Formation is a lifelong commitment to learning and living the Way of Jesus. Led by God’s Spirit, we seek to provide opportunities for leaders of all ages to know and to grow in Christ.
The Youth Formation Team networks, encourages, and equips youth leaders and youth across the conference. Brooke Martin, Danilo Sanchez, Hendy Matahelemual, Michelle Ramirez and Jaye Lindo focus their time on the youth leaders in their neighborhoods and collaborate to further connect and equip youth and youth leaders across the conference.
Faith and Life Gatherings are designated meetings for credentialed and retired leaders in Mosaic Mennonite Conference.
At our Fall 2015 Assembly, Franconia Conference passed the Faith and Life Church Together Statement, calling for the formation of the Faith and Life Commission with the purpose of providing space for pastors and credentialed leaders within the Conference to study scripture with one another. The gatherings are establish and support relationships among pastors and credentialed leaders and build ties of friendship and support.
Read the ministry description for the Faith and Life Commission here.
Learning Communities Grow Healthy Leaders
Leadership can be lonely – especially during a pandemic. Navigating the past year has led to decision fatigue, for you and your congregational leaders. Looking ahead, the future is bright with possibilities, but there are also the dark clouds of fear and doubt.
Who will be left when things get back to “normal”? What energy will there be for reimagining church? Will people want to rush back to “normal” even when normal was unhealthy?
As we move into the future, your own emotional, mental, and spiritual health is more important for your leadership capacity than ever.
Would you consider joining a learning community, where you can meet with other credentialed leaders in a safe environment to share your joys and struggles? These learning communities are facilitated in order to maximize the growth potential in each group. You can sign up for the next available opening or invite some friends and sign up together.
Learning communities are a 12 month commitment, meeting 2 hours each month. The cost is $500 per person, but Mosaic Mennonite Conference has committed to a $150 scholarship for any credentialed leaders who participate.
Use this link to sign up today! https://forms.gle/v6aheyzZnVPnGcQm9
The Sistering Committee’s mission is to provide gatherings for women to share about their lives and to sister one another — and then to spread what they’ve learned to others. The term “sistering” refers to a practice in carpentry in which structural repairs are made by attaching new wood beams to weak (sagging, cracked, or twisted) joists to make the original stronger. All of us are strong at times and can help those who are weak; all of us find it difficult to make it on our own at times and need others to support us. Sistering is a gift that we embody as God’s women as we follow Jesus into the Church and the world. The Sistering Committee is a local ministry of Mennonite Women USA, for women of Mosaic Mennonite Conference.
Mosaic Mennonite Conference is a community of congregations that exists to bring God’s healing and hope to our local communities and support one another for the ministry. All credentialed leaders are invited to participate in a group of choice (cluster, learning community, or a specialized grouping) to be equipped for ministering centered on our missional, intercultural, and formational priorities.
Some current groups that meet are:
- Learning Communities (varied)
- Youth Pastors (monthly)
- Women Pastors (monthly)
- Chaplains (quarterly)
- Retired Pastors (bi-annually)
- Clusters (geographic or affinity groups; varied)
For more information or to join a group, talk to your Leadership Minister.
The students first practiced deciding via consensus about what snack to have … It took almost the whole class time, but once the group came to a consensus, it was the most creative snack ever served during Sunday School.
In a culture that dismisses anyone with a different understanding than our own, we can quickly lose track of our call to be Third Way people.
Renew gives those students time and a structure to explore questions, such as: “Who has Christ created me to be?” and “What is my purpose in life?”
Each of us had our notions of Anabaptism challenged, expanded, and enriched.
In this seeking of God, we are called to practice the discipline of surrender and sacrifice. And in doing so, we join others on the path to the cross during Lent.
It was a great opportunity for our younger kids to reconnect, our youth to lead and participate in the planning process, and for me to consider fresh approaches to family ministry.
What do we actually want a pastor to do? What do we hope pastors accomplish? Who is it that influences such conversations?
Do the right thing, no matter what anyone else is doing.
I asked him, “What is the one thing that shocked you the most about American culture?” He said, “The way that you treat your elderly.”
Courageously doing the work of trauma healing for ourselves and others requires all of us to do our part so that we do not transmit our unhealed pain and suffering on to others.