Youth Ministry Council: The Gathering 2016 explores youth ministry through Anabaptist lens

By Jenny Castro (Mennonite Church USA) — At Youth Ministry Council: The Gathering 2016, held Jan. 29-Feb. 1 in Orlando, Florida, 42 youth workers from across Mennonite Church USA met to network, encourage one another, worship together and explore approaches to faith formation through real-life scenarios. “It was an amazing time of meeting, connecting and […]

The Avengers approach to youth ministry

Rachel Gerber is the Denominational Minister of Youth and Young Adults and editor of The Gathering Place. She’s looking forward to meeting with you person-to-person at Youth Ministry Council: The Gathering 2016 in Orlando, Florida, January 29-February 1, 2016, or connecting with you virtually throughout the year ahead. Subscribe to The Gathering Place to stay […]

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 […]

Why I’m Going to Youth Ministry Council

This post comes from Clayton Gladish, associate pastor at Hesston (Kan.) Mennonite Church. Ministry is about relationships. We say this all the time. As a pastor who works primarily with youth, building relationships is number one on my job description! But if that relational ministry only involves connecting with the young people in my care, […]

Mennonite youth workers invited to meet in Kansas City

Mennonite Church USA youth ministry leaders are planning a gathering for youth ministry workers across the church. Youth pastors, youth sponsors and other Mennonites connected to youth ministry are invited to the gathering in Kansas City, Mo., May 12–15, 2014. Meeting at the site of the 2015 convention of Mennonite Church USA will give participants […]

Mennonite Church USA redesigns youth leader webpage

New features include Bible studies and book recommendations By Hilary J. Scarsella ELKHART, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA)— A collection of 117 Bible studies written by college students for use by high school youth groups is one of several new features of Mennonite Church USA’s revamped youth leaders webpage. Between 2004 and 2009, Michele Hershberger, a […]