Holy Ground

Rachel Gerber is denominational minister of Faith Formation for Mennonite Church USA. Rachel will complete her service with the denomination on July 31. “Get in the car!  It’s time to go!” Maybe your Sunday morning routine is a calm and peaceful one full of rainbows and unicorns, but for us, with three young boys in […]

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 […]

Deep Faith: A holistic approach to spiritual formation

Rachel Gerber is denominational minster for Youth and Young Adults for Mennonite Church USA. This is the first in a series of reflections from participants at Deep Faith: Anabaptist faith formation for all ages, held Oct. 6-8, 2016. “Fresh as the morning, sure as the sunrise, God always faithful, you do not change…” God of […]

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]