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  • Resiliency – Mennonite Church USA
    the whole bible Book after book we read through and reflected on the plight of the leaders of the Old Testament who were wishing they could go work at Walmart or anything other than lead these people It was in that study I was struck with the fact that resiliency in leadership is a vitally important trait and it is really only seen and needed when the organization and thus the people are going through stressful times What if for such a time as this God has called you to be a leader in your congregation In the stressful season of the church today I commit the following daily practices to kindle the resilience my spirit needs for the journey of leadership I offer them to you and invite you to join me on this journey Practice self care While going through difficult times in a church it is very easy for leaders to begin to over function and somehow fall into the mindset that it is up to them to get the bus out of the ditch alone We quickly begin to think If I just work harder things will get better The sad reality is that an over functioning pastor working in an acutely anxious congregational system rarely has the calming effect which is needed I understand self care in ministry is that if I have not tended to the realities of my own needs I will have very little to offer the group I am called to lead Self care for me is a broad category of deliberate attention given to the body mind and spirit Self care requires creating space in the busyness of our work for sufficient time for an exercise routine spiritual reflection creative play and time to tend to a network of loved ones around you And the reality is if you don t tend to this yourself no one else will do it for you nor will they necessarily notice it if you don t until it is too late To look for and give voice to what is right in the world and the Church We are surrounded with so many sources of negativity and fear But there are so many good things going on in the world and the church When we believe it is true and open our eyes we start to see this reality Turn off the news feeds selling information and begin to grasp the reality that God is at work in the beautiful world which is dearly loved Allow our minds and our eyes to see these great realities And then when we find it point it out with encouragement and by telling the story To tell the good stories of what God is doing through the church is just as contagious as the cancerous negativity of the evening news When we celebrate what is right in the world we find the energy to be part of fixing what is wrong with the world Finally brothers

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  • Women in Ministry – Mennonite Church USA
    Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Mennonite Church USA Resources Home Resources Leadership Development Women in Ministry Women in Ministry Posted on March 13 2015 Introduction to Packet From the Pastor s Pen Women s Wisdom Summary of Criticism in Ministry Surprises in Ministry Encouragements for Young women Survey Results Categories About Mennonite Church USA Christian Formation Church to Church

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  • Cultivating a Culture of Call – Mennonite Church USA
    Cultivating a Culture of Call introduction to the packet How to Use the Call Packet Calling people to pastoral ministry What does a calling congregation look like Is there really a pastoral shortage among Mennonites Young Pastors Doubly blessed GOLF at First Mennonite Beatrice Congregational Characteristics Call Sermon Texts Discernment what if the gifts are not there Ministry Sunday The Ministry Inquiry Program What can pastors do to cultivate a

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  • Bivocational Pastors – Mennonite Church USA
    This gathering of positives and negatives from research and Mennonite bivocational pastors may help discern if God is calling you to this unique form of ministry Time Management and Boundaries How to accept being done when there is always more that could be done How to accept that we can t and won t attend everything full time pastors do Rituals to un hook and protect the day off Empowering Laity and Leading Collaboratively Guidelines for equipping and empowering congregational members to share leadership so that the pastor doesn t have to be present at all committee meetings yet is kept informed Implications for the family Advice for family care such as Never use vacation from secular job to pastor Take vacations Plan family nights that neither job can interrupt Are Part time pastors only Partly pastors Some part time or bivocational pastors feel at times like second class pastors Our society contributes to this in ways For Congregations Pastors Care and feeding of a bivocational pastor Implications for the congregation to consider when hiring a bivocational pastor Negotiation guidelines A clear agreement between pastor and congregation is always useful but absolutely essential in a bivocational setting Qualities to look for Research suggests certain kinds of characteristics lend themselves to successful contented bivocational ministry Good jobs to pair with ministry Certain jobs lend themselves most naturally to working with ministry Biblical and theological support for Bivocational Ministry Resources MEDA offers start up loans through ACCESS program to make loans to a community association that might include employment for the pastor www meda org Articles A call for bivocational or part time pastors The Mennonite November 16 2004 Mennonite Macedonias The Mennonite October 17 2006 Bibliography D Min Dissertation Article Survey of Mennonite Pastors All bivocational congregations and pastors should have

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  • Sexual Misconduct – Mennonite Church USA
    ministerial Justice Making The Church Responds to Clergy Misconduct Part II Haciendo justicia la iglesia responde a la mala conducta ministerial Guidelines for Accountability Groups Clinical considerations Return to Ministry Pastoral Care of Accused Clergy Conducting an Investigation Response Groups in Dealing with Accusations of Sexual Abuse Guidelines for Reporting Sexual Misconduct and Other Sensitive News Stories Considerations for Disciplinary Care of Ministers Congregational Steps to Health Followlng Trauma Stages

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  • Ministerial Credentialing – Mennonite Church USA
    English Ministerial Credentialing Competencies and Education for Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA Competencies and Education Grid Ministerial Credentialing A Guide to the Process Credentialing Process Checklist Questionnaire for Interview Preparation for Licensing Questionnaire for Interview Preparation for Ordination The Interview Guide Goals Assessment and Questions Growth and Orientation of Licensed Pastors Mentoring Program for Beginning Pastors Congregational Discernment for Ordination Form for Spouse of Candidate for Ordination Ceremonies

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  • Pastor Congregation Relations – Mennonite Church USA
    USA Resources Home Resources Leadership Development Pastor Congregation Relations Pastor Congregation Relations Posted on March 13 2015 Introduction to the Pastor Congregation Relations Packet Pastor Congregation Relations Committee Job Description Covenant of Understanding The Pastor s Spouse Negotiating The Pastors Salary Study Renewal and Service Leaves Considerations for a Team Ministry Hiring a Minister Responsible for Youth Ministry Is It Time For A Change Transitions Guidelines for Pastoral Exit Interview

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  • Pastor Congregation Evaluation – Mennonite Church USA
    Evaluation Pastor Congregation Evaluation Posted on March 13 2015 Evaluation Tools Pastor Evaluation Introduction D1 Pastoral Congregation review Based in the Appreciative Way D2 Mini Pastoral Review D3 A suggested approach for pastoral reviews D4 Congregational Pastoral Review Software for D 5 Pastoral Review Form this link will take you off the Mennonite Church USA site D5 Pastoral Review Form D6 Pastor Evaluation D7 Pastoral Evaluation Suitable for a Small

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