November 7, 2018
From Our Interim Conference Pastor, Tim Burkholder
Welcome back Dan Miller
The time has come to welcome Dan Miller back who returned on November 1, 2018 from his recently completed sabbatical. While he was away Sharon Yoder and I have worked with the Conference Teams and the congregations in our mutual work that is “conference.” During this time, we were saddened by the transfer of True Vine Tabernacle and Yellow Creek Mennonite Church to LMC – a fellowship of Anabaptist churches, formerly known as Lancaster Mennonite Conference. We extend our blessing to them in their new relationship. At the same time, we were privileged to experience the leaders of our conference in supportive ways. With Renewing a Vision (RaV) and the recently adopted Case for Support, we have together laid a foundation for being a community of congregations centered on Jesus; guided by the Holy Spirit; acting through Grace, Love and Peace and engaging the world God loves.
As your interim leaders, we are encouraged by the kind of leadership our pastors are providing in our congregations. We have observed a healthy ebb and flow with some pastors retiring and relinquishing their leadership to others in respectful ways and with a good number of younger leaders entering into pastorates – the most recent being Mariah Martin installed at Bonneyville Mennonite Church.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve
I want to personally thank Sharon Yoder for her excellent work as Interim Conference Pastor for Leadership Transitions and I want to thank you, the constituency, for the trust you have extended in welcoming me into this interim work. I trust we have been an encouragement in each of the areas we served with each of those with whom we were able to work with in person. I am encouraged by the spirit of the many volunteers that help to make our conference work – Leadership Teams, Search Guides and Congregational Coaches to name a few.
I hold this time as a personal privilege and I continue to pray for a spirit of joy in the work of conference in mutual support of and with our congregations. May the communities served by the congregations that make up this conference be touched by the Kingdom work that we have committed to.