Category Archives: conference

Did You Know: Taxable Income

by Conrad Martin, Director of Finance As tax season is upon us, it is important to be aware of two things a church does that may affect the taxable income for congregational employees/pastors — one taxable and one a pre-tax deduction.  Love Gifts/ Offerings Some churches give their pastor(s) a “love gift” or “love offering” … Continue reading Did You Know: Taxable Income

Living God’s Great Shalom

by Stephen Kriss, Executive Minister In our commitments for credentialing as pastors within Franconia Conference, we agree to giving and receiving counsel.  This week I am here in Indiana as part of our process of giving and receiving counsel through Mennonite Church USA’s Constituency Leader Council (CLC). It’s not been an easy time in Mennonite … Continue reading Living God’s Great Shalom

Welcome Signs an Invitation to Dialogue

by Dwayne Henne, Chair of Outreach, Bally Mennonite Church Members of Bally Mennonite Church had a growing interest in how area churches might be able to support refugees coming to the United States as they continued to see on the daily news the suffering of people in Syria and Sudan. As they began to explore … Continue reading Welcome Signs an Invitation to Dialogue

Local Women Networking to Make a Difference

Women Empowering Women(WEW) with Mennonite Economic Development Association (MEDA) is a grassroots group providing a way for local women to network together and make a difference for women in third world countries. For those less familiar with MEDA, its core mission is to create business solutions to poverty.  The goal of the WEW group is … Continue reading Local Women Networking to Make a Difference

Reflections on Breaking Free to Follow an Untamed God

By Jenny Duskey, Ambler Mennonite Church An Exodus Time, a Great Turning, a Watershed Moment – whatever we call it, we are in the midst of crisis.  We, children of a free, wild, untamed God, try “to follow Jesus while shackled to Caesar.”  “Fast food, cheap oil, chronic debt, and constant pressure are only some … Continue reading Reflections on Breaking Free to Follow an Untamed God

From Dust You’ve Been Created

“Do you not realize what the Holy One can do with dust?”–Jan Richardson By Steve Kriss, Executive Minister Growing up in a dominantly Catholic community, I annually had ash envy.   There was something about that mark of the cross on the forehead, the smear and the audacity of wearing it out and about in … Continue reading From Dust You’ve Been Created

Doing Kingdom Work

By Noel Santiago Hope for the Future is a unique gathering in that it brings together leaders of color and white leaders who work and serve in MCUSA agencies, institutions and organizations, to intentionally focus the work of intercultural transformation in the church. While it’s primarily focused on the agencies, institutions and organizations of MCUSA, … Continue reading Doing Kingdom Work

We Need Each Other

By Maria Hosler Byler, Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Faith Formation at Salford Mennonite “The extent to which we are surprised by the results of the election demonstrates the poverty of our relationships. The extent to which we don’t understand the need for immigration reform demonstrates the poverty of our relationships.” As I listened … Continue reading We Need Each Other

What is the Significance of the Church Building?

By Marta Castillo, Franconia Conference LEADership Minister and Pastor at Nueva Vida Norristown New Life Several years ago we almost lost our church building to a sheriff’s sale (a type of auction on properties that have either been repossessed by a lender or seized to satisfy judgment liens or tax liens). We said to ourselves, … Continue reading What is the Significance of the Church Building?

Transition brings Interim LEADership Ministers

As the Conference is in a time of transition, it provides an opportunity for reflection and strategic planning for the coming years. With that, the new Executive Minister, Steve Kriss, and the Conference Executive Committee have provided a six-month transitional period that included bringing on three contracted LEADership Ministers, one of whom will also serve … Continue reading Transition brings Interim LEADership Ministers