At its meeting on March 24, 2022, the WDC Executive Board:
- Received correspondence from Turpin Mennonite Church, stating that the congregation had voted on January 30, 2022, to withdraw from membership in WDC and Mennonite Church USA, and become independent as Turpin Mennonite Church. Their letter stated, “This comes after several years of discussion and prayer as we have watched the evolving changes in MCUSA. We believe the conference has left the Biblical foundations outlined in our constitution, so you have left us already.” (On behalf of the Executive Board, moderator Lois Barrett has responded to Turpin Mennonite Church, expressing sadness at their decision, and welcoming future participation by Turpin Mennonite Church or members of their congregation in particular projects and activities of WDC, even though they would not be members of WDC. According to the WDC constitution, a proposal to release Turpin Mennonite Church from membership in WDC will be on the delegate agenda for WDC Annual Assembly, with a formal notice of this to be sent to WDC congregations and delegates no later than 60 days prior to the assembly.)
- Reviewed membership application materials from Iglesia Cristiana Anabautista Casa de Paz, Guatemala City, Guatemala; and approved a motion to bring a recommendation to delegates at WDC Annual Assembly to receive Casa de Paz into membership in WDC.
- Discussed plans for delegate agenda at the WDC Annual Assembly, July 29-31, 2022 at Camp Copass, TX.
- Considered varied responses to the Pastoral Letter on Credentialing for LGBTQ Ministers in WDC that was sent to congregations and ministers in February.
- Confirmed appointees to the WDC anti-racism audit team: Vicki Penner (EB representative), Ben Woodward-Breckbill (EB representative), Michelle Armster, and Sandra Montes Martinez;
- Confirmed appointees to a Facilities Assessment Team: Delon Martens, June Krehbiel, Willmar Harder as Executive Board representatives, and Cleo Koop as Stewardship Commission representative; Heidi Regier Kreider, staff liaison.
- Received reports from Rosie Epp, WDC representative to the Mennonite Central Committee-Central States board; and from Joan Entz, WDC representative to the Camp Mennoscah Board.
- Confirmed Magdalena Wenger from First Mennonite Church/Hutchinson, KS to be a WDC youth delegate to the special delegate assembly of MC USA in May 2022; another youth delegate is still being confirmed; they will join WDC adult delegates announced earlier: Heidi Regier Kreider, Kathy Neufeld Dunn, Sandra Montes-Martinez, Lois Barrett, June Krehbiel, Lee Lever, Delon Martens, and Jim Stucky.
At its meeting on January 22, 2022, the WDC Executive Board:
- Affirmed a new Strategic Plan recently adopted by the Church Planting Commission, to plant churches and empower Anabaptist church planters, foster relationships with emerging Anabaptist/Mennonite groups, strengthen partnerships and communication with WDC congregations, and encourage all congregations to seek opportunities for church planting in their own contexts.
- Approved the appointment of a team to do an internal anti-racism audit of WDC’s structure, programs and policies, in order to determine next steps in our ongoing work toward greater racial justice and equity. (This follows last year’s engagement by members of the Executive Board, Ministerial Leadership Commission and Staff in anti-racism training and the Intercultural Development Inventory)
- Received a report from Diana Schunn and Sharon Nance, two of WDC’s representatives to the Bethel College Board of Directors.
- Approved the appointment of a Facilities Assessment Task Force, to consider WDC’s long term facilities needs and priorities in light of our conference mission and core tasks.
- Decided to sponsor a Zoom forum in March to help equip WDC congregational delegates and leaders to prepare for the special session of Mennonite Church USA Delegate Assembly in May 2022.