Category Archives: Growing Leaders

Leadership on the road: A future lined with signs of warning and hope

Linford Stutzman, Director, Coffman Center, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, VA If Conrad Kanagy’s statistics on the profile of congregational leaders are accurate, the average Mennonite leader reading this article will remember, some even with nostalgia for a time when rebellion against the “establishment” was cool, the words of the Five Man Electrical Band’s hit song … Continue reading Leadership on the road: A future lined with signs of warning and hope

Moving beyond the “Road Signs”: Guided by the Spirit toward Truth

Ertell Whigham, Director of Congregational Resourcing and Equipping Like many travelers today, I have gotten into the habit of depending on what is popularly known as a Global Positioning System (GPS). This simple technology is helpful and still amazes me, when I put it to use. I can choose the shortest distance, fastest route, open … Continue reading Moving beyond the “Road Signs”: Guided by the Spirit toward Truth

Responses to the “Road Signs”: What baseball teaches us about the future

Joseph Hackman, Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville, Pa This fall the Philadelphia Phillies became world champions. Young pitchers, MVP caliber infielders and a colorful manager offer hope for a repeat championship next year. But it wasn’t always like this. To understand why thousands of fans attended the victory parade in the city, one must understand the … Continue reading Responses to the “Road Signs”: What baseball teaches us about the future

Signs of inspiration and frustration: Wise observations from “the edges”

Jessica Walter, Associate for Communication and Leadership Cultivation In Linford Stutzman’s opening article he states, “While considerable effort by denominational leaders may be directed towards managing the resources from the institutional center of the denomination, it is the edges that are the most exciting, that have the most potential for either authentic renewal or colossal … Continue reading Signs of inspiration and frustration: Wise observations from “the edges”

An ending: Road signs point toward new communication venues

Stephen Kriss, Director of Communication and Leadership Cultivation This is the last issue of Franconia Conference’s Growing Leaders. It’s a tough time for print publications, from the weeklies in my neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia to the national papers like the Los Angeles Times. Today’s economic turbulence is accelerating the move from paper to web-based communication. … Continue reading An ending: Road signs point toward new communication venues

Reflecting on the “Road Signs” and considering a demise: Moving forward in confidence and hope

James M. Lapp, Preaching Pastor, Salford Mennonite Church After nearly 10 years, Growing Leaders will discontinue in favor of other venues for communication. Having been part of the decision to initiate this quarterly resource, I now support alternative efforts to assist leaders in their growth. The real challenge centers not in the medium, but in … Continue reading Reflecting on the “Road Signs” and considering a demise: Moving forward in confidence and hope

A relational, unstructured experience: There is no church planting “master plan”

Mauricio Chenlo, Mennonite Mission Network, raleighumd@nc.rr.com Director of Hispanic Church Planting Academy and Church Planting Coach In my role as a church planting resource person and director for the Hispanic Church Planting Academy run by Mennonite Mission Network (MMN) in partnership with the Iglesia Menonita Hispana, I meet with church planters and church planting teams … Continue reading A relational, unstructured experience: There is no church planting “master plan”