Laughter, tears and truth-telling at SENT 2019
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 http://bit.ly/MDIQuestions.)
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 http://bit.ly/MMNSentNetwork.)
“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.”