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Leadership Ministers Reflect and Refine

by Stephen Kriss, Executive Minister For generations, one of the primary tasks of Franconia Conference was to provide leadership accompaniment with congregations and credentialed leaders.  The call to serve as a bishop was a serious call to lead, serve and offer wisdom and counsel.  It was a weighty role.  I grew up with a bishop … Continue reading Leadership Ministers Reflect and Refine

Christianity: A Religion of Travel

By Gwen Groff, Pastor at Bethany Mennonite Church, and FMC Board Member We were just one or two days into our Mexico trip when Steve Kriss, Executive Minister of Franconia Conference, said, “I think all they really are asking for from us is for relationship.” In the end, I believe that was the purpose of … Continue reading Christianity: A Religion of Travel

A New Chapter in a Classic Story

by Mike Clemmer, Leadership Minister On April 1, 2018 (Easter Sunday), Rockhill Mennonite Church and Ridgeline Community Church joyfully celebrated the resurrection of Jesus together in a nearly-filled-to-capacity Rockhill meetinghouse.  This service was the culmination of a year-long journey of prayer, discussion, and discernment about the possibility of joining together officially as one church, united … Continue reading A New Chapter in a Classic Story

A Sacred Trust Maintained By Healthy Boundaries

By Josh Meyer, Pastor of Discipling and Preaching at Franconia Mennonite Church  To serve in the role of spiritual leader is a sacred trust.  Sometimes, without intending to, we exploit and hurt those we want to teach and nurture by inappropriately crossing boundaries. This was, in a nutshell, my major takeaway from the recent Healthy … Continue reading A Sacred Trust Maintained By Healthy Boundaries

Interspace – Courage to Stand Between

By Marta Castillo, Leadership Minister of Intercultural Formation “Inter” words are familiar to most of us – interact, interdependent, intermission, intertwine, international, intercede, intercultural, etc.  Based on the Latin, “inter” means “between,” “in the midst of,” “mutually,” “reciprocally,” “together”.  Interspace is an adventure of new learnings, a place of possibility, sharing, rest, and reconciliation, but … Continue reading Interspace – Courage to Stand Between

Renewed Commitments Document Released

Based on the outcomes of the Future Church Summit in Orlando 2017, the Journey Forward process began. Mennonite Church USA  executive director-to-be Glen Guyton says this process, “fulfills a promise to engage the denomination and give voice to the members of MC USA as they live out the mission of the church in their context.” … Continue reading Renewed Commitments Document Released

Are We Ready to Listen?

By John Stoltzfus, Conference Youth Minister I wonder if the Biblical story of Samuel and Eli provides a glimpse of the need for the intergenerational witness of the church community. In Eli, we have the elder who knows that God has spoken in the past and holds the treasured words of response when God does … Continue reading Are We Ready to Listen?

New Members Join the Conference Team

As 1 Corinthians 12:14 states, “For the body is not one member, but many,” and as it is said in Ecclesiastes 4:9, “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.” So too, is it with Franconia Conference. Each member of the Franconia Conference team being a vital piece, bringing … Continue reading New Members Join the Conference Team

From a California Dream to a Bi-coastal Reality

by Steve Kriss, Executive Minister Mary Nitzsche and I made our first trip to visit the California congregations since the three were welcomed into our Conference in November.  International Worship Church (IWC) in San Gabriel, Jemaat Kristen Indonesia Anugerah (Grace Indonesian Christian Fellowship) in Sierra Madre and Indonesian Community Christian Fellowship (ICCF) in Colton are … Continue reading From a California Dream to a Bi-coastal Reality

Taste of Heaven

by Aldo Siahaan, LEADership Minister and Pastor at Philadelphia Praise Center On Super Bowl Sunday, some Philadelphia Praise Center members came to church wearing Philadelphia Eagles’ jerseys, hats, and jackets. That morning I asked “how many of you believe the Eagles will win?” It turns out that only some were certain that the Eagles would … Continue reading Taste of Heaven