Dreams for the Future Church: Reflections from the FCS Design Team

As Christians, we are people who let Christ’s grace soften our grip on our lives in order to open ourselves to God’s life working in us. Releasing our desire for control enables us to welcome God’s future — that the Spirit of God would produce life in and through us, and that the life of […]

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Mennonite Church USA Executive Board staff transitions

(Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board (EB) staff announces current staff transitions: Scott Hartman has been promoted to director of Building Operations for the Elkhart, Indiana, offices of Mennonite Church USA effective Aug. 1. Hartman has been a long-time staff member, working with convention planning, building issues and other projects. “We wanted […]

Raising the bar, healthy boundaries and training the trainers

Terry Shue is director of Leadership Development for Mennonite Church USA. My backyard adjoins three of my neighbors’ properties, each one with a different type of boundary. One is a six-foot-high solid wooden fence; the other boundary is made up of nice groupings of trees and a grape trellis; and the third is a less […]

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Event equips ‘Healthy Boundaries’ trainers for the church

By Jenny Castro KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) — Nearly 40 area conference ministers and representatives, pastors, denominational leaders, social workers, victim advocates and counselors from across Mennonite Church USA gathered May 10-11 in Kansas City for a “train the trainers” event organized by Mennonite Church USA staff members Iris de León Hartshorn, director […]

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Executive Board members “of one mind” at recent meetings

By Mennonite Church USA staff KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Mennonite Church USA) – The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board (EB) gathered March 30 – April 1 for the final meeting of the 2015-2017 biennium and the EB’s last gathering before the Delegate Assembly in Orlando. Mortgage Burning In his report to the board, executive director Ervin […]

The Future Church Summit: What can I do for others because of my faith?

The Future Church Summit will take place July 6-8, at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Orlando. It will be a generative, open space for denomination-wide conversation — to dream together, reset priorities and engage one another in answering the question: How will we follow Jesus as Anabaptists in the 21st century? Leading up to […]

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Mennonite Church USA issues response to DSA report, shares findings and recommendations

By Janie Beck Kreider “…so that God’s healing and hope flow through us to the world.” –Vision for Healing and Hope, Mennonite Church USA From Executive Board staff representatives – Ervin Stutzman, Iris de Leόn-Hartshorn, Terry Shue – of Mennonite Church USA: As Mennonite Church USA, we value and aspire daily to be a vessel […]

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Mennonite Church USA and Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference respond to ‘recommitment process’ concerns

(Mennonite Church USA / Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference) — At the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board (EB) meeting Nov. 10 in Newton, Kansas, a concern was brought forward regarding the “Year of Recommitment” that Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference (PSMC)—one of the most diverse conferences in Mennonite Church USA—has undertaken to assess where they are as a […]