Notes to Pastors

Pastors’ & Leaders’ Breakfast
Thursday, August 19, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the Mennonite Conference Center, Jim Ostlund (Blooming Glen Mennonite Church) and Steve Kriss (Philadelphia Praise Center and Franconia Conference Staff) will lead in a presentation and conversation titled, “An Anabaptist/Mennonite Future in Turbulent Times.” Paradigms, perspectives and populations are changing both within and around the Mennonite community. Both Jim and Steve are Generation X leaders borrowing Mennonite roots to find a way of following Jesus that extends peace, grace and hope. They invite you to hear a bit from their experience, both formally and informally, in navigating toward a hopeful future in disorienting times. This work is rooted in listening and leading alongside young adults as well as emerging Anabaptist voices both inside and outside of the Mennonite Church.

Please RSVP your attendance by Monday, August 16, to or by calling 267-932-6050, Ext. 110.

Preview of Upcoming Pastors’ & Leaders’ Breakfasts: A variety of interesting topics are being planned for the fall. Be sure to mark the following dates on your calendar so you can be part of these conversations!

Wednesday, September 29 – Conversation about immigration issues and legislation and how they impact our Franconia Conference congregations and ministries.

Thursday, October 21 – Celebrating Shared Leadership Across Gender Lines: How do men and women work together effectively in ways that utilize our God-given gifts to the fullest?

Thursday, November 4 – The Naked Anabaptist: conversation with Stuart Murray Williams, leader of the Anabaptist Network U.K., regarding his recent book by this title.

Too far to drive? Franconia Mennonite Conference leaders would also like to make these conversations available to leaders who do not live within an easy driving distance. We are currently considering the best and most cost effective ways to accomplish this. If you would be interested in participating via computer hookup or viewing a recording of these events, please contact Gay Brunt Miller ( to help discern the best way to meet your needs.

Director of Pastoral Care Services Needed
Living Branches, a small system of Mennonite-sponsored retirement living communities in southeastern Pennsylvania, seeks a compassionate Anabaptist leader with an ecumenical approach to ministry to serve as Director of Pastoral Care Services. The Director will lead a team of chaplains/pastors to meet the spiritual needs of residents of Dock Meadows, Souderton Mennonite Homes and Dock Woods. Five years of pastoral and/or chaplain ministry required, and masters-level training and CPE preferred. To learn more, visit or call Russell Mast at 215-368-4438.