One unique thing about Mennonites is the way we think about leadership. We tend to behave as though anyone can lead from any position (or no position!). For this reason we have much lay leadership in worship services and the direction of the church is set by the congregation when meeting together at congregational meetings (usually 4 times per year). Those meetings are led and facilitated by the Congregational Chair.
In addition to the congregational chair, our leadership structure includes:
- A part-time pastor
- Congregational Care Committee for pastoral care
- Commissions. These groups report to the whole group at our regular decision-making gatherings. You can see a list of the church’s commissions here
- We attempt to make decisions by consensus
Gwen has been pastor at Bethany since 1999. Before moving to Vermont she worked at Mennonite Central Committee in the Overseas Peace Office and as Director of Women’s Concerns. She received a Master of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary. She and her husband Robert are parents of a teenage son and daughter.
For some thoughts on leadership in the Christian Church, see this post.