WDC Gatherings

July 26-27, 2019
Bethel College, North Newton, KS

RESOLUTIONS POLICY:  Resolutions must be submitted a minimum of 120 days prior to Annual Assembly (in 2019, that date is March 28).  Send to:  WDC Executive Board, PO Box 306, North Newton KS  67117

POLÍTICA DE RESOLUCIONES:  Las resoluciones deben presentarse un mínimo de 120 días antes de la Asamblea anual (en 2018, esa fecha es el 28 de marzo). Enviar a: Junta Ejecutiva de WDC, PO Box 306, North Newton KS 67117


July 27-28, 2018
Two central Kansas locations!
Friday, July 27: 
Tabor Mennonite Church, 
891 Chisholm Trail, Newton, KS

Saturday, July 28:
Eden Mennonite Church, 401 18th Ave, Moundridge, KS

On Sunday, July 29, at 10 am, all are invited to worship at
Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, 1304 K-15 Hwy, Goessel, KS,
where Bryan Moyer-Suderman will be speaking and singing.


July 27-28, 2018
¡Dos lugares en Kansas central!

Viernes, 27 de julio: 
Tabor Mennonite Church, 891 Chisholm Trail, Newton, KS
Sábado, 28 de julio:
Eden Mennonite Church, 401 18th Ave, Moundridge, KS

El domingo 29 de julio, at 10 am, estamos todos invitados al culto en
Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, 1304 K-15 Hwy, Goessel, KS,
donde Bryan Moyer-Suderman ofrecerá el mensaje y cantará.

Delegate Session Minutes / Approved Budget / Election Results / Certified Delegates

Actas De La Sesion De Delegado / Presupuesto Aprobado / Resultados De La Eleccion / Delegados Certificados

7/31/18 – Thanks to all who participated in WDC Annual Assembly last weekend, hosted at Tabor Mennonite Church, Eden Mennonite Church and Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church!  Over 180 people registered for assembly, and additional community members attended Friday evening worship and a Saturday evening concert with keynote speaker Bryan Moyer Suderman, a Bible teacher and songwriter/singer.  On Friday afternoon, Bryan led a ministers’ resourcing event on Scripture, Stranger, Neighbor: Encountering the “Other” in- and with – the Bible.  In worship on Friday evening and in several sessions on Saturday, Bryan led participants in “Reading the Bible with Jesus,” considering how Jesus interpreted scripture by exploring passages from each of the four gospels.  In the delegate meeting on Saturday, reports were presented by the conference minister, WDC’s four commissions (Church Planting, Resource, Ministerial Leadership and Stewardship) and Camp Mennoscah, and delegates approved the 2019 budget and affirmed the ballot of nominees for elected leadership positions in WDC.  Michael Danner, an associate executive director of Mennonite Church USA, spoke about the MC USA “Journey Forward” process, followed by table conversation about how this process can impact our congregations, conference and denomination.  The open-mic time included an announcement from the Bi-Conference (WDC & South Central Conference) Youth Ministry Committee about plans for a youth-leadership development initiative next year, and testimonies and expressions of solidarity related to immigrant concerns.  Also on Saturday, participants attended workshops and viewed displays by a variety of organizations, WDC Women in Mission hosted a lunch program, and Hispanic church members gathered during supper.  The weekend concluded with a worship service hosted by Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, attended by a number of local WDC congregations and other assembly participants. In this weekend, we have been blessed so that we may be a blessing in the world, as we follow Jesus together!  See also the T-Mail article at https://themennonite.org/daily-news/wdc-explores-jesus-scripture/?utm_source=TMail&utm_campaign=4e68b8cf81-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_30_01_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_710b2b7199-4e68b8cf81-96753905

                                            –Heidi Regier Kreider, WDC Conference Minister



Itinerant Bible teacher and singer/songwriter, known especially for his “songs of faith for small and tall,” Bryan Moyer Suderman of Stouffville, Ontario, has spent the last 25 years finding creative ways to engage all ages in Scripture.  For five years he’s been working through each of the canonical Gospels, exploring how they portray Jesus as interpreter of Scripture in addressing the challenges and debates of the day. As a result of this study—now the focus of his master’s thesis and itinerant Bible teaching ministry—Bryan is finding that Jesus’ approach to Scripture has much to teach us. In fact, it has the potential to transform the way we relate to Scripture and to each other.

Profesor itinerante de Biblia e intérprete y escritor de himnos, conocido especialmente  por sus “cantos de fe para pequeños y altos,” Bryan Moyer Suderman, de Stouffville, Ontario, pasó los últimos 25 años buscando maneras creativas de atraer a las Escrituras a todas las edades. Durante 5 años estuvo trabajando con cada uno de los Evangelios canónicos, explorando cómo muestran a Jesús como intérprete de las Escrituras para referirse a los desafíos y debates del día de hoy. Un resultado de este estudio—que ahora es el enfoque  de su tesis para el Master y para su ministerio de enseñanza de la Biblia—Bryan encuentra que la manera en que Jesús interpreta las Escrituras tiene mucho para enseñarnos. En realidad tiene el potencial de transformar la forma en que nos relacionamos con las Escrituras y unos con otros.


(All attendees are encouraged to bring a water bottle or insulated mug.)

Friday, July 27, 2018 (Location:  Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton, KS)

5-7 pm     Check-in

5:30-7 pm     Ministers’ Appreciation Dinner (for ministers and their families only)

7-9 pm     Worship & Communion, Mark 12: 1-12, Bryan Moyer Suderman, Guest Preacher

9-10 pm     Assembly after-party

Saturday, July 28, 2018 (Location:  Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge, KS)

8:30-9:30 am     Reading the Bible with Jesus, Matt. 21:10-17

9:30-11 am     Delegate Session 1

11-11:15 am     Break

11:15 am -12:15 pm     Reading the Bible with Jesus, Luke 9:51-56, Luke 24: 13-35

12:30-1:30 pm     General Lunch OR Western District Women in Mission Lunch  (NOTE:  Women not attending the WDC Annual Assembly may register to attend the women’s lunch; send name & $12 to WDC by July 13.)

1:30-3 pm     Delegate Session 2

3-3:30 pm     Break

3:30-4:30 pm     Workshops

4:30-5:30 pm     Reading the Bible with Jesus & Commissioning, John 20: 19-23

5:30-7 pm     General Dinner OR Hispanic Women’s Dinner

7-8 pm     Bryan Moyer Suderman Concert (Free!  All ages welcome!  In this WDC Year of Evangelism, invite your friends and neighbors!)

8-10 pm    Assembly after-party

(Se anima a todos los asistentes a traer una botella de agua o una taza con aislamiento).

Viernes, 27 de Julio de 2018 (Lugar: Tabor Mennonite Church, Newton KS.)

5-7 pm     Check-in

5:30-7 pm     Cena de Reconocimiento hacia los Ministros (para ministros y sus familias solamente)

7-9 pm    Alabanza & Comunión, Marcos 12:1-12, Bryan Moyer Suderman, Predicador Invitado

9-10 pm    Asamblea después de la fiesta

Sábado, 28 de Julio de 2018 (Lugar:  Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge, KS)

8:30-9:30 am    Lectura de la Biblia con Jesús, Mateo 21:10-17

9:30-11 am     Sesión de Delegados 1

11-11:15 am     Pausa

11:15 am -12:15 pm     Leyendo la Biblia con Jesús, Lucas 9:51-56, Lucas 23:13:35

12:30-1:30 pm     Almuerzo General o Almuerzo para Damas de Western District  (NOTA: Las mujeres que no asistan a la Asamblea Anual de WDC pueden inscribirse para asistir al almuerzo de las mujeres; enviar el nombre y $ 12 a WDC antes del 13 de julio).

1:30-3 pm     Sesión de Delegados 2

3-3:30 pm     Pausa

3:30-4:30 pm     Talleres

4:30-5:30 pm     Leyendo de la Biblia con Jesús & Envío, Juan 20: 19-23

5:30-7 pm    Cena general o cena de mujeres hispanas

7-8 pm     Concierto de Bryan Moyer Suderman (¡Entrada Libre!  ¡Para todas las edades!  En este Año del Evangelismo de WDC, inviten a sus amigos y vecinos!)

8-10 pm    Asamblea después de la fiesta


Weekend information

Delegate Agenda

2019 Proposed Budget

Renewed Commitments for MC USA:  http://mennoniteusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/JF-_-DRAFT-Document-V3.pdf

Ballot 2018


Información de Fin

Agenda Para Delegados

Presupuesto 2019

Compromisos Renovados Para MC USA:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1toNDedtte_QpfaS6Es_ZAc80RkHTgD0TQFUy0QT3ifg/edit

Balota 2018


Opening worship, July 27, 2018

Morning session – July 28, 2018

Bryan Moyer Suderman concert – July 28, 2018


A variety of workshops will be offered for youth and adults that speak to mind, body and spirit!

Centering Prayer – Nathan Koontz, Melanie Zuercher – Participants will be led into Centering Prayer.  Brief conversation about the experience will follow.

Praying with/through Art – Cathy Coon Bitikofer – Prayer and contemplation can involve our active, creative spirits, led by the active, creative Holy Spirit.  We’ll explore how being creatively engaged in visual arts can help focus on our interactions with God, and perhaps lead to growth and insight.  Participants need not consider themselves “artists”.  Simply be open to new ways to talk and listen to God. (Spanish language interpretation available.)

Detectives of Divinity – Carol Duerksen & friends – Discover what’s new in children’s faith formation curriculum as Detectives lead you on a journey of interviews with Moses, Rebekah, Jonah, Peter, Tabitha and more!  This 13-session series sprouted out of a weekend seminar that Bryan Moyer Suderman led at Tabor Mennonite Church last year.  “Detectives” was created by Carol Duerksen, Susan Nafziger, and Aaron Ratzlaff, and field-tested at Tabor Mennonite Church on Wednesday evenings this past winter.  It will be available online through WDC this fall, so come check it out.

Latino/Latina discussion with Bryan – Bryan Moyer Suderman – Discussion time for people from Hispanic Mennonite churches with Bryan. (For Spanish speakers only.)

Evangelism, encountering other religions, and the Gospel – Jerry Truex – As part of the Year of Evangelism, Bible scholar and member of Mennonite Church of the Servant, Jerry Truex offers an overview of what “good news” means in the broader, biblical context.  (Spanish language interpretation available.)

The WDC Historical Committee.  Why Bother? – Dale Schrag –  The WDC Resource Commission is in the process of re-starting/re-invigorating the work of the WDC Historical Committee.  Is that a good idea?  Why or why not?  The committee members have their own ideas about how to answer this question, but they are especially interested in your ideas.  This is your chance to help shape the direction/agenda of this committee.  Dale Schrag, a member of the newly-constituted committee, will serve as moderator of the conversation.   (Spanish language interpretation available.)

Stewardship in Community – Mitch Stutzman – Everence Stewardship Consultant Mitch Stutzman will lead us through the topic of stewardship which can be a hard enough subject for us to approach as individuals.  But how do we begin to extend that conversation to include others that are around us?  How do we frame our stewardship conversations with our families or with our faith communities?  Join this seminar to explore ways to create conversations to further your community’s stewardship journey.  Conversations centered around three principles of holistic Christian stewardship that push us beyond, “What is person X doing?  And what is person Y doing?” and begin to think rather about what are WE doing to further stewardship values in our community?  (Spanish language interpretation available.)

Journey Forward:  Renewed Commitments with MC USA – Michael Danner & Heidi Regier Kreider – Michael Danner, Associate Executive Director for Church Vitality and Engagement, Mennonite Church USA and Heidi Regier Kreider, WDC Conference Minister, will offer updates and invite conversation about our MC USA 2-year visioning process, “Journey Forward”, as Mennonite followers of Jesus in the 21st century.  (Spanish language interpretation available.)


¡Una variedad de talleres se ofrecerán para jóvenes y adultos, que hablan a sus mentes, cuerpos y espíritus!

La Oración Centrada en Dios – Nathan Koontz y Melanie Zuercher – Nathan Koontz,  Pastor Asociado de la Primera Iglesia Menonita (First Mennonite Church) y la escritora Melanie Zuercher, guiarán a los participantes en un momento de Oración Centrada en Dios. Seguidamente habrá una breve conversación sobre la experiencia.

Orar con y a través del arte – Cathy Coon Bitikofer – En la oración y la contemplación intervienen nuestro espíritu activo y creativo, y la guía activa y creativa del Espíritu Santo. Exploraremos cómo entrar creativamente en las artes visuales puede ayudarnos a descubrir nuestra interacción con Dios, y  tal vez a crecer y a adquirir mayor visión.  Los participantes no tienen por qué considerarse “artistas” ellos mismos. Simplemente estar dispuestos a nuevas maneras de hablar y de escuchar a Dios.  (Interpretación en español disponible)

Detectives de la Divinidad – Carol Duerksen & amigos – Descubrir qué hay de nuevo en el currículo para la formación de la fe en los niños como Detectives nos lleva a iniciar una serie de entrevistas con Moisés, Rebeca, Jonás, Pedro, Tabita y otros!  Esta serie de 13 sesiones surgió de un seminario de fin de semana que Bryan Moyer Suderman dirigió el año pasado en Tabor Mennonite..  “Detectives” fue creado por Carol Duerksen, Susan Nafziger, y Aaron Ratzlaff, y ensayado  en Tabor Mennonite los miércoles por la noche en el invierno pasado. Estará disponible en internet por intermedio de WDC este otoño, así que entren y extráiganlo!

Discusión latina / latina con Bryan – Bryan Moyer Suderman – Tiempo de discusión para personas de iglesias hispanas menonitas con Bryan. (Solo para hispanohablantes)

Evangelismo, encuentro con otras religiones y el Evangelio – Jerry Truex – Como parte del Año del Evangelismo, Jerry Truex, erudito en Biblia y miembro de la Iglesia Menonita del Siervo (Mennonite Church of the Servant), ofrece una perspectiva sobre lo que significa “buenas noticias” en el contexto más amplio de la Biblia.  (Interpretación en español disponible)

El Comité Histórico de WDC. ¿Por qué molestarse? – Dale Schrag – La Comisión de Recursos de WDC está en el proceso de reiniciar / revitalizar el trabajo del Comité Histórico de WDC. ¿Es eso una buena idea? ¿Por qué o por qué no? Los miembros del comité tienen sus propias ideas sobre cómo responder a esta pregunta, pero están especialmente interesados en sus ideas. Esta es su oportunidad de ayudar a dar forma a la dirección / agenda de este comité. Dale Schrag, miembro del comité recién constituido, servirá como moderador de la conversación. (Interpretación en español disponible)

Mayordomía en Comunidad – Mitch Stutzman – El Consultor de Mayordomía de Everence, Mitch Stutzman nos guiará para tratar el tema de mayordomía, que puede ser un asunto por demás difícil de encarar individualmente. Pero ¿cómo empezar a  ampliar el grupo de  conversación incluyendo a otras personas de nuestro medio? ¿Cómo enmarcamos nuestras conversaciones sobre mayordomía con nuestras familias o con nuestras comunidades de fe? Uniéndonos a este seminario podremos explorar maneras de iniciar conversaciones y avanzar en el tema de la mayordomía en nuestra comunidad.  Las conversaciones  centradas en 3 principios de integridad cristiana de mayordomía nos ayudan a avanzar: ¿Qué es lo que hace Fulano? ¿Qué es lo que hace Mengano? Y ¿qué estamos haciendo NOSOTROS para elevar la importancia de la mayordomía en nuestra comunidad?  (Interpretación en español disponible)

El Viaje por Delante: Compromisos renovados con la IM USA, Michael Danner, & Heidi Regier Kreider – Michael Danner, Director Ejecutivo Asociado para Vitalidad y Compromiso de la Iglesia, Iglesia Menonita USA y Heidi Regier Kreider, Ministra de la Conferencia del Distrito Oeste ofrecerán actualizaciones e invitarán a conversar sobre nuestro proceso de visionar de 2 años para la IM USA,  El “Viaje por Delante” como seguidores Menonitas de Jesús en el siglo 21.  (Interpretación en español disponible)


Childcare and children’s activities will be provided for children age 0 – 10 (completed 5th grade).  The youth gathering at Assembly will be a time to get to know your fellow Western District Mennonite youth!  Activities will include indoor and outdoor games, chances to attend assembly workshops and speakers, and an opportunities to discuss faith and the assembly theme (Luke 24.32) with other youth.

Se atenderá y habrá actividades para niños desde 0 a 10 años (hasta 5º grado completo). ¡La reunión de jóvenes en la Asamblea será un tiempo para conocer a sus compañeros de la juventud Menonita del Distrito Oeste! Las actividades incluirán juegos en el interior y al aire libre, posibilidades de asistir a talleres de montaje y oradores, y una oportunidad para analizar la fe y el tema de la asamblea (Lucas 24.32) con otros jóvenes.


ENGLISH              ESPAÑOL


Option 1 –  HOMESTAY:  Request to be hosted in a local home, or indicate if you can host guests in your home.  (Guests and hosts will be matched by WDC.)

Option 2 – HOTEL:  Make your own reservation at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Newton, KS by calling 1-316-804-7040, ask for the “Mennonite Western District Conference” group rate ($99/night).  Group rate is available until July 6, 2018.

Opciòn 1 – HOSPEDJE EN UN HOGAR: Solicite ser instalado en un hogar local, o indique que usted puede hospedar a una persona en su hogar.  (Huéspedes & anfitriones serán combinados por WDC.)

Opción 2 – HOTEL: Haga su propia reserve en Holiday Inn Express & Suites en Newton, KS llamando al 1-316-804-7040, pregunte el costo para grupo de “Mennonite Western District Conference” ($99/noche).  La tarifa para grupo está disponible hasta el 6 de julio de 2018.


Read the Report Book here:  ENGLISH

Lean la Carpeta o Libro de Informes:  ESPAÑOL


Scholarship assistance is available to help persons with financial need to attend the WDC Annual Assembly.  To request a $40 scholarship, contact the WDC office:  wdc@mennowdc.org or 316-283-6300.  Scholarships available until funds depleted.

La asistencia de becas está disponible para ayudar a las personas con necesidades financieras a asistir a la Asamblea Anual de WDC. Para solicitar una beca de $ 40, comuníquese con la oficina de WDC: wdc@mennowdc.org o llame al 316-283-6300. Becas disponibles hasta que se agoten los fondos.


You may register and pay online here:   ONLINE REGISTRATION 

Or if you prefer not to register online, print this REGISTRATION FORM, fill it out and mail it with payment to:  WDC Annual Assembly, PO Box 306, North Newton KS  67117.  Please register by July 13.  Cancellations by July 13 may request a refund – small fee accessed.  No refunds given after July 13.

Puede registrarse y pagar en línea aquí:   REGISTRARSE EN LÍNEA

O si prefieren no inscribirse en línea, pueden imprimir el FORMULARIO DE INSCRIPCIÓN usando la copia abajo, llenarla y mandarla por correo incluyendo el pago a: WDC Annual Assembly, PO Box 306, North Newton KS  67117.  Por favor, inscríbanse antes del 13 de Julio. Las cancelaciones hechas el 13 de julio pueden requerir un reembolso –  pequeña cuota. No se otorgarán devoluciones después del 13 de julio.


All WDC churches are required to submit a Delegate List Form.  Submit the online form here: ONLINE ANNUAL ASSEMBLY DELEGATE LIST FORM.

Or if you prefer not to make your submission online, print the DELEGATE LIST FORM, fill it out and mail it to:  WDC Credentials Committee, PO Box 306, North Newton KS  67117.  Please submit by July 13.

Las iglesias de WDC deben enviar un formulario de lista de delegados. Envíe el formulario en línea aquí:  FORMULARIO DE LISTA DE DELEGADOS DE LA ASAMBLEA ANUAL EN LINEA.

O si prefiere no hacer su presentación en línea, imprima el FORMULARIO DE LISTA DELEGADO, complételo y envíelo por correo a: Comité de Credenciales de WDC, PO Box 306, North Newton KS 67117. Envíe antes del 13 de julio.


Resolutions must be submitted a minimum of 120 days prior to Annual Assembly (in 2018, that date is March 29).  Send to:  WDC Executive Board, PO Box 306, North Newton KS  67117

Las resoluciones deben presentarse un mínimo de 120 días antes de la Asamblea anual (en 2018, esa fecha es el 29 de marzo). Enviar a: Junta Ejecutiva de WDC, PO Box 306, North Newton KS 67117



Saturday, October 28, 2017 (8:45 am – 2:30 pm)
WDC Office, 2517 North Main St, North Newton, KS 

Members of WDC elected leadership groups (Executive Board, Gifts Discernment Committee, Church Planting Commission, Ministerial Leadership Commission, Resource Commission, and Stewardship Commission) are invited to attend the WDC Reference Council.  (Note:  In contrast to recent years’ theme-focused Reference Council gatherings open to all interested WDC members, the focus of this Reference Council is just for the elected leadership groups and staff.)

The session will begin with check-in and beverages at 8:45 and a mid-morning snack and lunch will be provided.

This Reference Council will focus on building relationships, equipping and collaborating for ministry, and planning for the year to come in light of what our vision and mission calls us to.

You are encouraged to attend in person.  We also realize that travel time and expense makes this difficult for some members.  Please contact WDC if you need additional assistance with these arrangements.  We are also planning to provide “Zoom” video-conference connections for at least one of the plenary sessions, though this will not be feasible for small-group breakout and interactive sessions during the day.

RSVP by October 25 to:  wdc@mennowdc.org or 316-283-6300



August 4-6, 2017
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Arlington DFW South
1507 North Watson Rd
Arlington TX

“Rooted and Built Up in Christ”
Colossians 2:6-7





Press release:  At the Annual Assembly of the Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA, August 4-6 in Arlington, TX, conference delegates received a statement by the WDC Executive Board opposing Texas Senate Bill 4.   Set to take effect September 1, Senate Bill 4 bans local law enforcement agencies from adopting “patterns or practices” that limit cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The WDC Executive Board statement lists specific reasons for opposing SB4, based on the belief that the Gospel calls for social justice. The statement concludes, “The Executive Board of the Western District Conference of the Mennonite Church USA laments the passage of this law characterized by rejection, discrimination, and racial profiling and urges that this law be rescinded.  Furthermore, we urge the Western District Conference, the Mennonite Church USA, and all faith communities to stand in solidarity with our Hispanic-Latino/a brothers and sisters and with other people of color in the rejection of this law and the mindset which has created it.”

The full statement is HERE.  For more information contact Western District Conference at wdc@mennowdc.org or 316-283-6300.

Comunicado de prensa: En la Asamblea Anual de la Conferencia del Distrito Oeste de la Iglesia Menonita de EE.UU., del 4 al 6 de agosto en Arlington, TX, los delegados de la conferencia recibieron una declaración de la Junta Ejecutiva del WDC oponiéndose al Proyecto de Ley del Senado de Texas. El proyecto de ley 4 prohíbe a las agencias locales de aplicación de la ley adoptar “patrones o prácticas” que limiten la cooperación con el Servicio de Inmigración y Aduanas de los Estados Unidos.

La declaración de la Junta Ejecutiva del CMD enumera razones específicas para oponerse a SB4, basada en la creencia de que el Evangelio requiere justicia social.  La declaración concluye: “El Consejo Ejecutivo de la Conferencia del Distrito Oeste de la Iglesia Menonita de los Estados Unidos lamenta la aprobación de esta ley caracterizada por el rechazo, la discriminación y el perfil racial, e insta a que esta ley sea rescindida. Además, instamos a la Conferencia del Distrito Occidental, a la Iglesia Menonita de EE.UU. ya todas las comunidades de fe a que se solidaricen con nuestros hermanos y hermanas hispano-latinos y con otras personas de color en el rechazo de esta ley y la mentalidad que ha creado eso.”

La declaración completa está AQUÍ. Para más información comuníquese con Western District Conference al wdc@mennowdc.org o al 316-283-6300.


10 Reasons Why Attending Western District Conference Mattered to Me
by Dorothy Nickel Friesen

Delegate agenda & proposed actions

Orden del día de los delegados y acciones propuestas

Ballot       Balota

2016/17 Financial Report      Informe Financiero 2016/17

2018 Proposed Budget                2018 Presupuesto Propuesto

Workshops          Talleres


DELEGATES/VOTING/FLOOR PRIVILEGES:  Congregational representation at Delegate Assembly shall be by delegates selected and certified by their congregation.  Each congregation is entitled to one vote at Delegate Assembly for every thirty members or any fraction thereof.  No congregation may cast more votes at Delegate Assembly than it is entitled to on the basis of its membership.  The right to vote is restricted to delegates, who may carry more than one vote.  A congregation’s votes cannot be carried by delegates of another congregation.  Floor privileges are granted to all WDC delegates.  At the moderator’s discretion, floor privileges may be extended to other persons attending Delegate Assembly.



October 22, 2016 (9 am – 3 pm)
Iglesia Luz del Evangelio,
1524 Dowdy Ferry Rd.
Dallas Texas

“Held Together in Mission: 
Being Church in the Urban context”

  • Scripture reflections by Lois Barrett, Professor of Theology and Anabaptist Studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
  • Storytelling from urban congregations in WDC.
  • Table conversation:  How do you define ‘urban?’ How is your congregation and WDC impacted by urban realities? Where is God at work in the city? What is your vision for the urban church? What gifts do urban congregations offer to WDC and the wider church? How can urban and rural congregations learn from each other as partners in God’s mission
  • Lunch included, with freewill contribution encouraged help cover expenses



July 29-30, 2016
at Bethel College, North Newton, KS
(Bethel College campus map)

“Held Together in Mission”
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.  Matthew 28:19a



Proposed Change to Bylaw 5 of the WDC Constitution




Concluding event at Annual Assembly
Open to the public – free admission – donations welcome!
Read musician bio’s here!

  • Krehbiel Auditorium
    7-7:45 pm – Four Times Harder (bluegrass/folk)
    8-9 pm  – Book of JEBB (bluegrass/folk)
  • Prairie Skies Stage (outdoor)
    7-7:30 pm – Flannelbacks (bluegrass/folk)
    7:45-8:15 pm  – Venegas Duo (guitar & violin, classical, jazz & folk)
    8:30 – 9 pm  – Y2OK (folk rock mix)
  • Krehbiel Science Center Foyer
    7-8:15 pm – Tom Szambecki (jazz piano and combo)
    8:30-9 pm  – Judith Mace (harp)
  • Mantz Library Lounge
    7-7:30 pm – Melissa & Bob Atchison (old time folk duo)
    7:45-8:15 pm – Dave Anderson (hammer dulcimer)
    8:30-9 pm – Rosewood Winds (woodwind trio)

DELEGATES/VOTING/FLOOR PRIVILEGES:  Congregational representation at Delegate Assembly shall be by delegates selected and certified by their congregation.  Each congregation is entitled to one vote at Delegate Assembly for every thirty members or any fraction thereof.  No congregation may cast more votes at Delegate Assembly than it is entitled to on the basis of its membership.  The right to vote is restricted to delegates, who may carry more than one vote.  A congregation’s votes cannot be carried by delegates of another congregation.  Floor privileges are granted to all WDC delegates.  At the moderator’s discretion, floor privileges may be extended to other persons attending Delegate Assembly.

RESOLUTIONS POLICY:  Resolutions must be submitted a minimum of 120 days prior to Annual Assembly (in 2016, that date is March 31).  Send to:  WDC Executive Board, PO Box 306, North Newton KS  67117



April 23, 9 am – 3 pm
at First Mennonite Church, 6714 West State Hwy 4, Beatrice, NE

“Held Together in Mission:
Being Church in the Rural Context”




October 30-31, 2015,
at Bethel College, North Newton, KS

“Held Together in Christ”
(based on Colossians 1:17)

The Annual Assembly provided rich opportunities for fellowship and for discerning together where God’s Spirit directs us now and for the future. Among other business, delegates acted on the RESOLUTION / ESPAÑOL RESOLUCIÓN that was presented by Rainbow Mennonite Church at the 2014 Assembly and has been processed by the Discernment Task Force since then.

Post Annual Assembly Letter from Conference Minister and Moderator

Publicar Carta Asamblea Anual del Ministro Conferencia y Moderador

Glimpses from Annual Assembly 2015.

Assembly Minutes / Approved 2016 Budget / Election Results / Certified Delegates

Acta de la Asamblea / Aprobado 2016 Presupuesto Resultados / Elecciones / Delegados Certificados

Actions taken at WDC Delegate Assembly, October 31, 2015:

  1. Delegates approved by a 72% vote the resolution from Rainbow Mennonite Church. 185 delegates voted yes, with 30 of these noting that they oppose same-sex relationships. 72 voted no, with four of these noting they affirm same-sex relationships.   The resolution is as follows:

Be it resolved that the Western District Conference of the Mennonite Church USA, out of respect for the responsibility and commitment “to seek to understand and interpret Scripture in harmony with Jesus Christ as we are led by the Holy Spirit in the church,” upholds the right of individual congregations to discern how homosexuality will be subject to Biblical interpretation, and

Be it further resolved that pastors, with the affirmation of their congregations, consistent with Mennonite polity, and without fear of censure, may officiate or refuse to officiate ceremonies that consecrate before God monogamous, life-long unions, regardless of the sexual orientation of those being united.

  1. Persons were elected to serve in WDC positions (some are new to these positions and some are continuing):

Executive Board – Norma Duerksen, Kristen Swartley

Gifts Discernment Committee – Ryan Koch, Jane McNair

Ministerial Leadership Commission – Peter Goerzen, Brad Roth

Resource Commission – Katherine Goerzen, Ann Hiebert

Stewardship Commission – Leanna Ediger, Stephen Hochstetler

Church Planting Commission – Veronica Robles, Lee Suderman

  1. A budget of $577,050 for 2016 was approved. This includes funding for the new Church Planting Commission, and continuing staff support for church planting, congregational resourcing, and the resource library.


The Mennonite: WDC approves “Rainbow resolution”

Mennonite World Review: WDC: Same-sex marriage won’t bring censure


Preguntas más frecuentes Carta de Presentación

Resolución Preguntas más frecuentes




English Poster          Cartel Español

REPORT BOOK:  Read it here!   ENGLISH             ESPAÑOL


RESOLUTIONS POLICY:  Resolutions must be submitted a minimum of 120 days prior to Annual Assembly (in 2015, that date is June 30).  Send to:  WDC Executive Board, PO Box 306, North Newton KS  67117



Western District Conference (WDC) sponsored an Anabaptist Faith Formation Launch June 12-13 on the Bethel College campus in North Newton, KS.  The launch included times for worship and breakout sessions, where 14 different workshops were offered.

This event kicked off a focus on faith formation in WDC congregations. “Faith formation”,  says Katherine Goerzen, chair of the planning committee, “is an integral part of the church’s calling to equip the saints for the work of ministry.  We hope this launch will provide practical, meaningful ways for congregations to build on the good faith formation already taking place.”

The Anabaptist Faith Formation Network’s website was launched during this event:  http://www.anabaptistfaithformation.org/


  • What does Group Spiritual Formation have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation? (Karen Andres)
  • What does Technology and Social Media have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation? (Andy Brubacher Kaethler)
  • What does a Labyrinth have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation? (Gerry Epp and Annali Murray)
  • What do Youth and Young Adults have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation? (Rachel S. Gerber)
  • What does the Bible have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation? (Peter Goerzen)
  • What does Silence have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation? (Mary Herr)
  • What does the Work Week and Daily Life have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation?  (Jim Jantzen)
  • What does Aging in the Spirit have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation?  (Eric Massanari)
  • Resources for Faith Formation (MennoMedia and Jennie Wintermote)
  • What does Teaching Preparation have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation? (Rachel Miller Jacobs)
  • What do Children and Families have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation? (Shana Peachey Boshart)
  • What do the Arts have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation? (Laverle Schrag)
  • What does Music have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation?  (WDC Music & Worship Task Force)
  • What does Justice have to do with Anabaptist Faith Formation?

For more information, contact Katherine Goerzen (katherine@complete.org).




The Western District Reference Council met on April 11 at Hope Mennonite Church, Wichita, KS. This gathering was an opportunity to hear the latest developments from Mennonite Church USA and continue ongoing discernment regarding the RESOLUTION from Rainbow Mennonite Church that will come before our Western District delegate assembly in October. The resolution deals with pastors performing same-sex unions.



Table Response Sheets (3)

November 15, 2014 Reference Council Report

November 15, 2014 Reference Council Summary


FALL 2014

Reference Council Introductory Comments by Richard Gehring

Rainbow Introductory Letter and Resolution

Rainbow Resolution Background by Richard Gehring

Discernment Task Force Survey Report

Hispanic Pastors Declaration

Interpretative Comments by Jim Schrag

Report to Reference Council by Jim Schrag

Power Point Report to Reference Council by Jim Schrag

Comments by Patty Shelly

Reference Council Handouts

Themes Bubble up from WDC’s uncertainties on sexuality, governance, by Laurie Oswald Robinson

Reference Council was held on Saturday, November 15, from 9 am to 3 pm at Eden Mennonite Church, 401 18th Ave, Moundridge, KS.  Agenda included the release of the full report of the 20 question Discernment Task Force survey.

The Discernment Task Force of Western District Conference (WDC) is delighted with the strong participation in the twenty-statement online survey regarding human sexuality, polity, Membership Guidelines, Confession of Faith, and Scripture. There were 1,700 surveys returned, with 700 of those coming in during the last week in August. Comments from participants generated 500 pages of personal perspectives to sort through and categorize.

The WDC Executive Board appointed the Discernment Task Force to guide a year-long conversation across Western District Conference in response to a resolution brought by Rainbow Mennonite Church, Kansas City, in 2014. The resolution asks WDC to allow pastors and congregations “to officiate or refuse to officiate ceremonies that consecrate before God monogamous, life-long unions, regardless of the sexual orientation of those being united.” See http://mennowdc.org/conference-life/annual-assembly/#2014 for the full text of the resolution and its introduction at Assembly 2014 in Waxahachie.

Jim Schrag, Task Force chair reflected, “As our discernment moves forward, the first question appears to be, not whether WDC will maintain a basic polity of congregationalism, but rather what kind of congregationalism will it be? What kind of covenants do WDC congregations need with each other? What can congregations decide on their own?”

The WDC Reference Council meeting at Eden Mennonite Church on November 15 focused on these questions after receiving a full report of responses to the survey.



“God With Us – Patient and Persistent”
JULY 4-6, 2014
5128 FM 66
Waxahachie TX  75167


Western District Conference asks that members of WDC congregations (age 9th grade and up) participate in a 20-question online survey. This is the first step in a conference-wide conversation responding to the Rainbow Mennonite Church resolution asking for greater latitude for churches and pastors to determine their pastoral response to persons in same sex relationships.  Your participation is vital.
Click HERE for the survey; it can be done in  Spanish or English.

Rainbow Mennonite Church Resolution
and Discernment Task Force at Assembly 2014

2014 Delegate Minutes, 2015 Budget, Election Results, Certified Delegates

A brisk telling of God’s grand story
(Brad Roth, pastor of the West Zion Mennonite Church, Moundridge, KS,
prepared this readers theater version of the Bible
for Western District Annual Assembly 2014
held in Waxahachie, TX, July 4-6.
Brad Roth, Judy Harder, and Rosie Jantz
read it in the Friday night service.)

Annual Assembly Report Book
(English)     (Spanish)

WDC Ballot

Church Planting Commission Proposal (English)  (Spanish)

Leadership Commission Name Change Proposal

Rainbow Mennonite Church Resolution (English)  (Spanish)
For discussion only, no action.

WDC Constitution & Bylaws
(with proposed changes)

Proposed 2015 WDC Budget
2015 Presupuesto

2013 Financial Report
2013 Informe Financiero

WDC Policy Regarding Resolutions for Delegate Discussion and Action 12/2012
Resolutions must be submitted by March 3, 2014 to the Executive Board.



AUGUST 2-3, 2013

Loren Johns Presentations:
Aug 2, 2013 Worship:  Shaped by God’s Story – The Bible and Anabaptist Interpretation
Aug 3, 2013- Morning Seminar:  Anabaptist Approaches to Scripture
Aug 3, 2013 – Afternoon Seminar:  Homosexuality and the Bible
Aug 3, 2013 – Worship:  Shaped by God’s Story: Work of the Discerning Community

Terry Shue Presentation:
Aug 3, 2013 Presentation at Delegate Assembly:  Mennonite Polity

Lois Barrett Workshop:
Mission of God and the Bible



JULY 6-8, 2012


English Report Book        Spanish Report Book


Eugene Thieszen’s sermon at WDC Annual Assembly – July 8, 2012
Chuck Neufeld’s sermon at WDC Annual Assembly – July 7, 2012

2012 WDC Annual Meeting Content:

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