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Register for “Joy in the Journey,” the 2018 VMC Ministry Retreat

December 13, 2017
by VMC staff

Register for "Joy in the Journey," the 2018 VMC Ministry Retreat

Credentialed leaders and their spouses are invited to a weekend VMC Ministry Retreat. There will be activities and input from Bob Briscoe, WCRC Director.

Joy in the Journey: 2018 Ministry Retreat

December 13, 2017
by VMC staff

Joy in the Journey: 2018 Ministry Retreat

  Credentialed leaders and their spouses are invited to a weekend VMC Ministry Retreat. There will be activities and input from Bob Briscoe, WCRC Director. Bob Briscoe began serving at WCRC in 2000 as the Assistant Program Director and has held the roles of Program Director, Operations Director and since 2008, Executive Director. He received a business degree from the University of Texas and a teaching certificate from the University of Houston. Bob’s life was changed by Jesus in high school through a Campus Crusade for Christ ministry and shortly …

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Delegates: register for Winter Delegate Session

December 4, 2017
by VMC staff

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Healthy Boundaries training events

November 16, 2017
by VMC staff

Conference terminates Yoder’s credentials

October 25, 2017
by VMC Staff

Based on the findings of the Virginia Mennonite Conference (VMC) Investigation Team regarding Duane Yoder, the previous pastor of Lindale Mennonite Church, Linville, Va., and on Yoder’s decision not to contest those findings by declining to participate further in this process, Conference leadership acted to terminate Duane Yoder’s ministerial credentials for further ministry within Virginia Mennonite Conference on October 24, 2017.

Become a Conference Endorsed Ministry

October 23, 2017
by Jon Trotter

Become a Conference Endorsed Ministry

As a official Conference Endorsed Ministry, your organization’s low annual dues will prove to be a significant return on investment. This arrangement makes a statement about your organizational values, your desire for strong church connections, and enhances your promotional reach through various media platforms. . What are the benefits of membership? Showing your engagement with, and support of, the faith community. A faith-based organization will benefit from belonging to a like-minded, broad group of agencies that value a strong church connection. It shows that the church, as represented by Virginia …

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Finding the image of God in each incarcerated neighbor

October 11, 2017
by Jason Wagner
Licensed minister for jail chaplain ministry and mission worker of Virginia Mennonite Missions

Finding the image of God in each incarcerated neighbor

I will not forget my first time in the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Regional Jail. I was leading music for a Sunday service with Minister Mark Lehman. We were let into the building through a system of locked doors, each controlled by some unseen force behind the surveillance cameras. Arriving in the room where the service would take place, we arranged the chairs and put song sheets out on the tables. What happened next, I was not prepared for. The door opened to the classroom and prisoners—in bright orange jumpsuits cuffed together in …

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Where does the Virginia Mennonite story begin?

October 10, 2017
by Steven Nolt
Young Center Senior Scholar, Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, and recognized author of Mennonite history

Where does the Virginia Mennonite story begin?

Perhaps the Virginia Mennonite Conference story begins in early summer 1671, in a village in the German Palatinate, where deacon Valentine Heatwole offers bedding and clothing to Christina Weis, a thirty-six-year-old refugee who had fled her home in Switzerland, traveling more than two hundred miles with her three children, the youngest only twelve months of age. The sad fact was, Heatwole reported, Weis actually had five children, but was forced to leave two of her offspring behind. She also had no hope of seeing her husband again. He was among …

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FaithTrust Institute trains Investigation Team, others in VMC

September 28, 2017
by A member of the Investigation Team

FaithTrust Institute trains Investigation Team, others in VMC

Every Virginia Mennonite Conference pastoral leader agrees to honor certain boundaries as part of receiving ministerial credentials. Knowledge of what are appropriate behaviors and what are not is crucial to a pastor’s effective ministry. To increase awareness of the need for healthy and appropriate boundaries, and to provide ongoing education, VMC invited a consulting group called FaithTrust to provide training for Faith and Life Commission and the Investigation Team that will investigate complaints against credentialed leaders. The training was in two parts—first, a day-long training led by Lonnie and Teresa …

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Conference Council approves Gordon Zook as interim Conference Minister during Kratz’s sabbatical

September 27, 2017
by Jon Trotter
Communications Manager

Conference Council approves Gordon Zook as interim Conference Minister during Kratz’s sabbatical

News release September 27, 2017 The September meeting of Conference Council, Virginia Mennonite Conference’s governing body, launched a temporary time of transition. Effective October 1, Executive Conference Minister Clyde G. Kratz begins a three-month sabbatical. Conference Council hired Gordon Zook, former Oversight Leader for VMC’s Leadership/Administration Cluster, to serve as a part-time interim Conference Minister. Zook was present for the meeting and was welcomed by the Council. The Polity Task Force, formed by Conference Council, continues discerning the future authority and structure of VMC, the role and function of the …

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