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2020 Tools for Ministry

Registration is now open!

For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge . . . For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.   2 Peter 1:5-8
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Host Church:
Allentown: Asbury UMC
1533 Springhouse Road
Allentown, PA 18104
Registration & Cont’l Breakfast begins at 8:30 am
Welcome at 9:00 am
Session 1 – 9:30 am to 11:00 am
Session 2 – 11:15 am – 12:45 pm
Optional Chat Back with the DS Lunch – 1:00 pm
Standard          $8.00 – until February 24
Walk-in            $10.00
Lunch               $10.00 (optional)
Standard and walk-in fee includes continental breakfast, snacks, and materials
We will be pre-ordering lunches and available only for those who
pre-order. You may, however, come for the optional lunch session
and provide your own meal.
(Online Registration Preferred)
Credit & Debit Card payments accepted
Make checks payable to “North District Office” with “Tools”
in the memo line and mail to:
North District Office
P.O. Box 820
Valley Forge, PA 19482-0820
 Scholarships available upon request. 
Contact Sheri Kentner –

Statistical Report

The 2019 Statistical Report is now open.  Yahoo!!!!!  You should have received a mailing from the Conference office with information for completing the 2019 Statistical Report.  TWO MONTHS REMAINING!!!!
Deadline for Completing is April 10th.  

Some of the North Churches has already completed inputting their information . . .  GREAT START!

A Message from D. S. Morton . . .

“I planted, Apollos watered, but GOD gave the growth.” 
(I Corinthians 3:6)
          I was so gratified to hear Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, with the world’s spotlight shining on him, express public appreciation for the Kansas City quarterback whom he replaced in his spectacular young career.  “I learned a lot from Alex Smith,” Mahomes said, ” I attribute a lot of my success to him.”  It was Smith, Mahomes said, who really launched the culture of excellence in the Kansas City team years ago, which resulted in a championship season in 2020. ‘How refreshing that Mahomes (clearly the better player of the two) found no need to diminish Smith in order to magnify himself!
I compare that other voices in the culture today, where the opposite is true: for instance, in the midst of prolonged economic growth in America (a boon soon to enter its eleventh straight year), and yet some seem to spin a narrative which says it all began in 2017….as they stretch to pat themselves on the back.  Where’s the humility?  Where’s the gratitude for those who have gone before?
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a brand new apartment unit at the Well property in Downingtown last month (safe, affordable housing for a long-income, at-risk young family), I returned for only the second time in the past twenty months to that former funeral home in the borough which Hopewell, my old church, purchased years ago precisely for this missional purpose.  What a joy!
As I toured the second floor and stepped into the very comfortable Board Room, where so many conversations have been shared and decisions made about this incredible mission, my heart skipped a beat for a moment as I looked to the floor….and recognized the beautiful Oriental rug which my mother (who passed away the week before) contributed to this space, long before this space became as vital as it is today!  So very few of our great victories, especially in the Church, are accomplished without steady, remarkable contribution from those who have come before us.
As I mentor young pastors today, I say: lead with humility, lead with gratitude…be a faithful steward of the vision and hard work of those who have come before you.  There’s no lasting glory in minimizing others in order to promote ourselves.
We have a “common purpose,” Paul says about those teammates we follow (I Cor. 3:8) and “will receive wages according to the labor of each.”   Let that be sufficient.  And let God have the glory for any growth. 



The North District Office would love to begin collecting nominations for the open slots of Equalizing Lay Delegates. Just so that we are all on the same page about the 2020 process to elect North District Equalizing Lay Delegates, this year the North District has 59 slots. They will be filled as follows:
  • We will confirm the attendance of quadrennium elected Equalizing Lay Delegates. This will be the last year of their term.
  • Meanwhile, the District Office will receive nominations for Equalizing Lay Delegates. 
  • The District office and the District Committee on Nominations will “fill in” the open slots for Equalizing Lay Delegates from the nominations received (59 Slots – Quadrennium Elected Delegates who will not attend = Open Slots).
  • When considering to whom to offer the open slots, we will join the other Districts in our Conference by following the 2002 resolution (2002-15) and seeking no more than 2 delegates from any given church. Exceptions to the two persons will be considered by the North District Committee on Nominations to include “gender, age, ethnicity, geographical equity and circuit churches with no lay member”. 
  • They will serve for just the Annual Conference in 2020.
 If you would like to nominate someone to serve in one of the open slots (and your church does not already have 2 people serving as Equalizing Lay delegates), please pass along their name and contact information.  A general email will be going out shortly with the opportunity to serve as an Equalizing Lay Delegate for the 2020 Annual Conference in June and Adjourned Conference in October.  These Equalizing Lay delegates will be voted in at the May North District Conference. If you have an Equalizing Lay Delegate who cannot attend, please DO NOT “offer the slot” to someone else in your church without first going through the nomination process.  
Equalizing Lay delegates for the new Quadrennium, beginning July 1, 2020, will be sought in the beginning of 2021. 
FYI – The North District Conference is 5/17 @Schuykill Haven: First UMC; Annual Conference is 6/18-20 in Oaks; Adjourned session will be 10/24 – Location/Time TBD.

To nominate someone or yourself, please email Sheri or Jenny

Northeastern PA Pastor’s Seminar

(Quakertown UMC)

REGISTRATION OPEN!   Click here to register

Guest Speaker: Dr. Len Wilson (St. Andrews UMC, Plano, TX)

Thursday, April 30, 2020 (9 AM to 4 PM)
$35 per person includes full day seminar, book signing and books for purchase, continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks. 

Open to all denominational and non-denominational clergy, staff, and laity.

Description of Seminar: In today’s environment, each congregation needs its own brand –a clear, concise, creative, and compelling message to effectively communicate who they are. In this oneday seminar led by Dr. Len Wilson, storyteller and expert strategist in communications and creativity, and Creative Director at St. Andrew UMC, a large church in Plano, TX,  participants will learn and practice a comprehensive process to develop and implement their own unique brand, including messaging strategy, sensing the pulse of  community, and improving all phases of communication and creativity in their own church ministry.

SIGN UP FOR THE SEMINAR: Send check for $35 per person along with names, church or ministry affiliations, addresses, phones, and emails of all attendees to Rev Dr Lori Wagner, Quakertown UMC, 1875 Freier Road, Quakertown, PA 18951.  Attn: Northeastern PA Pastor Seminar. Please write NPPS in the notation part of your check.                                                       

IMPORTANT: Please indicate if you and your participants will be requesting CEU credits.  FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact or 360 298 8327.

The Eastern PA Conference of the United Methodist Church Licensing School
Register now if you are interested in Pastoral Ministry as:
A certified and licensed Local Pastor  
A Growing Church Licensing School Pastor
Come to a Licensing School sponsored by the Eastern PA Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and held at the teaching pastor’s church or at the Eastern PA Conference Center. Course instructors are clergy in the Eastern PA Conference and/or from PATH 1, a church growth initiative of Discipleship Ministries, UMC.
Cost: $1,100 for all five segments toward licensing or $250 per segment.
Five Major Areas of Study:
  • Church Administration–Leading a Congregation: Larry Leister, March 7,21 April 4, 2020, Lititz, UMC, PA
  • Pastoral Care: Truman Brooks, June 6, 27, July 11,2020, West Chester UMC, PA
  • Congregational Development at EPA Conference Center, Norristown, PA
  • One day event – July 25, 2020 from 8:30 to 3 – Growing Church/SLI, Four Stations of the Holy Spirit, UM Polity : Gordon Hendrickson; Mission & Outreach/Tom Bandy: Peter Wernett & Gordon Hendrickson
For more information contact Gordon Hendrickson 
by phone: 267-258-9507
Conference Leadership Opportunities for All
The Conference Leadership Committee asks all clergy and lay members to use the Leadership and Service Interest Form to indicate how and where they are willing to serve, or to indicate interest in knowing more about areas of leadership service.


New and Updated Events are in BOLD
Feb. 2020 – 
  • 2/22/20 – True Justice; 9-3; Cedarville UMC, Pottstown, PA
  • 2/23/20 – Through the Wilderness (Multi-generational Lenten Preparation); 3-4:30pm; Fritz Memorial UMC, Bethlehem. 
  • 2/24/20 – Lenten Day Apart for Clergy; 8:30-Noon; Washington Crossing UMC
  • 2/27/20 – Mentor Training; 9-12; Grace-St. Paul in Jim Thorpe
March 2020 – 
  • 3/1/20 – A GREAT North Red Bird Celebration! Mt Carmel, Conyngham, and Epworth!
  • 3/7/20- Tools for Ministry; Allentown: Asbury- Registration is now open; Details below! 
  • 3/14/20- Basic Sexual Ethics; 9:30-3:00; Bethel UMC, Spring City
  • 3/20-22/20- Dismantling Racism- Desmond Hotel, Malvern PA; Details above
  • 3/28/19 – Racism, Post-Traumatic Stress, & Transformation for People of Color; 8-3:30; Simpson House, Philadelphia (New Details Below) 
  • 3/28/20 – Embracing the Full Household of God; 9-3; First Presbyterian, Allentown (Details Below)
April 2020 – 
  • 4/20/20 – General Conference Listening Session by members of the delegation at Epworth UMC in Bethlehem (7-8:30) – Other sessions will be offered around the conference. See the flyer below for details.
  • 4/25/20- Evangelism workshop at Wesley UMC featuring Lisa Greenwood, from TMF (Texas Methodist Foundation) 
  • 4/26-28/20 – Retreat for Associate Members and Local Pastors (Details Below) 
  • 4/30/20 – Northeastern PA Pastor’s Seminar @ Quakertown UMC (See Below for Details)
Other 2020 Dates – 
  • 5/2/20 – Ministry with Sex Offenders; 9:30-3:30; Elam UMC, Glen Mills
  • 5/7/20-5/10/20 – District Trip to Crisfield
  • 5/16/20 – Basic Sexual Ethics; 8am-5pm; Faith UMC in Litiz
  • **5/17/20 – North District Conference (afternoon)
  • 5/23/20 – Post-General Conference Review with Bishop Johnson; 10-12; West Lawn UMC
  • **6/18-6/20 – EPA Annual Conference