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Our missional story: Early Church

11.20. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Kenneth Wettig is Pastor of Early Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Live the Sign: Radical hospitality amidst an Inhospitable culture as the local mission of the church Xenophobia (fear of strangers) is a Greek word that has been used to define our current sociopolitical climate. From the racism we witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia, to the general polarity […]

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Responding to the Spirit

11.2. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Francisco Machado Levia and his spouse, Juanita, have been invited to serve as church planters in Spain alongside Anabautistas, Menonitas y Hermanos en Cristo—España (Anabaptists, Mennonites, and Brethren in Christ—Spain). Juanita and Francisco are jointly appointed workers through Mennonite Mission Network and Virginia Mennonite Missions, currently living and serving in Madrid, Spain. Juanita, my wife, and I met our Lord […]

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Home is where I feel fulfilled

9.25. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Lauren Francisco is a member of Calvary Community Church in Hampton, Virginia. She served for a year with Mennonite Mission Network in South Africa and blogs regularly for The Mennonite’s website.  Touching back down at the JFK airport after living in South Africa for a year, I suddenly had anxiety. Would I forever chase the […]

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Top five reasons we really don’t want to be missional

9.12. 2017 Posted By: Jessica Schrock Ringenberg

Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg is an apostle serving at Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold, Ohio.  Missional. We’ve been hearing this word for 20 years. Our seminaries have been teaching it, our agencies have been producing books on it and our congregations have been using the word “missional” to justify programs, mission efforts and other worthwhile “regularly scheduled” […]

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Thanks for the hospitality!

8.29. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Photo: Rainbow Mennonite Church, Kansas City, Kansas, youth pastor, Renee Reimer, brought donuts for Eastern Mennonite High School staff and students on June 9.  During the month of June, I traveled through 21 states and over 8,300 miles on the Eastern Mennonite High School Discovery bus, a classroom on wheels. It was the hospitality, however, […]

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Wait for the wind

7.19. 2017 Posted By: Byron Pellecer

Byron Pellecer is Associate Conference Minister for Western District Conference. This piece originally ran in the WDC Sprouts newsletter.  Wait for the wind to blow and then allow this wind to take you. While living in Florida, I often went to Biscayne Bay for a walk, meditation or to enjoy the sea breeze. I remember […]

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What’s in a name?

7.14. 2017 Posted By: Jessica Schrock Ringenberg

Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg is an apostle serving at Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold, Ohio.  We sat in the church office, confused and in tears. It was a scenario I have experienced too many times before. My friend trying to figure out what it means to be a pastor. “I know I was called for a reason.” […]

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