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1. How does your congregation go about making important decisions? Do you use discernment language? How do you listen for the voice of God when you are wrestling with an issue?... Read More
June 20, 2012 | Feature |
Trust that God is with us throughout the discernment process no matter the decision. Figure out what the issue is. This is really important! We can spend a lot of time trying to... Read More
June 20, 2012 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky

Because of their belief that everyone was a ‘priest’ in discerning biblical truth as members of the body of Christ, the first Anabaptists of the 16th century were forced to meet in caves, such as this one outside of Zurich, Switzerland. Modern Mennonites frequent the cave in their tours of Europe, such as this group in 2007.

Discernment is a common topic in our congregations these days. We discern a pastoral call, a building program, theology and biblical texts.Read More
June 20, 2012 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky
For five years I lived and worked in the outskirts of San Salvador, El Salvador, with an organization supporting marginalized families living with HIV/AIDS. Although the agonizing... Read More
June 6, 2012 | Feature | Story and Photos by Tobias Roberts
1. What role models are boys and young men exposed to today? How well do our families and churches do in providing healthy male role models? Does pop culture provide positive as... Read More
May 23, 2012 | Feature |
Doug Klassen, pastor of Foothills Mennonite Church, Calgary, Alta., served as Pastor in Residence at Canadian Mennonite University in late January and early February 2012. His... Read More
May 23, 2012 | Feature | By Doug Klassen
1. What are some ways that parenting today is similar to, and different from, earlier generations? Were yesterday’s parents also “scared and overwhelmed”? Do today’s parents tend... Read More
May 9, 2012 | Feature |
Parenting resources at the Mennonite Church Canada Resource Centre are available to borrow or purchase. Visit online www.mennonitechurch.ca/tiny/183 From MennoMediaRead More
May 9, 2012 | Feature |

Parents of students at MEI Schools in Abbotsford, B.C., attend one of Dave Currie’s ‘i-Parent’ sessions, that are billed as ‘formatting the next generation.’

Are my children going to be okay?” This is the overriding concern that Kathy Giesbrecht, associate director of leadership ministries for Mennonite Church Manitoba, hears and... Read More
May 9, 2012 | Feature | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
1. Does your congregation have a safe church policy? Whose responsibility is it to implement and review the policy? What has been the effect of the policy? How does it relate to... Read More
April 25, 2012 | Feature |
Anne Wiens is determined to avoid food safety inspection hassles like those experienced the last time the annual Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale was hosted in Didsbury ,... Read More
April 25, 2012 | Feature | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Windows in doors and walls between offices are a requirement in most church safety policies, according to Donita Wiebe-Neufeld, co-pastor at First Mennonite Church, Edmonton.

Ontario pastor Kevin Peters-Unrau tells a Kafkaesque story of what happened when he volunteered to work with children in his community. “I had difficulty getting a police check... Read More
April 25, 2012 | Feature | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Resolution: Be it resolved that Canada would be more secure if funding were re-allocated from the military to development at home and abroad. Speaker for the resolution: Professor... Read More
April 11, 2012 | Feature | By Mary Groh
1. John Rempel suggests that members in our churches have widely divergent worldviews . Do you agree? How would you describe the major polarities in Mennonite congregations? Do... Read More
March 28, 2012 | Feature |
The heart of the Christian life is aligning ourselves with God’s love. We squander love and then turn to the Spirit to fill us with it again. Even harder than that, especially as... Read More
March 28, 2012 | Feature | By John D. Rempel
1. How would your church react if a known sex offender wanted to attend regularly? Is this a simple struggle between fear and love—between the realities of evil and the church’s... Read More
March 14, 2012 | Feature |
“As part of my probation conditions, I have to stay away from places where there are families,” says Joe Patterson, “so that made finding a church hard.” It didn’t help that when... Read More
March 14, 2012 | Feature | By Will Braun
1. Do you know people like Sue and Bill in the story? Does your congregation provide Sunday school classes that appeal more to Sue or to Bill? Do you see the world in a modernist... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Feature |
Be honest in everything. Be open about our ignorance. Be open to questions and discussion about anything. Care for the other (locally and globally), without hope of them joining... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Feature |
Should Christians in North America and Europe understand the Bible in fresh ways in an era when Christianity no longer dominates western civilization? Yes, says a British... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Feature | By Steve Shenk

‘Bill’ and ‘Sue’ are on opposite sides of the modern/postmodern divide when it comes to Sunday school. Portraying the fictional Bill and Sue in this photo are Marco Funk and Marla Langelotz.

"Staying for Sunday School, Bill?” “I’m staying, Sue, but not for Sunday school. I’m going to hang out with the ‘coffee drinkers’ in the kitchen. We have some really good... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky
1. What are the demographics of your congregation? What percentage is over 65? How many of those are frail elderly? What programs or ministries are designed specifically for... Read More
February 15, 2012 | Feature |

Gloria Dirks, parish nurse at Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church, holds a plush “microbe” that she uses in children’s education in the congregation.

When Gloria Dirks was retiring from the joint position of Administrator and Director of Care at Parkwood Mennonite Home in Waterloo, Ont. in 2003, she knew she wanted to use her... Read More
February 15, 2012 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky

Martha Brubacher, Florence Frey and Vera Martin work on a relief sale quilt at Floradale Mennonite Church.

Across the country, many MC Canada churches are staring at the numbers and scratching their heads. As young people drift away from the church and the baby boomers retire, church... Read More
February 15, 2012 | Feature | By Karin Fehderau
1. What technology does your congregation use in worship? What are the challenges to learning how to use new technology in worship? How much power is wielded by those who control... Read More
February 1, 2012 | Feature |

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