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How are we experiencing church growth?

7.20. 2018 Posted By: Byron Pellecer

There are all kinds of expectations and assumptions for how ministry should be observed in an established congregation. Church-plant initiatives are not immune to those expectations and assumptions. Numerical growth is one of them. Let me set the stage. I agree that both numerical and spiritual growth are important for the established and emerging church, […]

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How do we keep our churches safe?

7.12. 2018 Posted By: The Mennonite

How do we keep our church safe in a world that feels more dangerous than ever? This question has been posed frequently to both Dove’s Nest and Peace and Justice Support Network after mass shootings in churches, schools, malls, music venues and more, this past year. The question is asked of Dove’s Nest because of […]

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Choosing Love

7.13. 2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

Barbie Fischer finds her energy in helping people be restored to God, to themselves and their communities. She is often found goofing off with the two teens she mentors, facilitating restorative justice workshop with her organization Restorative Encounters  or hanging out with her church family at Ambler (Pennsylvania) Mennonite Church. Barbie is communication manager and administration coordinator […]

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Preventing abuse at church: An interview with a Mennonite pastor

11.8. 2015 Posted By: The Mennonite

This post comes from Dove’s Nest, an organization focused on helping faith communities keep children safe from abuse.  1. Please describe the situation at your Mennonite church. In the spring, Daniel*, who was a new attendee to the church, had an interaction with a couple of our elementary school-age girls that raised yellow flags. He approached […]

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On love, journey and shoes

9.22. 2015 Posted By: wearemenno

Marty Lehman is the administrative pastor at College Mennonite Church, a large congregation located on the Goshen College campus. Previously she served in administrative roles at various Mennonite organizations; most recently as the associate executive director for Mennonite Church USA Executive Board. She and her husband, Rex Hooley, live in Goshen, Ind. What does it […]

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Polarities vs. Whispers of the Spirit

7.25. 2015 Posted By: Byron Pellecer

For the most part, today’s society is more sophisticated and with more access to education than before, at least for the main stream of society. Even within Christian circles, faith is discussed and experienced in many ways; and the sad part of it is that these discussions and experiences are based in things that we […]

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Membership and the Mr. Potato Head Church

7.10. 2015 Posted By: Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg

I was the kid who could never take care of my toys. Lost or broken moments after receiving them, my toys never stood a chance. I did not intentionally destroy my toys, it just kind of happened. That is probably why I never got a Mr. Potato head even though I wanted one so badly. […]

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