This friendly group is the 2016-2017 Outreach and Service Committee of Central Plains Mennonite Conference when we met at the Annual Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa on June 17, 2016. Committee members present were (from left): Nick Stoddard-Detweiler (with Eli), Freeman, SD; Roger Farmer, Washington, IA (Chairperson); Kate Friesen, Sioux Falls, SD; Philip Friesen, Minneapolis, MN; Elisabeth Harder Schrock, Mountain Lake, MN; Chris Eisenbeis, Hurley, SD; Martha Hernandez, Washington, IA; and Jane Goering, Mountain Lake, MN; Dave Boshart, Wellman, IA serves half time as staff person for the committee but was not present for this picture.
The Outreach and Service Committee also equips the work of...
...Ramiro Hernandez, who serves as the Hispanic Ministries Coordinator of Central Plains Mennonite Conference. Ramiro builds bridges between Hispanic and Anglo congregations and helps Central Plains congregations reach out to Hispanic folks in their communities.
...the Church Planting Strategy Team, a task group of the Outreach & Service Committee.
The purpose of the Church Planting Strategy Team is to:
- receive, evaluate and assist in the development of proposals for the development of new congregations;
- recommend formal relationships between developing congregations and Central Plains Mennonite Conference upon full proposal development;
- provide structures of support and accountability for church planters; and
- plan for learning community experiences for those involved in the development of missional Mennonite congregations of many cultures as an essential part of the mission of Central Plains Mennonite Conference.
...the Peace and Justice Task Group, the purpose of this group is to raise awareness of peace and justice issues among Central Plains congregations and in the broader conference and empower and encourage congregations to take meaningful, prayer-filled action on these issues.