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"

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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New VMC mission statement affirmed

May 3, 2018
by Jon Trotter

New VMC mission statement affirmed During the Winter Delegate Session in February 2018, delegates affirmed VMC’s new mission statement: “Virginia Mennonite Conference equips pastors, lay leaders, and congregants for worship and service, and to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to neighbors near and far.” The vision statement is the same as Mennonite Church USA’s, and was affirmed at the July 2017 Assembly: “God calls us to be followers of Jesus Christ and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to grow as communities of grace, joy and peace, so that God’s healing and …

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VMC welcomes new bookkeeper

February 13, 2018
by VMC Staff

Virginia Mennonite Conference is delighted to welcome Pramila Robinson as its quarter-time bookkeeper. She begins April 5, 2018.

Editorial: Connecting the dots

January 31, 2018
by Gordon Zook
Former Interim VMC Conference Minister

Editorial: Connecting the dots In the Fall 2017 issue of Pathways, Executive Conference Minister Clyde G. Kratz made the case for sabbaticals for pastors, including his particular three-month sabbatical at the end of the year. During these months, I have accepted the assignment to fill in for him on a part-time basis, to connect some of the dots which he cares for on a long term basis. And I am discovering more dots than I had occasion to think about before. I am seeing in a new way the many pieces of VMC: Most …

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Walking with USA Ministries: Letting ourselves be built, by being instead of doing

January 31, 2018
by Skip Tobin
USA Ministries Director for Virginia Mennonite Missions

Walking with USA Ministries: Letting ourselves be built, by being instead of doing If we can become something by doing something, can we become more by doing more? When I first returned to Harrisonburg after years of missionary service in Southeast Asia, I experienced a time of disorientation, like many people returning from a longer time of service. Faults in my foundation became exposed when I left my ministry roles in Thailand, and now there were tensions inside which I could not quite get fully in touch with. I wondered, “Who am I? What should I do?” I kept experiencing a lack of …

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