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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…


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

The Eastern PA Conference Congregational Development Team (CDT) will help leaders learn to effectively use MissionInSite in four workshops, Oct. 5-6, led by renowned church growth strategist the Rev. Thomas Bandy.

Church leaders to learn strategic use of MissionInsite

Do you want to reach new people in your community? Do you want to design or improve ministry programs while managing opportunities and the stress of forging change? These are… Read more

Revs. Dave Lewis, Elena Ortiz and Gordon Hendrickson share growing-church wisdom

An invitation to join Growing-Church Covenant Groups

The Rev. Dave Lewis of New Hanover UMC has a mentoring model where he gathers individuals who want to covenant with him to meet monthly and talk about key strategies… Read more