Virginia Mennonite Conference

September 2018

Hope in a time of change

September 10, 2018
by Clyde G. Kratz
Executive Conference Minister

Hope in a time of change

Virginia Mennonite Conference is a network of congregations and organizations seeking to live out God’s mission in the world. Our congregations are located in rural and urban settings. Our membership holds diverse views on a range of theological issues and concerns about society. While we are historically a peace church, we have not always known how to achieve unity in relationship with each other over the issues that tend to divide us. At times our focus is on what divides us rather than what unites us. This is the Church …

Continue reading »

Walking with USA Ministries: How to recover from an aversion to evangelism

September 9, 2018
by Skip and Carol Tobin
Skip Tobin is USA Ministries Director, and Carol Tobin is Asia Regional Director & Mission Advocate for VMMissions

Walking with USA Ministries: How to recover from an aversion to evangelism

“My name is Skip. I am here because I want to recover from an aversion to evangelism.” This wasn’t just a catchy line to begin a workshop entitled “Evangelism Aversion Recovery.” It was an admission that during this last season of life as VMMissions staff persons, both of us have had to work hard at regaining the passion and confidence we have had for sharing the gospel, a passion we have enjoyed at other times and places in our lives. It was an invitation to workshop participants to realize that …

Continue reading »

Kratz updates Conference Council on MC USA issues and conversations

September 8, 2018
by Jon Trotter
Communications Manager for Virginia Mennonite Conference

Kratz updates Conference Council on MC USA issues and conversations

Executive Conference Minister Clyde G. Kratz updated Conference Council members on his recent activities at their May 26 meeting. He attended a meeting with other Conference Ministers from across Mennonite Church USA to talk about “how we are going to function in the future and what are some of our basic assumptions.” “In this context, we were clear as executive conference ministers, that Mennonite Church USA should function as a ‘federation of conferences.’ Each conference will apply the core documents of the denomination in their own settings. Virginia Conference can …

Continue reading »

Renewing our commitment to follow Jesus

September 6, 2018
by Elroy Miller
Virginia Mennonite Conference Moderator

Renewing our commitment to follow Jesus

The work of Virginia Mennonite Conference’s Restructuring For Mission (RFM) committee is underway. The goal is to enhance VMC’s capacity to equip leaders in our Conference and churches “for worship and service and to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to our neighbors” (VMC’s mission statement). The Restructuring For Mission committee met six times this past spring. After clarification of our committee’s mission, we set guidelines for working together on the Polity Task Force’s (PTF) four recommendations: 1. simplify the structure 2. clarify roles, authority and decision-making 3. strengthen …

Continue reading »

Journey Forward brings new beginnings

September 6, 2018
by Glen Guyton
Executive Director of Mennonite Church USA

Journey Forward brings new beginnings

Virginia Mennonite Conference is where it all began for me in 1993. At least it is where my journey began in the Mennonite church. I am appreciative to the men and women of this great conference who welcomed me and introduced me to the Anabaptist faith. Now it is my turn to give back to this church and its many parts. By design, our conference and congregational leaders have great authority in our system. I would have to think that there was some institutional wisdom in ensuring that we had …

Continue reading »

.