Celebration of Church Life Seminars 2023

“Becoming a Holy Spirit led movement to make disciples”

First Time Slot

Discovering the Discovery Bible Study

By Dave Houser

He serves with EMM as Discipleship Coach and oversees the Advance program. He and his family moved to Pennsylvania in 2020 after living in both Thailand and India.

Description:

The Discovery Bible Study (DBS) is being used all over the world as a way to know and follow Jesus more. Groups of disciples (and many non-believers who are curious about the Bible) join together to focus on Scripture and encourage one another. Come practice using the DBS, and then start your own group in your community or wherever God sends you.

Dinner Church, and Other Fresh Expressions of Community

By Robert Brody, Felixa Kunkle, Rodney Martin

Our three presenters are currently involved in new initiatives to reach out to the local community, including a dinner church in Lancaster City. Rodney Martin is part of the Bishop Elder Team for the conference. Felixa Kunkle is a member of Millersville Mennonite and on staff at LMC. Robert Brody is Pastor of New Danville Mennonite and
a Bishop in LMC

Description:

The world is spiritually hungry and yet many churches struggle to find their way forward in their existing format. Join us as we explore different ways of being a community of disciples trying to reach our neighbors.

Leading the Discovery Series: A Practical, Discipleship Course (from
LMC)

By Daryl Weaver

Daryl Weaver serves a Bishop for the Martindale District and has participated and led the Discovery Series in several contexts. He serves as Treasurer of LMC and is co-founder of IMPAC Communication Conference. He and his wife, Jen, live in Ephrata with their 5 children, ages 7-17.

Description:

This seminar will introduce you to The Discovery Series, a discipleship course developed by and available from LMC for you to use with your small group, congregation or district. The course is composed of Tools (personality, spiritual gift assessments), Disciplines (a review of common spiritual disciplines) and Relationship (plenty of opportunity to discuss/share what you are learning) and concludes with participants developing a growth plan and finding a mentor to meet with for one year following the course.

How to share the story of the Old Testament

By William Higgins

He is a teacher for LMC and EMM offering training and enrichment courses for disciples and leaders to LMC congregations and EMM partner churches overseas.

Description:

Scripture is not just a collection of disconnected stories. It contains the grand narrative of God’s mission to this world. In this seminar you will learn the story of the Old Testament using twelve icons. You will be asked to interact with this story personally and you will be equipped to easily share it with others.

Having Fun Living Our Faith: Our Experience Hosting a Community Outreach Event

By Joy Fasick (Associate Pastor of Community Life), Roger Myers (Elder), and Rod Petersheim (Trustee Chair) are three members of the leadership team for Hilltop Fun Fest. They are passionate about sharing Christ’s extravagant love with their community and excited about how they’ve seen God build connections through this community outreach.

Description:

Since 2014, Slate Hill Mennonite Church has been hosting Hilltop Fun Fest, an entirely free community event that blesses hundreds of neighbors with food, fun, and fellowship, all provided at no charge by volunteers from both the congregation and the community. God has strengthened relationships with community organizations, individual neighbors, and between members of the congregation through this event. From vision to logistics, we’ll share what has worked for us – and what hasn’t – in ways that may be adaptable for your context, too.

Evangelism and Discipleship: How We Can Do Both

By Nate Thorne

He currently live in Akron, PA with his wife and two kids. He originally grew up in Maryland and DC. They currently connect at Lititz Mennonite Church. A good portion of his ministry experience has happened outside of the church walls allowing him to walk alongside unchurched individuals toward a relationship with Jesus. He has also served in various lay ministry roles within the church. He currently hold a Pastoral Ministry certificate from EMU’s STEP (Studying and Training for Effective Pastoral Ministry) program as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Leadership & Organizational Management.
Currently, he works as a Business Services Representative for PA CareerLink Lancaster County.

Description:

Oftentimes we hold sharing our faith and discipleship as exclusive of each other. Yet, they actually complement each other in a way that creates opportunities for us to journey alongside people toward a growing relationship with Jesus. However, none of this can be done without our willingness to hear and obey the Holy Spirit as we share our faith toward the goal of making disciples. Join Nate in a conversation on how we practically can do this in our current context.

Questions Jesus Asked.

By Marcia Mylin

Marcia has been part of the LMC staff since 2016 and serves as a member of the Bishop Elders Team. She is married to Dale, and they have 5 children and 11 grandchildren. Marcia has a ThD in missional theology and has a love for the church and a passion to see believers become life-long followers of Jesus.

Description:

How does engaging with Biblical questions challenge us to be on mission? How do these questions shape and transform us as disciples? Can these questions become tools that we use to invite others to join us in following Jesus? Come prepared to engage with some of the questions Jesus asked and then leave prepared to invite others to be transformed by his questions.

How do I handle conflict between me and people of other cultures?

By Karl McKinney

Karl is the Intercultural Leadership Minister for LMC, helping followers of Jesus in the pursuit of justice. He has followed Christ in intercultural relationships within culturally diverse communities, since 1983. He has lived among and served people without homes and he has managed affordable houses and complexes, both for immigrants to the USA and a diverse clientele. He also has served on teams to form new congregations, pastor existing congregations with long histories, and serving leaders in urban, rural, and suburban contexts in the conferences of Mennonite Church USA and in LMC.

Description:

The Intercultural Conflict Styles (ICS) inventory is designed to help us understand our conflict style during conflict with someone of a different culture. In this workshop, participants will complete the inventory online, receive the results immediately after submitting the inventory, and begin to learn about how they behave during conflict with someone of another culture. Participants will be invited to sign up to begin a one-year experience using the Intercultural Development Inventory, to learn to shift perspective and adapt their behavior around cultural differences and cultural commonalities. Requirements to Participate: Full Name. Email Address. Laptop, tablet computer or smartphone.

Guiados por el Espirtu Santo.

Por Adalberto Santiago

Pastor Adaldberto se unió a LMC como el nuevo Ministro de la Conferencia en diciembre de 2021. Ha estado pastoreando la Congregación Menonita Shalom en New Columbia, PA. desde 2009. A la fecha se desempeña a nivel del Consejo
del CIES y parte del Comité Ejecutivo del CIES. También es parte del Comité de Credenciales, la Junta de Obispos y
la CEC. Adalberto y su esposa Jenny viven en Milton, PA., tienen cuatro hijos y cuatro nietos.

Descripción:

Caminaremos por la Palabra de Dios, identificando el propósito del Espíritu Santo y la necesidad de manifestarse en la Iglesia en representación del Gobierno de los Cielos en la Tierra.

APEST Culture

By Marvin Lorenzana

Marvin serves as President of EMM and hopes to see all believers moving in God’s mission.

Description:

This seminar will explore Five-Fold Ministry as described in Ephesians 4 and its implications for your personal discipleship and local ministry.

Passionate Incarnational Witness.

By Jonathan Bornman

Jonathan seeks to keep in step with the Holy Spirit, living in the Kingdom of God now, under the lordship of Jesus. Jonathan and Carol have lived and served in Burkina Faso and Senegal. He cares deeply about equipping the church for life-giving witness to neighbors everywhere! Jonathan is a social anthropologist and filmmaker.

Description:

We envision communities of Jesus-followers who, by abiding in Him and embodying who He is, cultivate peaceful relations with their neighbors and bear witness to God’s ministry of reconciliation in Jesus the Messiah. This is a call to incarnational witness directed and orchestrated by the Holy Spirit.

Ways to share your faith and make disciples.

By Al Motley

Bishop Al is the senior pastor at the Way Thru Christ Ministry in Chester PA. He’s pastored this ministry for 34 years. He is also one of the bishops that serve on the LMC Bishop Board and he oversees churches in the Philadelphia District. He’s been married for 43 years to the same woman Maxine L. Motley and through their union they have two children and two nephew’s they raised as their own. Also they have several grandchildren, and another one on the way. To God be the glory for his many blessings.

Description:

This seminar will focus on Matthew 28:18-20 and the challenge from our Lord and Savior on making disciples.

Fruitful Discipleship.

By Jim Weick

Jim is a member of the bishop team of the Valley Mountain PA East district with Eric Marshall and Brian Martin. He has a wealth of experience mentoring young men and helping them and others to reach their potential and pursue their
true calling in Christ.

Description:

We will explore a discipling process and culture that goes beyond producing competent church members. By gleaning from the example of Jesus and also the early New Testament church, we can help nurture world-changing ambassadors for Christ! This will be full of practical examples and ideas.

The Art of Spiritual Care – “Process of Becoming.”

By Sandra Granthon-Roman

Sandra was born in Peru and raised in Lancaster City from age 10. She graduated from Penn State University with a BA in Integrative Arts (major in Architecture Design) with minors in Architectural History and Sociology. She is an Artist, Teacher, and Upholsterer with a mission to share the JOY OF CREATION through her creative business, ALCHEMY. She lives in Millersville, PA with her husband Alexis Roman. They attend Iglesia Restauración en Cristo in Mount Joy, PA. 20 person limit.

Description:

This creative seminar is for anyone who is seeking to integrate a faith-based healing arts process with their daily discipline of dwelling in the Word. Healing arts is a process art movement to help improve mind, body, and soul awareness (stress management) for mental health, emotional, and spiritual wellness. After a short introduction, participants will have the opportunity to discover, explore, and enjoy creating a personalized mini art journal cover through a mindful Spirit-led visual arts reflection of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. No art skills are required.

Second Time Slot

Discovering the Discovery Bible Study.

By Dave Houser

Dave serves with EMM as Discipleship Coach and oversees the Advance program. He and his family moved to Pennsylvania in 2020 after living in both Thailand and India.

Description:

The Discovery Bible Study (DBS) is being used all over the world as a way to know and follow Jesus more. Groups of disciples (and many non-believers who are curious about the Bible) join together to focus on Scripture and encourage one another. Come practice using the DBS, and then start your own group in your community or wherever God sends you.

GROWING SMALL: Creative ideas and stories for missional projects in your community.

By Lynn Shertzer

Lynn is the lead pastor at Slate Hill Mennonite Church and STEP Instructor.

Description:

Come learn about a process to start missional experiments in your community. Several participants will share their missional experiments. Learn about the emphasis on the process rather than the outcome!

How to share the story of the New Testament

By William Higgins

He is a teacher for LMC and EMM offering training and enrichment courses for disciples and leaders to LMC congregations and EMM partner churches overseas.

Description:

Scripture is not just a collection of disconnected stories. It contains the grand narrative of God’s mission to this world. After a brief overview of the Old Testament storyline, you will learn how to tell the story of the New Testament using twelve icons. You will be asked to interact with this story personally and you will be equipped to easily share it with others.

Become a Spirit-led Missionary in Your Own Backyard … Say What?!

By Jackie Hibshman and Kevin Dodge

Jackie is a wife, mom of two teen boys, and the bookkeeper at Schoolhouse Earth, and Kevin is a husband, father of a twenty-something daughter, and a wildlife professor at Garrett College, both in far western Maryland.

Description:

LMC’s mission is to be a Spirit-led movement
that makes disciples of Jesus, that mobilizes every member as a missionary, and multiplies faith communities both locally and beyond. But how does that work? What does it mean to be Spirit-led, and what does it mean to be a missionary? Jackie Hibshman and Kevin Dodge will share their experiences seeking to do this very thing … in their own backyard.

The APEST Key to an Equipped, Unified, Maturing Church.

By Glenn Kauffman, Keith Blank, Rodney Martin

Glenn Kauffman, is Bishop in the Washington – Baltimore LMC District, a pastor at Capital Christian Fellowship, a multi-national congregation in the suburbs of Washington DC, and President of the International Missions Association. Keith Blank, is Bishop in the Landisville-Manor LMC District, a member of the LMC Bishop Elder team leading LMC, and works Co-vocationally as a Relator. Rodney Martin, is Bishop in the Conestoga River LMC District and member of the Bishop Elder team leading LMC, and chairs the LMC Credentialing Commission. All 3 of them have helped to call and develop ministering leaders in a wide variety of contexts over several decades.

Description:

Let’s look at the model of Jesus ministering as an apostle, a prophet, an evangelist, a shepherd, and a teacher and discover how we –the body of Christ—are given the same ministry descriptions and grace to do the same…together.

Evangelism and Discipleship: How We Can Do Both.

By Nate Thorne

Nate Thorne – I currently live in Akron, PA
with my wife and two kids. I originally grew up in Maryland and DC. We currently connect at Lititz Mennonite Church. . A good portion of my ministry experience has happened outside of the church walls allowing me to walk alongside unchurched individuals toward a relationship with Jesus. I’ve also served in various lay ministry roles within the church. I currently hold a Pastoral Ministry certificate from EMU’s STEP (Studying and Training for Effective Pastoral Ministry) program as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Leadership & Organizational Management. Currently, I work as a Business Services Representative for PA CareerLink Lancaster County.

Description:

Oftentimes we hold sharing our faith and discipleship as exclusive of each other. Yet, they actually complement each other in a way that creates opportunities for us to journey alongside people toward a growing relationship with Jesus. However, none of this can be done without our willingness to hear and obey the Holy Spirit as we share our faith toward the goal of making disciples. Join me in a conversation on how we practically can do this in our current context.

Missional Movement – The Vietnam Movement Story.

By Tuyen Nguyen

Nguyen is a pastor, bishop and now a member of the four person Bishop Elder team leading LMC. His passion is for mission to the Vietnamese people in the US and Vietnam.

Description:

After many years of work, by many people, a Mission Movement has begun in Vietnam! It began during Covid, it is not big yet, but it is happening. About seven thousand people have become new believers since July 2020. The Vietnam Mennonite church has gained freedom to preach and to outreach, even outside the church, in the streets. Do you want to know how this happened? Do you want this to happen where you live? Come and hear our story.

What is a Monocultural Mindset?

By Karl McKinney

Karl is the Intercultural Leadership Minister for LMC, helping followers of Jesus in the pursuit of justice. He has followed Christ in intercultural relationships within culturally diverse communities, since 1983. He has lived among and served people without homes and he has managed affordable houses and complexes, both for immigrants to the USA and a diverse clientele. He also has served on teams to form new congregations, pastor existing congregations with long histories, and serving leaders in urban, rural, and suburban contexts in the conferences of Mennonite Church USA and in LMC.

Description:

The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) is a 50-question inventory that helps us to learn how we think we relate to cultural differences between us and other people, and how we probably relate to cultural differences between us and other people. Participants will be introduced to the IDI and the IDI Continuum. Participants will be invited to sign up to begin a one-year experience using the Intercultural Development Inventory, to learn to shift perspective and adapt their behavior around cultural differences and cultural commonalities. (Capacity: up to 25 participants).

Respondiendo Fe Al Llamado De Dios.

By Samuel Lopez

Samuel es el Presidente del Concilio Iglesias Evangelicas Shalom (CIES), y miembro de la Iglesia Menonita Hispana de New Holland. Es supervisor de las Iglesias Internacionales del CIES.

Description:

Hablaremos sobre testimonios de fe que hermanos/as respondieron en fe y esperanza al llamado de Dios para plantar nuevas iglesias.

APEST Culture

By Marvin Lorenzana

Marvin serves as President of EMM and hopes to see all believers moving in God’s mission.

Description:

This seminar will explore Five-Fold Ministry as described in Ephesians 4 and its implications for your personal discipleship and local ministry.

Spirit-Led Pioneering.

By Deb Muenstermann

Deb is pioneering a new ministry, Hub 450, in Lancaster city (www.Hub450.org) as a missionary serving under Eastern Mennonite Missions. Deb and her husband Ralph served in South Africa where they pioneered a healing arts ministry (www.justcreate.space)

Description:

Effective ministries begin by listening for the dreams of God and following the Holy Spirit’s guidance and provision. Hear Biblical examples and firsthand stories from the pioneering ministry of Hub450, a community center serving the nations.

Movement.

By Omar Guzman

Omar works for EMM as a Catalytic Couch for Latino America partners. As a catalytic coach for Latin America, his responsibility is to develop, encourage, empower, and facilitate mission movements, from and among EMM-connected churched and other partners in Latin America.

Description:

In the book of Acts 19, we find a story of mobilization when Paul mobilized twelve disciples of John the Baptist, we will be talking how they impacted the community, and all of Asia in two years, we will be exploring together how they did it.

Deepen Mission Movement Foundation.

By Ann Weaver

Ann is a spiritual director and leadership coach. She accompanies and consults with church, business, and
non-profit leaders to promote practical life-giving connections with God that have personal and community impact. Her passions include soul care of leaders, accompanying people into the presence of God, guiding discernment and healing processes, and working with leaders to customize discipleship practices within their sphere of influence.

Description:

A Holy Spirit-led movement flows out of an enlivened interactive connection with God. Participants will experientially receive a platform to expand a friendship with God that is beyond prayer requests or guidance and is the first essential strategy in a movement that makes disciples of Jesus.

God is in Ukraine.

By Alex Kachkovsky and Ken Sensenig

Alex is a Ukrainian Christian who participated in MCC’s IVEP program. Now granted Temporary Protection Status in the U.S., he continues working at Fairmount Homes, Ephrata, PA.
Ken has served with MCC for more than 30 years. He finds joy in the diversity of his church relations work.

Description:

During an American war 160 years ago, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow declared, God is not dead nor doth He sleep. How true to this day. Engage a young, Ukrainian Christian to discover the truth of this declaration as God’s Spirit shines in the midst of darkness.

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