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Ministries

Connectional Ministries

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.” Learn more

Advocacy Ministries

The Eastern PA Conference has a long history of doing public advocacy for justice and mercy on behalf of oppressed, unfortunate and marginalized people. Members have engaged in public and private protest, legislative advocacy, compassionate outreach, editorial expression, grassroots organizing and other measures to influence powerful forces in church and society and in local, state, national and international arenas. Learn more

Camp & Retreat Ministries

The Eastern PA Conference owns and operates four unique, scenic camp and retreat centers spread across different regions of the conference: Pocono Plateau in the upper Northeast; Carson-Simpson Farm just north of Philadelphia; Innabah, more centrally located in Spring City; and Gretna Glen in the Northwest area. Learn more

Campus Ministry

Higher Education and Campus Ministry are key, related concerns of the Eastern PA Conference and its entire denomination. Higher education has been part of the bedrock of United Methodism from its inception. We affiliate with campus ministries at four institutions in our region, and we are exploring relationships with others as well. Indeed, Campus Ministry is as much about relationships as religion. College students and churches benefit mutually from facilitated encounters as they learn, share and grow in Christ and in community. Campus Ministry can change lives, change churches and ultimately, change the world. Learn more

Children’s Ministry

“Children are born with an innate sense of wonder and faith that is real and authentic. As teachers and leaders our role is to provide a foundation of experiences on which children build a life of learning and growth toward a mature and vital faith…” Learn more

Communications

In the Eastern PA Conference, Communications is a powerful resource to help members and churches keep informed and connected, and to help them shine their lights and tell their stories of faithful ministry to the world. Learn more

Congregational Development

Congregational Development, guided by the conference Congregational Development Team (CDT), provides many cutting-edge training and leadership opportunities, resources, and clergy and church assessment and development tools. Our goal is to help the conference and its congregations grow as they become more effective at winning souls for Christ and “making disciples for the transformation of the world.” Learn more

Disaster Response

The Eastern PA Conference has key persons and protocols that victims of crises–especially disasters–can call upon for timely, sensitive, experienced assistance. We have a conference Disaster Response Team and District Coordinators ready to help, along with District Superintendents and the Communications Office. All church leaders should learn about disaster response news, information, responders and resources, as well as steps to prepare and response to disasters. Learn more

Evangelism

The Eastern PA Conference teaches and encourages faith-sharing that focuses on relationships more than religion. We encourage churches to find and come alongside seekers and sojourners on their journeys of exploration, to share their pain and struggles, hear their questions, suggest some answers, and point the way that leads to hope, peace and maybe even joy. Learn more

Health & Healing

“Health & Healing Council” is now under the leadership of a steering team of registered nurses in partnership with Rev. Christopher Kurien , Dir. of Connectional Ministries and NancyJo Fielding, Exec. Dir. of Pension and Health Benefits. We covet your prayers and input in discerning best practices for offering our congregations information and initiatives to realize God’s intention for our wellness. Learn more

Lay Ministry

Lay ministry is at the core of every church. There is plenty of work to do. Every job is important and every job is a personal ministry. From teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, helping in the nursery and preparing food for church receptions, to serving as liturgists, on committees, (doing) evangelism, leading Bible studies, ushering, caring for church property, handling the church’s money and the hundred other jobs that we do, the laity serve God in big and small ways. Learn more

Mission & Outreach

Through its conference, district and congregational initiatives, the Eastern PA Conference is involved in mission and outreach locally, regionally and worldwide. United Methodists promise to support the church with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness. Thus, we are present in all these important ways wherever there is need–physical or spiritual–offering our minds, hearts, hands, feet and voices to foster healing, hope and wholeness in the name of Jesus Christ. Learn more

Older Adult Ministries

Older adults are the fastest-growing age demographic in many of our congregations. Churches genuinely concerned about the faith development of all God’s people will want to develop vital ministry by, with and for older adults. Doing so can reveal the special gifts that older adults offer to Christ and the church. Learn more

Ordained & Licensed Ministry

One of the four areas of focus of The United Methodist Church is to develop principled Christian leaders to serve in churches and other ministry settings. Ordained clergy serve God through the church in “ministries of witness and service that extend Christ’s love and justice.”( Discipline, ¶343.1) Learn more

Prison Ministry

The biblical concept of justice focuses on the victim, the offender and the community, in the hope of restoring all to a sense of God’s wholeness. It is also important to understand that our Methodist heritage is rich with examples of ministries carried out in jails and prisons. John and Charles Wesley had a passion for those in prison. As early as 1778, the Methodist Conference adopted action making it the duty of every Methodist preacher to minister to those who were incarcerated. United Methodists have reaffirmed and expanded the mandate for prison ministry and reform in many different chapters of our denominational history. This is a part of our identity and call. Learn more

Racial-Ethnic Ministries

The Eastern PA Conference is one of the more racially and ethnically diverse conferences in The United Methodist Church. We have nine Latino/Hispanic churches, four Korean-American churches and about 25 African American churches, including at least one with a significant African membership. Learn more

Urban Ministry

Located at Simpson House in the Fairmount Park area of Philadelphia, the Office of Urban Ministries (Urban Office) is being reconfigured in 2015 as a ministry resource to congregations in the urban centers of our Annual Conference. It works to facilitate partnerships between the local church and the community through prayer, worship, study, assessment, coaching, planning, funding, training and networking for disciple-making and ministry for the transformation of the world. Learn more

Young People’s Ministries

Young People’s Ministries, comprising dual emphases on Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministries, strives to create connections in ministry and fellowship among members of each age-group so they can grow together in Christ, as they discover empowered, fulfilling lives grounded in faith. Learn more