October 31, 2013

Conference Assembly

This Saturday, November 2

8:15am Delegate Sign-In

9:00am Sessions Begin

1:45pm Workshops

(open to everyone)

Ertell Whigham

Gathering and knowing God is still at work

by Ertell M. Whigham, Jr., executive minister

It’s the time of year when we gather to share what God is doing in our lives, our ministries and our communities at Franconia Conference Assembly 2013.  It’s a time for us to celebrate what God has done, what God is doing, and what God is going to do.

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Table Group Covenant

The Delegate Body of Franconia Mennonite Conference

Adapted from “Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective” Article 16. Church Order and Unity

We gather as a part of the church of Jesus Christ, one body with many members, who by the work of the Holy Spirit are brought together into a dwelling place for God.

As God’s people gather at Franconia Mennonite Conference’s fall assembly, we are the church, a holy temple, a spiritual house, with Christ Jesus himself as our foundation.

We recognize the need to consult together in order to maintain unity on important matters of faith and life. Love and unity in the church are a witness to the world of God’s love.

In our deliberations and decision-making we covenant with each other to listen and speak in a spirit of prayerful openness and with the Scriptures as the constant guide. In humility we are open to both give and receive counsel. We know that discernment will include points of agreement and of disagreement, words of affirmation and of dissent. In our discernment we are prepared to wait patiently as we seek a word from the Lord leading toward consensus rather than make hasty decisions.*

We rejoice in the multiplicity of people, gifts, ideas, and opinions that are present in this gathering of the Delegate Assembly of Franconia Mennonite Conference.

We covenant together:

  • to assume the best intentions of all persons who participate at this table and in this assembly.
  • to pray for one another and the assembly leaders.
  • to be patient and kind.
  • to speak honestly and directly.
  • to practice humility and be willing to change or be corrected.
  • to listen actively and carefully.
  • to respect the views of those who may not agree with the majority.
  • to respect the wisdom of the greater assembly and of those at our assigned tables.

*Consensus means that the Delegate body has listened carefully to all voices, majority and minority together, and sought the unity of the Spirit. Consensus is reached when the Delegate body has come to a common mind on a matter, or when those who dissent have indicated a readiness to accept a group decision. Consensus does not necessarily mean complete unanimity.

This document is based on the Table Group Covenant provided by Mennonite Church USA for conversation at the Phoenix 2013 General Assembly.