Category: News

Scholarships and Grants

The LMC Grants Committee awarded $14,000 to 23 applicants in August. Four grants are administered annually in August by this committee: Leadership Education Grant, STEP Study Award, Urban Education Grant, Women’s Education Grant. Thirteen of the awards went to STEP students. Each of these grants makes awards once a year except for the Leadership Education Grant, which also has a winter cycle with applications due… Read More

Global Delegate Activities

Tom Eshleman, LMC’s Global delegate, provided an update on his activities. LMC recently hosted Willi Hugo Perez and Kelbessa Muleta. Perez is president of the graduate school, Semilla, in Guatemala. Muleta is the Vice President of Mesereta Kristos Church in Ethiopia. Both men gave reports of the things God is doing in their regions. Tom noted the appointment of two new International Partner Delegates: Steve… Read More

Funding of LMC Ministries

Support for LMC ministries in 2018 has been strong. As December approaches those wanting to make a gift for supporting missional multiplication in LMC are encouraged to do so. With LMC joining Mennonite World Conference, there will be an expectation for financial support from LMC to MWC, which will increase the LMC budget. The connection with MWC will greatly expand global relationships and the already… Read More

Finding a Better Way — LMC Legacy Foundation

Over 60 years ago, Lancaster Conference Mennonites responded to atrocities in state mental hospitals with the call to “find a better way” to care for persons with mental health needs. The call became action as the Mennonites built and staffed Philhaven Hospital growing it to a highly respected faith based state of the art behavioral healthcare facility. Early in 2016, LMC released their ownership of… Read More

LMC Name Change

Lancaster Mennonite Conference is in process of adapting its branding to begin using “LMC” as its official name. Although still operating legally as Lancaster Mennonite Conference, it will also be known as LMC.

Maple Grove

Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville, Pa., recently affirmed by 97% the recommendation to join Lancaster Mennonite Conference. The pastor at Maple Grove is Alan Kauffman. The Board of Bishops took action in October to receive the congregation. They will be publicly recognized at the March Celebration of Church Life.

Franklin Conference Update

Franklin Conference leaders passed a decision to join Lancaster Mennonite Conference on September 27 by a 92% vote. The congregations will be incorporated into LMC as Franklin District. The district has 14 congregations in Pa. and Md.

Constitutional Change Vote

On September 21 at the Fall Leadership Assembly, credentialed leaders approved with a 100% vote a series of changes to the LMC constitution. The changes included stylistic, editorial, and substantive changes. The changes included the replacement of the prior Executive Committee with the new Conference Executive Council, which now serves as the governing body of the Conference between sessions of the Leadership Assembly.

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

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