Notes to Pastors

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER for the January Pastors’ & Leaders’ Breakfast:

When:  Thursday, January 12, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

What:  Discussion about peace and justice learning and witness happening and being envisioned

Led by:  The joint Eastern District and Franconia Conference Peace & Justice Committee

Where: Mennonite Conference Center, 569 Yoder Road, Harleysville, PA 19438

To register:  click here or call the Mennonite Conference Center (267-932-6050)

Registration deadline:  Friday, January 6  

Breakfast donation:  A $6.00 donation is suggested for the breakfast.

Upcoming P&L Breakfast:  Also, not far around the corner is the Friday, February 10 – “Worship and Mission After Christendom” with Alan and Eleanor Kreider, authors of the book by the same title.  Alan and Eleanor Kreider are American Mennonites who lived in England for thirty years and were at the heart of the emerging Anabaptist movement there. Their jointly authored book explores the relationship between worship and mission and how this relationship is crucial in post-Christendom. In worship the followers of Jesus are equipped to participate in the mission of God. This book explores the dynamics of the kind of worship that will equip and inspire us to be missional disciples.  (You can read an extract from this book by going to  Click here to register for this event.

Plains Mennonite Church has 20 copies of Stuart Murray’s book “Church After Christendom” that are available for another church if they would like to have them. If you are interested in these books, please email Plains Mennonite .  First come, first served.

Pastors are invited to consider joining ministry colleague, Steve Kriss, as he teaches “Cultural Interpretation and Engagement” February 20 – 23 at Biblical Seminary, Hatfield.  This class is part of the Doctor of Ministry program at Biblical Seminary.  A special note: for pastors in Franconia Mennonite Conference, Biblical is offering a special audit fee of $399 to encourage you to be a part of this vital conversation. If you need further information, please contact Rev. Darryl Lang at 215-368-5000 x 147.

AMBS offers Two Spring Online Courses:

  • Turnaround Strategies for Churches, taught by Gerald Shenk, sessional instructor. This course examines dynamics of church renewal, with strategies for change that seek to be true to the Gospel and to the congregational context.
  • Biblical Foundations of Peace and Justice, taught by Mary Schertz, professor of New Testament. Study pertinent biblical passages and historic peace church understandings while reflecting on peace and justice praxis today.

Tuition discount: Tuition will be cut in half for first-time online students at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary who are not yet enrolled in any theological education program.  Register by January 10 to receive an early registration discount. For information: