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  • Bilateral Conversations and Relationships – Mennonite Church USA
    here today God also is doing in heaven A report of the recent MWC LWC dialogue entitled Healing Memories Reconciling in Christ is available at the Mennonite World Conference website Between February 2002 and March 2004 four persons appointed by the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board Tom Finger Jim Juhnke Gayle Gerber Koontz and John Roth engaged in five dialogue sessions with a team appointed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America The two years of conversations were concluded in March 2004 and the final report has been issued under the title Right Remembering in Anabaptist Lutheran Relations A Declaration of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on the Condemnation of Anabaptists was adopted in October 2006 by the ELCA Conference of Bishops and then unanimously in November 2006 by the ELCA Church Council In January 2007 the Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA received Right Remembering and asked Executive Leadership staff to send a letter to the ELCA conveying appreciation for the ELCA Declaration The Lutheran World Federation LWF and MWC International Study Commission met in 2006 and 2007 in Strasbourg to consider the condemnations of Anabaptists in Lutheran confessional writings and their appicability to the teaching of Anabaptist Mennonites today The 2007 meeting also included discussion on the Called together to be peacemakers report from the Mennonite and Catholic dialogue On April 10 2012 Lutherans and Mennonites gathered in Elkhart Indiana for a day of celebration and thanksgiving for ten years of relationship and dialogue Participants in the international and national dialogues national staff bishops area conference ministers pastors and lay leaders all participated The day included prayer and worship lectures and conversation a tree dedication a meal and times of fellowship A four session study guide has been prepared for congregations by Mennonite Church Canada and the

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  • Support WMC and Pennsylvania in 2015 – Mennonite Church USA
    Mennonite Church USA Resources Home Resources Church to Church Relationships Support WMC and Pennsylvania in 2015 Support WMC and Pennsylvania in 2015 Posted on February 25 2015 Mennonite World Conference is coming to North America Harrisburg Pa July 21 26 2015 and you can help Support the assembly fund individually or as a congregation so that people from all over the world will be able to attend Visit https www

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  • World Fellowship Sunday worship resources available – Mennonite Church USA
    Find a Church Contact MENU Mennonite Church USA Resources Home Resources Church to Church Relationships World Fellowship Sunday worship resources available World Fellowship Sunday worship resources available Posted on February 25 2015 Download Resource World Fellowship Sunday is January 18 2015 Each year on the Sunday closest to January 21 Mennonite World Conference remembers the first Anabaptist baptism in 1525 Mennonite World Conference has developed worship resources to mark this

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  • Resources for congregational treasurers – Mennonite Church USA
    Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Mennonite Church USA Resources Home Resources Lay Leaders Resources for congregational treasurers Resources for congregational treasurers Posted on March 24 2015 We have many tools to help keep congregational treasurer s equipped Check out the following Sample guidelines and policies for church treasurers Sample job descriptions Church treasurer Conference business manager Categories About Mennonite Church USA Christian Formation

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  • Survey for Credentialed Leaders – Mennonite Church USA
    important is this to you as a pastor leader on a scale of 1 5 low to high o In relationship to your area conference Over the past five years has this increased decreased or stayed the same o In relationship to our denomination Over the past five years has this increased decreased or stayed the same a A sense of identity and belonging that is larger than just the local context b Ways to cultivate healthy interdependence with other congregations c Educational resources and other means of discipleship d Broader discernment regarding tough issues that arise in pursuit of our mission e Support for calling training and sustaining congregational leaders f Avenues to cooperate with other groups on projects in mission or relief g Outside help when congregations face intense conflicts or personnel issues 4 Which of the following services from Mennonite Church USA benefited your congregation in the last five years mark all that apply o Participation in churchwide convention for all ages Pittsburgh 2011 and or Phoenix 2013 o Website and or graphic design services including the Mennonite Church USA logo o Attendance of church member s in Mennonite Education Agency related schools kindergarten through seminary o Assistance in finding a pastor through resources provided to your conference minster Leadership Development Resources o Pastoral salary guidelines Leadership Development Resources o Year of the Bible 12 Scripture Project Leadership Development Resources o Documents from our web based resource center such as list any documents 4a Stewardship resources from Everence mark all that apply o Sharing Fund matching grants for financial needs in the church community o Stewardship teaching such as seminars and workshops o The Corinthian Plan for health coverage by either giving or receiving o Financial planning or banking services such as a church mortgage loan o Other please specify 4b Resources from Mennonite Mission Network Holistic Witness o Ministry partnership in overseas context o Participation in a ministry program such as Mennonite Voluntary Service DOOR SOOP Radical Journey Service Adventure or Youth Venture o Missio Dei booklets with topics such as What is an Anabaptist Christian o Mission banks children s stewardship curriculum o Other please specify 4c Resources from MennoMedia mark all that apply o Hymnal A Worship Book Sing the Journey and or Sing the Story o Leader magazine for planning worship o Uniform Series Sunday school curriculum o Children s Sunday school curriculum Gather Round o Third Way Café or other web resources o Other please specify 5 In answering the following questions keep in mind that Mennonite Church USA is made up of 21 area conferences Each of these area conferences have congregations that are members of their conference These congregations are not members of Mennonite Church USA but are affiliated with the denomination by virtue of belonging to an area conference 5a What if anything do you appreciate most about your congregation s affiliation with Mennonite Church USA Write one or more phrases sentences 5b What if anything most concerns you

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  • Retired Minister Benefit Guidelines – Mennonite Church USA
    What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Mennonite Church USA Resources Home Resources Pastors Retired Minister Benefit Guidelines Retired Minister Benefit Guidelines Posted on March 30 2015 Guidelines for congregations in contributing to a pastor s retirement plan limits on contributions to various retirement plans and use of the housing allowance for retired pastors Ministers Retirement Fund Recommendations Retirement Contribution Limits Housing Allowance for Retired Ministers Categories About Mennonite

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  • Implications for the family of bivocational pastors – Mennonite Church USA
    be sacrificed for the other This is even more critical to attend to in a bivocational arrangement When the bivocational pastor has two jobs but is 100 committed to the church the additional job s are attended to on family time As a spouse watching a pastor do full time ministry on three fourth salary is stressful One spouse is looking forward to the day when we can attend our kids and grandkids events say yes to something on a Friday evening and no to having to go to the mission with a Sunday school class Many of us laud sacrificial giving and admire pastors who seem to do it all But what lies behind this kind of pastor is often a suffering resentful family As a denomination we must call pastors with a messianic bent to accountability After all we believe there is only one Savior and it isn t the pastor Most likely the total blame lies neither at the pastor s feet nor at the congregation s The pastor must work at self awareness examining elements of personal drive or perfectionism and work diligently at making and keeping boundaries around time But the congregation must also take responsibility for allowing their pastor to work more than the percentage of time negotiated Few congregations will refuse the time a pastor dedicates to them and the ministries of the church And once the pattern of over work is established it s doubly difficult for a congregation to understand why a pastor is backing off The congregation that hires a pastor for a partial percentage of fulltime needs to actively plan for how the remainder of the work will get done or better yet what simply won t be done Most congregations probably assume the pastor is taking care of

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  • Guidelines for Biblical/Communal Discernment – Mennonite Church USA
    Contact MENU Mennonite Church USA Resources Home Resources Statements Resolutions Guidelines for Biblical Communal Discernment Guidelines for Biblical Communal Discernment Posted on March 14 2015 Download Resource Discernment is a means by which people of faith come to understand God s will It is a process by which believers anticipate God s presence seek for God s guidance and listen for God s call This resource is for congregational and

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