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New book club begins with Transforming Community

The Eastern PA Conference’s Congregational Development Team has launched a new book club this fall, and its first title explores how churches can use Methodist traditions to pursue missional transformation…. Read more

Training disciples to share their faith through sacraments

Mount Zion UMC in Philadelphia hosted the Eastern PA Conference’s sixth Four Stations of the Holy Spirit training event July 20, extending a growing initiative to teach and embolden lay… Read more

4 Stations of the Holy Spirit comes to East District, July 20 (In English & Espanol)

Philadelphia and the East District will get their first Four Stations of the Holy Spirit bilingual lay evangelism training event on Saturday, July 20…

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

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…

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…

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…