Notes to Pastors

Last Chance to register for the Pastors’ and Leaders’ Breakfast:  Friday, February 10, 2012, 8-10 a.m. – “Worship and Mission After Christendom” with Alan and Eleanor Kreider.  Been meaning to register but haven’t yet?  Click here.  A $6 donation is requested to cover the cost of the breakfast.  Registration deadline: February 3.  To purchase their book by the same name, click here.  (Another book by the Kreider’s that may be of interest to you is Forming Christian Habits in Post-Christendom.)

Coming up … Thursday, March 8, the School for Leadership Formation breakfast (8-10 a.m.) features presentation by, and conversation with, Joanna Shenk, author of Widening the Circle: Anabaptist Experiments in Discipleship.  Shenk serves as Associate for Interchurch Relations and Communication of Mennonite Church USA.  Click here to register for this breakfast.  $6 donation requested.

We’re expecting you …  Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will be a required resourcing event for all leaders credentialed by Franconia Conference.  For the past number of years, we have talked about three strategic priorities for Franconia Conference—being missional, formational, and intercultural.  This day will focus on increasing our understanding of what it means to be intercultural and our capacity to respond to differences in our congregations—whether that means bridging racial/ethnic boundaries or transcending any cultural differences that can be found in all congregations… generational, economic, gender, etc.  This day will equip you to better name and navigate the various dynamics.  There will also be important information shared about Formation Expectations and Requirements for Credentialed Leaders approved by the Conference Board Ministerial Committee.  Please add this important event to your calendar.  More information to come….

In the next week, you will receive an email from MC USA requesting you to check your congregational information located on  We would appreciate if you could make sure the information listed for your congregation is accurate and up-to-date.

You will not be able to make changes to the pastor records, so let the Franconia Conference office know if your pastor information is incorrect.  We appreciate your helping us keep the congregational and pastor records current.

A reminder:  Franconia Conference Wednesday morning prayers beginning Feb. 1, and continuing through April 11, will meet at the conference center, 569 Yoder Road, Harleysville, 9 am-10 am to pray. Our prayers will be focused on praying for the region which includes the Franconia conference congregations, partners in mission, and conference related ministries. Everyone is invited.

Pastors and ministry leaders, you are invited to send any prayer requests and praises for your congregation/ministry directly to Sandy Landes, prayer ministry coordinator,