Notes to Pastors

The Resurrection of the Dead

When Christians speak of the Resurrection, we rightly think first of the empty tomb and how God raised Jesus from the dead following the crucifixion. But that is not the Bible’s final word on the matter. Come discover the Bible’s rich promises about our ultimate destiny of resurrection life with Christ, and the incredibly good news that death is reversible, in a four week teaching series with Mennonite theologian Rob Arner. Scripture studies, followed by a time of prayer, will be held on Wednesdays in March (7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th) at Line Lexington Mennonite Church from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. There is no cost to attend.  

Next Pastors’ & Leaders’ Breakfast – Thursday, March 8, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Joanna Shenk (editor of Widening the Circle: Anabaptist Experiments in Discipleship) will talk about why emerging movements are attracted to the Anabaptist tradition, how established Mennonite churches can cultivate mutual relationships with non-traditional expressions of Anabaptism, what established churches and organizations have to give and gain through these relationships.  Click here to register for this breakfast.  Registration deadline:  Friday, March 2; $6 donation requested for breakfast.

Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary Webinar: What’s Mennonite about the Missional Church?

The presenter is Lois Barrett.  Thursday, March 8, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. This webinar will compare missional theology with Anabaptist-Mennonite theology, and the sixteenth-century European context with twenty-first-century North American contexts. What in these contexts is drawing Christians from state-church traditions into a theology of the church as an alternative society? What is drawing Mennonites and other Christians to see Western culture as a mission field? How can Mennonites and other Christians learn from each other about what it means to be missional? Early registration deadline is March 4  Visit http://www.ambs.edu/programs-institutes/clc/webinars to register or contact AMBS at ChurchLeadership@ambs.edu;  574-296-6269. 

Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary Webinar: A New Frontier: Doing Theology as Thriving Rural Communities

The presenter is David Boshart.  Wednesday, March 21, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Congregations that thrive see the tasks of church development and mission as a matter of applied theology. This webinar will explore how rural communities can become thriving centers for mission by reflecting on six major opportunities for developing a relevant witness that can bridge earth and heaven. Early registration deadline is March 17. Visit http://www.ambs.edu/programs-institutes/clc/webinars to register or contact AMBS at ChurchLeadership@ambs.edu;  574-296-6269. 

Sister Care Seminar – March 23 – 24:  This seminar will equip women to be helpful to someone who experiences a great loss or trauma and how we can encourage one another from day to day.  The event is sponsored by Eastern District and Franconia Mennonite Conferences and will be held at Souderton Mennonite Church (Friday from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).  Registration: $45.  (To register or for additional details, click here.)

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Required training for all Credentialed Leaders of Franconia Conference held at Towamencin Mennonite Church.  If you are unable to attend, please be in conversation with your LEADership Minister.
  • Saturday, May 19 – Fresh Expressions – Franconia Conference and Fresh Expressions US are holding a Fresh Expressions Vision Day from 9:00 a.m. -3:30 p.m. for Pastors and Congregational Leaders at Plains Mennonite Church.  Fresh Expressions is a movement that is cultivating new forms of church alongside existing congregations in order to reach a changing world.  This will be an interactive time for congregations to learn about Fresh Expressions as well as dream and discover how to empower and equip God’s people to develop creative expressions of church that can reach the increasing diversity in their communities.  More information to come.
  • Thursday, June 14, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. – Pastors’ & Leaders’ Breakfast featuring conversation with Dale Nafziger, entrepreneurial missionary in Nepal, who will share his learnings about doing ministry through business. 

Video Recordings:  Reminder that we are developing a wonderful library of video recordings from recent Pastors’ & Leaders’ events.  It’s the next best thing to being there in person.  Check them out at:  http://franconiaconference.org/media/video-gallery

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