Connectional Table meeting, Feb. 13, 2021
One Voice Becomes Many
Connectional Ministries comprises the wide variety of vital ministries active throughout the Eastern PA Conference. It links local churches and districts with the conference through resourcing, leadership, promotion and support. We United Methodists are a Connectional Church through our appointment of clergy, our shared responsibility for funding and staffing mission and ministry, our leadership development and deployment efforts, and our prayers and advocacy, through which one voice becomes many. In other words, we connect with one another through our supportive “prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.”
Our Connectional System at Work
We have many active ministry boards, committees, teams and commissions, all organized, led and resourced through our connectional system and aided by the conference’s Office of Connectional Ministries. The office encompasses ministry areas in which efforts are executed by staff: Communications, Congregational Development, Youth & Young Adult Ministries, Latino Ministries and Camp & Retreat Ministries. Other ministry areas depend primarily on boards, committees and teams of volunteers who are elected by the Annual Conference. They include Prison Ministries and Restorative Justice, Higher Education & Campus Ministry, Disaster Response, Older Adults, Religion & Race, etc.
Our Connectional Table
Our collaboration is guided and enhanced by the work of the Connectional Table, comprising representative leaders of the various ministry groups in the conference. The Connectional Table meets several times a year to further coordination, strategic planning, mission development and mutual support. We ask for your constant prayers and support for all these committed groups and leaders, as they strive to serve Christ and serve the church faithfully in ministry.
Most teenagers by Saturday are no doubt tired of looking, listening and talking to computer screens all week for school instruction and social interaction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, Eastern PA Conference youth gladly gather on-screen twice a month for Conference Council on Youth Ministry (CCYM) meetings that for some have become like talk therapy.
“We’ve maintained an active membership throughout the pandemic, meeting virtually every two weeks,” reports the Rev. David Piltz, CCYM Coordinator. “Our meetings are for more than business. They are times for us to enjoy fellowship... Read More
By the Rev. Dawn Taylor-Storm, Eastern PA Conference Director of Connectional Ministry
One of the experiences I took for granted before the pandemic are church potluck dinners.
I fondly remember potlucks at the local church overflowing with dishes from each person’s culture, a feast brimming with colors and flavors. I would always chuckle when folks unacquainted with potlucks would worry that we would end up with a table full of jello salad, thinking everyone would bring the same dish. I would reassure these folks new to the Wesleyan way and say: “There will be enough. It will be a beautiful bounty.” Read More