Notes to Pastors

Holy Land Study Tour
Glenn Witmer, director for MennoJersusalem Bible Land Tours, has set aside a time slot for a tour group to be formed from the Franconia and Eastern District Mennonite Churches, October 2010. This study tour is especially designed for pastors, teachers and leadership, but is open to all interested persons. Informational documents have been distributed in the church conference mailboxes located in the Franconia Mennonite Conference center. The informational packet includes detailed daily itineraries, biographical information on Glenn Witmer and endorsements from previous tour members. A letter containing important dates and people to contact if you are interested in participating is also part of the packet.

Spiritual Guidance Training Offered
For the first time, Kairos: School of Spiritual Formation is offering a one year spiritual guidance training seminar for pastors and congregational leaders in the Souderton, PA area. Classes will begin on Wednesday, September 9, at the home of Jim & Beth Styer, 104 Cowpath Road, Telford, PA. The purpose of this seminar is to provide a contemplative context for pastors and church leaders to grow spiritually and to enhance their ministry in the practice of spiritual formation. This seminar encourages personal, spiritual growth, introduces spiritual guidance as a ministry of the congregation, and prepares the leaders to promote a ministry of spiritual formation and spiritual guidance in their congregation. Classes will be held once a month for 9 months. For a brochure, syllabus, or more information visit or call 717-669-2957.

Gateway Course offered in Fall 2009
Anabaptist Mission and Peace is the next Gateway course being offered by Eastern Mennonite Seminary in collaboration with Mennonite Conferences in southeastern Pennsylvania. David W. Shenk, writer, mission leader and educator, will lead the course, exploring redemption and reconciliation as the heart of Anabaptist Mennonite mission. This course will be offered for two semester hours of graduate credit. Dates for the course are October 30 – 31, and December 11 – 12 at Conestoga Mennonite Church in Morgantown, PA. For more information and registration, visit