Full Circle Project is a ministry of Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference - a diverse community of Mennonite congregations across Arizona and California. Mennonites are a Christian faith group with origins in the Radical Reformation movement of the 16th century, and belonging to a wider Anabaptist tradition. Mennonite beliefs and practices vary widely, but following Jesus in daily life is a central value, along with peacemaking and non-violence.
Through Full Circle Project, we desire to share God’s love, justice, and peace with each other and with our local and
global neighbors. We invite others to collaborate with us in the ministry of healing, reconciliation and restoration.
The purpose of Full Circle Project is to:
- serve local and regional Anabaptist congregations for mission, including peace and justice concerns and new church development
- resource and develop church leaders and congregations for ministry through workshops and trainings
- assist congregations with their local emerging ministries
- connect people and congregations engaged in mission
- encourage and resource new communities of faith through fostering mentoring relationships and workshops
- explore possible resource relationships with various Anabaptist agencies that are working toward peace and justice and other missional projects.
Learn more at the Full Circle Project website.
Projects and events from the Full Circle Project
Baja Anabaptist Ministry Project
In March 2015, Pastor Max Villatoro of Iowa City, Iowa, was deported by US immigration authorities to his native Honduras. Now living in Baja, he has been nurturing three separate cell groups, meeting in homes. The Baja vision is to witness the development of a holistic, culturally relevant Anabaptist Christian faith community. The Baja project brings together evangelism, church planting, and social justice themes. The Villatoros hope to initially establish a viable congregation. They dream of the day when the ministry will expand to include a support center for deportees, a discipleship school providing (among other things) family counseling, and an elementary school.
Over the summer $5,000 was raised to assist the Villatoro family with their reunification in Baja. Thank you for your generosity! Please consider continuing to support their ministry with a monthly pledge.
To date, we have held two Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) trainings:
(1) a week-long STAR Level 1 Training at Mountain View Mennonite Church, Upland, CA (jointly sponsored by Anabaptist Resource Center, Mennonite Central Committee and ReconciliAsian), and
(2) a weekend STAR Foundations training in Oakland, CA.
Please contact us if you are interested in hosting a STAR training at your congregation/organization.
Dove's Nest Training
Full Circle Project helps bring Dove's Nest workshops on keeping children and youth safe from abuse to congregations and faith communities in Arizona and California. The workshops focus on Preparing Churches to Protect Children and Youth and Crafting and Implementing a Child and Youth Protection Policy.
The workshops are free for PSMC congregations.
Recent workshop - February 2, 2019 at Trinity Mennonite Church, Phoenix, AZ
To learn more about the trainings, please visit the Dove's Nest website.
Dismantling Doctrine of Discovery
We are partnering with the Dismantling Doctrine of Discovery (DDoD) Coalition to work towards justice in the treatment of indigenous peoples in the United States and around the world. For more information, visit dofdmenno.org.
Sarah Augustine from DDoD recently presented several workshops in Southern California PSMC churches
February 15-17, 2019.
To donate to the work of Dismantling Doctrine of Discovery, please click on the ‘Donate’ button below. Donations are processed by Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference and placed in a special fund. Thank you for your support!
The Full Circle Project partners with West Coast Mennonite Central Committee to organize Immigration Workshops to resource our churches. Gloria James, the Immigration Program Coordinator for WCMCC, recently led a workshop at Full Circle Thrift especially designed for our Southern California immigrant churches on Immigration Law Under the New Administration.
We are currently in the process of planning future immigration workshops at different churches across the conference.
New Church Development
The Full Circle Project encourages and resources new Anabaptist communities of faith through fostering mentoring relationships and workshops.
In February 2019, FCP held a Forum for Latino Church Planting at Pasadena Mennonite Church. It was a day of brainstorming and strategizing with pastors and visiting mission leaders from Mennonite Mission Network.
The Baja Anabaptist Ministry Project was conceptualized from that day of brainstorming.
New Church Development Announcement:
An Anabaptist fellowship is starting in Kern County.
The first gathering will be a kickoff potluck. Please spread the word to Anabaptist friends in the Bakersfield / Kern County area.
Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 5pm.
3100 Emerald Arbor Street, Bakersifeld CA 93314 (661-332-0702)
Bring a potluck dish to share.
Beating Guns Event
On March 25, 2019 Full Circle Thrift Store hosted a stop on Shane Claiborne and Mike Martin's Beating Guns tour. The clothing racks were pushed aside to make space in the thrift store for Shane Claiborne to preach, lamenting gun violence. The crowd of over 100 was led outside to take turns at the blacksmith forge, transforming a donating rifle into a gardening tool.