News & Stories

Lancaster Conference Constitution and Bylaws Vote This Fall

The Conference Executive Council and the Board of Bishops are working on a revision to the LMC Constitution to reflect the credentialed leaders’ decision to disaffiliate from Mennonite Church USA. The vote will take place at the fall Leadership Assembly on September 21. Passage requires 75% of those in attendance to vote in the affirmative.

New Bishops

James Sutton began as bishop in the new Eastern Ohio District, which has five congregations. James Sutton’s vision is to encourage pastors and congregations to continue and advance the work of Christ, the work of disciple making and kingdom building through personal prayer and evangelism, public proclamation and invitation, and engagement with our communities through “good Samaritan” works of love and compassion. He lives in… Read More

Mark Wenger Departs Leadership of STEP

Dr. Mark Wenger ended his leadership of the STEP (Study and Training for Effective Pastoral ministry) program on June 28 after 13 years of dedicated service. He provided the formative leadership of this new program in its early years, which placed it on a firm financial footing. As STEP gained momentum, Wenger provided mature guidance that included a complete curriculum refresh two years ago and… Read More

STEP Graduation

On May 13, 13 students graduated from STEP, the three-year leadership-training program. Each student received a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry from Eastern Mennonite University. This graduating class brings the total number of STEP graduates to 105. The graduates were Maurice Baruti, Lanny Dinh, Richard Dinh, Matthew Eberly, Rodney Horst, Charles Lauver, Jaye Lindo, Anthony Martin, Matthew Martin, Jeff McLain, Jill Miller, Tibebu Shanka, and June… Read More

Millport Mennonite Church

DISTRICT: Lititz LOCATION: 820 Log Cabin Road, Leola, PA 17540 DATE OF FOUNDING: 1956 AVERAGE SUNDAY WORSHIP ATTENDANCE: 150 SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE: Sunday School – 9:00 a.m.; Worship Service – 10:00 a.m.       PASTOR: Kerry Martin While God works through a corporate congregation in various ways, he also works through individual relationships. At Millport, the congregation takes the missional calling very seriously. Many… Read More

Evangelical Garifuna Church

DISTRICT: New York City LOCATION: 344 Brook Ave, Bronx, New York 10454 DATE OF FOUNDING: 1987 AVERAGE SUNDAY WORSHIP ATTENDANCE: 100 SERVICE TIMES: Sundays, 2:45 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 p.m.         PASTORS: Celso and Zulma Jaime God gave EMM the vision to establish a Garifuna church in the Bronx in 1986. Pastors Migdolio Miranda and Matias Arana in Santa Fe, Honduras… Read More

Multiplying Pains

Compiled By Brinton Rutherford Living things move through various life stages. A congregation, a living thing of sorts, also moves through stages. Any congregational change can produce growing pains. Multiplying a new faith community from an established church is one of those pain-generating experiences. Since a new faith community requires leaders, the sending church always sends away some of its leaders. Josef Berthold, pastor at… Read More

Expectant Hope

Trusting God through all of life’s seasons By Marcia Mylin In recent years, Lancaster Mennonite Conference (LMC) has been experiencing growing pains. The process has been painful and costly in unexpected ways. Such remodeling is usually messy and can be stressful, especially when the finished product is not clearly seen. In his book, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis describes it well: Imagine yourself as a living… Read More

A Brief Summary of the State of the Conference Address

By L. Keith Weaver In this season of Lent, we posture ourselves in prayerful repentance, remind ourselves of the passion of our Lord and seek to say “no” to ourselves in order to say a greater “yes” to Jesus. Whatever the state of the conference, we maintain a humble dependence on the grace and mercy of God. It is only in Jesus that the new… Read More

Dwelling in the Word Text for 2017

For the past number of years, the Lancaster Mennonite Conference has chosen a Dwelling in the Word text. The practice has been to allow the text to form and shape us as individuals and as a conference. The Gospel of John, chapter 21 has been affirmed as the Dwelling in the Word text for 2017. Click on the links below to orient yourself about the… Read More