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  • nominees – Mennonite Church USA
    Board members affirmed appointed at biennial Delegate Assembly Posted on July 30 2015 ELKHART Ind Mennonite Church USA The following first term nominees for churchwide boards were affirmed July 1 during Mennonite Church USA s June 30 July 4 2015 Delegate Assembly in Kansas City Missouri All terms are four years in length David Boshart Wellman Iowa moderator elect two years moderator 2 years Executive Board Diane Zaerr Brenneman Wellman Iowa Executive Posted in Convention News Leadership Development News Tagged board members delegate assembly Everence Executive Board KC2015 Leadership Discernment Committee MennoMedia Mennonite Education Agency Mennonite Mission Network MHS nominees The Mennonite Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent News Executive Board holds second meeting of biennium Youth Ministry Council The Gathering 2016 explores youth ministry through Anabaptist lens Executive director reappointed for third three year term Sent 2016 A gathering of Mennonites planting Jesus centered communities Hope gathering to offer specific plan for Racial Ethnic change Convention Planning team welcomes new staff members Equipping the Saints Hope for the Future V to address HR practices procedures In support of our Muslim neighbors WeAreMenno Latino a Mennonites transforming the church The Syrian refugee crisis What can we do Subscribe to News

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  • The Mennonite – Mennonite Church USA
    Leadership Development News Tagged board members delegate assembly Everence Executive Board KC2015 Leadership Discernment Committee MennoMedia Mennonite Education Agency Mennonite Mission Network MHS nominees The Mennonite Board of The Mennonite to seek an interim editor Posted on September 18 2013 Search process for a new leader established By Joanna Shenk Elkhart Ind Mennonite Church USA The board of directors of The Mennonite Inc has decided to launch a search process for an interim editor for The Mennonite the denominational publication of Mennonite Church USA and its related web and social media channels According Barth Hague Posted in News Tagged Everett J Thomas The Mennonite Thomas to leave The Mennonite Posted on August 27 2013 By Gordon Houser Everett J Thomas submitted his resignation Aug 1 as editor of The Mennonite and CEO of The Mennonite Inc He began serving as editor on Nov 1 2000 Thomas will begin working in February 2014 as president of the Greencroft Communities Foundation headquartered in Goshen Ind The foundation serves six facilities in Posted in News Tagged Everett Thomas Greencroft Communities Foundation The Mennonite Board members affirmed at biennial Delegate Assembly Posted on August 27 2013 ELKHART Ind Mennonite Church USA The following first term nominees for churchwide boards were affirmed during Mennonite Church USA s July 2 5 Delegate Assembly in Phoenix All terms are four years in length Patricia Shelly Newton Kan moderator elect two years moderator two years Executive Board Yvonne Diaz Terlingua Texas Executive Board Joy Sutter East Norristown Pa Executive Board Isaac Posted in Convention News News Tagged board members delegate assembly Everence Executive Board Leadership Discernment Committee Mennonite Education Agency Mennonite Health Services Alliance Mennonite Mission Network The Mennonite Email Subscription Subscribe by Email Recent News Executive Board holds second meeting of biennium Youth Ministry Council The Gathering

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  • Staying the Course: How spiritual direction keeps me grounded in the midst of uncertainty – Mennonite Church USA
    life I am currently in transition having left a pastorate and committed to taking whatever time I need before I take on anything else Spiritual direction has kept me grounded in the midst of joy and enthusiasm as well as in the turmoil pain and identity issues I am facing now I am in the process of letting go and paying attention I have an eagerness to learn even as I fear the unknown journey ahead Transitions in life can be crazy making and the many voices I hear in the midst of my transition would be more difficult to sort through if I didn t have a safe place to process them As I drive through the gate once a month to the Jesuit Center in Wernersville Pennsylvania I can feel my blood pressure lower and my breathing slow down I know that whatever I bring with me that day will be received by my spiritual director with grace and compassionate listening She will walk with me into the darkness of sorrow and rejoice with me as I notice with her nudging that even the darkness is not dark to God She will gently challenge unhealthy assumptions and notice where God is at work in me even when I can t see it She will ask me Where do you see God s grace in this situation She will remind me not to get ahead of the grace which is her way of saying Slow down and let God s purposes unfold Jesus is our companion as we laugh and cry together Jesus is our light and our role model as I seek to follow and serve him Opening my heart and life to be more like Jesus is an intentional journey that never ends It is not about

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  • Resiliency – Mennonite Church USA
    reality is that an over functioning pastor working in an acutely anxious congregational system rarely has the calming effect which is needed 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 us 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 this is true and open our eyes we start to see this reality Turn off the news feeds selling information and inciting fear 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 and sisters whatever is true whatever is noble whatever is right whatever is pure whatever is lovely whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things Philippians 4 8 Assume the best of intentions It is so easy to do and we all fall into it at times A topic comes up and personalities are connected to it in ways which are not always fair or helpful We have all done it put persons and their perspective into small little boxes which are predicable caricatures for future reference But I have found it to be much more life giving and almost always more accurate to assume that the person I disagree with on matters of faith arrive at their position because of their faith not in spite of it The desire to follow Jesus with our lives through our varied life experiences and in our own contexts can bring us to different places on a variety of issues Rather than react with anger and arrogance of superiority I have found a great source of strength for my resiliency by listening to the stories of how persons got to their positions as an expression of their faith

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  • As others see us – Mennonite Church USA
    a healthy exercise for a congregation to do a survey of the neighbors around the building to see what they would say about the congregation Would their view of the congregation match the view the congregation has of itself Or maybe a congregation should ask the children about what they are seeing and experiencing in the congregation What are they learning about God and the community of faith Some possible questions for a congregation to consider might be Are we a warm friendly and hospitable congregation or are we a more reserved congregation Is our communication honest and respectful or is it passive aggressive and hurtful Do we discern together as a faith community or do we fight for our position way Are we quick to admit when we are wrong or justify our words and actions Are we clear about what we are for or clearer about what we are against Are we open to change or do we repeat this is the way we have always done it Do we vote with a desire to be faithful to God or with our pocketbook Are we a supporting and encouraging group of people or a criticizing group of people Do we listen for a possible word from God to us or for the flaw in the sermon Are we honest about our congregation s past or do we have buried secrets or unresolved conflicts Do we encourage people to develop their gifts or do we use a few people for everything Do we place people in key positions because of their gifts or because of who they are Do we each carry our fair share of the work as members or do we expect others to do all the work Is our congregation a place of forgiveness reconciliation and grace or a place of judgment Do we act more like the disciples or the Pharisees Would it make a difference in the community if our congregation no longer existed Do we have a sense of joy and hope or a sense of gloom and doom Can persons find new life within our body or is our body life draining Do we show biblical hospitality or are we a closed community Do people see the love of God in action or actions of an unloving people Can people find God for themselves in our congregation or are we putting out stumbling blocks and distorting the image of who God really is I pray that my granddaughter will grow in her understanding of who God is and that I one of many who love her will reflect the love joy and peace of God so that she is drawn toward God I pray that the church I love continues to give witness to this wonderful God who calls us to be a new creation 2 Corinthians 5 16 so that others are drawn toward God Share this Facebook Twitter Email Posted in Leadership Development Menno Snapshots Post navigation East Coast representative

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  • Resources for pastors, conferences and congregations – Mennonite Church USA
    websites below for a listing of more resources Or better yet contact your conference s Resource Advocate who will be very willing to help you locate the resources you need The Gathering Place from Mennonite USA Leadership Development office is a new website where Anabaptist youth leaders from across the country can gather to learn and connect One can participate in learning circles find all kinds of resources on spiritual formation and learn about receiving and offering coaching There are webinars and podcasts as well on topics such as leadership and faith formation of youth Anabaptist Faith Formation is a place to find resources to equip disciples of Jesus in the Anabaptist tradition Presently you can find home Lenten devotions for families and children There is also Bible studies and curriculum Everence has received a one million dollar grant from Lilly Endowment National Initiative to address the economic challenges facing pastoral leaders Educational debt can affect a pastor staying in the ministry or at least the kind of pastoral positions they can afford to consider which in turns affect congregations searching for a new pastor Contact Terry Shue of Mennonite Church USA Leadership Development to learn more MennoMedia offers five resource samplers on various themes free for 60 days to any congregation to assist them in curriculum choices Either call Menno Media Customer Service at 800 245 7894 or email custerservice mennomedia org Also check out the new VBS material Surprise Stories of Discovering Jesus inviting children from preschool to grade five to come along on the journey to open their eyes and see what Jesus has in store Mennonite Mission Network has developed a Gap Year program that can span anywhere from two months up to two years to be taken between high school graduation and the junior year of college Gap Year makes space for students to take a break to increase self awareness to learn from different cultures and experiment with possible careers Typically these are achieved by a combination of traveling volunteering interning or working And also now for all ages SOOP provides short term service opportunities for families and adults of all ages and is designed to join the experiences and skills of adults with missional faith communities all across North America Through the Mennonite Mission Network SOOP arranges short term placements ranging from a couple of weeks to a couple of months Mennonite Education Agency while focusing on the Mennonite schools also provides significant resources to area conferences as new congregations spring up across the country through leadership development with Hispanic Pastoral Leadership Education programs Mennonite Men offers resources to men s groups as well as provides a service component through JoinHands Since 1985 they have assisted 68 congregations with building grants totaling 1 8 million dollars Compassionate Care seminar for pastors and lay leaders sponsored by Mennonite Women USA The idea is that leaders need to do their own healing work in order to be a healing presence for others Contact Rhoda Keener

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  • Grace at the Table – Mennonite Church USA
    a Mennonite minister in a neighboring area conference because she was in a committed same sex relationship As a delegate during this annual meeting I was afforded a quick but thorough education in the decision making processes employed by the denomination Vocational experience in committee structures and Robert s Rules of Order provided a head start to my study of this institutional tension and during the Western District Conference meeting in July of 2014 I realized that so much of the conflict that I was hearing and seeing in the broader church was the result of both the misunderstanding and misuse of existing church polity and institutional structures A question and answer session with a denominational minister who was attending the conference as a representative of the national arm of the denomination made clear that the current foundational documents of the church which had been written in the mid 1990s needed to be revisited In this question and answer session both denominational leaders and pastors who had been a part of the church for years were unclear as to the history intent creation and application of the church s foundational documents How were they written Did the national delegate body vote to affirm them Were they meant to be permanent documents or to help through the transition of creating the new denomination All of these questions and several more were posed without many clear answers This confusion was startling to me I realized that very few people knew exactly how these documents factor into our lives as members of Mennonite Church USA because on a day to day basis they simply don t On a congregational level we do not rely as heavily on bylaws and polity but instead fall back on relationships with one another to inform our work in community together However the national denomination of the church relies on community without that deeply personal relationship We are brought together as a larger body through our history and biennial gatherings and participation in and support of Mennonite Church USA agency activities and missions but we do not live together as we do on a congregational level Put simply there is no way that every church in the country can be interpersonally connected in the same way we are when we share pews We have community through common interest rather than relationship As a member of Mennonite Church USA and later an employee I decided to make these documents the focus of my Master s degree capstone project I spent a year researching and writing in hopes of putting together some sort of resource that could give us all a place to start While I could not fully encompass every conversation or committee meeting or delegate session that went into the creation of these documents I do hope that my work allows insight to those like me who were not present for their writing I hope that insight leads to productive conversation And first and foremost I hope that

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  • Alyssa Bennett Smith – Mennonite Church USA
    Publications Resources Who We Are What We Do What We Believe Find a Church Contact MENU Archive Home Alyssa Bennett Smith Tag Alyssa Bennett Smith Grace at the Table Posted on June 25 2015 Alyssa Bennett Smith lives in Kansas City Missouri with her husband Joshua and works as the Web and Social Media Content Manager for Mennonite Church USA She loves coffee cats tattoos poetry and theology In May of 2015 she graduated from Central Baptist Theological Seminary earning a Master of Arts in Theological Studies with an Posted in Menno Snapshots Tagged Alyssa Bennett Smith Anabaptist Mennonite resources Mennonite Church USA polity Western District Conference 4 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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