Virginia Mennonite Conference

January 31, 2018

Editorial: Connecting the dots

January 31, 2018
by Gordon Zook
Former Interim VMC Conference Minister

Editorial: Connecting the dots

In the Fall 2017 issue of Pathways, Executive Conference Minister Clyde G. Kratz made the case for sabbaticals for pastors, including his particular three-month sabbatical at the end of the year. During these months, I have accepted the assignment to fill in for him on a part-time basis, to connect some of the dots which he cares for on a long term basis. And I am discovering more dots than I had occasion to think about before. I am seeing in a new way the many pieces of VMC: Most …

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Walking with USA Ministries: Letting ourselves be built, by being instead of doing

January 31, 2018
by Skip Tobin
USA Ministries Director for Virginia Mennonite Missions

Walking with USA Ministries: Letting ourselves be built, by being instead of doing

If we can become something by doing something, can we become more by doing more? When I first returned to Harrisonburg after years of missionary service in Southeast Asia, I experienced a time of disorientation, like many people returning from a longer time of service. Faults in my foundation became exposed when I left my ministry roles in Thailand, and now there were tensions inside which I could not quite get fully in touch with. I wondered, “Who am I? What should I do?” I kept experiencing a lack of …

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