Category Archives: Church-Planting

Are You the One?

     by Byron Pellecer, Associate Conference Minister (Texas-Based) Contrary to the idea that the “Church” is vanishing, I believe that evangelism plays a key role in church planting and church growth, they both contribute to the revitalization of the church. … Continue reading

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It all starts with a prayer…

     by Byron Pellecer, Associate Conference Minister, Texas-Based What is the first thing you do when you plant a church? Allow me to share a quick snapshot about church planting in relation to the personal and factual questions at hand. … Continue reading

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It is risky business…

     by Byron Pellecer, Associate Conference Minister (Texas-based) Sometimes, it seems like the more sophisticated and scientifically advanced we become, the less we believe that God is at work through demonstrations of power, love and grace, and to top it … Continue reading

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The Cross… Hope and Challenge

     by Byron Pellecer, Associate Conference Minister (Texas-Based) It is in the midst of the turbulent times that we live in, filled with violence, darkness and sentiments of racism and racial profiling, just to name a few, that I found … Continue reading

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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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