Participating as a conference minister in the Journey Program (a leadership program for pastors and lay leaders) through Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary has been a very rewarding experience for me, and I am always so appreciative of the bond between students and mentors.
Joanne Gallardo is conference minister of Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA in Goshen, Indiana. Originally from northwest Ohio, Joanne is a graduate of Goshen College and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. In addition to church work, Joanne has spent part of her career working in mental health. In her spare time, Joanne writes, sings in a women’s choir and enjoys spending time with friends.
As a congregation member of mine put it one time, “Everything’s just a little bit bad.” You know the feeling. It’s not as bad as it could be but things aren’t great and you need a boost. Here are five things that have helped me during a rough patch.