In the Way of Jesus:
Love, Live, Serve like Jesus
A revolutionary love movement is circling the globe. Broken lives are being transformed and the love of Jesus is being gossiped into the most remote regions of the planet. However, in the West, the church is in decline. The brand image is broken. Christianity is not seen as radical or revolutionary and some of those who claim to be "Christian," seem to bear little resemblance to the life and teachings of Jesus.
In the Way of Jesus takes readers on a journey of renewed hope found in the person of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. Through personal anecdotes and biblical insights, Kroeker lays out the path of discipleship that leads to an intimate relationship with Jesus.
"If you care about the health of the Church, this is a must read. Paul's prophetic analysis of our culture's impact on the Church points to the need for a better way. Through personal glimpses into multiplying movements of Christ's followers around the world, Paul helps us rediscover the beauty of discipleship in the Way of Jesus!" - Randy Friesen, General Director, MB Mission
"Discipleship is the missing element in the 21st century church. This book is a wake-up call for the church of Jesus Christ around the world, especially in North America and Europe." - Tefera Bekere, VP Discipleship-Mission, Global Disciples
Welcome Your Neighbours Sign
The “Welcome Your Neighbours” sign grew out of an idea at Immanuel Mennonite Church, in Harrisonburg, VA.
"We choose to reach out to our neighbours and neighbourhoods, welcome those who come from different backgrounds and places, and practice hospitality through the open doors of our communities."
Free PDF versions (multiple languages) are available to download and print from this website. Print your own poster for your front yard. Get a group of friends or your church together and find a local printer a batch. Join us in welcoming everyone to our communities. Make a statement in this time of division about our desire to be welcoming communities.
The most common version of the sign in the US is the Spanish – English – Arabic version, which can be ordered from this website. All other language translations we currently have available are below in printable PDF format for 24″ X 18″ yard signs.
Ten Signs of a Unique Christian Faith
What is the essence of Anabaptism?
Jesus. Community. Reconciliation. These sum up the core values of Anabaptist faith and life, writes pastor Palmer Becker in this concise new resource. In Anabaptist Essentials, Becker introduces readers to the key convictions and practices of Anabaptism, the Christian tradition of the Amish, Mennonites, and Brethren in Christ. From the believers within a sixteenth-century movement to those today who try to follow Jesus, create community, and practice peace, Anabaptists have a rich witness to offer the wider world. Designed for study by small groups and for use as a resource for Christian formation and conversation, this clear, readable guide to what makes Anabaptism unique will equip readers to live out a more radical commitment to Jesus.
Includes questions for reflection and discussion.
Digging for Treasure:
2017 VBS Curriculum
Dig into a VBS that’s all about Jesus’ parables and the treasure to be found in his words. At first, Jesus’ parables seem simple. But it takes listening and digging deeper to discover the treasures of the kingdom of heaven.
The Digging for Treasure: Parables Revealed starter kit from MennoMedia comes with everything you need to help children dig deep into the parables and uncover truths about God’s constant love and care for them. Each day’s story and theme are rooted in the Bible and will help the parables come to life in age-appropriate ways through dramas, playing games, making crafts, sharing snacks, and other fun activities.
Dancing with Elephants:
Mindfulness Training for those Living with Dementia, Chronic Illness or an Aging Brain
Learn how to keep living life to the fullest.
Have you received a terminal or chronic diagnosis? Is your mind succumbing to age or illness? Can you ever find joy, peace, or fulfillment in these challenging conditions? The answer is a resounding YES.
Author Jarem Sawatsky saw the countless guides out there for those caring for the ill and healing the curable, but when he was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease he found there was nothing for those living with incurable illness. He quit his job as a professor and devoted his life to exploring the possibilities of living with chronic conditions. Now he’s bringing his findings and insights to you.
In Dancing With Elephants, you’ll discover:
- Simple practices to bring healing to your heart and life to your new outlook
- Humourous (and occasionally heart-wrenching) stories of Sawatsky’s own journey
- Multiple ways to build confidence in yourself, even when you’ve been shaken to the core
- A new perspective to cut some of the pain and renew your spirit
- Practical tools to face your seemingly inescapable fears, and much, much more!
The Bible and Same-Sex Relationships
This resource is written in the spirit of the Being a Faithful Church resolution that was passed at the Mennonite Church Canada Assembly, July 6-10, 2016. That resolution affirms the church’s traditional understanding of marriage, but allows for
individuals and congregations whose study of Scripture, prayerful discernment, and sense of the Holy
Spirit’s guidance, leads them to a different understanding on committed same-sex relationships. The
resolution also recommends that “Mennonite Church Canada and Area Churches develop ways to
hear one another around the implementation of this resolution.” This resource is an attempt to help
us as a church do just that—hear, understand, and appreciate each other better, in the midst of our
diversity and our painful disagreement. This resource focuses specifically on different ways of
reading the Bible in light of same-sex relationships, because for many good reasons, the Bible plays a
critical role in the debate.
This resource is very much a work in progress. There is so much more that could and should be said about all sides of the issue. But dealing with the topic thoroughly would require a lengthy book, and few people have the inclination to wade through a whole book on the topic. There is need for a relatively short, straightforward document that names and explores the central issues at stake, and is also accessible to ordinary church folks, a document that can perhaps be a resource for a series of adult Sunday school sessions, or a congregational discernment process, or simply individual reflection.
Includes discussion questions.
This web site is a central source for congregations and individuals to access information related to the ongoing Mennonite Church transition process. A timeline of up to 2018 has been set for completion of the transition process, though it is quite possible that significant changes may already take effect as early as late 2016 and early 2017.
The Interim Council is comprised of leadership representing the five area churches (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Eastern Canada) and the national church (Mennonite Church Canada).
The Way of Letting Go:
One Woman's Walk toward Forgiveness
Few know how to survive the icy waters of grief better than Wilma Derksen. On one random Friday - November 30, 1984 - her thirteen-year-old daughter, Candace, did not return home from school. Seven weeks later, after Winnipeg's most comprehensive missing-person's search, Candace's body was found in a shed. Bound at her hands and feet. Left to die in the plunging temperatures of that winter's first extreme cold front.
Wilma's world collapsed. Everything hung in the balance - her marriage, her sanity, even her faith in a just God. It was only when she stopped hiding her grief in disbelief and darkness and bravely faced the unfathomable experience that she began to heal. Through fifteen "Letting Go" statements - including Letting Go of the Old Me, Letting Go of Guilt, and Letting Go of My Need to Know - Wilma overcame with God her broken heart, replaced confusion with connection, and drove out fear with forgiveness.
In these pages, she shows you how you can do the same. You can live a hope-filled life. You can be filled with love and forgiveness, regardless of your circumstances.
These fifteen hard-won "Letting Go" principles will help you overcome your smallest and largest losses, and Wilma's real-life advice will enable you to break free of your pain to live a life of true joy.
Pathways for Peace and Justice in Palestine and Israel:
A Congregational Study
In response to the resolution passed at the 2016 Mennonite Church Canada Assembly in Saskatoon, the Palestine and Israel Resolution Working Group has compiled these resources for congregational study. Others outside Mennonite Church Canada will also find it beneficial as a source of information and perspective on the Palestine and Israel situation.
Includes a 4-session Script, with accompanying PowerPoint, and a list of Recommended Resources.
Year A, Lent 2017 At-Home Materials:
Restore Us, O God!
In the three-year lectionary cycle, Year A Scripture texts highlight stories that call us to conversion and new life (Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman, the man born blind, and Lazarus). In studying and reflecting on these texts, the writing team noticed the overwhelming call to be restored, often in the midst of the depths of humanity as we experience our thirst, hunger, breath, sight, temptation, but turn to wondering and hoping. We invite you to enter into this Lenten journey of new life as a family. This is not a journey of perfection, but one where we face both the limits of our humanity and our need for divine transformation. Restore us, O God!
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