January 31, 2013

Sandy Landes

Conference announces realignment of staffing

by Emily Ralph, eralph@franconiaconference.org

Due to continued reductions in congregational giving, Franconia Conference has made a number of staffing adjustments, most effective February 1, according to Executive Minister Ertell Whigham.  These adjustments are in response to a call by the conference board in May of 2012 to reduce staff FTE (full-time equivalency), stewarding both financial and human resources while better aligning personnel with conference priorities. Read more….

Incarnation in the suburbs

by KrisAnne Swartley, Doylestown

My fingers and toes are still somewhat numb as I sit down to write this account of the prayer walk in Hilltown Township (Pa.). I also feel somewhat numb on the inside. I wonder how I got here… the associate pastor who was just interviewed by a local news station for walking and praying on a neighborhood street. This is weird. Read more….

Hilltown prayer walk

EMS SLT 2013

Imagine Church as Healing Space

by Joan & Michael King, Salford

We tend to see mental illness as something that happens out there, to stigmatized strangers on the fringe of our churches, when in fact mental illness affects our families, friends, loved ones, congregants, and many of us personally. In short, mental illness is experienced by everyone in church communities – by “us” and our loved ones, not just by “them.” Read more….

Social Stream (FranconiaMC, #fmclife)

  • (FB) Spring Mount Mennonite Church Meaningful time in worship today, reflecting on Nehemiah 8 & celebrating Mennonite World Fellowship. Blessed to participate in “the work of the people” together!
  • (FB) Christopher Dock Nice coverage of DockBots from Jennifer Connor and Mark Psoras of The Reporter!
  • (photo) Students from Penn View Christian School did a lesson on diversity for Martin Luther King’s birthday, using his words, “not the color of our skin but the content of our character.”
MLK Jr's birthday

Eat this Book

Featured Blog: Eating the Book

by Chris Nickels (Mennonite Road)*

I am currently reading Eugene Peterson’s Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading. In it he writes about the idea of formational reading: engaging a text (the Scriptures) on a deeper level, in a way that shapes our life. Peterson writes, “Christians don’t simply learn or study or use Scripture; we assimilate it, take it into our lives in such a way that it gets metabolized into acts of love, cups of cold water, missions into all the world, healing and evangelism and justice in Jesus’ name, hands raised in adoration of the Father, feet washed in company with the Son.” 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’ Breakfasts

8-10 a.m. at the Mennonite Conference Center, Harleysville. Suggested donation: $6.

  • February 21: Illegal handguns and the law of sin and death” with J. Frederick Kauffman and Drick Boyd. Register

See with New Eyes Anti-racism Training

  • WHEN: February 22–24, 2013
  • WHERE: Philadelphia Mennonite High School
  • WHAT: A training that lays the groundwork for intercultural development of congregations, conferences, and organizations that is antiracist, transformational, and Anabaptist.
  • REGISTER: More info and to register


Spring Training 2013

  • WHEN: March 6 or 9, 9am-1pm
  • WHERE: March 6 at Zion & March 9 at Salford
  • WHAT: Equipping for all Franconia Conference credentialed leaders on the topic of discernment. This training will be offered twice this year, so please choose the date that works for your schedule and add it to your calender today!
  • REGISTER: franconiaconference.org/rsvp

Notes to Pastors

Grow your people! Create Value!

with John Stahl-Wert

WHEN: Friday, February 22, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Black Rock Retreat, Quarryville, Pa.

Attached is a brochure about a seminar for leaders of conference-related ministries, conference leaders, and pastors. John Stahl-Wert will speak on the theme “Grow your people! Create value!” He will explore the leadership disciplines that transform workplaces into places of deep calling and impact, weaving a theology of the kingdom with a practical guide to organizational development.

*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.