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In a world where change is the only constant, Mennonite Brethren have repeatedly re-examined and renewed our commitment to youth discipleship. The task of passing on a lasting faith has become particularly challenging in recent years. Pundits note that Western culture is increasingly pluralistic. Christian assumptions are no longer shared by the majority. In fact, Christianity is increasingly regarded with suspicion. Church leaders in particular have categorized this new reality with terms such as “postmodern,” “emerging,” or “post-Christian.”

Given the reaction against church institutions, and the variety of lifestyle choices and religious alternatives available in the marketplace, MBs are again asking, How do we understand today’s culture, so we can effectively train up our youth (Proverbs 22:6)? We trust the articles in this issue prove to be helpful signposts as you walk the journey of faith with God and the young people in your families and church communities.

Speaking of journeys, this issue marks the end of my 13-month stay as interim editor at the Herald. Thanks to the folks at Highland Community Church, Abbotsford, B.C., who graciously allowed me to reduce my responsibilities as a pastor to pursue this opportunity. Thanks also to the wonderfully creative team at the Herald: Karla, Angeline, Audrey, and Helga. I deeply appreciate your patience, generosity, and flexibility that have allowed me to do this work from the West Coast. And thanks to my family – particularly my wife, Andrea. Your investment in this work, although never appearing on the page, runs deep and wide.

This has been a creatively challenging, yet richly rewarding experience. I leave with a deeper appreciation of the riches of God’s glorious inheritance in his people, the Mennonite Brethren. I trust readers will experience the same in the pages and on the website of the Herald in the years to come.

—J Janzen

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