Reflecting God’s love

Over the next few months we’ve invited folks from across Mennonite Church USA to reflect on our Journey Forward and consider how they’ve seen Renewed Commitments at work in their lives, their congregation or community. If you’d like to contribute to this series by highlighting stories that bring our shared values to life, email JenniferC@MennoniteUSA.org.  Ben Tapper has a bachelor’s […]

Better together

Allie Shoup is an admissions counselor at Hesston College, where she shares her love for education with young people searching for the perfect place to belong. She is a born and raised Wichitan (of Wichita, Kansas) whose heart for people and adventure has taken her to five continents. Since attending Bethel College as a Bible […]

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 […]

Looking toward Orlando

Danilo Sanchez lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters. There he serves as a part-time youth pastor with two Mennonite churches and works part time with Mennonite Central Committee as the Summer Service National Coordinator. He studied at Eastern Mennonite Seminary (2013) and Eastern University (2010). This post originally appeared on the […]

Step Up

Leah Wenger graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School last June and is currently a first year student at Eastern Mennonite University studying psychology and music. She loves singing in EMU’s choir, Emulate and enjoys spending time outdoors doing a variety of activities. Leah is an active member of Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where […]

Going deeper at convention

Clayton Gladish has served as one of the pastors of Hesston Mennonite Church for over three years. His passions include faith formation, biblical studies, and creating compassionate communities. He rarely turns down a good burger or the chance to play games with friends. He sometimes strives for perfection, but would rather have opportunities to learn […]

Do we truly belong? Thoughts on diversity

John Tyson is associate pastor for faith formation at Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton, Kansas. The following post first appeared at Mennonite Church USA’s convention website. Registration for #MennoCon17 opens today! To be honest, I was nervous about convention in 2015. I hadn’t attended an Mennonite Church USA convention since 2005, back when […]

God is love

Abby King is a first-year at Goshen College, studying journalism with a minor in Bible and Religion. She is a part of the Youth Worship Planning Committee for Orlando 2017. She is a member at Ridgeview Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This post originally appeared on the Mennonite Church USA convention blog. When I was […]

To small congregations: you are enough.

Rachel S. Gerber is denominational minister for youth and young adults for Mennonite Church USA. To those who find themselves in small (or smallish) congregations, I have a word for you today. You are enough. I know of the countless hours you have spent praying about growing in size. I know you have given much […]

Reflections on KC2015

Christine van Belle, her husband Jim Anderson and daughters Ruby and Iris, attend Corvallis (Oregon) Mennonite Fellowship.  She is a school psychologist in the Salem Keizer School District.  Christine considers herself to be a Christian who happens to be of the Mennonite flavor; she is grateful for all the variations within the world of Christianity that […]