Alex Dye, associate pastor at Oak Grove Mennonite Church in West Liberty, addresses the SENT 2019 gathering in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Karla Minter.

By Travis Duerksen
Mennonite Mission Network

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado — More than 80 church leaders from across the country came together for SENT 2019 at Beloved Community Mennonite Church on April 26-28 in Englewood, Colorado.

The SENT conference, now in its fourth year, is a peace church conference hosted by Mennonite Mission Network that helps connect, inspire, and equip church leaders to seed new churches, as well as reinvigorate legacy congregations.

Alex Dye, associate pastor of Oak Grove Mennonite Church in West Liberty, was an active participant at SENT 2019. He addressed the entire conference, describing the missional work happening at Oak Grove. He also related stories about the Missional Discipleship Initiative (MDI) to a group interested in learning more about MDI. A number of Ohio Conference congregations are currently participating in MDI. (To learn more about MDI, see

The weekend conference  also included blues-influenced worship, small group seminars, and an introduction to the SENT Network, a six-month education course for church planters that will be released in the fall. (To learn more about the SENT Network, see

“It’s good to see that Mennonite Church USA, through Mennonite Mission Network is taking seriously the call to plant churches,” said Clyde Kratz, executive conference minister for Virginia Mennonite conference. “[The Church’s] future is bright. And that brightness comes from planting these first-generation churches, and supporting them.”

More than 80 people participated in Mennonite Mission Network’s SENT 2019 peace church conference in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Travis Duerksen.