Conference-related ministries represent an array of extensions of the reign of God into local communities through nurture, witness, care and discipling. Some ministries began with deep roots in Franconia Conference constituencies, others have been grafted into the Conference ministry and witness over the years. The ministries represent in many ways the hands and feet of Christ into local communities, offering the love and peace of Christ in creative, sustaining and diverse ways. Conference-related ministries have a unique collaborative relationship with the Conference and represent a fruit of faithfulness in the church’s history and future.
Bethany Birches Camp(802) 672-52202610 Lynds Hill Road
Plymouth VT 05056
Brandon Bergey, Executive DirectorVision/Mission: Helping young people develop their relationship with God by providing them with a Christ-centered camping experience in a natural and nurturing environment.Resourcing Opportunities: Located in the Green Mountains of Vermont, Bethany Birches (BBC) specializes in providing young people with Christian spiritual formation through a camping experience. Staff of BBC are available to present to your congregation or group about the following:
- Christianity in a post-Christian world. BBC is 2 hours from the top 2 most post Christian cities in this country (http://cities.barna.org/the-most-post-christian-cities-in-america/). We are learning how to share the essence of Christianity in this context and would be glad to share with you what we've learned.
- Salt & Light - This talk is about the work of Bethany Birches Camp, the people served by the camp and ways you, your family, or your church can get involved. People who get involved often experience growth and softening of the heart. It's both tangible and inspirational. It encourages people to step out in service and love.
- Team building. Using initiatives, BBC Staff are able to help a group draw together through challenging situations. This exercise is designed to help groups navigate failure and miscommunication together. If done on site at camp, the cooperation course is utilized.
- Gathering space! Fair weather retreats for up to 100. Winter retreats for up to 40. We can program your whole retreat including food service or simply provide a clean space for you to do whatever you'd like (you can even cook your own food). Visit http://www.bethanybirches.org/rental/lodging-options/ for more information
- Programs for kids! Week long summer sessions and weekend long winter camps. Bethany Birches Camp provides a unique camping experience blending a wilderness-oriented program with BBC-only theme days and unbelievable fun. At camp, young people develop their relationship with Jesus and encounter God.
Camp Men-O-Lan(215) 679-51441415 Doerr Road
Quakertown PA 18951
Richard Brewer, Executive DirectorVision/Mission: “Life change through Christ”Resourcing Opportunities: Resourcing Opportunities: Founded in 1941 Camp Men-O-Lan is the oldest continually operating Mennonite camp in America. Located on 180 wooded acres in Upper Bucks County, PA. Men-O-Lan offers:
- Resident Camp - weeklong summer camp experience for grades 2nd - 12th where the Bible is tough, kids are challenged to grow in the Gospel. Campers will also have opportunities to build friendships, try new challenges and have lots of fun in the process.
- Day Camp - A local day camp for Kindergarten through 8th grade providing the camp experience with fun activities, weekly themes, worship, and Biblical input. Early care, after care, and hot lunch are available.
- Guest Groups - our camp facilities are open year round for your church to enjoy. We offer meeting space, overnight accommodations, beautiful grounds and recreation opportunities to enjoy a retreat away.
Care & Share Thrift Shoppes(215) 723-0315783 Route 113
Souderton PA 18964
Sarah BerginVision/Mission: Our Vision Statement: Care and Share Shoppes will be an inspiring retail shopping experience. We share our financial resources, our talents and our faith in Jesus Christ both locally and globally through Mennonite Central Committee. Our Mission Statement: We seek to model God’s love and care for the earth and its people through recycling efforts and a positive shopping experience.Resourcing Opportunities:
Community at Rockhill(215) 257-27513250 State Road
Sellersville PA 18960
Dan McKee, President and CEOVision/Mission: Mission: We are a vibrant community providing purpose, dignity, and compassion, centered in God’s love. Vision: To enrich the lives of all served through innovation and creativity.Resourcing Opportunities: The Community at Rockhill provides peace of mind. Rockhill seeks to care for the whole person – mentally, physically, and spiritually. Team members are equipped to resource your congregation or group in areas such as senior housing transitions, aging services, working through grief, and elder fraud prevention.
Delaware Valley MEDA(215) 721-3030PO Box 64653
Souderton PA 18964
Bryce Bergey, Chapter ChairVision/Mission: Brings faith and values issues to the marketplace and professions.Resourcing Opportunities:
Dock Mennonite Academy1000 Forty Foot Rd.
Lansdale PA 19446
Conrad Swartzentruber - Superintendent Martin Wiens - High School Principal Bronwyn Histand - Elementary PrincialVision/Mission: Dock Mennonite Academy, in partnership with the family and the church, seeks to develop the God-given abilities of students in preparation for responsible stewardship of life as members of God's people in a global society. Dock Mennonite Academy serves youth and families of Franconia Mennonite Conference, Eastern District Conference and those who share Anabaptist values.Resourcing Opportunities: Dock faculty and administrators are available to participate with congregations in teaching Sunday school, preaching, speaking during sharing time, telling a children's story, leading music, or reading scripture. We have a speakers' bureau list of names and presentation possibilities. The second Sunday in September has been designated on the churchwide calendar of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA as Christian Formation Sunday. This would be a great Sunday for churches to include Mennonite school teachers to participate in worship and Sunday school positions. For more information or to schedule a presentation, please contact Mr. Bob Rutt, Director of Advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 215-362-2675.
Eastern PA Mennonite Disaster Service(215) 256-0579P.O. Box 64794
Souderton PA 18964
Vision/Mission: Anabaptists helping God’s healing and hope flow to those whose lives were affected by disaster.Resourcing Opportunities:
Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust(215) 843-09436133 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19144
Alison Shiloh Wear, Executive DirectorVision/Mission: “Preserving a Heritage…Telling a Story!” Preserving and sharing the 1770 Mennonite Meetinghouse and the stories related to Germantown as America’s first Mennonite settlement and the “Gateway of North American Mennonites” through its four witnesses of history, service, education, and evangelism.”Resourcing Opportunities: Stewarding the birthplace of Mennonites in the New World, staff members from Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust are available to speak to your congregation about a variety of topics related to Anabaptism in this country including:
- Mennonite History in the New World and the Roots of the Franconia Mennonite Conference
- Topics in Christian Ethics
- Anabaptist Congregational Hermeneutics, or Learning to Read the Bible Together and Still Love Each Other
Indian Creek Foundation(267) 203-1500420 Cowpath Road
Souderton PA 18964
Dean Stoesz – CEOVision/Mission: Providing opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live in and enrich the community throughout their lives.Resourcing Opportunities: We offer expertise in Developmental Disabilities and Autism services. We provide residential care in a variety of settings, vocational training and community employment for our clients, an older adult daily living center, an after school program for children with autism operating in the former one room schoolhouse, and behavioral health support for those who have a dual diagnosis of developmental disabilities and a mental health challenge. We are always looking for good volunteers to work with our clients and strong staff to help us fulfill our mission.
Liberty Ministries610-287-5481PO Box 87
Schwenksville PA 19473-0087
Baron King, Executive DirectorVision/Mission: A Christ-centered ministry for offenders in prison and on the street.Resourcing Opportunities: Many congregations today have the experience of a member, a member’s family or friends who are or have been incarcerated. Navigating the prison system and providing appropriate boundaries and support after release can be tricky. Liberty Ministries’ staff members are uniquely qualified to help congregations deal with the challenges of ministering to men and women in prison and providing appropriate mentoring to those who have been released from prison. For more information or to schedule a presentation, please contact Executive Director Baron King at 610-287-5481
Life With God(610) 758-81561775 Creek Rd
Bethlehem PA 18015
Pastor David K. KochsmeierVision/Mission: David Kochsmeier, Radio pastor proclaiming the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.Resourcing Opportunities:
Living Branches(215) 368-4438275 Dock Drive
Lansdale PA 19446
Edward D. Brubaker, President/CEOVision/Mission: Together we empower older adults and families to lead lives of purpose and joy, guided by the Mennonite tradition of care and service to others.Resourcing Opportunities: Specializing in ministry to senior citizens and families, members of the Living Branches staff are available to resource and equip your congregation or community groups on topics such as:
- Elder Fraud Prevention
- Talking to your parents about aging and care needs
- Working through grief, particularly the death of one's parents
MCC Material Resource Center267-203-8074737 Hagey Center Drive; Suite C
Souderton PA 18964
Sharon Swartzentruber, CoordinatorVision/Mission: The MCC Material Resource Center of Harleysville serves as a liaison between the MCC Material Resource Center of Ephrata and peace churches of Eastern Pennsylvania. We support this global ministry by communicating both the need and opportunities to give material resources to those suffering from poverty, oppression, natural disasters, and war. Through this outreach, we share God’s love, hope, and joy in the name of Jesus Christ.Resourcing Opportunities: Coordinator, Sharon Swartzentruber, would be pleased to share with your congregation about the work of MCC and the Material Resource Center, including volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals from 5 to 95 years old. Her presentation could be adapted for any age group. Five to fifteen minutes is an ideal length of time, which could include a video clip or slides. For more information or to schedule a presentation, please contact Sharon at 267-203-8074 or email@example.com.
Mennonite Historians of Eastern PA(215) 256-3020565 Yoder Road
Harleysville PA 19438
Steven P. Diehl, Executive DirectorVision/Mission: The Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, Pa. is a museum and historical library dedicated to preserving and sharing the stories of Mennonite faith and life in eastern Pennsylvania. Mennonite Christians first settled in the Delaware Valley in 1683 and have been part of eastern Pennsylvania’s community and religious life for over 300 years. The archival collections from local Mennonite congregations, organizations and local families and individuals help provide the context for our lives today. Membership classes and other groups are invited to visit the heritage center to see changing exhibits, use our historical library and take part in events, programs and workshops throughout the year. Our regular hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. Sunday or evening group visits by appointment.Resourcing Opportunities:
Peaceful Living(610) 287-1200569 Yoder Rd
Harleysville PA 19438
Leland Sapp, CEOVision/Mission: Our mission is creating belonging for persons with disabilities within a faith community. In order to achieve that, we provide holistic care, for the body, mind and spirit of the individuals we serve.Resourcing Opportunities: Peaceful Living provides various levels of support and training to congregations, schools, and community programs that wish to create a more inclusive and nurturing environment for individuals with disabilities. We are a resource to help congregations build their capacity to welcome and support people with disabilities and their families, including congregational assessment and general trainings or trainings regarding specific topics. These topics include, but are not limited to:
- Common barriers to participation
- Disability awareness
- Avenues for participation
- Specific accommodations and modifications
- Christian education for persons with disabilities
Penn Foundation(215) 257-6551P.O. Box 32
Sellersville PA 18960
Wayne A. MugrauerVision/Mission: OUR MISSION To instill hope, inspire change, and build community OUR VISION We believe in the resilience of the human spirit. We dedicate ourselves to the provision of superior behavioral, developmental, and physical healthcare that is individual and family centered, accessible and equitable. We compassionately support the ability of every individual to fully realize their emotional, physical, and spiritual potential. We aspire to better serve our community through an integrated model of coordinated and cost-efficient care. We seek to innovate and collaborate with organizations that share our mission and values. We promote the development of our staff by creating opportunities for achievement and advancement. We dedicate ourselves to these values: Integrity Quality Responsiveness Respectfulness Our Professional HeritageResourcing Opportunities: Serving people of all ages with mental health and/or substance abuse challenges, Penn Foundation can help churches, businesses, schools, and the community better understand these issues and how to support individuals struggling with mental illness or addiction. Additionally, Penn Foundation can offer expertise on dealing with life challenges such as:
- Striving to balance work and family
- Grieving the loss of a loved one
- Understanding your child’s behavior
- Surviving a traumatic event
- Struggling with a relationship
- Caring for a loved one
- Dayspring Christian Counseling Services – offers children, adolescents, and adults counseling services from a Christian perspective
- Consultations – for congregations seeking education and/or resources to appropriately minister to members who may be experiencing mental health issues or for congregations regarding leadership issues, congregational dynamics, etc.
- Clinical Pastoral Education – a program for seminarians, clergy, and laity committed to developing their pastoral identity and function. Penn Foundation’s CPE program is accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. and is unique because all clinical placements incorporate a behavioral healthcare perspective and clear emphasis is placed on theological education, integration, or training for ministry.
- Continuing Education – training for church workers who volunteer as pastoral visitors or Eucharistic ministers at local hospitals, retirement communities, hospice programs, or in the home; covers topics such as pastoral conversation, diagnosis and planning, grief and loss, prayer, self-care, and more
- Member Assistance Program (MAP) - any community church is eligible to participate in this program through which Penn Foundation provides counseling to church members at a reduced fee. The fee is shared by the church and church member.
- Pastoral Assessments – our psychologist can perform psychological testing for individuals seeking ordination
Quakertown Christian School(215) 536-697050 East Paletown Road
Quakertown PA 18951-9998
Bill Kirk, Interim Executive DirectorSheryl Duerksen, PrincipalVision/Mission: QCS, a Mennonite school, is in partnership with home and church in the process of developing physical, spiritual and social life skills for each child using Biblical values and a challenging academic environment to instill a sense of Christian community and service.Resourcing Opportunities: We, at Quakertown Christian School, are available as resources to participate in a Sunday School workshop, read scripture, tell a children's story, or speak during sharing time. For more information, please contact Sheryl Duerksen at 215-536-6970 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spruce Lake800-822-75055389 Route 447
Canadensis PA 18325
Mark S. Swartley, Executive DirectorVision/Mission: Pointing people toward Christ.Resourcing Opportunities: Spruce Lake offers faith-enriching opportunities through their five ministries:
- Outdoor Education - Biblically grounded outdoor learning and adventure experiences for school students and groups include lodging, meals and instruction by our teachers who love kids – and the outdoors!
- Spruce Lake Programs - Programmed retreats support the entire family with biblically grounded speakers and worship leaders. We invite you to our Women’s and Men’s Retreats, Couples Weekend, Family Weeks and more, all packed with opportunities for fun and growth in Christian discipleship.
- Youth Camps - Give kids ages 7-18 a life-changing experience at WILDERNESS CAMP, with nonstop fun that includes Color Clash competition, plenty of outdoor recreation and nightly Fireside worship. Or choose an off-site backpacking, canoeing or hiking EXPEDITION or one of our exciting IGNITE youth weekends. From the moment kids arrive at Spruce Lake, they can sense that God is about to do something awesome – and he is!
- Group Retreats - Spruce Lake is the perfect place to host a retreat, conference or event. Multiple lodging options meet a variety of needs for groups up to 500, with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, spacious dining facilities and an accommodating, friendly staff.
- Day Camp - a ministry for local children ages 5-13, providing a well-rounded program that includes plenty of good, wholesome fun. Caring, experienced counselors demonstrate how to get along with others, and encourage kids to discover how God is involved in their lives and world.
The City School(215) 769-5363860 North 24th Street
Philadelphia PA 19130-1954
Jake Becker, Head of SchoolVision/Mission: To provide a Christ centered, academically excellent, multicultural education in an urban context that enables students to achieve their full potential and to develop a lifestyle of service and peacemaking.Resourcing Opportunities: The City School provides an academically excellent Christian education. By training the minds and discipling the hearts of our students, we prepare them for excellence in their life-long pursuit of learning. Our dedicated staff teach and model the Christian worldview as the context for life.