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Pastors and leaders to focus on loving neighbors in tense times

December 13, 2018
by Annette Brill Bergstresser
Writer and editor, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Pastors and leaders to focus on loving neighbors in tense times

ELKHART, Indiana (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary) — How can church leaders and congregations respond to hate, intolerance and systemic racism in their communities in productive and transformative ways? What does the gospel of Jesus Christ call Christ-followers to do in situations like these? Participants in Pastors and Leaders 2019 — an annual leadership conference formerly called Pastors Week — will explore the biblical and theological grounding of their call to get involved and will become equipped to help their congregations respond to incidences of intimidation. The event, on the theme …

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N.T. Wright to give a series of presentations this fall on “Discerning the Dawn”

August 9, 2018
by VMC staff

N.T. Wright to give a series of presentations this fall on “Discerning the Dawn"

“Discerning the Dawn” N.T. Wright Event

August 7, 2018
by Jon Trotter

"Discerning the Dawn" N.T. Wright Event

  Fall 2018 Missional Partnership Event NOVEMBER 13-14, 2018 • HARRISONBURG, VA About N.T. Wright N.T. Wright is a prolific author for both academic and popular readers. He is the author of Simply Jesus, Surprised by Hope, The Day the Revolution Began, Jesus and the Victory of God, and Paul and the Faithfulness of God. He is also the author of the For Everyone Series of New Testament commentaries. He currently serves as Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Previously …

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Delegates weigh in on proposed structural changes and release two congregations

May 3, 2018
by Jon Trotter
Communications Manager

Delegates weigh in on proposed structural changes and release two congregations

Congregational delegates of Virginia Mennonite Conference gathered for Winter Delegate Session at Waynesboro Mennonite Church, where they heard from the chair of the Polity Task Force, provided feedback in table groups and open microphone, and were introduced to the Restructure for Mission Committee, the group that is working on implementing the Polity Task Force’s recommendations. Delegates at the February 3 session also heard from Ervin Stutzman, who in his final year as Executive Director of Mennonite Church USA; caught up with the vision and new priorities of Executive Conference Minister …

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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. The theme of the weekend is “Joy in the Journey: A Focus on Re-creation.” The location is the Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center, 9275 Barnes Road, Toano, Va. Room check-in will be from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. on Friday. (Dinner on your own.) The first session will begin at 7:00 p.m. Bob Briscoe began serving at WCRC in 2000 as the Assistant Program Director and has …

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Winter Delegate Session is February 3 at Waynesboro Mennonite Church

December 4, 2017
by VMC staff

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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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Across boundaries and divisions, being “Neighbors: Strangers No More”

July 25, 2017
by Jon Trotter
Communications Manager

Across boundaries and divisions, being “Neighbors: Strangers No More”

I bind my soul this day to the neighbor far away, to the stranger near at hand in this town and in this land. (Verse 2 of I Bind My Heart This Tide) In a landscape of walls and fences, of separation and alienation because others may look, sound, and act different from us, delegates and those who attended the evening worship sessions at Virginia Mennonite Conference Assembly were challenged to become intentionally vulnerable, and to embrace the stranger and foreigner as our neighbor across lines of difference. In the …

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Healthy Boundaries events

June 29, 2017
by VMC Staff

District Training events on Healthy Boundaries: Fundamentals Trainers: Lonnie Yoder and Teresa Boshart Yoder Invitees: Credentialed and lay delegates, church leaders Objectives: The Healthy Boundaries: Fundamentals training has three objectives: To increase the awareness of the need for healthy and appropriate boundaries in the clergy/congregant or spiritual teacher/student relationship To illustrate the impact of appropriate vs. inappropriate boundaries in promoting effective ministry and teaching To provide clergy and spiritual teachers with guidelines and suggestions for developing appropriate boundaries and necessary self-care strategies Come prepared to learn about such diverse topics …

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