Spiritual Road Map

Shana Peachey Boshart is formation minister for Central Plains Mennonite Conference, long time youth ministry worker, wise parent and adoring grandparent. Shana is no stranger to faith formation and has spearheaded some amazing initiatives like: Step Up, a leadership development program for Mennonite youth to learn the dynamics of church polity, and Anabaptist Faith Formation Network, […]

A word from a convention junkie

Tim Blaum lives in Goshen, Indiana and is technical director at River Oaks Community Church. He is a 2010 graduate of Goshen College and is serving as technical director for youth worship at Orlando 2017.This post originally appeared at The Gathering Place. Orlando 2017 will be my eighth convention in a row. That will make […]

What I learned … from ministry to social work

For 13 years Ross Erb served as associate pastor for Children, Youth and Families at Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He now works as a child advocate at Collins Center, a local non-profit that seeks to eliminate sexual violence and it’s impact in the community. When not working, Ross loves to read, garden, […]

Reflections on Empowering Parenting

Jenny Castro is a mother of three children, ages 12, 10 and seven. She is coordinator of the Women in Leadership Project and communications associate for Mennonite Church USA. She also serves on the Panel for Sexual Abuse Prevention for the denomination. Jenny is a member of San Antonio Mennonite Church. This post originally appeared […]

The Truth of Ubuntu

Shannon Dycus lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her husband, Gregory and two sons – ages 4 and 6. She is co-pastor at First Mennonite Church in Indianapolis. The realities of race, power and justice are ongoing conversations as a pastor of color in a predominantly white congregation. The conversations almost always include food and grace. This post originally appeared […]

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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 […]

Conference to focus on Anabaptist faith formation across generations

By Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART, Indiana (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary/Mennonite Church USA) — Thirty workshops geared toward people at all stages of life and three plenary sessions will be offered as part of Deep Faith: Anabaptist Faith Formation for All Ages, a conference for people who care about faith formation to connect with and learn […]

Anabaptist faith formation conference to be held Oct. 6–8

By Annette Brill Bergstresser ELKHART, Indiana (Mennonite Church USA/Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary) — In 2014, following a workshop led by Shana Peachey Boshart on children’s spirituality at the biennial convention of Mennonite Camping Association, Rachel Gerber and Elsie Rempel lingered to chat with Boshart. One of the fruits of this conversation is Deep Faith: Anabaptist […]

New website for Mennonite youth workers to launch at KC2015

(Mennonite Church USA)—A new website for youth workers, The Gathering Place, will officially launch at the Mennonite Church USA convention in Kansas City from June 30 to July 5, 2015. Rachel Springer Gerber, Mennonite Church USA denominational minister for youth and young adults, envisions the site as a hub for networking, peer-to-peer resourcing and spiritual […]

The Gathering Place and the future of youth ministry

Rachel Gerber is denominational minister for youth and young adults for Mennonite Church USA. I recently watched a great Youth Specialties interview with Kenda Creasy Dean, Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Seminary, and extraordinary leader in youth ministry today, where she candidly spoke about her hunches of the future of youth ministry. […]