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  • The stories of our demise have been greatly exaggerated – Mennonite Church USA
    2009 we have been dealing with change We have faced a number of challenges during my tenure The economic downturn greatly changed giving patterns for all non profits not just Mennonite Church USA opposition to building of the Elkhart building and lower than expected donor gifts for the completion of it opposition to Phoenix as the 2013 location for convention Mennonite World Conference Assembly 2015 and Kansas City 2015 being held in the same country John Howard Yoder Hopi Mission school I could add a number of items to this list As a member of the Executive Board staff and project manager for our national convention probably 90 percent of my job is dealing with challenging issues I have even had to negotiate disputes over land deals signed by Calvin Coolidge and congregational matters involving Kubota tractors Yes the pending transition of Lancaster Mennonite Conference has caused us to examine our budget and future staffing patterns but we have been planning for this possibility for the past five years As the chief steward for the Executive Board staff it has been my goal to create a lean and flexible organization that would be able to handle crisis and uncertainty So while the departure of several Mennonite Church USA conferences and congregations is disappointing these transitions were not unexpected Our staff has planned and prepared for a number of scenarios God has provided for our immediate needs and we are constantly looking at innovative ways to keep this denomination moving forward Yes our budget staffing and structures will need to adapt but isn t that just life Recently my wife transitioned from a job that she held for over 17 years causing a significant drop in my family income So my family has adjusted We have had to pull a little money from savings scale back our lifestyle a bit and make changes to adapt to this new reality While the transition is not ideal we are prepared and we still believe that God loves us That is how I look at the transition of the various conference and congregations out of Mennonite Church USA The loss of the revenue and partnership is unfortunate but we are prepared God still loves us and I still love all the people in North Central and Lancaster that I loved before Our national convention is open to anyone who wants to come just like it has always been Many Mennonites and non Mennonites from across the globe have joined our odd crew every odd year that I can remember So I encourage everyone to register bring a friend and come fellowship with us in Orlando July 4 8 2017 I believe that the stories of the demise of Mennonite Church USA have been exaggerated I look forward to seeing what the future holds for us I am hopeful for a leaner and more relevant institution that truly embodies healing and hope Things will be different and that s okay as long as we are

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  • future of Mennonite Church USA – Mennonite Church USA
    We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home future of Mennonite Church USA Tag future of Mennonite Church USA The stories of our demise have been greatly exaggerated Posted on December 9 2015 Glen Guyton is chief operating officer of Mennonite Church USA Since I have primary oversight of the Mennonite Church USA finances and the planning of our national convention it is hard for me to totally unplug from my work Technically I am supposed to be on sabbatical but people in Mennonite Church USA keep emailing Posted in Menno Snapshots Stewardship Tagged future of Mennonite Church USA Glen Guyton stewardship 3 Comments Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then and now Commemorating the Reformation Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church Stop Look And Listen Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July

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  • stewardship – Mennonite Church USA
    Directory Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home stewardship Tag stewardship The stories of our demise have been greatly exaggerated Posted on December 9 2015 Glen Guyton is chief operating officer of Mennonite Church USA Since I have primary oversight of the Mennonite Church USA finances and the planning of our national convention it is hard for me to totally unplug from my work Technically I am supposed to be on sabbatical but people in Mennonite Church USA keep emailing Posted in Menno Snapshots Stewardship Tagged future of Mennonite Church USA Glen Guyton stewardship 3 Comments Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then and now Commemorating the Reformation Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church Stop Look And Listen Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May

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  • Jesus doesn’t need a denomination, but you might – Mennonite Church USA
    people In the future denominations will have to become more like caretakers and less like rule makers Denominational leaders and the laity who create the expectations that the leaders follow will have to build up the lives of people instead of building inanimate brick and mortar edifices Ultimately the people who the denomination serves must be held accountable for the relevance and function of the denomination that they are a part of They must appoint leaders who speak for them They must examine founding documents and they must collectively challenge the status quo According to some reports there are over 2 000 Christian denominations active in the United States That means there are over 2 000 groups of people who at some point said We understand the gospels and Jesus Christ better than you Our interpretive lens is the clearest one Even as I type this blog my denomination Mennonite Church USA seems to be slowly fracturing and new groups are forming In a few years I am sure those splinter groups will split and turn into even smaller denominations Our fractured religious denominations begin to lose value like money in a bad economy Religious institutions that once had the power of a 100 bill have split to having no more influence than a 50 cent piece Today the issue is sexuality but tomorrow it might be something else like woman in leadership Did we get that one solved Maybe the problem is that we quaintly define our conflicts as issues and we avoid addressing the impact our decisions have on real people But we do need denominations because like Bishop Palmer said they provide cohesiveness and capacity the ability to bring resources together and leverage them to do enormous good Just think what we could do if we as Christians were all working together with a unified purpose and unified resources I wonder what that would be like But the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower the people were building Look he said The people are united and they all speak the same language After this nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them Genesis 11 5 6 NLT Ah we probably couldn t handle that either right Eventually someone would try to put themselves in the place of God Share this Facebook Twitter Email Posted in Menno Snapshots Stewardship Tagged denominations Glen Guyton tower of babel Post navigation WeAreMenno A new Mennonite communion liturgy addresses concerns of sexual abuse survivors Healthy Selfies Official comments policy for users of Mennonite Church USA s websites and other social networking tools We reserve the right to remove any comment that violates this policy The purpose of comments is to engage in constructive dialogue Please provide your own full name Be respectful If you re offering criticism focus on others ideas not their motives person character or faith Consider the log in your own eye before pressing Enter Comments are moderated Comments with any

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  • denominations – Mennonite Church USA
    Directory Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home denominations Tag denominations Jesus doesn t need a denomination but you might Posted on August 27 2015 Glen Guyton is chief operating officer for Mennonite Church USA The leadership education department at Duke University asks a good question What s the future of denominations As a current denominational leader on an unsteady ship I probably think about this every single day and twice on Monday As a former pastor I think Do I really Posted in Menno Snapshots Stewardship Tagged denominations Glen Guyton tower of babel 6 Comments Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then and now Commemorating the Reformation Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church Stop Look And Listen Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May

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  • tower of babel – Mennonite Church USA
    Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home tower of babel Tag tower of babel Jesus doesn t need a denomination but you might Posted on August 27 2015 Glen Guyton is chief operating officer for Mennonite Church USA The leadership education department at Duke University asks a good question What s the future of denominations As a current denominational leader on an unsteady ship I probably think about this every single day and twice on Monday As a former pastor I think Do I really Posted in Menno Snapshots Stewardship Tagged denominations Glen Guyton tower of babel 6 Comments Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then and now Commemorating the Reformation Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church Stop Look And Listen Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June

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  • Put your money where your heart is – Mennonite Church USA
    planted seeds During each step in the process the dog the cat and the duck decided they would divest from the overall process The book does not say why they decided to divest from the more unpopular and strenuous aspects of the bread making process but when eating time came the dog the cat and the duck were all lined up with butter knives and a crock full of apple better hoping to get slice of that hot homemade whole grain goodness Today many groups are calling for the divestment in this enterprise or that enterprise Issues of human rights social justice creation care and other reasons are often cited Ironically these calls often come from people of privilege who while protesting parts of the process still want to partake of the benefits of the finished product Instead of divesting maybe we should organize and invest in people and processes that align with our beliefs Do we try to bend the ethical will of big oil or would our time and energy be better spent finding alternative sources of energy or even alternative ways to get to work Are we too comfortable trying to change current institutions rather than creating our own Do we have the energy to come together for the common good to bring about long term change even if it means self sacrifice Maybe we have to go without bread ourselves to bring about the change we so hope occurs Stewardship is about managing our time talents and resources Instead of organizing to withhold let s organize to strengthen and support what we value and believe in Share this Facebook Twitter Email Posted in Menno Snapshots Stewardship Tagged divestment Glen Guyton the little red hen Post navigation The summer of grief Board members affirmed appointed at biennial Delegate Assembly Official comments policy for users of Mennonite Church USA s websites and other social networking tools We reserve the right to remove any comment that violates this policy The purpose of comments is to engage in constructive dialogue Please provide your own full name Be respectful If you re offering criticism focus on others ideas not their motives person character or faith Consider the log in your own eye before pressing Enter Comments are moderated Comments with any content that is deemed obscene libelous defamatory or hateful toward an individual or group will not be approved 2 thoughts on Put your money where your heart is James says July 30 2015 at 9 40 am Glen tells us Today many groups are calling for the divestment in this enterprise or that enterprise Issues of human rights social justice creation care and other reasons are often cited Ironically these calls often come from people of privilege who while protesting parts of the process still want to partake of the benefits of the finished product Glen what are some examples of these privileged groups Glen G says July 31 2015 at 12 07 am I think the best example would

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  • divestment – Mennonite Church USA
    Calendar Directory Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home divestment Tag divestment Put your money where your heart is Posted on July 29 2015 Glen Guyton is chief operating officer for Mennonite Church USA One of my favorite books from childhood is The Little Red Hen It is a simple book with a very powerful stewardship message but a message that may be lost on some of us The story is about of course a little red chicken let s Posted in Menno Snapshots Stewardship Tagged divestment Glen Guyton the little red hen 2 Comments Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent Snapshots Love is a Verb Resources for pastors conferences and congregations Hope for the Future Questions and concerns determination and confidence Discovering the root of my fear Hope for the Future What does inaction reveal about us Hope for the Future Angst and expectation together Orlando then and now Commemorating the Reformation Positive steps for creating a culture of giving in your church Stop Look And Listen Archives February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015

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