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Conferring Together

December 8, 2014

As area church and conference ministers, we gather each year for worship and work. For worship we used the Advent theme, “Oh. that you would reveal your mystery” from Leader magazine’s Advent worship materials. Several conferences/area churches shared materials and practices they have initiated in their area to care for pastors.

It is a privilege to work alongside such committed people who love Jesus and the church. As in many areas of church, there are crucial conversations taking place. With the challenges and changes there is possibility some people will be gone when we meet in a year.

In recent IMG_20141205_145635years Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA have been using “six core competencies” to think about pastoral credentialing and ongoing growth. These six competencies are:

Biblical Story

Anabaptist/Mennonite story, theology, convictions

Christian Spirituality/Discipleship

Self-awareness and Emotional Health

Contextual Awareness and Missional Engagement


In this picture, table groups take turns offering response to revisions meant to better reflect missional understandings in each area.