WDC Executive Board Highlights

At its meeting on August 25, 2022, the WDC Executive Board:

  1. Received and approved the annual independent Audit report from Knudsen Monroe & Company LLC. It was a clean report.
  2. Approved a sabbatical leave for Kathy Neufeld Dunn, Associate Conference Minister (Kansas-based) from November 14 – December 31, 2022.
  3. Approved an interim assistant moderator for 2022-2023 – Lee Lever has agreed to serve in the absence of a Moderator-Elect this year.
  4. Developed a process to review 2022 Assembly delegate table conversation notes and share feedback with the delegates.
  5. Appointed Lois Barrett, Delon Martens and Heidi Regier Kreider as WDC representatives to the Mennonite Church USA Constituent Leaders Council for 2022-2023.
  6. Heard an Institutional Report from Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS). Cleo Koop reported on the new cabinet shop in Goessel, KS, and Wanda Knight reported on a learning and service trip to south Texas. Following Kansas MDS bylaw changes that require only one representative from WDC on their board, Cleo will remain WDC’s representative on the Kansas MDS Board and Wanda Knight will serve as an at-large member.
  7. Accepted Tabor Mennonite Church’s invitation to host WDC Assembly 2023, August 11-13.

At its meeting on June 11, 2022, the WDC Executive Board:

  • Reviewed plans and agenda for Annual Assembly, July 29-31, 2022, at Camp Copass near Denton, TX, with a reminder for congregations to appoint delegates to assembly soon. 
  • Approved special offerings at Annual Assembly for assembly expenses and for church planting; undesignated gifts will go first to Assembly expenses until they are met.
  • Reviewed membership application materials from Iglesia Menonita Aposento Alto (WDC church plant in Wichita, KS), and approved a motion to bring a recommendation to delegates at WDC Annual Assembly to receive Aposento Alto into membership in WDC.
  • Received an update from the Anti-Racism Audit Team, and its plans to interview BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) leaders in WDC.  

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.

WDC Review of Culture and Responsibilities Summary Report

In September 2018 the WDC Executive Board directed WDC leadership to conduct an internal review of WDC Culture and Responsibilities — to learn from the experience of processing ministerial misconduct and sexual abuse responses and to understand and strengthen WDC’s accountability and ministry practices. This review focused on how WDC engages with credentialed ministers as well as congregations and their leaders when responding to complex challenges and crises and how this is shaped by WDC practices, polity and programs and by expectations, support and accountability for WDC conference ministry staff.   A summary report from the review was completed in June 2020 and is posted HERE.  Questions or comments may be directed to Heidi Regier Kreider, Conference Minister.