A new litany for ordination

May 13, 2018 by

Ordination is a big deal. It only happens once in a lifetime. There is a standard litany for ordination. But, being a writer, as I prepared for my ordination last month, I couldn’t help rewriting the...

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Questioning our lay/ordained divide

Apr 30, 2018 by

While most of us agree that healthy congregations need to use all of the varied and multiple gifts of its members, Mennonites have generally adopted the Protestant practice of elevating pastors to a special...

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Mary’s song: ordained for mercy

Dec 23, 2016 by

This is an edited version of a sermon Isaac Villegas preached Dec. 11 at the ordination service for Theda Good at First Mennonite Church of Denver. Good is the first openly LGBT person ordained in Mennonite...

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With training complete, 26 pastors ordained in Vietnam

Jan 11, 2016 by , and

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — After six years of training and preparation, the Vietnam Mennonite Church ordained 26 pastors in Ho Chi Minh City on Dec. 5. Pastor Nguyen Quang Trung, president of VMC,...

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God’s calling is not just for a select few

Oct 8, 2015 by

On Sept. 12, 1965, I delivered my first sermon as a newly licensed minister at Zion Mennonite near Broadway, where I served for more than 20 years. I’m not exactly comfortable with all of the messages I...

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Confession, polity and ordination

Jul 15, 2015 by

In “Confessing Without Forcing,” Rich Preheim provides some historical background to the current situation in Mennonite Church USA. The 1995 Confession of Faith was already a fact when I joined the...

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By what authority?

Jul 21, 2014 by

Who has given the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board the authority to not recognize the ordination of a Colorado pastor? Pastoral ordination has been the province of the district conference. In the General...

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