Eastern District and Franconia Conference share more than just a Mennonite heritage. The conferences join together in various ministry activities including supporting chaplains, youth ministry, and other local projects. Here you can find out more about those joint ministries.
Chaplains and pastors both provide counseling and spiritual ministry. While pastors are usually affiliated with a congregation, chaplains ministry in various organizations and agencies. This can provide unique challenges and opportunities. In order to best support our chaplains Eastern District and Franconia Conferences host quarterly chaplains luncheons. These luncheons provide chaplains with the opportunity to connect with one another, share resources, stories, and learn from each others experiences. If you serve as a chaplain and interested in joining these luncheons contact Barbie Fischer at BFischer@FranconiaConference.org.
Many congregations within Eastern District and Franconia Conferences overlap in geography, this allows them unique opportunities to partner with one another for shared ministry projects. Learn about a few of those projects below.
- Project Haven is a ministry all about community building through partnerships with schools, churches, non-profits, businesses, and anybody who wants to make their town/school district a better place. Several Eastern District and Franconia congregations benefit and support this ministry and their various projects.
- Salem Mennonite Church and West Swamp Mennonite Church came together to support Code Blue Quakertown assisting in providing for the homeless during the winter months.
- The congregations of Deep Run West, Finland, and Perkiomenville joined together to help build the East Greenville Action Park, which expanded the Main Street Park, skate park and surrounding areas, to inspire and invest in the local youth, and increase the value of the park to the community.
It is the commitment of both conference that up-to-date information and resources are provided that educate, equip and empower youth workers in their ministry with youth.
Our vision is healing and hope. God calls us to be followers of Jesus Christ and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to grow as communities of grace, joy, and peace, so that God’s healing and hope flow through us to the world.
The mission in Mennonite youth ministry is to actively invite every youth to commit to a personal relationship and everlasting adventure with Jesus Christ, mentoring them towards wholeness within a supportive church community and empowering them to bring healing and hope to the world.
To follow Jesus Christ more faithfully, we mentor youth to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength by:
- Enriching our prayer, worship, and study of scriptures.
- Offering all that we are and have to God.
- Providing an environment where commitment to Christ is encouraged.
- Nurturing spiritual devotions, solitude, reflection, and fasting.
- Discipling through biblical teaching.
- Encouraging healthy self-esteem and respect for one’s body.
- Modeling biblical stewardship in all areas of life.
- Advocating love, peace, and justice as the Christian way of life.
- Guiding responsible decision-making in ethical and lifestyle choices.
- Teaching biblical ways of conflict resolution.
To grow as communities of grace, joy, and peace, we invite all youth to be an integral part of congregational life by:
- Calling and nurturing congregational leaders for ministry in a changing environment.
- Practicing love, forgiveness, and hospitality that affirm our diversity and heal our brokenness.
- Creating a loving and supporting environment.
- Strengthening family life.
- Embracing God’s gift of multicultural and inter-generational diversity.
- Advocating for youth in church and society.
To live as people of healing and hope, we call forth the gifts in youth and challenge youth to minister to the world through the power of the Holy Spirit by:
- Inviting others to faith in Jesus Christ.
- Seeking God’s peace in our homes, work, neighborhoods, and the world.
- Seeking, recognizing, affirming, and involving the gifts and talents of youth.
- Calling youth to share their faith.
- Inviting youth to a lifestyle of mission and service.
- Educating, equipping, enabling, and empowering youth to minister.
- Partnering with denominational institutions and organizations to provide opportunities for ministry and missions.
- Walking with youth as they live out their faith.
Helpful ResourcesLinksHealthy Balance – Hope, Dreams & Wings
Resources for Peacemaking
- The parent and youth leader resource event “Healthy Balance – Hope, Dreams & Wings” included seminars on parenting, modesty, technology and internet safety, crisis care and sports. Click here to read more and view the resources available from this event.
- Introducing the Materials for Conscientious Objection
- Advice to those Considering Enlistment
- How to Create a Conscientious Objector’s (CO) File
- Explanation for the Peacemaker Registration Form
- Peacemaker Registration Form (Record of Conscientious Objection to War)
- Video/Web/Printed Resources
Mennonite Camps & Schools
- Four Year Sunday School Curriculum Guide created by Blooming Glen Mennonite Church
- Youth Breezes Archive
- Sticky Faith
Reading Materials for Youth Workers
- You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church…and Rethinking Faith, by David Kinnaman
- Almost Christian: What the Faith of our Teenagers is Telling the American Church, by Kenda Creasy Dean
- Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers, by Chap Clark
- Helping Youth Grieve, by Bob Yoder
- Youth Ministry at a Crossroads: Tending to the faith formation of Mennonite Youth, by Andy Brubacher Kaethler, and Bob Yoder
- Family Based Youth Ministry, by Mark Devries
- Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism, by Drew Hart