Category Archives: Church-Planting

True greatness

     by Byron Pellecer, Associate Conference Minister (Texas-Based) While visiting and worshiping at a local Mennonite church in the Houston area, I was deeply moved by a young boy’s attitude and service, who I will call Carlitos. At first glance, … Continue reading

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Lord, who are you?

    by Byron Pellecer, Associate Conference Minister (Texas-Based) I found myself reading and meditating on Acts 9:1-20 where Saul’s conversion experience is disclosed. So far, he has been persecuting the young church, however, everything is about to change! This text … Continue reading

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Go, Be a Disciple Maker!

     by Byron Pellecer, Associate Conference Minister (Texas-based) As I begin to visit and engage in conversations with our Western District Conference congregations and their pastors, discipleship and missions are the two themes, among many other, that had been predominant … Continue reading

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Find Jesus and join him

     by Byron Pellecer, Associate Conference Minister (Texas-based) As we read about Jesus in any of the gospels, we find that there are three things that Jesus constantly did during his ministry: he connected with his community, he taught the … Continue reading

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Completing the Circuit

by Howard Garver, WDC Associate Conference Minister Western District Conference has a long history of church planting.  As with any good story, there is a plot, protagonists and lessons to be learned.  There is much that can be celebrated and … Continue reading

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What If…

by Howard Garver, WDC Associate Conference Minister What if 100 new churches were begun over a 10 year period, more than doubling the number of churches in WDC?  Would they be north – Kansas and Nebraska?  Or would they be … Continue reading

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Hopes

by Howard Garver, WDC Associate Conference Minister, Director of Church Planting, Director of Hispanic Ministry Hope: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen Feeling of expectation. Desire for things to happen. Our shared human experience. … Continue reading

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What size is the right size of a church?

by Gilberto Flores, WDC Associate Conference Minister In Mathew 18:20 Jesus said, “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them,” (NIV). As we know, the context of this verse is about relationship. Jesus … Continue reading

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A Catalyst Retreat for Church Planting – Dec. 12-13, 2014

“A Catalyst Retreat for Church Planting” is being planned for December 12-13, at the Cross Wind Conference Center, Hesston, KS. Friday, December 12, will be for church planters and potential church planters and spouses. Saturday, December 13, will expand to … Continue reading

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Do We Focus on Church Rather Than Mission?

by Gilberto Flores, WDC Associate Conference Minister In my last article I mentioned that a congregation has to be inspired to take the risk to move from a self-centered focus to a mission-oriented imagination. I suggested the need of a … Continue reading

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