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I’m relatively new to Toledo, and a typical introductory conversation goes like this:
Me:  “Hello, I’m Joel, and I’m the pastor of Toledo Mennonite Church.”
Person:  “Nice to meet you, Joel.  Hmm…  I’ve never heard of Mennonites.  What are Mennonites?  What do you believe?” 

Answering such a broad question has been one of my biggest challenges in ministry.  Do I talk about the historical origins of Mennonites, or about Mennonites today?  Do I talk about what makes us different, or about what we share in common?  Do I talk about what Mennonites have been, or about what Mennonites are becoming? 

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