Cost Analysis

Over the next few months we’ve invited folks from across Mennonite Church USA to reflect on our Journey Forward and consider how they’ve seen Renewed Commitments at work in their lives, their congregation or community. If you’d like to contribute to this series by highlighting stories that bring our shared values to life, email  Ruth Harder is the pastor at […]

Being open and honest about the state of youth ministry at The Gathering Live

  (Mennonite Church USA) — “What kind of faith are we passing on to the next generation? How are we doing as a church in modeling a vibrant faith centered in Jesus Christ? Where are the intergenerational and relational gaps in our congregations?” A group of 32 pastors, sponsors, educators and mission agency representatives met […]

Ashes to Ashes

Ruth Harder is the pastor at Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City, Kansas. She grew up in Hillsboro, Kansas and is a graduate of Bethel College (01) and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (07). Ruth is married to Jesse Graber, a free-lance illustrator. You will find at least one of them cheering on the Kansas City […]

Ten tips for surviving convention (from the eyes of a youth leader)

Renee Reimer is the director of Youth and Outreach Ministries at Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City, Kansas and a connect student at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. She loves the mountains, creating music, cooking delicious food, and intergenerational communities (and loves it even more when they all are happening at the same time). This post […]

Love is a Verb: Love in whose image?

Ruth Harder is the pastor at Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City, Kansas. Prior to Rainbow, she was the associate pastor at Bethel College Mennonite in North Newton, Kansas, and before that she was a hospital chaplain as well as the communications coordinator and youth director at LaSalle Street Church, a multi-denominational church in Chicago, […]