Welcome to the Equipping December 2011. This is where we can put some comments about the current issue of Equipping.

Leader to leader

Institutional Head Coverings

Mary Roth

Institutional Head Coverings: Still Required for Women? By Mary C. Roth Mary Roth is a third-year student at Goshen College, currently studying English Writing. She is a writer and editor for Goshen’s newspaper, The Record, and oversees student creative...

The Pastors Use of Power, Part Two

Ervin Stutzman

Some months ago, a pastor introduced me to his congregation as “the lead pastor of Mennonite Church USA.” I have since claimed that moniker because I am as comfortable with that description as the more formal title of “Executive...

Christian formation

Formed by Scripture

Terry Shue is director of Leadership Development for Mennonite Church USA

Formed by Scripture At the Pittsburgh convention this past summer, the delegates highlighted three new priorities for our denomination, one being Christian Formation.  This has long been a focal point for families, congregations and beyond, but hasn’t been clearly...

Church to church

Who Speaks for Justice?

Mennonite Church USA

While Mennonites have majored in peace, Catholics have given attention social justice.  Read the most recent Church to Church column by Andre Gingerich Stoner on what we might learn from them and others as our nation turns attention to...

Widening the Circle, just released!

Widening the Circle

Are you interested in how the Spirit is inspiring alternative church expressions rooted in the Anabaptist tradition? If so, check out this new book, Widening the Circle: Experiments in Christian Discipleship, edited by Joanna Shenk. In the Foreword, Ervin...


Read The Mennonite,…

Mennonite Church USA

…online and in print! For up-to-date information about happenings in Mennonite Church USA and beyond, follow The Mennonite online at http://www.themennonite.org/ and subscribe to their monthly magazine. Check out the various subscription options at https://www.themennonite.org/subscriptions

Free visual design services are available

Mennonite Church USA

from Mennonite Church USA for congregations and area conferences.  We will provide business card and stationary templates to use with Avery cards and letterhead stock to print on your office printer. We can also supply PDFs which can be...


On the Road to Phoenix 2013

Mennonite Church USA

14 For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. 15 He did this...

Holistic witness

A Pastor Reflects on Occupy Wall Street

Mennonite Church USA

Duane Beck, Pastor at Raleigh Mennonite Church, has been getting to know participants in the Occupy movement in Raleigh.  “I think Jesus really enjoyed getting out of his comfort zone. He was seeing the kingdom of God unfold among...

“All Good Mennonite Names”

Mennonite Church USA

Illinois Conference Minister, Chuck Neufeld, has asked each congregation to submit a list of all “family names” within their congregation.  Every name submitted is then incorporated into an ever-evolving poster that is entitled “All Good Mennonite Names.”  The heading...

Give a gift that keeps on giving…

Mennonite Church USA

…all year long! Mennonite Mission Network’s gift catalog is now online. Gifts include pastoral training, care for orphans, peace classes, and more. Give a gift in someone’s name, and we’ll send you cards so you can let them know....

Leadership development

Join Martin Luther King Jr Day events with Dr. Vincent Harding


Dr. Vincent Harding will be a guest of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Goshen College and several other northern Indiana organizations for January 16 and 17. The public is invited to join Martin Luther King Jr. events with Dr. Harding....

Tuition discount for online classes

Mennonite Church USA

Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary is discounting tuition for those who take a first online class, so encourage someone in your congregation to try this approach to seminary study. The benefit of taking an online class for 50 percent of...

Webinars from AMBS

Mennonite Church USA

Winter and spring webinars that bring resources from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary directly to your computer include: Lent planning, February 2, 7:30-8:45 p.m. (a synopsis of the daylong workshop), with Marlene Kropf and Rosanna McFadden What’s Mennonite about the...

Pastors Week at AMBS


”Understanding Revelation for today” is the theme of Pastors Week at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary with featured presenter Loren L. Johns, January 23–26. Sessions, workshops and worship will explore facets of Revelation with the focus on how its message...

Workshops at AMBS


Learning opportunities at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary include these on-campus events: Lent Planner: Where do I sign? (all-day workshop), January 14, with Marlene Kropf, Rosanna McFadden and Allan Rudy-Froese Leadership Clinics, January 23: Turning disgust, demoralization and depression into...

Register now for online seminary courses

Mennonite Church USA

This spring Eastern Mennonite Seminary will offer two courses online “Pastoral Care” and “Interpreting the Biblical Text.” Not interested in seminary credit? For the first time, online courses will be available for “participation audit,” which means that those who...

Registration is almost full for School for Leadership Training

Mennonite Church USA

Don’t miss you chance to hear Walter Brueggemann speak about “God and Mammon: Reframing Stewardship Amidst Abundance, Scarcity and Conflict.” A few spots are still open, but hurry they’ll be gone soon. Learn more at www.emu.edu/slt.

Pastor Salary Guidelines available online

Mennonite Church USA

The goal of these guidelines is to help provide a financial guide that is supportive of ministers and their families and also fair to the congregation and conference. Our commitment to quality ministry is reflected in part in the...

Purposeful Plan summary available in PDF form!

Mennonite Church USA

Check out this clear and concise 2-page summary of Mennonite Church USA’s Purposeful Plan. Download and print it for members of your congregations. It includes a link to the full-length document online, as well as ideas for how your...

Supporting Seminarians

Terry Shue is director of Leadership Development for Mennonite Church USA

Early last month, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in North Carolina at the Chapel Hill Mennonite Church André Gingrich Stoner and I met with pastor Isaac Villegas and a group of about a dozen students from Duke Divinity School. All...

Mutual aid

The Book of Isaiah helps us see the light this Advent Season


Throughout the book, Isaiah reminds the people that true worship must be combined with faithful action; judgment with righteousness; power with humility; purity with justice. Only then will the light break forth like the dawn and our healing will...

Resource advocates

Dear Advocates,

Mennonite Church USA

The Advent Season is upon us! In my congregation, Friendship Mennonite Church in Bedford Heights, Ohio, we are using the Advent worship resources from Leader magazine and being called to notice “awesome deeds we do not expect.” The resources...


Your Corinthian Plan Wellness Benefits

Mennonite Church USA

New Preventive Benefit added for 2012 Adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30 and children with a BMI in the 85th and 95th percentile now have access to covered preventive care for nutrition counseling, and additional office...

New! Online Church Treasurers Manual

Mennonite Church USA

Help us get the word out about to pastors and congregational treasurers about an online Congregational Treasurers Manual. This is available as a free downloadable resource. We will continue to add new sections to this manual. Here are some...

Stewardship resources for sermons and worship

Mennonite Church USA

January 15, 2012 has been designated as Stewardship Sunday by MC USA. Here are materials you may find useful in your preparation — as well as Everence’s approach toward stewardship. Our theology: holistic stewardship Everence promotes stewardship theology that...

Donate online to Mennonite congregations and organizations

Mennonite Church USA

Explore our online giving site and use it to support Mennonite ministries while eliminating the time-consuming process of writing multiple checks.

Welcome to the Equipping December 2011. This is where we can put some comments about the current issue of Equipping.

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