Spirit instinct!

September 12, 2014
by Clyde G. Kratz
Executive Conference Minister

Spirit instinct! And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God. —Philippians 1:9-11 (NRSV)— A fifth scripture text that I have selected to guide my leadership practices is this prayer found in the opening chapter of Philippians. Acts 16 provides a historic account of the founding …

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Making disciples as we go!

September 9, 2014
by Jon Trotter
Communications Associate for Virginia Mennonite Conference and Virginia Mennonite Missions

Making disciples as we go! Hundreds gathered for worship, delegate sessions and workshops to engage a fundamental call of Jesus: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations. This theme also guided each Bible study, testimony, worship message and delegate table conversation over the two-day Assembly, July 24-26, at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Va. Clyde G. Kratz, Executive Conference Minister, brought the message Thursday evening, in which he outlined some of the ways the people of Virginia Mennonite Conference have been instrumental in bringing people to faith and discipling them. “To be a disciple …

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Four presentations in Harrisonburg by Cherith Nordling in September

August 11, 2014
by VMC staff

Four presentations in Harrisonburg by Cherith Nordling in September Cherith Fee Nordling will give four presentations in Harrisonburg, September 15-17, on “Being Human, Becoming Christian: an embodied reconciliation of heaven and earth.” She asks, “Is our embodied humanity a temporary curse or permanent, glorious reality?” “Does salvation seem to imply getting out of our bodies, or is it about finally being at home in our bodies and getting to be truly human forever?” “Too often, Christians are deeply ambivalent, or silent, about our embodied lives and whether they really matter in the end. Ironically, if we take Jesus’ humanity …

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Anabaptist Renewal Circles hosts national gathering in Pennsylvania

August 9, 2014
by Beryl Jantzi
Director of Stewardship Education for Everence; served on the listening committee of the Anabaptist Renewal Circles gathering

Anabaptist Renewal Circles hosts national gathering in Pennsylvania A national gathering of MC USA pastors, agency representatives and interested church members took place at the Weaverland Mennonite Church in Lancaster County, Pa. July 10-12. About 160 registered for the event with 15 in attendance from Virginia Mennonite Conference. Participants came from many states and other parts of the church. “For me, in a few words, this gathering was about our own repentance or realignment to God’s attitude and purpose. Instead of finger pointing, I experienced renewal, as God’s kindness invited me to change. While there was some excellent …

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Mennonite Hispanic Initiative: developing leaders with IBA

August 8, 2014
by Skip Tobin
USA Ministries Director for Virginia Mennonite Missions and Virginia Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Hispanic Initiative: developing leaders with IBA Wouldn’t it be wonderful if immigrant church leaders had a place to gather and grow together in understanding how to live into the good news in their new Virginia contexts? This is what actually happens through Mennonite Hispanic Initiative’s Instituto Biblico Anabautista (IBA) study center. IBA’s purpose is to promote theological-biblical training of Spanish-speaking leaders who will serve Mennonite Church USA in various ministries. Liz Hernandez coordinates one of the two IBA study centers in Harrisonburg. Every Monday evening the IBA’s Christology II class meets at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. A …

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