Notes to Pastors
Atlantic Coast Conference
May 1, 2014

Dear Pastors and Church Leaders,

Thank you for the leadership role you carry as an ACC pastor. From time to time you will receive the Notes to Pastors column.  Some items listed here are specifically for pastors, while other items may apply to additional ministry leaders in your congregation. Please pass along these items as appropriate.

Blessings as we serve together,
Brook Musselman
Atlantic Coast Conference Coordinator

Upcoming Conference Minister absences


Warren Tyson will be out of the office the week of May 5-9 on a trip to Kenya and Merv Stoltzfus will be out May 12-15 at the Youth Ministry Council. If you need to contact someone from ACC, contact the Conference Moderator, John Denlinger (, 717.509.4459 x706) or Conference Coordinator, Brook Musselman (, 717-394-8107).



Convention in Kansas City


Are you getting ready for the 2015 convention in Kansas City, from June 30-July 5? If you've got questions about what convention is all about, and how it will interface with the Mennonite World Conference Assembly Gathered, check out this helpful list of frequently asked questions and answers.



Congregational Facilitation Available


Nancy Sauder from the Neffsville Congregation and Julie Dunst of Zion Mennonte are part of ACC's Facilitation Team and are available to facilitate congregational discussions in preparation for the Frazer Mennonite membership vote at the Fall Assembly. Nancy has worked in mediation and facilitation for more than 20 years and Julie holds a master's degree in conflict studies from EMU in addition to her experience as a mediator. If you would like help in discerning this need or to schedule a session, contact Nancy (, 717-569-1567) or Julie (,  484-955-4059).


2014 ACC Directory


Copies of the 2014 ACC Directory are still available to conference leaders, churches and affiliated ministries. Contact Brook Musselman at to request a copy. 


Safe Church 5-Day Intensive


On June 9 - 13, Lancaster Theological Seminary will offer a week-long intensive training for church leaders on implementing the Safe Church process for the protection of children and youth from sexual abuse. The cost for 30 hours of training is $650 per person including lunches and an additional $275 fee for campus lodging. Register by May 15 at


 Please see the attached flyer for more information.



Non-Anxious Leadership Seminar Report


Last month, Philhaven provided an event on Non-Anxious Leadership Presence as part of their Pastor Wellness Program. Michelle Dula, Associate Pastor at Akron Mennonite Church, was among the attendees and shares her experience in the attached Non-Anxious Leadership report.


Form the Dorm!


 On Friday, May 16, Lancaster Mennonite School will be hosting a fundraising event for a new dorm building. International Food and entertainment will be offered from 5:00 to 7:30 pm in Alumni Dining Hall. Please see the below flyer for more information.




Jessica Crawford: speaker, musician, missionary


 Jessica Crawford, of Bridgwater, Virginia, will be the speaker for this Fall's Mennonite Women Dinner on October 24 and will speak at Neffsville the following Sunday morning. Jessica will be available for further speaking engagments in the week leading up to these two events. Inquiries can be sent directly to Jessica at (540) 246-2344 or



Shine, a new Sunday School Curriculum Meeting


Tuesday, May 20, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Lancaster Mennonite Conference Center, 2160 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, Pa. 17602 
An Introduction to Shine, a new Sunday school curriculum for ages 3 to grade 8 from MennoMedia, this meeting is for Pastors, Christian Education Directors, Lay Ministers of Education/Nurture, Sunday School Superintendents, Christian Education Committees/Commissions. 



ACC Pastor Wellness Program (PWP): Spring Tips


The first two months of the new year have come and gone and your resolutions are a distant memory. Here are a few tricks and tips to help you get back on track to make this your best year yet!


Tips from your PWP


Available Training through your PWP:

Five Dysfunctions of a Team Training & Coaching Program
A Transformational Road Map to a High Performance Team

To truly transform your team's culture to high performance, research shows a comprehensive team-building process must follow a road map that builds knowledge alongside real world experience for sustainable change to happen. Real learning is a process not an event.
The Transformational Road Map

Training Workshops: 2 hour in-depth training workshops

Part 1. The Five Dysfunctions Model Overview and Debriefing the Team Assessment
Part 2. Building Trust
Part 3. Mastering Conflict
Part 4. Achieving Commitment
Part 5. Embracing Accountability
Part 6. Focusing on Results
Part 7. Follow-up

COACHING: 30 minute weekly call with the team leader to answer questions and help the team leader think through their team's challenges

Additionally, the Building Trust and Mastering Conflict Modules include facilitated staff meetings by our expert facilitator.

For more information or to begin to schedule this training series for your organization, please contact Marganne Hoffman at 717.279.2796 or


ADNet Training Opportunities


 The Anabaptist Disabilities Network is offering the following Educational Opportunities: 
Beyond the Ramp: Treat Me as a Member, Not a Mission. 
May 15, 2014.  Bill Gaventa, keynote speaker. Eight workshops in Portland Oregon.  Information at Interfaith Disabilities Network of Oregon website

Welcoming People with Disabilities in Faith Communities
A collaborative week-long intensive course offering by central Baptist Theology Seminary and University of Missouri-Kansas City  Institute for Human Development, June 9-14, Contact Steve Guinn:
Fifth Annual Summer Institute on Theology and Disability
"Caring Theologically and Thinking Pastorally: Disability as a Critical Question and Questioner. " June 16 - 20, 2014Dallas, Texas.
Register by June 2.   


Mennonite Church USA:  Discernment Group


In response to calls from across the church, Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA, and Sara Wenger Shenk, president of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind., convened a discernment group to continue healing and reconciliation work in the wake of John Howard Yoder's abuse of women and of ongoing questions about how the church responded to it. Read more about the work of the discernment group, find answers to FAQs, and access a list of resources to help prevent sexual abuse in your own congregation at



Values-Based Leadership Program: Laurelville Mennonite Church Center

Registration for the thirteenth class of the Values-based Leadership Program is open. The program is comprised of two sessions which are scheduled for October 28-30, 2014, and February 24-26, 2015, both taking place at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mount Pleasant, Pa.
You can register for the Values-based Leadership Program and learn more about scholarship opportunities at or by calling 800.839.1021. 

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