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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