Blog posts

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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A witnessing and multicultural experience

5.31. 2017 Posted By: Byron Pellecer

Byron Pellecer is Associate Conference Minister for Western District Conference, based in Texas.  As I visit our established and emerging congregations in Western District Conference, I find myself praying a simple, respectful and honest prayer: “LORD, help me to see you at work in this community of faith and in this neighborhood.”  I try to […]

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Missional Church: The fad that just won’t go away

5.30. 2017 Posted By: Jessica Schrock Ringenberg

Recently I heard an observation following Ohio Conference’s Annual Conference Assembly in which we focused on becoming a mission-driven (a.k.a. “Missional”) conference. The observation? It seems as though our younger leaders are the driving force behind the passion for this movement. And so the question becomes, “Why?” Why are younger leaders pushing for this change? […]

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Video blog: A glimpse of life as missionaries, neighbors, parents and friends

2.28. 2017 Posted By: Mennonite Church USA

​In this video, David and Rebekka Stutzman report on their first year of start-up ministry in Mannheim, Germany. The Stutzmans and their three children (pictured above, l to r, Immanuel, Nathanael and Liana) are mission workers with Mennonite Mission Network and Virginia Mennonite Missions. Some highlights from this year include officially launching a missional leadership […]

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