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.
Like a good toolbox, this year’s Tools for Ministry online leadership academy, held March 13, is still available and useful. At least 26 of the 34 diverse, 90-minute courses, all provided via video conferencing on Zoom, were recorded. A page full of links to those recordings is now available on the conference website.
The conference was forced to offer Tools for Ministry fully online for the first time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But that alternative presented at least two silver linings: convenient at-home attendance and these recordings made available for those who were limited to taking just two courses that Saturday morning.
Some may want to learn more from other courses; and some may want to review or share with others what they learned that day. Indeed, these recorded courses can be viewed online along with study groups or entire congregations as a collective educational resource. And they may point to online alternative considerations when future Tools for Ministry events are planned.
Connectional Ministries Report
Presented at the 2021 Annual Conference - May 21, 2021. View the video.
View and share this Zoom recording of an interactive Seminar on Preaching, Worship and Mission for Pentecost Season.
Conference seeks Coordinator of Youth, Young Adult Ministries
The Eastern PA Conference is seeking to hire a new Coordinator of Youth & Young Adult Ministries by July 1. The coordinator will work with youth and young adults at all levels in the conference, developing ministries, advocacy and leadership, and will serve as campus minister for the Wesley Student Foundation of Philadelphia, located at Drexel University. It is a 30-hour per week position that includes benefits. Resumes and cover letters should be sent to UMJobs@epaumc.org by May 31.