Category Archives: conference

Police attack Mennonite church gathering in Vietnam

Luke Martin (left) and Vietnamese Mennonite pastor Nguyen Quang Trung at the November 2012 celebration of the Vietnam Mennonite Church.

by Luke Martin, Vietnamese Gospel Mennonite Church In June, security police attacked a Mennonite church gathering in Vietnam, where pastors and theological students were gathered for a conference and graduation ceremony. The event took place north of Ho Chi Minh City, at the Evangelical Mennonite Church, a congregation not officially registered in Vietnam. This past […]

Nations Worship celebrates new space, all invited

by Samantha Lioi, minister of peace & justice, Franconia Mennonite Conference Pastor Beny Krisbianto and other leaders of Nations Worship Center in Philadelphia are celebrating a milestone in their long journey toward a new space for worship. Since the congregation purchased a building a few years ago in an historic Italian neighborhood in South Philly, […]

Mennonite Church USA Executive Board announces action steps: Franconia Conference stays focused on building healthy relationships

All members of the Executive Board, with their prayer lamp centerpiece for the weekend, as well as Stella, the official Mennonite Church USA convention dove.

by Emily Ralph, associate director of communication The Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA met last week to review the recommendations of a task force appointed to respond to Mountain States Mennonite Conference’s decision to license Theda Good, a woman in a same-sex covenanted relationship.  The Executive Board approved eight action steps that will be […]

Conference pastors pursue higher education

Mike Derstine with his family at graduation from Palmer.

by Lora Steiner, managing editor The Lord works in mysterious ways,  and the Spirit leads in mysterious ways: sometimes to faraway lands, sometimes to stretching local ministries—or sometimes, back to the classroom. This year, two Franconia Conference pastors finished Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) degrees, while several others are pursuing pastoral studies alongside other fulltime jobs. […]

Youth Gather for Outdoor Worship


by Lora Steiner, managing editor Youth from Franconia Conference and Eastern District gathered on Sunday, June 1, for an afternoon of worship, celebration, and inspiration. The event, held under tents that had hosted the Mennonite Heritage Center’s Whack & Roll croquet tourney the day before, was the first of what planners hope will become an […]

Three congregations credential new leaders on Pentecost


by Sheldon C. Good Many Christian congregations commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday, and three Franconia Conference congregations in particular acknowledged the Spirit’s movement through the credentialing of leaders for ministry. On June 8, all occurring in southeastern Pennsylvania, Donna Merow was ordained and Danilo Sanchez and Phil Bergey were licensed […]

A call to prayer

The executive board of Mennonite Church USA will meet together June 26-28 in Chicago. The executive board staff of Mennonite church USA invite you to intentional prayer for this gathering, and for all of Mennonite Church USA. For our staff as we strive to serve as a supportive community for area conferences and congregations; for Mennonite […]

Kenneth Hochstetler named as next president of Everence


The Everence board of directors has named Kenneth D. Hochstetler as the organization’s next president and CEO. Hochstetler will assume the role upon the retirement of President and CEO Larry D. Miller at the end of August. Hochstetler currently serves as senior executive vice president at Univest Corporation, which provides a wide range of banking, trust, financial […]

Pastors receive coaching in life and wellness

Trina Stutzman

by Lora Steiner, Franconia managing editor When people think of health coaches, they usually think of Biggest Loser, the television show where participants vie each week to see who can lose the most weight—or someone with a whistle, like that annoying high school gym teacher who made your whole class run timed miles. Trina Stutzman […]