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Nancy Kauffmann is a denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA
By Nancy Kauffmann I remember my first day as a new pastor, sitting in my office.  I couldn’t believe it was true.  I had felt a call from God to ministry, and the congregation and conference affirmed that call.   Part of my preparation for that day was seminary and several ministry ...
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Terry Shue is director for leadership development of Mennonite Church USA
By Terry Shue On May 23 and 24 I was privileged to attend the commissioning and graduation ceremonies of the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in northern Indiana.  The formalities were a blend of traditional academic regalia and deeply centered faithfulness.  For those of us who love ...
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Terry Shue is director for leadership development of Mennonite Church USA
By Terry Shue Congregations are where women and men become pastors.  Oh don’t take that wrong, our schools for pastoral education are important. But it is in the congregation where the formational and transformational work of becoming a pastor happens. Across the church there is a growing ...
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Clayton
This post comes from Clayton Gladish, associate pastor at Hesston (Kan.) Mennonite Church. Ministry is about relationships. We say this all the time. As a pastor who works primarily with youth, building relationships is number one on my job description! But if that relational ministry only ...
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Terry Shue is director for leadership development of Mennonite Church USA
By Terry Shue I returned yesterday from another energizing meeting of the Values Based Leadership Program.  This collaborative effort of leadership development in our denomination is one of the best expressions of developing leaders outside of our formal educational settings. In this program ...
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Terry Shue is director for leadership development of Mennonite Church USA
By Terry Shue Raleigh, North Carolina, southern hospitality, walking to downtown restaurants, staying in neighborhood homes, and a passion for pastoral leadership formation drew together 12 pastors and  leaders from our schools for pastoral formation.  We  talked about  strengthening the ...
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Terry Shue is director for leadership development of Mennonite Church USA
By Terry Shue All relationships require an understanding of what is expected of each party in various situations. Healthy relationships know the value of talking about these expectations, and getting them out in the open early and often. As new realities surface, re-visiting these ...
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RachelSpringerGerber
By Joanna Shenk ELKHART, Ind. (Mennonite Church USA)—The Leadership Development team of Mennonite Church USA welcomes Rachel S. Gerber as the new half-time denominational minister for youth and young adults. She will begin this assignment Jan. 6, 2014, and work from her home in Bloomington, ...
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Jeannette Slater, of Phoenix, Ariz., is an ordained Mennonite minister. She has been in the coaching ministry for 18 years.
By Jeannette Slater How many times have leaders attended a seminar, workshop or even read an inspiring book and said “THIS is what I need to do in my setting to make a difference or to see my congregation move forward”. Then they go back to the trenches and are quickly overwhelmed with the ...
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Nancy Kauffmann is a denominational minister for Mennonite Church USA
By Nancy Kauffmann When I began my role as a conference minister 13 years ago, I was told about a congregation located in a small community in the northern part of the state. It was a struggling congregation, predicted to close its doors within a couple of years.  The congregation was ...
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