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Seminar plants vision of ‘Church as a Movement’

Seminar plants vision of ‘Church as a Movement’

“Kingdom Building,” and definitely not “Church Building,” was the theme of Hopewell UMC’s 13th annual Planting Seeds for Ministry Growth seminar, Oct. 22. Church visionary Reggie McNeal taught a packed… Read more

From near-death to life through ‘Vital Merger’

By the Rev. Gordon Hendrickson Coordinator of Congregational Development (Jesus) cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips… Read more

How to grow a Lifetree Café

How to grow a Lifetree Café

The four fertile Lifetree Cafés currently welcoming guests to enjoy food and fellowship in the Lancaster, Pa., area are poised for growth, and that takes training. Together they will sponsor… Read more

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Re-envisioning Congregational Development, Part 2

When we are spiritually ready to make disciples, we will need to do another fundamental shift in how we do ministry. Our world is changing so quickly…

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Re-envisioning Congregational Development

What is happening in growing new churches and redeveloping existing churches? A lot! I remember when I went to Annual Conference…

LifeTree Cafés bearing fruit in Western districts

LifeTree Cafés bearing fruit in Western districts

Congratulations and prayers for our two Lifetree Cafés that are bearing fruit in the Southwest and Northwest Districts. The Lititz Lifetree Café is a collaborative effort of UM churches in… Read more

Opening of the first Greater Lebanon Area LifeTree Cafe

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The West Lebanon, Annville Cleona ConneXion church group is pleased to announce that the first Lebanon area LifeTree Cafe will be opening on Tuesday, April 5,… Read more

Rev. Gordon Hendrickson, Rev. Christopher Kurien and Rev. Truman Brooks discuss their upcoming visit to East Africa

From Kenya to Tanzania

Mission connection may expand pastoral training Training Kenyan pastors–mostly non-denominational pastors who can’t attend seminary–has been a passion project for the Rev. Gordon Hendrickson for a decade. But now that… Read more

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3 events teach how to plant and grow churches

Many Eastern PA Conference church leaders are showing they are serious about developing congregations by their attendance at recent church-growth events. The hope now is that the seeds of their… Read more

Lifetree Café: A new ministry to reach millennials

Lifetree Café: A new ministry to reach millennials

Recently I attended my first Lifetree Café national conference in Denver, hosted by the parent company, Group Publishing. Ever since we brought the innovative founders, Thom and Joanie Schultz, to… Read more