Notes to Pastors

Eastern Mennonite Seminary class set to begin January 29
Conversations in Contemporary Anabaptist Theology and Ethics, 3 credits
(can be used as a Gateway course)
This course will be held at Dock Woods Community in Lansdale, PA on Tuesdays,
6:30-9:30 p.m., January 29 through May 6, taught by Steve Kriss.
Focus on the tensions and possibilities for Anabaptist theology in the 20th and 21st Century.
Join with other emerging and experienced leaders to discuss and consider how we encounter God and how we act in the watching world.

Reading includes J. Denny Weaver, John Howard Yoder, H.S. Bender, Greg Boyd. Registration limited to 15. Can be audited as well and is eligible for scholarship from the Area Conference Leadership Fund. For more information, visit

Cultivate Connecting Communities: A Learning Community
As communities in Jesus Christ, Franconia Mennonite Conference and Eastern District Conference are sponsoring this eight session learning community designed to help congregations strengthen their identity, grow in awareness of their congregational culture, improve effectiveness, find joy in their work, and find ways to grow inwardly and outwardly.

These sessions will take place on Monday evenings from February 11 – April 14 at Plains Mennonite Church. For details and registration information, visit the following link: Please register by February 5
at or 215-723-5513.

Third Thursday Pastors’ Breakfast
The February breakfast will be held on Thursday, February 21 from 8 – 10 a.m. at the Mennonite Conference Center. This breakfast will be hosted by the Faith and Life Advisory Council. The subject will be “Leadership and Authority: How do we claim it?” Come for a conversation on claiming and exercising authority as pastors and leaders in our congregations. Please register for this event by Wednesday, February 16, by contacting Jessica Walter,

Pastors’ Day at Christopher Dock
Christopher Dock Mennonite High School invites all pastors and youth pastors to attend Pastors’ Day on Wednesday, March 5. Senior high youth leaders have appreciated attending as they are able; pastors may pass on this invitation to sponsors at their prerogative. More information will be forthcoming, but now is the time to add this opportunity to your schedule. Hunter Hess, pastor at Zion Mennonite Church, will be the Spiritual Life Emphasis speaker during that week at Dock.

Pastors’ Family Retreat
This weekend is geared for spending quality time with your family, and for receiving spiritual nurture. Spruce Lake Retreat hosts Pastors’ Family Retreat, April 11 – 13. Take a break for playing and praying together. You’ll be led by speaker Duane Beck and worship leader Mark Beazley. For more information and reservations, visit or call