Vision journal

Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology is published twice a year to encourage theological reflection on the identity, mission, and practices of the church from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective.

The journal is published by the Institute of Mennonite Studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and by the Canadian Mennonite University Centre for Faith and Life (Winnipeg, MB).

With the publication of the Fall 2017 issue, Vision has a vivid new look and a new AMBS editor, Andy Brubacher Kaethler. The CMU editor is Abram Bergen.

Vision is going digital!

The Spring 2018 issue of Vision and all back issues are now available free online. To read the current issue and any back issue, visit the official website. Plans are to continue to offer subscriptions for print copies for the time being.

Spring 2018: The church and young adults

Edited by Irma Fast Dueck and Peter J. H. Epp

From the editorial:

"This issue has been driven by our belief that when it comes to young adults, there is much we can do. But it has also been driven by our belief that we’re called to do far more than simply get them to come to church. Primarily, this issue has been driven by our belief that our young adults are our theological mirrors and the canaries in our ecclesial coal mines. Our young adults reflect back to us the theologies we embodied and articulated for them. Not the theologies we think we offered them but the theologies we actually offered them. They also warn us about the theological and ecclesial places that are toxic, and they sing to us about the places that sustain life. To be sure, our young adults do not have all our answers—in fact, my most reflective research subjects longed for a church that stopped trying to blindly accommodate their desires—but our young adults can ask and tell us much about what it means to be the church."

Online notification: To be notified when a new issue is available free online, register at

Print subscriptions: A one-year subscription is $15; subscribe for three years for $40. Send your check—made out to AMBS—to IMS, 3003 Benham Avenue, Elkhart, IN 46517-1999, or pay by credit card by calling the AMBS receptionist at 574-295-3726. For more information, contact [email protected]. Canadian subscribers, contact [email protected].

To request permission to copy or reprint articles, contact Vision permissions. To request information about advertising rates or to reserve ad space, contact Vision advertising. To request a print copy of back issues, contact the Vision managing editor. Complete text of all back issues is available at

Forthcoming issues

Back issues

Proclaiming Christ in a pluralistic context 18:2 (Fall 2017)
Faith and politics 18:1 (Spring 2017)
Body 17:2 (Fall 2016)
Discernment 17:1 (Spring 2016)
Technology 16:2 (Fall 2015)
Sabbath 16:1 (Spring 2015)
Joy 15:2 (Fall 2014)
Economics 15:1 (Spring 2014) 
Peace 14:2 (Fall 2013) 
Upside-down church 14:1 (Spring 2013)
Rethinking discipleship 13:2 (Fall 2012)
The Holy Spirit and the Christian life 13:1 (Spring 2012) 
Baptism into Christian vocation 12:2 (Fall 2011)
Idolatry 12:1 (Spring 2011)
Teaching the Bible in the congregation 11:2 (Fall 2010)
Unity and diversity 11: 1 (Spring 2010)
Testimony 10:2 (Fall 2009)
Preaching 10:1 (Spring 2009)
Sexuality 9:2 (Fall 2008)
Creation care 9:1 (Spring 2008)
Suffering 8:2 (Fall 2007)
Reconciling 8:1 (Spring 2007)
Prayer 7:2 (Fall 2006)
Salvation 7:1 (Spring 2006)
Worship 6:2 (Fall 2005)
Scripture 6:1 (Spring 2005)
Power and leadership 5:2 (Fall 2004)
End of life 5:1 (Spring 2004)
Catechesis 4:2 (Fall 2003)
Beginning of Life 4:1 (Spring 2003)
Confession 3:2 (Fall 2002)
Hospitality 3:1 (Spring 2002)
Transformation 2:2 Fall 2001)
Communion 2:1 (Spring 2001)
Spirituality (1:1)

Vision editorial council

Rick Neufeld (Mennonite Church Manitoba)
Nancy Kauffmann (Mennonite Church USA)
Irma Fast Dueck (CMU faculty)
Allan Rudy-Froese (AMBS faculty)
Kevin Derksen (MC Canada pastor)
Jennifer Davis-Sensenig (MC USA pastor)
Staff: Abram Bergen (CMU editor), Andy Brubacher Kaethler (AMBS editor), Barbara Nelson Gingerich (managing editor)

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