Phil Schmidt: “Delegating” at convention

Phil Schmidt is a pastor at Tabor Mennonite Church in rural Kansas (just north of Newton). As a pastor, he seeks to center the church community on Jesus, proclaim the good news of God’s kingdom, and live into God’s mission here and now. He is married to his best friend, Mary, and they have an extremely cute baby, […]

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Snapshots from the Kansas On the Way Youth Rally

On Saturday Nov. 1, around 100 youth and their sponsors from Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska came together for a small glimpse of what convention in Kansas City will be like. Youth groups gathered at Hesston (Kan.) Mennonite Church for a scavenger hunt, service projects in the local Kansas and Newton area, participated in worship led by […]

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Goshen College creates “Menno’s Best Coffee” as convention fundraiser

In an effort to help Mennonite youth groups raise money to attend Kansas City 2015, Goshen (Ind.) College has developed a fundraising opportunity through sales of organic, direct-trade coffee. Youth groups will have the opportunity to sell bags of “Menno’s Best” organic coffee, which is grown by small-scale farmers that Goshen College students have worked […]

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Jean Kilheffer Hess: Being Church Together

Jean Kilheffer Hess is a member of East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church.  She is a management consultant with Core4, Inc. and owner of StoryShare, an oral history interviewing and life story services business. She is a 2004 graduate of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies.  Jean and her spouse, Gale, […]

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Gerald Mast: Looking for Friendship and Rebirth in the New Jerusalem

Gerald J. Mast is Professor of Communication at Bluffton University and the author of Go to Church, Change the World: Christian Community as Calling (Herald, 2012).  He belongs to First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, and serves on the Missional Church Committee of Central District Conference. He is married to Carrie (Roth) Mast and is the father […]

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A Place for Junior Youth

Sarah Bixler is an MDiv student at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is working with the convention planning team this year as the coordinator for the children and junior youth programs.  Thousands of teenagers raising their arms and voices in worship. Delegates discerning matters of faith and practice around tables. Children singing and playing in their […]

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Come, Now is the Time to Worship

Glen Guyton is the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Convention Planning for Mennonite Church USA.  I must confess, I love the youth worship experience at our Mennonite Church USA biennial conventions. Being that I was a youth pastor for 17 years before beginning work for the denomination, convention is what energized me about the […]

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Getting to Convention: Tips and Tricks from Youth Pastors Who’ve Been There

Bringing a youth group to convention– whether it’s a group of five or 25 youth – can sometimes feel like a daunting undertaking. Obviously we think it’s worth it. Convention is an Anabaptist faith formation experience like none other. But we also want youth leaders to feel prepared and equipped for the week. Here are […]

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KC2015 Speaker Line-Up Announced

Worship is the keystone event at convention. Every two years, we come together to be encouraged. We come together to be challenged. We come together to be inspired and energized. We come together to celebrate God in our midst, and to recommit ourselves to following Jesus “on the way.”   We’ve got a great group […]

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Anabaptist Songwriting Challenge

    In an effort to promote songwriting among Mennonites in the Untied States, and to broaden the musical spectrum congregationally and communally, Mountain States Mennonite Conference is organizing the first Anabaptist Songwriting Challenge (ASC), which began on March 1-, 2014.   Composers from all around the nation, people of all ages and speaking any […]

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Eric Rasyidi: Reflections on Conventions Past

Eric Rasyidi is a member of Maranatha Christian Fellowship in Northridge, Calif.   Convention has been a wonderful opportunity to learn about Mennonite beliefs, missions, and people! When we started attending convention in 2007, I never would have thought that so many projects and people from the Mennonite organization would come into our local church […]

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