Notes to Pastors

The DVD is in the mail!
Thanks to quick turnaround from Jay Delp, the Conference Assembly highlights DVD will be in the mail today. Consider using it this Sunday in your congregation. We are sending this to you by priority mail in order that it may be shared with the congregation before the busyness of the Advent season. Please consider a number of ways in which you may be able to utilize the DVD in your setting:

  • Consider viewing as part of the Sunday morning worship with a brief report from a conference delegate.
  • Offer a one-time Sunday school class that provides information about Conference Assembly as an equipping opportunity for those in your congregation.
  • Use in small groups for viewing of how each member is a part of the ongoing effort through both your congregation and Franconia Conference toward Equipping Leaders to Empower Others to Embrace God’s Mission.
  • Would you like a conference staff member to accompany the viewing of the video? Please contact us at the conference office to explore this possibility. Though we can’t likely respond as quickly as this Sunday, we’d likely be available over the upcoming weeks.

And check later this week for photo and story updates about Franconia Conference Assembly 2006.

A joint production of Design For Ministryâ„¢ and Ken Medema Music I Have Called You Friends is a collection of vibrant, sing-able and contemporary offering songs for soloist, choir and congregation developed by singer/songwriter Ken Medema. Mark L. Vincent, Lead Partner of Design For Ministryâ„¢ and a noted stewardship educator, provides theological background for the act of the offering and a host of offering resources. Together, the two authors develop four worship services, small group studies and bulletin inserts that invite a congregation to think about giving in response to friendship with Jesus. For more information, go to the website at
Electronic version pre-publication price: $40
Electronic version price after 1 January 2007: $45
(Printed version price yet to be established)

EMS Announces Spring and Summer Courses
Eastern Mennonite Seminary is pleased to announce the distance learning courses for Spring and Summer 2007. The available courses are listed below. Anabaptism Today and Pastoral Care will be offered in the spring and Ethics and Non-Violence will be offered in the summer. The primary purpose for this program is to broaden access to ministerial training by offering courses for persons at a distance from Mennonite seminaries and conference-operated centers. Course offerings will meet typical requirements of a graduate theological education degree and range across the fields of Bible, history, theology and practice of ministry. These particular course offerings allow students to test their interest in ministry studies and encourage them to enroll in the on-campus program. A part-time application must be submitted before registering for a course. An online application is available. The part-time application qualifies a student take up to four courses. As additional work is considered, another application process is required.

The courses available are:
Anabaptism Today: Learning with Yoder and Hauerwas
Pastoral Care
Ethics and Nonviolence: Sermon on the MountFor course descriptions and more information, go to

For course descriptions and more information, go to .