Webinar series equips pastors and ministry leaders during COVID-19

By MC USA staff (Mennonite Church USA) — Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) is offering a series of webinars this month for pastors, leaders and other faith workers. Led by denominational ministers and chaplains, the webinars provide tools to address the difficult realities faced by ministry leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar, Recognition of […]

Register by April 6 for free webinar on virtual tools for youth ministry

By MC USA staff (Mennonite Church USA) – Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) is offering a free webinar for youth ministry leaders, entitled “Virtual tools for real youth ministry,” on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 4 p.m. EDT/1 p.m. PDT. “There has been an explosion of resources for all kinds of online ministry offered in […]

The Gathering Live 2018 will focus on encountering God in youth ministry

(Mennonite Church USA) — The Gathering Live 2018 will take place on May 4-6 in Kansas City with the theme “Encountering God: Faith that Matters.” The gathering is for youth ministry leaders and anyone interested in faith formation, including youth ministry teams, pastors, educators, camp workers, sponsors, youth workers and faith formation leaders. “One of our primary tasks as youth ministry […]

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. […]