100,000,000 books sold

Feb 16, 2015 by and

When Choice Books added contact information to its books, sold on small stands in stores across the country, letters began pouring in. Simon Schrock, executive director of the largest distributor of Choice...

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What does ‘missional’ mean, anyway?

Jan 6, 2015 by

“Missional” is a strange new word I, and others in Houston, use a lot these days. But what do we mean when we say “missional”? For starters, it might help to contrast it with the classic...

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The world doesn’t need the early church

Dec 8, 2014 by

If only we could return to the early church, then we’d have it made. This statement, in one form or another, is one that I hear fairly regularly. The sentiment is nice, but it’s just not a notion that I...

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‘Regulation garb’ and the gospel

Nov 24, 2014 by

In February 1959, Chester Wenger and fellow missionaries in Ethiopia — wearing business suits and neckties — met a delegation of Lancaster Mennonite Conference leaders at the Addis Ababa Bole International...

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EMM sends its first U.S. YES team in a decade

Nov 24, 2014 by and

BALTIMORE — This fall Eastern Mennonite Missions sent its first U.S.-based YES team in 10 years. The team, made up of four young adults between the ages of 18 and 21, is partnering in mission with Wilkens...

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Two radical proposals

Nov 10, 2014 by

Next year’s assembly in Harrisburg, Pa., will mark an important 40th anniversary for Mennonite World Conference. It was four decades ago in July 1975 that the Presidium of MWC met in Puerto Rico to discuss...

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Persecuted believers’ courage inspires Thai Anabaptists

Nov 3, 2014 by and

DET UDOM, Thailand — Before Lek believed in Jesus, 10 of his 15 children died. After he became a Christian, his children stopped dying. People in his village noticed. Lek — whose real name is not given...

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Kenyan births peace churches in wake of violence

Oct 13, 2014 by , and

SOTIK, Kenya — One man has transformed the warring town of Sotik into a community of reconciliation and peace. George Nyaundi, a Mennonite pastor and church planter, has worked for peace in Sotik ever since...

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A traditional church embarks on the missional journey

Oct 13, 2014 by

The story of how I came to do what I currently do, where I do it, still fascinates me. I love it when people ask, how did you end up at Doylestown Mennonite Church (in Bucks County, Pa.) and what is your role...

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Church planters make friends, follow the Spirit

Sep 29, 2014 by and

WICHITA, Kan. — Because Byron and Hilda Pellecer “followed the bubbles” of the Holy Spirit, Imelda Sama­ni­ego worships on her front lawn. On Tuesday evenings she joins a small group of adults and...

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Zealous African bishop

Sep 29, 2014 by

Henry Mulandi of Kenya was a plenary speaker at the inaugural sessions of the Global Mission Fellowship at the 2003 Mennonite World Conference in Zimbabwe. Bishop Mulandi leads a large circle of intertribal...

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Let’s revolutionize youth group mission trips

Aug 27, 2014 by

Jennifer Murch shared this post in response to yesterday’s blog, “Why Short-Term Mission Trips Work.” She wrote it while on assignment with Mennonite Central Committee in Guatemala in July...

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Why short-term mission trips work, despite what you might have heard

Aug 26, 2014 by

Playing with orphan children, building homes and teaching summer Bible camps are all things that many teenagers and young adults hope to accomplish on short-term mission trips. Whether it’s because of a love...

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The practice of missional living

Aug 18, 2014 by

As summer comes to a close, we begin to settle into what we often call our “normal” routine. Vacations are over, school is starting, the temperatures will soon begin to drop, and the busyness of...

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Anabaptist message grows in Venezuela

Aug 4, 2014 by and

Excitement for the Anabaptist message is increasing in Vene­zuela, and the Mennonite seminary there is helping to teach people about Mennonite beliefs and values. Support from the Seminario Biblico Menonita...

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Ecuador conference has peace in roots, branches

Jul 21, 2014 by and

César Moya and Patricia Urueña didn’t come to Ecuador in 2000 primarily as church planters. But 14 years later, the couple leaves a new Ecuadorian Mennonite conference. Moya and Urueña emphasized a gospel...

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Thoughts on Philippians 2

Jul 9, 2014 by

When I pondered this letter to the church in Philippi, it immediately touched my church planting and missionary heart. Having served as a church planter in Sicily for 10 years, I am keenly aware of some of...

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Initiative develops culture of discipleship

Jun 23, 2014 by , and

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Mennonite Mission Network leaders are considering the next steps to promote disciple-making within racial-ethnic congregations of Mennonite Church USA. After a year of working in a pilot...

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Guests, not visitors

Jun 16, 2014 by

In a podcast from Michael Hyatt, he talked about some of the changes he made while CEO of Thomas Nelson, including improvements to the front lobby and initial visitor experience when they came to the...

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Lithuanians join global MB family

Jan 20, 2014 by

The Free Christian Churches of Lithuania, a conference of seven church plants, will be welcomed into the International Community of Mennonite Brethren in May. The official welcome takes place at the ICOMB...

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