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Conference offers bilingual Four Stations of the Holy Spirit training

The Rev. Gordon Hendrickson has found a new, willing and able partner in his crusade to get more lay people to: 1) pray one-on-one with others; 2) anoint others with… Read more

Laity learn to share gift of Holy Spirit through sacraments

Ironically, while two groups in the Eastern PA Conference were considering The United Methodist Church’s future—and the work of its Way Forward Commission—on Jan. 27, another group was trying to… Read more

2018-19 Local Pastor Licensing School Application

Register now if you are interested in Pastoral Ministry as: A certified and licensed Local Pastor A Growing Church Licensing School Pastor Come to a Licensing School sponsored by the… Read more

Four Stations of the Holy Spirit begin with prayer

There is little if anything new under the sun, a saying that’s true about the church and discipleship.  We constantly go back to the Church of Acts…  Read more

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…  Read more

New Lifetree Cafés being planted in Eastern PA

The Eastern PA Conference will soon celebrate the planting of a fourth Lifetree Café, this one by St. John’s UMC Ivyland; and the opening night’s video and discussion will focus… Read more

Elim: A new Latino faith community birthed in Coatesville

As it celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, Olivet UMC in Coatesville is once again a cradle welcoming a new birth. A small group gathered there on Monday, May 1,… Read more

Network! Network! Network!

Remember the old axiom about the three most important considerations for buying real estate? It’s “Location! Location! Location!” As Coordinator of Congregational Development…  Read more

Vital Church Mergers event may lead to rebirth for churches

The Rev. Gordon Hendrickson’s job title at the Eastern PA Conference is Coordinator of Congregational Development. But it might as well be Evangelist of Congregational Development, so ardent is his… Read more

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