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.
OUR UMC GLOBAL CONNECTION
The United Methodist Church is connectional. But what does that mean? Through our apportionment system, our Church pools our dollars and connects local churches and conferences around the world to create bigger and lasting impacts. One way we do that is through our seven apportioned funds, including the multidimensional World Service Fund.
In this section we will occasionally feature information about those funds and other general church programs and initiatives, so that we can all learn about the lifesaving, life-changing ministries our giving and our prayers support throughout God’s world.
Africa University is the first and only fully-accredited institution of higher learning established on the African continent by action of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church in 1988. For more than 25 years, Africa University has shaped the lives of thousands of young people all over the continent of Africa by equipping them with the knowledge to alleviate poverty, build peace, create stability and drive development. Most of the graduates return to their home countries to serve in many fields of work. Some fast facts on African University include:
- The Africa University Fund supports more than 1,800 students from 29 countries
- More than 8,000 students have graduated from Africa University
- More than 90% of Africa University graduates return home
- More than $1.5 million in scholarships for Africa University are awarded annually
Through general Church apportionments and supplemental gifts, United Methodists everywhere put their faith in action when they give.
Apportionment giving is collected through your local church. For more details on supporting Africa University visit support-AfricaUniversity.org. For resources to support and promote Africa University visit ResourceUMC.org/africauniversity.
Learn more about all our denomination’s apportioned funds on our new UMC Connectional Giving page.
Featured News & Events
The Eastern PA Conference’s Congregational Development Team (CDT) and Commission on Religion & Race (CORR) will collaborate again in October on a second conference-wide book study that focuses on racism in America. The weekly study, via Zoom, will gather readers for lively discussion on Wednesdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27, from 11 AM to 12 noon, to explore the racially conscious 2018 book Plantation Jesus .
CORR members will facilitate the study, which will include breakout rooms for small-group discussion. CORR and CDT together will offer free e-books to the first 50 study registrants. Learn More
Terry Bridges, lay-supply pastor of Midtown Parish UMC in Philadelphia, will become the Eastern PA Conference’s new part-time Coordinator of Urban Ministries Sept. 1.
Having served as a minister in Philadelphia Baptist churches for nearly 20 years, Bridges began assisting the Rev. Victor Gimenez at Union Memorial UMC in Darby in 2017. He is completing studies at Lancaster Bible College and Capital Seminary & Graduate School and is a candidate for Licensed Local Pastor. The pastor of Midtown Parish since August 2020, he followed the Rev. William Brawner there and now follows him as Urban Ministries coordinator... Read More
The Eastern PA Conference’s next Local Pastor Licensing School begins Oct. 1-2 and will run for eight weeks total but with two intervening weeks off for completion of assignments. That means six weekends of online class attendance, again via Zoom.
The total cost has been reduced from $1,100 to $800 to make it more affordable and to reflect cost savings. There is a $300 non-refundable deposit due at registration, and the remaining balance must be paid by the end of the program... Learn More
Online registration is open now until Sept. 20.
Connectional Ministries Report
Presented at the 2021 Annual Conference - May 21, 2021. View the video.