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iCLT News: Transformation Versus Business As Usual

Transformation Versus Business As Usual. In Luke 6:46, Jesus asks, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?“ It’s a common phenomenon even noticed by nonbelievers: Many Christians profess allegiance to Christ but fail to apply his teachings to their lives. We may ask for salvation but resist transformation,…

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iCLT News: The Still Point of the Churning World

The Still Point of the Churning World What is the reason your church exists? What is the surrounding neighborhood or community like? Who are the people who live and work around you? What do they fear and long for? The seven weeks from Easter to Pentecost is an opportune time to sharpen mission awareness and…

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Hope in the Midst of Crisis

Bishop Leslie Francisco, III, district minister for Calvary District in Virginia Mennonite Conference. This message was prepared for the 2024 Winter Delegate Assembly at Waynesboro Mennonite Church on February 3, 2024.

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Counselors Mobilized to Counter Military Recruitment of Young Adults

Volunteer Donate GI Rights Hotline (877) 447-4487 POTC volunteer counselor training. (Left to right, top row) Titus Peachey, Max Lewis, Brad Boyd-Kennedy, (middle row) Fred Suter, Rick Yoder, Lorraine Stutzman-Amstutz, Melissa Atchinson, (bottom row) Tim Godshall, Randall Koehler, Scott Roser (Counselors not pictured) Ruth Keidel Clemens, Eldon Epp. Photo by Camille Dager, Mennonite Church USA….

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iCLT News: Pilgrims on a Journey

Pilgrims on a Journey We are at the beginning of a new year and through the first seasons of the church calendar. With what expectations, dreams and worries do you enter and journey into this year? I have been drawn into the journey of the Magi at the beginning of this year. Wondering and pondering…

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iCLT News: Effective Church Leadership

Webinar Monday, February 12, 7pm Gain insight helpful principles  in getting pastors, lay leadership, and church members in a more harmonious working relationship where ministry grows.  Register Here Effective Church Leadership How well is your church leadership working? Who is responsible for what in your church? Are there clear lines of communication and decision making?…

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iCLT News: When We Come Together

“11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” Ephesians 4:11-12 When We Come Together This fall, the interim Conference Leadership Team (iCLT) has advocated for a renewed focus on our…

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iCLT News: Called to Equip

“11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” Ephesians 4:11-12 When I was a young adult, I spent 6 years in missions in the U.S. and in Russia. Praying for…

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DAWG response webinar

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iCLT News: Called to Equip

“11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” Ephesians 4:11-12 Virginia Mennonite Conference (VMC) has been buffeted by the departure of our Executive Conference Minister and significant theological tension over…

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DAWG report & upcoming Zoom

Denominational Work Group Report Zoom Meeting, November 27, 2023, 7PM Join the Conversation.  Register Here Background The why The Denominational Affiliation Work Group (DAWG) was created by Conference Council at their April 20, 2023 meeting. The members appointed were: Beth Good as co-chair, Craig Maven as co-chair, Pearl Hartman, Aaron Kauffman, Zach Dey, Juan Carlos…

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Ervin Stutzman appointed chair of Faith and Life Commission

For Immediate Release On Thursday, November 9, the members of the Faith and Life Commission (FLC) of Virginia Conference affirmed Ervin R. Stutzman as chair. Ervin brings extensive experience in leadership to FLC and Virginia Conference. Please pray for Ervin and the members of FLC as they take up the important task of walking with pastors, churches, and the credentialed…

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