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How VMC is equipping leaders; will you join us?

December 3, 2015
by VMC staff

How VMC is equipping leaders; will you join us?

As I pray and reflect, I can’t help but remember working through the logistics necessary to carry out Executive Conference Minister Clyde Kratz’s vision over the past calendar year: A January “Forum on Prison Ministry,” an effort to collaborate on the issue of overcrowding in the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Jail, and other issues and ministry opportunities as we relate to incarcerated individuals The February 2015 Ministers Retreat: Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center staff (even the administrative staff!) spent nearly a week scrambling to remove snow from parking lots and drives so that …

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Pastoral Consultation meets to engage questions of “Same-Gender Attraction, Relationship, Lifestyle”

November 18, 2015
by Jon Trotter
Virginia Mennonite Conference Communications Manager

Pastoral Consultation meets to engage questions of “Same-Gender Attraction, Relationship, Lifestyle”

One hundred pastors and credentialed leaders in Virginia Mennonite Conference gathered in November at Lindale Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, Va., for a three-day Pastoral Consultation, a time of intentional listening, sharing and discernment on “Same-Gender Attraction, Relationship, Lifestyle.” This was the fifth in a series of five Virginia Mennonite Conference consultations that offered a space for input and conversations on issues in the church. The format included plenary sessions, table discussions, listening and responses as leaders sought to come to a greater awareness and understanding of each other and the mission …

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Pastoral Consultation: Same-Gender Attraction, Relationship, Lifestyle

September 28, 2015
by VMC staff

Event: Missional Church: Vision, Learning, Refocus

August 7, 2015
by VMC staff

Missional Church Seminar

August 7, 2015
by VMC Staff

Missional Church Seminar

THEME: Discover what it means to realign with God’s vision as it is revealed to us. We need a shift in perspective from “the church of God with a mission for the world” to “the God of mission with a church in the world.” . Register online for the VMC Pastor’s Breakfast with Darrell Guder (Cost: $10 cost for meal) . KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Darrell Guder is Princeton Theological Seminary’s Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg. As an ordained …

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Potomac District Council meets at Washington Community Fellowship

March 4, 2015
by Sang Choi
Pastor of Fourth Street Community Fellowship

Potomac District Council meets at Washington Community Fellowship

Potomac District Council met on January 10 at Washington Community Fellowship. Sixteen people gathered, including Potomac District Council Church pastors and delegates. After welcoming remarks and introduction, District Minister Luke Schrock-Hurst led devotional session. He shared Menno Simons’ message, “True Evangelical Faith Lie Dormant” in 1539. The message emphasized serving the poor neighbors: “It clothes the naked it feeds the hungry it comforts the sorrowful it shelters the destitute it serves those that harm it binds up that which is wounded has become all things to all people. Aaron Kauffman, …

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Kanagy examines VMC data at Winter Delegate Session

March 3, 2015
by Jon Trotter
Communications Manager

Kanagy examines VMC data at Winter Delegate Session

As Virginia Mennonite Conference works among the debates affecting Mennonite Church USA (and many other denominations) over same-gender relationships in the church, one of the unexpected themes to emerge from Winter Delegate Session on February 7 was hopefulness. It may not be easy to see a path forward when 50% of credentialed persons responding to an August 2014 survey of Mennonite Church USA leaders support “progressive” positions on inclusion of LGBTQ persons in church membership, and 50% support “traditional” positions, those aligning with statements on marriage and church membership in …

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Pastoral Leadership Consultation

January 23, 2015
by VMC Staff

Winter Delegate Session

January 23, 2015
by VMC Staff

Pastoral Leadership Consultation will explore “God’s Gift of Sexuality” with David and Shana Boshart

January 23, 2015
by VMC staff

Pastoral Leadership Consultation will explore “God’s Gift of Sexuality” with David and Shana Boshart

Pastors and credentialed leaders in Virginia Mennonite Conference are invited to the fourth Pastoral Leadership Consultation on May 15 at Mountain View Mennonite Church, Hickory, N.C. David and Shana Boshart will present from their research, writings and experiences on “God’s Gift of Sexuality.” David has been a Mennonite pastor for over 28 years. In 2010, he was appointed Executive Conference Minister for Central Plains Mennonite Conference. David is also a member of the Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA and has been nominated to become Moderator-Elect in 2015. David holds …

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