In January 2016, Lancaster Mennonite Conference (LMC) staff, Church on the Other Side coaches, Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) staff, and a representative from Flourish met to discuss church planting in the northeast corridor and beyond. In the weeks following, EMM and LMC appointed Gerry Keener and Brinton Rutherford to explore the emerging idea for Missional Pathways.
Gerry and Brinton met with conferences, individuals, leaders, and other church groups to gather suggestions, get a sense of the general interest level, and become aware of potential problems. They found overwhelming support for the Missional Pathways concept. Many offered resources, expertise, and counsel. Franklin Mennonite Conference and Atlantic Coast Mennonite Conference joined the discussion.
From these initial conversations, a group of persons volunteered to serve as a reference committee to help form and refine the Missional Pathways process and scope of activities.
Missional Pathways became active during the fall of 2016.