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Since 2015 SCC has been supporting the IBA program from Mennonite Education Association with tuition assistance for students in Matamoros, Mexico.  The IBA program exists to provide biblical training to Hispanic leaders, increasing their theological and spiritual maturity.          SCC has supported four pastors in Matamoros for five years, from their first […]

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Four years ago Pleasant View Mennonite Church began using an Annual Evaluation Tool as a way of yearly  “taking the temperature” of the congregation. This short questionnaire asked congregants to evaluate pastors, elders, and even participation.  Being so close to specific situations, however, congregational leaders had struggled to compile and summarize the results without getting […]

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The ministry of South Central Conference is to equip and encourage congregations through disciple making.  One of the ways congregations are equipped is through Regional Conference Minister (RCM) support, particularly during pastoral transitions.  RCMs do much of their work behind the scenes, in contact mostly with only the pastor(s), candidates, and search committee.  RCMs walk […]

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Kristi Martin, DeeDee Landes and Pastor Ron Moyo were some of the first recipients of South Central Conference (SCC) Leadership Transformation Grants to attend Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) programs.  After realizing the Hesston School’s weren’t eligible for summer nutrition assistance these leaders felt called to start much needed summer meals not only to provide nutrition […]

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In 2016 Regional Conference Minister James Wenger received conference support and organized a year long mentor for a larger-than-usual group of new pastors in our congregations.  Using the book Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton, Howard Keim coached the participants in developing their pastoral identity, asking them, “What does it mean for you to be […]

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On November 9, 2019 Journey Mennonite Church put on a grand banquet celebrating Pastor Howard and Cathy Wagler’s 27 years of leadership.  December 31, 2019 marked the end of Howard’s role as Lead Pastor of Journey Mennonite Church. A new co-leadership model at Journey began in January 2020 with Jim Ostlund as Directional Pastor and […]

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In September 2019, the junior and senior youth from Light of Life Mennonite Church of Farmington, New Mexico each enjoyed their own retreats. The Junior Youth went camping in the La Plata Canyon and hiked to the top of Cumberland Pass. The Senior Youth spent a weekend at a mountain cabin. Each group of young […]

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Crystal Springs hosted their first “Unrehearsed Christmas Pageant” on December 15th.  Through a connection with SCC Regional Conference Minister Howard Keim, pastor Talashia Keim Yoder shared details of the service her congregation (College Mennonite in Goshen Indiana) has been using for the past four years.  Pastor Josh Patterson reports, “We had a wonderful evening but […]

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Before Journey@McPherson purchased and began renovating their building, formerly a grocery store in downtown McPherson, their vision was for a space that would become a community center used more during the week than on weekends.   In order to expand mid-week usage, Journey@McPherson has begun renovating part of the currently unused space in their building.  Many […]

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On September 22, 2019 Light of Life Mennonite Church of Farmington, New Mexico held a special Commissioning Service for Winfred Kurley. Win, who has recently retired from his career as an electrician for a local mine, has been sensing God’s call to a more focused ministry. He is passionate about the Word of God and […]

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