Pastors and other congregational leaders gathered at Laurelville Retreat Center on April 25-28 for the Allegheny Mennonite Conference Spring Study. Tom Yoder Neufeld taught the course on the book of Ephesians using the theme: Christ in His Body: Costly, Precious, and Precarious Unity in the Making.
Fourteen persons spent this time in study, worship, and fellowship together, enjoying daily devotionals, good conversations, and delicious food prepared by Denise Spory. It was a time of enrichment and encouragement along with deep discussion.
The course summary stated: “We will see that Ephesians carries profound wisdom and encouragement to bring the gospel of peace to bear on relationships closest to home. We will let this grand letter disturb, instruct, and encourage us as pastors and leaders, all the while keeping our own experiences, challenges, and contexts before our eyes.”
Thomas R. Yoder Neufeld is a frequent speaker in seminar and conference settings in North America and many other countries and has published numerous articles and books including the Believers Church Bible Commentary (2002) on Ephesians. He is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies (New Testament), having taught at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo from 1983-2012. He currently serves his local congregation, First Mennonite Church in Kitchener, as a teacher, preacher, and song leader.