Conference Assembly 2016

Franconia Mennonite Conference & Eastern District Conference Joint Conference Assembly

scheduled for Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5
at Penn View Christian School, Souderton, PA.


  • Friday, November 4                                                         

    6:30-9:00 pm                      Exhibits open

    6:30-9:00 pm                      Child care available

    7:00-8:30 pm                      United Worship – music, video presentations, children’s choir, keynote by Nathan Stuckey – “Garden Lessons: Life Through Death”.  Nate Stuckey is a credentialed leader with Eastern District Conference. He serves as Director of the Farminary Project at Princeton Theological Seminary. Nate’s work with the Farminary integrates theological education with small-scale, sustainable agriculture at Princeton Seminary’s 21-acre farm. He has a special interest in the role of community formation and Sabbath in the education of pastors, church leaders, youth ministers, parents, and young people.

     8:30-9:00 pm                      Ice Cream Social

    Saturday, November 5   

    8:00-9:00 am                      Delegate Registration open

    8:00 am-3:40 pm                Exhibits Open

    8:00 am-3:40 pm             Child care available (8:30 am –12:00 noon & 1:00 – 3:40 pm)

    9:00-10:30 am                    Business Sessions

    • FRANCONIA CONFERENCE AGENDA: reports from Church Together Statements Taskforces and commission (Addressing Abuse, Israel/Palestine, and Faith and Life); Affirmation for Board and Committee Positions; Conferring around reconciliation with EDC
    • EASTERN DISTRICT AGENDA: budget update, Search Committee update, Constitution, Reconciliation discussion

    10:30 am-12 noon             United Worship Sessionworship, Newly Credentialed Leader Recognition

    12 noon-1:00 pm                Lunch

    1:00-2:15 pm                      Workshop Session 1

    2:25-3:40 pm                      Workshop Session 2

    Workshop topics:

        • Same-sex Marriage and the Witness of the Church – David Boshart – Our church and society have experienced an unprecedented sea change in understanding same-sex relationships in a very short time. It is challenging work to sort out the influences of that change. It is easy for Christians to reach for the argument at hand rather than relying on the church’s own ways of knowing. In this session we will consider five commitments that can help the church navigate the current conflict with faithfulness and integrity: 1) communal biblical discernment, 2) constructive biblical exegesis and theology, 3) Christocentric ways of knowing, 4) grace-based spirituality, and 5) public worship as witness.
        • What it Means to be the Church – Scott Roth and Noel Santiago

        • Youth Ministry – Danilo Sanchez and Joshua Jefferson

        • Israel/Palestine – Israel/Palestine Taskforce


  •  Penn View Christian School is located at
    420 Godshall Road, Souderton, PA, 18964

    Use this link for directions to Penn View.

    CLICK HERE to download a list of local restaurants, stores and other amenities.

    * Local Hotels:

    Courtyard Philadelphia Lansdale
    (5.3 mi., 11 minutes)
    1737 Sumneytown Pike, Kulpsville, PA 19443
    Phone: (215) 412-8686

    Holiday Inn Lansdale
    (5.4 mi., 11 minutes)
    1750 Sumneytown Pike, Kulpsville, PA 19443
    Phone: (888) 465-4329

    Christopher Dock Mennonite High School (guest suite)
    (4.6 mi., 8 minutes)
    1000 Forty Foot Road, Lansdale, PA 19446
    Phone: (215) 362-2675

    Sojourner Suites
    (3.9 mi., 8 minutes)
    536 Main Street, Harleysville, PA 19438
    Phone: (215) 256-6646

    Woodside Lodge at Spring Mountain
    (8.9 mi., 16 minutes)
    150 East Park Avenue, Schwenksville, PA  19473
    Phone: (484) 552-8457

    Quality Inn and Suites
    (13.1 mi., 24 minutes)

    1905 John Fries Hwy., Quakertown, PA 18951
    Phone: (215) 538-3000

    Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Quakertown
    (12.4 mi., 23 minutes)
    1918 John Fries Highway (Route 663), Quakertown, PA 18951
    Phone: (888) 465-4329

    Hampton Inn Quakertown
    (13.2 mi., 24 minutes)

    1915 John Fries Highway, Quakertown, PA 18951
    Phone: (215) 536-7779

    Marriott SpringHill Suites Quakertown
    (12.3 mi., 23 minutes)
    1930 John Fries Hwy, Quakertown, PA 18951
    Phone: (215) 529-6800

  • Eastern District Conference Business information will be coming soon….

  • Delegate Selection

    A delegate is defined as one who is chosen or elected to vote or act on behalf of, or for, others. In the context of the conference, a delegate is not just a role — it is a call. A call to represent a piece of the body of Christ. A call to represent a congregation or conference related ministry. Delegates are a vital piece to the functioning of the conference.

  • CA 2015 logo
    Listen to the 2015 Friday Night speakers here.

    2015 Conference Related Ministries’ Reports
    Bethany Birches
    Camp Men-O-Lan
    Christopher Dock/Penn View

    The City School
    Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust
    Liberty Ministries

    Living Branches
    MCC Material Resource Center
    Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania
    Peaceful Living
    Quakertown Christian School
    Rockhill Mennonite Community

    2015 Church-wide Ministries’ Reports
    Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
    Bluffton University

    Eastern Mennonite Seminary
    Eastern Mennonite University
    Everence – English, Spanish
    Goshen College
    Hesston College
    MCC East Coast – English, Spanish
    MCUSA – English, Spanish
         Corinthian Plan

    Mennonite Mission Network – English, Spanish