Pastor Ulises from the Iglesia Menonita Buenas Nuevas (Good News Mennonite Church) in San Juan, Texas is working to call and encourage new leaders in the congregation. With the help of Marvin, persons who have been called for this outreach group began personal discipleship training in December. The church, it seems to Ulises, has reached as many persons as it can in San Juan and has plans to use the discipleship group training to reach persons in the city of Edinburgh. This is a “hands on” effort to train leaders within the church. The thought is to maybe start another group in Edinburgh with services in a house led by the pastor on days other than Sunday. Responsibilities for beginning this group have begun to be delegated and young people from the Buenas Nuevas congregation are also being involved in the new group. Pastor Ulises is excited and has been encouraged by the ways the discipleship training group is already working toward furthering the Kingdom.
Over the past two years, Ron Voss has been on a journey towards Jesus. Ron said, “I started coming because of my kids, then Kendra gave me a job in the sound booth. That gave me a reason to be at church even if I didn’t like ‘church’.” Soon, Ron and his family joined a Missional Community, he says, “I didn’t really believe that God actually spoke to people, but then in March of last year God spoke to me and told me to give someone a pair of flip flops. It was weird, but I decided to do it… that’s when my skepticism of God started to change… A few months later I watched someone experience a physical miracle at Men’s Encounter and I was convinced that Jesus is real and I wanted everyone to know that I’m committed to following him.”
Ron wanted to celebrate his new life in Jesus on New Years Day… in the RIVER! Even though the temperature was cold, Ron’s Missional Community as well as others from the Journey@Yoder campus and some friends from Men’s Encounter gathered to welcome Ron into the church and celebrate his new life in Jesus. Ron wants you all to know that it’s the people that are walking with him towards Jesus that are the most important part of his journey. If it wasn’t for people reaching out, becoming friends, and eventually inviting him to join he wouldn’t be where he is today. Take a look at THIS VIDEO from his baptism
This year Bethel Mennonite Church near Inman, Kansas is making the verse “Let your light shine…” (Mt 5:16) their theme for involvement in their congregation, in their community and beyond. Part of the effort “beyond” Is sending 12 of their Youth and 7 adults on a short term mission trip to Kenya in July this year. They have felt God’s leading and blessing in the past 6 months as they have been able to raise all of the funds that are needed for the trip. They have created and printed a cookbook, hosted meals, and had special meals at restaurants that gave them a percentage of all sales and all tips. They are working with Global Infusion and are receiving training and preparation from that organization. They will be helping conduct Bible Schools for youth and giving their testimonies. Supporting and training for this mission team has turned out to be an encouragement to everyone in the church to be prepared to let their light shine for Christ.
-James Wenger Regional Conference Minister
SCC spent significant time last year meeting with leaders and congregations, listening and discerning together where the conference is being led. These meetings resulted in a Strategic Planning Team being formed and tasked with exploring ways in which the conference may need to change its structure and function in order to best live into the mission to which we have been called.
The team spent a few months gathering the data they needed in order to make recommendations regarding structure of the conference. This data came in the form of a digital survey sent to congregational leaders as well as face-to-face interviews with each congregation.
The team has met to review the compiled data and made initial recommendations to the executive team and regional conference ministers, and received approval to proceed with the next steps for this recommendation. Moderator, Tim Sweigart, who was a part of the team has sensed a need for an additional face to face meeting of conference and congregational leaders in order to decide the concrete steps SCC will take in the next two to three years.
All congregational leaders, pastors, and conference leaders please plan to attend a third visioning meeting on April 27, 2019 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm at Kansas Electric; 1420 NW 36th St, Newton, KS or attend via video conference at https://zoom.us/j/141617271. At this meeting a summary of the data gathered and structure proposed will be presented followed by a day of working together to clarify the steps and goals SCC will work toward in the coming years. Snacks and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/Rq9gL7NzdMtmGrQ52 by April 1st.
At annual assembly July 20-21, 2019 at Pleasant View Mennonite Church in Hydro, Oklahoma, we hope a well laid out plan for accomplishing the mission and vision of SCC will already be in the beginning stages of implementation and be presented in detail. So plan to join us in Hydro to hear about and join in this kingdom building work. Look for registration information soon!