Young people key to resilient global church

Jul 25, 2018 by , and

A greeting from the Vietnam Mennonite Church to the world. Throughout its history, the people of the VMC have never failed to demonstrate their resilience and their commitment to live out the peaceful way of...

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Book review: ‘Fledge’

Apr 9, 2018 by

When my children were very young, there was all manner of reading material at my fingertips, ready to tell me exactly how I might raise perfect kids. I could read books on attachment and potty training, blogs...

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Spiritual but not religious

Mar 22, 2017 by

I am usually quite suspicious of oft-repeated expression, “I’m spiritual but not religious.” Actually, “suspicious” might be putting it rather mildly. I have something bordering on a pathological...

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Vocation and occupation: How to respond to God’s call on your life

Nov 23, 2016 by

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve read an article about how to find your vocation, I’d be rich. And yet I wonder if they are missing a key point, which makes me want to contribute my two cents to the...

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Sanders says it

May 23, 2016 by

Two months ago at Sent, the Anabaptist church-planting conference, I spoke with some young church plant­ers about what brings millennials to church. “May­be we should be more like Bernie Sanders,” I...

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A prayer for my generation

Mar 28, 2016 by

My generation of Anabaptists isn’t just throwing things out. At least I don’t think we are. Every generation has to find their place in life and the grand mosaic of history. The times are different for...

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Bluffton professor shares youth ministry research

Jan 4, 2016 by

BLUFFTON, Ohio — Bluffton University professor Randy Keeler explained his findings as the 2014-15 Ohio Conference Youth Ministry Resource Person during Friday Colloquium at the university on Dec. 4. The...

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How to be a pastor in exile

Dec 28, 2015 by and

Jessica Reesor Rempel and Chris Brnjas call themselves “Pastors in Exile.” They aren’t officially pastors, but then, their congregation isn’t officially a church. They are the part-time leaders of a...

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An apathetic generation?

Oct 27, 2015 by

For the past several years, the current generation of 20-30 years old has often been labeled as lazy, self-centered and disinterested in local and global affairs. Ranging from simply not caring enough to...

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Streams in the desert

Aug 29, 2015 by

ABIQUIU, N.M. — Amid redstone cliffs and piñon forests, the annual assembly of Mennonite Church USA’s Mountain States Mennonite Conference Aug. 7-9 at Ghost Ranch had twice as many registrants as...

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You lost me: Young adults and the church

Mar 5, 2015 by

Earlier this month, I was one of many who gathered in the new Marpeck Commons building at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Man., to hear from a panel of “young adults” on their age group and the...

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My first high school reunion as a Mennonite pastor

Nov 5, 2014 by

I recently attended my first high school reunion as a Mennonite pastor. I am a relatively young pastor, and I think for some of my fellow alumni it was a bit strange to hear about my current career path. I was...

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What is the church doing for young adults?

Aug 4, 2014 by and

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A question repeated in the church today is: Why don’t young adults go to church? But that might not be the right question, according to Lana Miller, campus pastor at Eastern...

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Entitlement and the young adult

Mar 17, 2014 by

I have been working with youth and young adults for well over two decades now. During this time I have also become a parent of two young adult boys (men). I say this because I am not innocent of the issues I...

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