This month a small group of MI pastors and leaders began studying Efrem Smith’s book, The Post-Black and Post-White Church: Becoming the Beloved Community in a Multi-Ethnic World. The group meets via Zoom.
In October, Sharon had contact with eight congregations in various stages of leadership transitions.
Four congregations are actively searching for new pastoral leadership. One recently named a candidate-of-choice to serve as their next pastoral leader and another – after months of prayerful waiting – recently learned they have a pastoral applicant.
Trained search guides continue to volunteer their time, offering a listening ear, an outside perspective, and an ongoing conference presence in pastoral search process.
Looking for a next step?–Have you been participating in the monthly webinar series with Nekeisha Alexis, and wonder about a next step? Or were you not able to participate and still wonder what you might do?
Mennonite Church USA has made arrangements with Widerstand Consulting to make anti-racism tutorials available to Mennonite Church USA congregations for a year at reduced cost. Information and pricing is available here. Tobin Miller Shearer is a long-time advocate and educator.