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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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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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Renewing our Connections

March 3, 2015
by Clyde G. Kratz and Aaron Kauffman
Executive Conference Minister and VMMissions President, respectively

Renewing our Connections

For the past 25 years, Virginia Mennonite Conference (VMC) and Virginia Mennonite Missions (VMMissions) have shared the publication, Connections. In this editorial, Clyde Kratz, VMC Executive Conference Minister, and Aaron Kauffman, VMMissions President, discuss the challenges and the dreams that have emerged about this communication tool. Clyde: I value the joint effort by VMC and VMMissions to put forth a quality publication in order to minimize the duplication of services and share the financial burden. One of the by-products of this joint adventure, however, is the confusion of identity that …

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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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Winter Delegate Session to feature Conrad Kanagy

January 23, 2015
by VMC staff

Winter Delegate Session to feature Conrad Kanagy

Conference delegates are invited to Winter Delegate Session on February 7 at Waynesboro Mennonite Church, Waynesboro, Va. Conrad L. Kanagy will facilitate a presentation and discussion on data from the national pastoral survey of Mennonite Church USA, as well as the Virginia Conference pastoral survey. He will examine this data and analyze it with an eye towards the questions: “How do we move from here?” and “What is our outcome?” Kanagy is Professor of Sociology at Elizabethtown College, Pa., where he has taught since 1993. From 2000-2005 he was lead …

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Making disciples through Life Transformation Groups

January 5, 2015
by Skip Tobin
USA Ministries Director, Virginia Mennonite Missions, in partnership with Virginia Mennonite Conference

Making disciples through Life Transformation Groups

Workshop will explore ways to create a discipling culture in congregations Are you interested in exploring a deep, reproducible yet simple way of making disciples within the congregation? Are you tired of talking about becoming missional and are eager to gain traction in the disciple-making task? Join us on Saturday, January 31 (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at Park View Mennonite Church’s Fellowship Hall. This workshop is for Virginia Mennonite Conference congregational leaders who are interested in developing a discipling culture within their congregations. Participants will also learn about the …

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Conference to host retreats for youth workers and pastors

December 26, 2014
by VMC staff

Conference to host retreats for youth workers and pastors

Virginia Mennonite Conference is hosting two upcoming retreats, both at Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center. If you are a youth minister or sponsor, we encourage you to consider attending “The Changing Face of Youth Ministry,” with Rachel S. Gerber. If you are a credentialed minister in a VMC congregation or constituency, we invite you to “Learning from the Early Church,” where Alan Kreider will guide us through lessons and insights to be gained from first- to third-century examples. . Youth Workers’ Retreat • January 23-25, 2015 • Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center …

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In the beginning!

December 23, 2014
by Clyde G. Kratz
Executive Conference Minister

In the beginning!

The biblical account of creation opens with the proclamation “In the beginning God….” (Genesis 1:1). The affirmation that God was present in the beginning, engaged in purposeful creation, bringing order out of chaos, is not lost on biblical commentators 1. When Jesus teaches his disciples and subsequently all disciples how to pray, “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10), God’s continuation of presence and re-creation of the world is affirmed. Equally important in both the Genesis account of creation and the Lord’s Prayer is …

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Church at the water’s edge

December 22, 2014
by Tami Nice
Leader of Outlet 10.27, a house-based church in formation in Graham, N.C., with her husband Keith

Church at the water’s edge

In summer, our Outlet 10.27 gatherings move from our house to our backyard. Summertime means food, fellowship and pool time. It makes for a great gateway for families to come get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere. In addition to summer fun-time, we use this time to lead a discussion with the kids (and adults looking on). This year I decided to lead the kids time in the “Seven Signs” in John, encouraging the kids to spend time each week reading the stories in John, and then reading …

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