PSMC Church Planting Event

Birthing and Cultivating Peace Communities

April 18-20, 2024

Upland Peace Church, 379 N. Campus Ave., Upland CA 91785


A gathering of PSMC leaders invited to embrace the cultivation of communities of faith and peace as the means to transform the world. Communities shaped by the Reign of God are the preferred way God uses to witness change and transformation in the world. By its very existence, the church is God’s experimental new humanity to advance God’s redemptive purposes in the world. Peace communities incarnate Jesus’ presence by proclaiming the gospel; practicing compassion; empowering leaders and multiplying communities of faith.

We are pleased for the co-sponsorship of this event by Mennonite Mission Network and Everence who have contributed to the hosting of this event, along with resources that have been made available by PSMC through the Missional Task Group. Our goal is to have participation by every pastor/leader in the conference, and thanks to our co-sponsors, we hope to subsidize as much of the cost for participation as possible and have scholarships available so that no one is prevented from participating by reason of cost. 

Please note that there is no registration fee, and sponsors are covering several meals and the hotel accommodations.


Day 1 (Thursday, 18th ) – Worship and Connecting - 4:00pm -7:00pm. – MC: Nemi Chigoji
4:00 – 4:30pm - Registration
Gathering – 4:30
4:30 -5:00 - Welcoming and Orientation
5:00 -5:45pm - Worship and Proclamation: Speaker “Building Communities of Peace, Growing and sustaining Communities of Reconciliation, Peace, Healing and Hope: Why? How?” – Joe Sawatsky
5:45-6:15pm - Breakout Groups: Mingling – getting to know you/catching up
6:15pm - Dinner with Music
7:00pm - Dismissal
Day 2 (Friday, 19th) – Immersion – MC: Sara Gurule
Breakfast at your hotel
Gathering – 9:00am – 10:00am
- Worship and Proclamation: “The story of PSMC churches focusing on their beginning.” Stanley Green
- Breakout Groups: Recounting positive narratives on what brings us together.
Break – 10-10:15
10:15-12:00pm – Response – open Mic.: How God has called us to birth diverse peace communities.
Lunch – 12:00pm
2:00 - 3:30pm Workshops


- Creating systems of call for Peace Planters
- Cultivating Creative Communities
- Growing and Sustaining new communities
Mauricio Chenlo
Katerina Gea
David and Madeline 

Break - 3:30-4:00pm

4:00-4:45pm-Stories/Testimonies with discussion following.
- Two testimonies of churches reaching for new life and vitality: Blended congregations (Upland Peace Church – Nemi Chigoji); Revitalization of a Congregation (Jonathan Landis, First Mennonite San Diego).

Break - 4:45-5:00pm 

6:00 – Bedtime - Open evening – Dinner at venue of your choice

Day 3 (Saturday, 20th) – Deploying – MC: Mauricio Chenlo
Breakfast at hotel
Gathering – 9:00am – 10:00am - Invitation and Challenge
- Proclamation: “Incarnating the Body of Christ – Building Communities of Peace, Justice and the
Good News of God’s Reign” – Sibonokuhle Ncube
Break - 10:00-10:15
10:15-11:45 - Breakout Groups and Plenary - Imagining a desired future for sending peace church planters – Mauricio Chenlo leading
11:45- 12:00 -Closing – by noon.

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