Asia, Middle East director to lead Mission Network

May 4, 2020 by

The ​Mennonite Mission Network board of directors on April 21 announced the appointment of Michael J. Sherrill as executive director. An ordained educator, scholar, administrator and leader, Sherrill has...

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Watson: A director, not a pastor

Jan 1, 2018 by

When a congregation goes through a pastoral transition, it has a lot of conversations. What do we want in a pastor? A good preacher? An activist? Someone who is good at visitation? Someone skilled in conflict...

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A voice wavering

Aug 25, 2017 by

“I wanted to be big, real. Heard.” — Lucinda J. Miller, Anything But Simple I don’t know what it is in me that drives me to want to be heard. Once upon a time, a friend told me that she had detected a...

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Calling their bluff

Jul 17, 2017 by

Thank you for your editorial, “Global Leader?” (July 3). You have called the bluff of those who imagine that the United States is No. 1 in ways that matter for the future of the planet. Now more than ever...

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Book review: ‘Sick Religion or Healthy Faith?’

Nov 7, 2016 by

I look forward to reading the work of pastors. Pastors live close to the ground, in the muck and mire, vulnerable to the minutiae of birth, death and all the life in between. Pastors quickly learn everything...

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Civil rights and leadership

Oct 17, 2016 by

My job requires me to spend a lot of time thinking about leadership. I oversee a ministry with programs, staff and board members in five states. Keeping everyone one the same page while providing the space to...

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The ability to break

Oct 5, 2016 by

Our vision of leadership seems most informed by the common urge to win. A good leader is defined as someone who leads to victory and growth. However, to limit ourselves to this as the only description of good...

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‘But I’ve seen him do so much good’

Sep 21, 2016 by

Please note: This reflection references an incident of sexual abuse. “But I’ve seen him do so much good.” It was heartbreaking when I came across this line in an account about a woman who had...

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Jesus, Moses and the rights and wrongs of leadership

Aug 16, 2016 by

In response to Andy Wade’s Sunday morning reflection at our Celtic retreat, I have been rereading and pondering the Beatitudes in Matt. 5:1-12 this week. The passage begins with a phrase I had never noticed...

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The heart of integrity

Jul 22, 2016 by

John Maxwell is famous for his saying, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” It’s the belief that however leadership goes, so goes the followers, the organization, the business, or the group. If...

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By what moral authority?

May 16, 2016 by

Leading with moral authority takes uncommon courage in these fractious times. Who has the audacity to move out onto that vulnerable edge? Who has the integrity, love and theological grounding to do so in...

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Amping up our emotions

Feb 1, 2016 by

As a person who has always been surrounded by music, I’ve learned to appreciate many different genres. Truth be told, I can listen to most things, at least for a little while. Sure, I have my favorites, but...

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A faithful leader engages creation care

Jan 19, 2015 by

In recent months, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Brian Sauder, a fellow credentialed Mennonite minister. Last year he became executive director of Faith in Place, headquartered in Chicago, which...

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Pastor’s call brings Ohio church ‘sense of peace’

Oct 27, 2014 by and

Members of Columbus (Ohio) Mennonite Church laid their hands on Mark Rupp Sept. 21 as they installed him as pastor of Christian formation. “It hit me during that moment that rather than lots of individual...

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Leadership as spiritual direction

Sep 23, 2014 by

A couple of years ago I was interviewed by a master of divinity student for her class on leadership. I told her that for me leadership was not a position of privilege or of prestige but rather one of...

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Follow the leader?

May 26, 2014 by

With our communal theology, North American Anabaptists have had a pretty strong preference to treat each other as equals. Yet we expected leaders to set direction. Certainly that was true until about 1960....

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VBS passion inspires, shapes young leaders in Bolivia

Apr 2, 2014 by and

Nearly 30 neighborhood children gathered for a week in December — a summer month in Bolivia — at Josué Roman Cavero’s home, where he and his mother organized a vacation Bible school. In addition to the...

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