Glimpses of our work
Journey Forward is a churchwide renewal process of engaging in scripture, storytelling and sharing how God is at work in the lives of people and congregations across MC USA.
Convention is a biennial gathering of thousands of Mennonite Church USA members. It is truly a faith formation event where people can come together to worship, to learn, to discern and to fellowship.
Learn more about convention details, the schedule and speakers at the Mennonite Church USA convention website.
We hope to see you there!
Mennonite Church USA strives to empower and equip existing leaders as well as foster the growth of new leadership. The Leadership Development team is comprised of denominational ministers who serve and provide resources to conferences, congregations and candidates for pastoral positions.
Associate Executive Director for Church Vitality and Engagement
Denominational Minister for Leadership Development
Sandra Shenk Lapp
Office Manager for the Leadership Development Office
Shana Peachey Boshart
Denominational Minister for Faith Formation
Sue Park-Hur is the Denominational Minister for Leadership Development for Mennonite Church USA. In this role, she coordinates initiatives and programs related to the churchwide priority of Undoing Racism and Advancing Intercultural Transformation.
Shana Peachey Boshart serves formation leaders in our congregations and conferences by providing resources, events and counsel. She curates AnabaptistFaithFormation.org, a one-stop hub of formation resources for all ages, curated through an Anabaptist lens. In early 2019, she will relaunch The Gathering Place, the online gathering space for MC USA formation leaders to learn, be and connect.
The WIL works to dismantle patriarchal systems in Mennonite Church USA by empowering women to live out the call of God on their lives, increase their capacities, and contribute their wisdom in congregations, area conferences, agencies and institutions.
Collecting, sharing and preserving stories of Mennonite Christian discipleship.
The Mennonite Church USA Archives seeks to inspire people worldwide to follow Christ by engaging them with the historical record of Mennonite Christian discipleship.
Director of Archives and Records Management
The goal of The Corinthian Plan is to provide health care access for as large a group of pastors and church workers in Mennonite Church USA as possible. The name emerges from verses in 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 where the newly emerging church in Corinth is encouraged to practice sharing with each other.
Executive Board Policies
The Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA meets three to four times per year. This page will give you an overview of recent board actions, press releases and statements, as well as links to board policies and other important background documents.
Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response
As Mennonite Church USA, we value and aspire daily to be a vessel for God’s healing in the world. So when allegations of abuse, intimate partner violence and misconduct are raised in our community, it is our responsibility to respond not only with compassion to the individuals involved, but from a space of justice. We take seriously our responsibility to implement proactive policies and cultivate a culture that prevent abuse within our faith communities, as well as respond and hold offenders accountable swiftly and appropriately when abuse occurs.
Mennonite Church USA’s response
As a result of the investigation, MENNONITE CHURCH USA commits to:
- Walking alongside and providing support to VMC leadership as they carry out the above recommendations.
- Along with VMC leaders, hosting “listening circles” to receive the VMC community’s stories, concerns and recommendations, and to begin the process of healing and discerning the path forward as a community.
- Providing a Healthy Boundaries 101-201 national training in May 2017, contracting with FaithTrust Institute. This training will be open to all area conferences and Mennonite agencies, and we encourage all conferences and agencies to send at least one or two representatives to be trained.
- Once trainers are equipped, establishing a common agreement among all conferences to provide regular trainings on healthy boundaries to all Mennonite Church USA pastors and credentialed leaders on an every three- to four-year basis.
- Establishing a standard practice with all conference ministers that pastors and leaders entering any Mennonite Church USA conference must participate in the healthy boundaries training within 12 months of their employment —either through a sister conference or FaithTrust Institute.
- Preparing a document of learnings from this situation to share publicly with the broader church, that will also be used by Mennonite Church USA’s Panel on Sexual Abuse Prevention as they work to develop a process for addressing violation of sexual boundaries with non-credentialed leaders in congregations.