• 12 Nov 2018 3:07 PM | Michelle R Oyer (Administrator)

    The second issue of our newsletter is here! Pulse November centers on a small body of believers in the city of South Bend, Indiana.

    Learn how God prompted Gil and Marketo Michel to reach out to their neighbors right around them. Discover how That Church Downtown came to be and how they found common vision with Evana.

    Read their story, plus get an update on the search for Evana's next Executive Director: 

    Click here to access PULSE


  • 08 Oct 2018 8:13 AM | Michelle R Oyer (Administrator)

    Evana is excited to introduce the first issue of Pulse, our monthly newsletter! Be encouraged with stories of what God is doing, and stay in the loop with the latest happenings in and around Evana. Download the October newsletter as a PDF here for personal use or church distribution.

    October Newsletter Color Version (PDF)

    October Newsletter Black and White Version (PDF)

  • 22 Aug 2018 9:54 AM | Anonymous

    About 40 leaders representing six evangelical Anabaptist groups gathered Aug. 6-8 for prayer and worship at Rosedale Bible College in Irwin, Ohio.

    The meeting was initiated by John Troyer of Goshen, Ind., executive director of the Evana Network.

    “We basically spent time worshiping and taking time alone with God and coming back and sharing what we heard,” Troyer said

    The organizations represented were Evana, Lancaster Mennonite Conference, U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, Conservative Mennonite Conference, Brethren in Christ U.S. and The Brethren Church (an evangelical Brethren denomination founded in 1883).

    Read the full article from Mennonite World Review: 


  • 22 Aug 2018 9:01 AM | Anonymous

    At 3 years old, the Evana Network is solidifying its identity as a collaborator with other Anabaptist denominations.

    During a delegate session at Evana’s third ReGen convention, held June 29-July 3 at Taylor University, Evana board chair Matt Hamsher of Kidron, Ohio, said the evangelical Anabaptist group is “not competitive but collaborative.”

    Citing a choice between being another Anabaptist denomination or a resource agency for local mission, he said the emerging vision is for Evana to partner with other denominations while also being a credentialing network for congregations who want Evana as their primary affiliation.

    “We want to serve your congregations without taking them away from you,” Hamsher said.

    Read the full article from Mennonite World Review: 


  • 05 Jul 2018 10:42 AM | John Troyer (Administrator)

    We're excited to announce several options for churches who want to institute GRACE's (https://netgrace.org) Safe Church program. We are recommending GRACE's program because of how comprehensive it is and because of their reputation as the leader in doing this work in the church. We've been working hard to make it simple to get started and cost-effective to participate and would like to see every Evana church go through this. Email GRACE info@netgrace.org and let them know you're an Evana church to get started.

    1. We have already had a commitment of $10,000 in seed money to start with our loan program. If you would like to donate or participate in getting a loan as a church, email us at info@evananetwork.org. The loan terms are 2% interest with a maximum loan period of 5 years. You can borrow up to $4,000 for each church.
    2. You can get a $350 grant from Everence. Go to https://www.everence.com/safe-church-grant for more information and to apply. You need to have an Everence advocate or appoint one to receive this grant.
    3. The next nine Evana churches that do GRACE's Safe Church process will receive a $1,000 discount off the $5,000 overall cost.
    4. Ask if anyone from your congregation would like to donate directly to help you do this. You will likely find people who want to contribute.
    5. Talk to your liability insurance company and challenge them to reduce your premiums if you go through this process.

    If you're already part of Evana, join our Workplace group to be in conversation with other churches that are working at this. https://evana.facebook.com/groups/1371933816177671/

  • 30 Jun 2018 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    New Leadership Coming for Evana Network

    John Troyer, Executive Director of Evana Network, has announced plans to transition out of his leadership role for Evana Network. This transition is scheduled to take place over the next 6 to 12 months. The announcement was made in Upland, Indiana at Evana's recent summer gathering, ReGen 2018.

    A new direction

    Despite his continued passion for growing the Anabaptist network of churches, three reasons factored into Troyer's decision. These reasons include his desire to spend more time at home with his family and less traveling, plus the knowledge that Evana would continue to strengthen with new leadership. First and foremost was simply a sense that this change was God's timing.

    Troyer states, "Evana has grown to become a true network, drawing strength and vitality from all involved. It has been a privilege to serve as Executive Director. Looking back, I am amazed at God's provision and guidance as He has led us. I am deeply grateful for this network of churches who will continue to be my church family."

    Evana's Growth

    Evana Network began in 2015 as an Anabaptist ministry network with a strong commitment to the centrality of Jesus Christ and the Great Commission. The organization has helped churches engage deeply in their local communities through church planting, community engagement and leadership development.

    In the three years since Evana's beginnings, the network has grown to include 40 congregational partners and nine strategic partners. Coming from two countries and thirteen states/provinces, these partners are part of six different denominations and conferences.

    Evana has also hosted three summer conventions and three pastor/spouse retreats, led by women and men from many backgrounds and ethnic groups. Under the leadership of Wes Furlong, Director of Church Development, Evana recently started a research and training center for Christian community development called City Flourish (cityflourish.com).

    “We are profoundly grateful for John’s leadership as Evana moved from concept to reality,” said Matt Hamsher, Chair of the Evana Network Board. “His entrepreneurial vision, sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s leading, and passion to invite others to join as members and partners have been vital components in the Network’s establishment and growth.”

    Next Steps

    Regarding his own next steps, Troyer shares that he does not have definitive plans in place, "There are several options for my future work, but none have developed to the point of sharing publicly. With a transition window of 6 to 12 months, my primary focus at first will be to help Evana move forward without losing momentum."

    Evana's Leadership Board

    Evana's six-person Executive Board will work with Troyer to keep Evana moving forward during the search and transition process. As part of a regular term rotation, Samuel Lopez and Tyler Hartford will be stepping off the board. Terry Diener of Goshen, IN, and Sonya Miller of Sarasota, FL have been nominated to join the board for a two-year term.

    Those continuing to serve in addition to Hamsher include Larissa Moore, Vice-Chair; Virginia Liechty, Treasurer; and Moises Angustia, Member at Large.

  • 26 Apr 2018 10:28 AM | Courtney Miller (Administrator)

    Last but not least in our speaker lineup for this summer is John Troyer. He has led Evana for the past three years, and is passionate about evangelism and seeing church leaders flourish.

    We’re excited for all of our regen.2018 speakers and we want to make sure you don’t miss out. Check out the event page here for more information and registration. We hope to see you there!

  • 24 Apr 2018 10:46 AM | Courtney Miller (Administrator)

    Dr. Joseph Jones is another speaker you’ll have the opportunity to hear at regen.2018. His professional journey has taken him from a Christian university in Pakistan to Fresno Pacific University in California. His journey has led him to become passionate about Christians making an impact on the world around them.

    Don’t forget to register for our summer gathering!

  • 19 Apr 2018 10:56 AM | Courtney Miller (Administrator)

    Martin Thomas will be sharing his powerful testimony with us at regen.2018. From being a pastor to being in prison, he knows how Jesus can change lives, including his own.

    Register for the opportunity to learn more about the miraculous way Jesus continues to lead Martin into new adventures.  

  • 17 Apr 2018 9:56 AM | Courtney Miller (Administrator)

    Noemi Chavez, pastor of the growing multicultural 7th Street Church in Los Angeles, is another amazing speaker in our regen.2018 lineup. She's committed to loving others and raising up the next generation to serve the future of the church and their communities. 

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