February 6, 2014


Racial-ethnic leaders want expanded leadership pool

by Anna Groff, The Mennonite (reposted by permission)

Forty-five participants gathered in Leesburg, Va., Jan. 30-Feb. 2, for the third installment of Hope for the Future. Hope for the Future is a gathering for Mennonite leaders of color and other Mennonite leaders to work on finding solutions for culturally appropriate leadership development. Read more….

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Sandy Landes

Helping People to Pray

by Sandy Landes, Doylestown

Writing a call to ministry story is probably the last thing I ever expected to do if you would have asked me fifteen years ago. At that time in my life, I had doubts about the role of women in leadership and yet I was serving in different capacities in my home congregation, Doylestown Mennonite Church. Read more….


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Featured blog: Beyond the Hype

by Ken Byler, Higher Ground*

As I am writing these words, the countdown is on for another NFL Super Bowl, perhaps the most hyped sporting event in the world.  This year the millions of us worldwide who will tune in to watch or listen to the game are just one reason the game becomes almost anticlimactic.  Read more….

Do you or someone from your congregation have a blog on faith and life or faith and leadership?
Add it to our blogroll by emailing eralph@franconiaconference.org.

Mark Your Calendars

Mark your Calendar For a complete listing of upcoming events, check out the Franconia Conference Calendar. The Conference office keeps a Google calendar of congregational and Conference Related Ministries events to help avoid scheduling conflicts—so please help us keep it up to date! Add your event to the calendar by sending an event invitation to calendar@franconiaconference.org.
Pastors & CRM Leaders’ BreakfastsFrom 8-10am, cost: $7 includes breakfast.

  • April 9: Healing Your Town. (Upper Perk Community Life Center, 104 Main St., East Greenville, PA)
Conference Assembly 2013 Followup

  • WHEN: February 8, 2014, 9am-12:15pm
  • WHERE: Franconia Mennonite Church
  • WHO: All delegates
  • WHAT: See below.
  • RSVP: Please RSVP right away!

Notes to Pastors

Important information about the Conference Delegate Meeting

Date: February 8, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Location: Franconia Mennonite Church

Registration:  Please click here to register your attendance. We apologize if you tried earlier and were unable to register. We have experienced some technical glitches in our website that are now fixed. Your registration will help us accommodate you better.

Description: The purpose of this meeting is to share a synthesis of the information gleaned from your input at Conference Assembly in November and develop a plan for how we will live into what Conference leaders heard you say during those sessions.


Mennonite Central Committee East Coast Summer Service Program 2014Do you have a project or dream that you’d like to see fulfilled in your church/community? How might a young adult from your church/community help you realize that dream or vision in 6-10 week term of summer service?

MCC is offering grant monies to churches/organizations who desire to utilize the skills and gifts of their young adults of color in summer service assignments. Help these young adults hone their leadership development skills and help them further their education and experience through a summer assignment in your church/community. To request an application proposal packet click this link.


*The views expressed in each week’s blog do not necessarily reflect those of Franconia Conference; these blogs are included to initiate conversation and network members of the conference community. See our full Terms of Use.
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