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2016 Planting Seeds for Ministry Growth

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October 22, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hopewell UMC

Hopewell UMC's Planting Seeds for Ministry Growth

Your harvest will be plentiful if you’re sure to attend the annual Planting Seeds for Ministry Growth church leadership seminar at Hopewell UMC, 852 Hopewell Road, Downingtown, PA, on Saturday, Oct. 22, from about 11 AM till about 5 PM.

There are earlier times in the revised schedule:

  • 10:45am       Check-In opens for Early Workshops
  • 11:15pm       Early Extras Workshops
  • 12:15pm       Registration
  •  1:00pm        Welcome & Keynote Address
  •  2:00pm       Ministry Workshops & Leadership Training
  •  3:15pm     Refreshments & Fellowship
  •  4:00pm     Closing Worship Rally

Reggie-McNeal2 (1)This year’s theme is Kingdom Building. Come hear keynote speaker and workshop presenter Reggie McNeal, a compelling, highly regarded author and speaker on the church and its missional future. He will address “Why We Must Give Up Our Obsession with Fixing the Church–and What We Should Do Instead.”

Nothing short of a culture shift can bring the church into kingdom alignment, says McNeal. Leaders must intentionally and aggressively pursue three objectives in order to be successful in shifting from their church as an institution to their church as a movement. This workshop identifies these three strategic components and offers some practical help for leaders for implementing them.

McNeal will also teach on “Leading Church-as-Movement.” Additional workshops will be taught by:

woolvertonThe Rev. David Woolverton, a respected counselor and pastor of St. Paul’s UMC Elizabethtown, will teach on “Forgive and Remember: Discovering Forgiveness with Conflict.” As Christians, we place a lot of expectations onto forgiveness, he says. We expect it to heal relationships, restore intimacy, equalize power, confront prior iniquities and inequities, relinquish painful memories, and restore everything to what life was when we “liked it.”

This course will explore the intimate connection between forgiveness and grief within a Christian context of conflict in the church – providing practical guidelines for how we can lead through it. Woolverton is a doctoral candidate studying conflict management and founder of Crossroads Counseling Center.

loedelDr. Peter Loedel (PhD), a faculty member at West Chester University, will teach on “Divided Nation.” In this presidential election year, he tells us, our nation is especially acrimonious, and many Americans say they are disgusted with the political process. (Amen!) How can people of faith and character elevate the conversation, avoid the negative fray of public discourse, and steadfastly advance the vision of a government effectively promoting life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Loedel, Director of the Center for International Programs at WCU, is an expert in the field of international relations and comparative politics.

*We’ll also offer, new this year, two Early Extras Workshops* at 11:15 AM.

  • “Spirituality and Labyrinth Walking,” led by Hopewell Pastor Vicki Pry and
  • “Financial Peace and Stewardship,” using the Financial Peace University model, led by Simon Brain, Board President of the Bridge of Hope in Lancaster and Chester Counties, and Vice President of Finance & Administration for Amuneal Manufacturing Corporation

Find out more by downloading the new, revised flyer and share it with others.

But wait! There’s more!  CEUs are available: 0.5 CEUs for the main event with the Early Extras Workshops, or 0.4 CEUs for just the main event (from keynote address to closing worship rally).

Also! There will be an Advanced Course on Leadership for Christ Servant Ministers from Friday evening to Saturday morning, Oct. 21-22. Registration forms are available at www.christservantministries.net .   

How can we pack so much teaching and learning, praise and worship, feasting and fellowship into one exciting Saturday afternoon? Come and see. It’s so MUCH MORE than just a tremendous keynote speaker, powerful workshops, inspirational worship, and great fellowship!  It’s…it’s…it’s…Kingdom Building.

So skip the walk-ins line, and register in advance on Hopewell’s website: www.hopewellumc.org/planting-seeds-2016. For more information, contact Deb Boyd.


October 22, 2016
11:00 am - 5:00 pm


Hopewell UMC
852 Hopewell Road
Downingtown, PA, PA
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