennonite Church USA. As a pastor, the story of Holy Week always poses a variety of challenges, like a parent dressing up leftovers to feed the family dinner, again. Turkey meatballs! Turkey tetrazzini! Turkey tacos! As a church we hear this same drama played out […]

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‘Deep Faith’ conference delves into faith formation

By Walt Wiltschek ELKHART, Indiana (AMBS/Mennonite Church USA) — More than 100 people from across the United States and Canada gathered at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) Oct. 6-8 to explore “Deep Faith” at a conference focused on faith formation for all ages. The event grew out of conversations at a 2014 Mennonite Camping Association […]

There will always be enough

Rachel S. Gerber is denominational minister for youth and young adults for Mennonite Church USA. We call these three months (June, July & August) “summer vacation.” Vacation?  Really? Parents, I see you. I hear you. I get you. Trust me. With three kids of my own under 10, juggling part-time work (from home), baseball games, […]

To small congregations: you are enough.

Rachel S. Gerber is denominational minister for youth and young adults for Mennonite Church USA. To those who find themselves in small (or smallish) congregations, I have a word for you today. You are enough. I know of the countless hours you have spent praying about growing in size. I know you have given much […]

Youth leaders gather, explore issues of racism

(Mennonite Church USA)—The 2015 Youth Ministry Council (YMC) gathering drew 45 youth pastors, leaders and sponsors — representing 10 Mennonite Church USA area conferences — for a time of work and worship at Spruce Lake Retreat Center in Canadensis, Pennsylvania, April 19-22. The event’s theme was “Connecting our Stories: Imagining our Future.” “Youth Ministry Council […]

Mennonite youth workers to explore issues of racism at annual gathering

ELKHART, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA)—Participants in the annual meeting of youth workers from across Mennonite Church USA—Youth Ministry Council (YMC) 2015—will wrestle with racism and how to approach the topic with youth today. “Connecting Our Stories: Imagining Our Future,” is the theme of the gathering, which will take place April 19–22, 2015, at Spruce Lake […]

New denominational youth and young adult minister announced

By Joanna Shenk ELKHART, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA)—The Leadership Development team of Mennonite Church USA welcomes Rachel S. Gerber as the new half-time denominational minister for youth and young adults. She will begin this assignment Jan. 6, 2014, and work from her home in Bloomington, Ind. In her new role, Gerber will provide resources for […]