Welcome to the November 2011 issue of Equipping.

Leader to leader

Groundwork for a strong future


By Joanne Gallardo One of the great privileges of my job as campus pastor at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) is working with student leaders who are testing their gifts in ministry. Many of these students are members of Mennonite...

The Pastor’s Use of Power

Ervin Stutzman is executive director for Mennonite Church USA

In response to my recent column on “Agreeing and Disagreeing in Love,” a pastor suggested that I write about the exercise of pastoral authority. He noted that the statement “Agreeing and Disagreeing in Love,” specifically asserts that “the guidelines...

Christian Education

Want to stay up to date with the newest publications? One way is by sponsoring a “Browse ’n Buy!”

Mennonite Church USA

A MennoMedia Browse ’n Buy display allows you and your congregation to see all the newest MennoMedia resources, at no cost. At your request, MennoMedia will ship a selection of the latest titles free of charge so you may...

Groups save 25% on Herald Press titles

Mennonite Church USA

at the MennoMedia Study Shelf! Order 5 or more copies of any title for Christian education classes, small groups, or book clubs. Call 1-800-245-7894 for information or to place an order.

New for clubs and midweek:

Mennonite Church USA

Kids Can Club is a series of flexible, all-in-one studies for grades 1–5, for clubs, midweek programs, Sunday night, camp, and other settings. Each study includes 10 sessions with Bible story, activities, crafts and more. Titles now available are:...

Wonderfully Made: Women, Faith, and Self-Care

Mennonite Church USA

Wonderfully Made: Women, Faith, and Self-Care includes thirteen sessions for women’s groups on the importance of personal wholeness. As the author shares wisdom learned from her journey with infertility, readers will connect their own life experiences with sound scriptural...

New adult study series:


With the Word: A Bible Study and Devotional Guide for Groups or Individuals is a new series for adults, offering brief Bible study sessions with devotionals on the same text and theme. A study on Psalms is now available...

Take Me to the Water: God’s Love Flows


Take Me to the Water will help kids age 4 through grade 8 dive into stories from the Bible that use water to show God’s gift of life and blessing! Children will explore the use of water in Bible...

Church to church

Check out Joanna Shenk’s most recent Church to Church article

Widening the Circle

about her new book Widening the Circle: Experiments in Christian Discipleship. The book explores the relationship between the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition and nontraditional Christian communities it has influenced. It will be available for online purchase from Herald Press on Nov....

Nobel Peace Prize points to Interchurch Cooperation

Mennonite Church USA

Liberian Christian and peacemaker, Leymah Gbowee is one of three women who were recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  Gbowee is a Lutheran who received a master’s degree in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University.  We celebrate the fruits...

World Fellowship Sunday, January 22

Mennonite Church USA

Mennonite World Conference has prepared excellent worship materials to help us connect with brothers and sisters in the global Anabaptist family through prayer and worship.  The materials also include prayers for reconciliation and unity with the broader body of...


Like Us!

Mennonite Church USA

We just created a new facebook page for Mennonite Church USA Convention. Like us here and we’ll keep you with us from convention to convention!

Healing and Hope banners available


Customize the Mennonite Church USA VISION: Healing & Hope mission statement for your congregation. One basic size 21 1/2″ x 72″ includes your congregation’s name and dove symbol with the statement below. For information about ordering options and pricing...

Subscribe to Meno Acontecer!

Mennonite Church USA

Meno Acontecer is a free monthly Spanish language electronic magazine. It is the joint effort of Hispanic Pastoral and Leadership Education, The Mennonite and Iglesia Menonita Hispana (IMH) to keep the entire church informed. Join the mailing list by emailing:...

Holistic Witness

New Coordinating Minister for Peace and Justice Support Network

Mennonite Church USA

Jason Boone, of Raleigh, North Carolina has recently been named coordinating minister for the Peace and Justice Support Network (PJSN), a partnership of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Mission Network.  Jason has a passion for the church and for...

A Word from the Heart of Palestinian Suffering

Mennonite Church USA

In December 2009, Palestinian Christian leaders spoke with one voice in a statement entitled “Kairos Palestine:  A Moment of Truth.”  Mennonite Church USA recently sent a letter of response and a letter to Mennonite congregations encouraging us to listen...

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....

Mission Sunday

Mennonite Church USA

November 13 is designated as Mission Sunday across Mennonite Church USA. Although we hope that congregations integrate mission with worship on a regular basis, this special Sunday is set aside to intentionally explore missional themes. The theme for this...

Mutual aid

Helping a Pastor and his Family


“We have seen God provide in a variety of ways, and we know He is not done yet.” MAX Mutual Aid Ministries learned of a pastor and his family who, within a few months of moving into their new home,...

The ‘Single Story’ of Joe


Believing in a ‘single story’ gives rise to the tendency to abstract people. How do you think you would have responded to Joe? Joe stopped at the church office. His presence confronted my nostrils; he smelled like he had...


Free study guides available for Close to Home pamphlets

Mennonite Church USA

Learn how the Close to Home pamphlet collection can help you and your members minister to those dealing with difficult personal issues, and find free study guides suitable for using the pamphlets with classes or groups at www.mpn.net/closetohome.

Look for new editions of these popular titles:

Mennonite Church USA

The Upside-Down Kingdom by Donald Kraybill, More-with-Less Cookbook by Doris Janzen Longacre, Simply in Season Expanded by Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert, and Forgiveness: A Legacy of the West Nickel Mines Amish School by John Ruth.

Look for these new and upcoming titles from Herald Press:

Widening the Circle

Widening the Circle: Christian Experiments in Discipleship—stories about discipleship communities influenced by the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition, edited by Joanna Shenk. Go to Church, Change the World: Christian Community as Calling—a bold call by Gerald Mast to embrace the church community...

Join the Celtic Pilgrimage next summer

Mennonite Church USA

Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary will lead a pilgrimage to Scotland, Ireland and England, June 15–July 2, 2012. Marlene, retired professor in Christian spirituality, and Stan Kropf will lead the trip, which will include visits to holy places, daily experiences...

Leadership Clinics planned especially for pastors

Mennonite Church USA

On Monday, January 23 (before Pastors Week begins), Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary offers four daylong Leadership Clinics: Turning disgust, demoralization and depression into empowerment for ministry, with Gregory Hinkle, director of Samaritan Center; Immigration and the congregation, with Iris...

Interterm at AMBS

Mennonite Church USA

Encourage someone to take “God’s Shalom and the Church’s Witness,” a required class for all AMBS degrees, during January at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Or explore “Christian Formation in the Congregation” and “Principles of Youth Ministry” for yourself. See...

Pastors Week and Leadership clinics

Mennonite Church USA

The book of Revelation inspires fear and fanaticism more often than anticipation and adoration. Join Loren L. Johns, Ph.D., at Pastors Week at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, January 23–26, to discover ways this book of the Bible reveals Christ,...

Webinars from AMBS


The next two webinars from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary are: Reforming Anabaptism: Recent North American experiments in discipleship, December 1, 2-3:30 p.m. EST, with Joanna Shenk of Mennonite Church USA Lent Planning: Where do I sign?, February 2, 7:30-8:45...

Resource advocates

Greetings Resource Advocates

Mennonite Church USA

Well, it is hard to believe, but the end of the year is upon us. It’s the time of year when our thoughts begin to turn towards holidays, gatherings with friends and families and the busy lead up to...


Growing Givers: A six stage maturation process

Mennonite Church USA

Most people do not move directly from their first date to marriage. There are stages in the courtship process through which people grow to trust one another before they make their commitment. Growing givers in the life of the...

Positive Outcomes from Free Budget & Debt Counseling Service sponsored by Everence

Mennonite Church USA

Solid research now backs up the good feelings we have had concerning our partner relationship with Lutheran Social Services (LSS) budget & debt counseling staff these past three years. Of the people who set up Debt Management Program (a...

Giving projects with meaning


MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) urges you to consider a gift of lasting solutions to poverty around the world this Christmas. From congregational donations or children’s Sunday school giving projects to gifts for family, friends and colleagues, see MEDA’s...

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.

The Mennonite Church USA Treasurer’s Handbook

Mennonite Church USA

is designed for congregational treasurers and finance committees. It is a tool to help congregations as they plan and implement their giving to churchwide ministries, their area conference, and other Mennonite organizations. The handbook provides a number of sample...


Take Our Moments and Our Days: An Anabaptist Prayer Book (Volume 2)

Mennonite Church USA

This second volume of Anabaptist Prayer is for the seasons of the Christian year, Advent through Pentecost. Its distinctive Anabaptist flavor is evident in the predominance of Jesus’ voice, space for communal reflection on scripture, and the choices of...

Worship And Mission After Christendom

Mennonite Church USA

Today, as Christendom weakens, worship and mission are poised to reunite after centuries of separation. But this requires the church to rethink both “mission” and “worship.” This is a much-needed guide for people who take seriously God’s call to...

Free: The Heart of Mennonite Worship: Five Vital Rhythms

Mennonite Church USA

Enter the sanctuary of any congregation on Sunday morning and you’ll see people at worship. We sing, we pray, we listen to the Word, and we break bread together. Worship, and especially singing together, is our common ground. It...

Welcome to the November 2011 issue of Equipping.

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