Congregational Development

The Eastern PA Conference is deeply committed to fostering the healthy development of new faith communities and congregations, along with revitalization and redevelopment of existing congregations, all to expand our faithful witness for Christ through evangelism, worship, fellowship and ministry. We are always seeking, sharing and strategizing around creative ideas and energetic efforts to expand the definition of church and the experience of congregational life. We strive to reach new people in new ways and to find, support and develop new leaders with new abilities, all in the vibrant spirit of living out Christ’s Great Commission.

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.”

New book club begins with Transforming Community

Rev. Henry Knight

The Eastern PA Conference’s renamed Congregational Development & Transformation ministry (CDT, formerly Congregational Development Team) will launch a new book club this fall, and its first title explores how churches can use Methodist traditions to pursue missional transformation.

Rev. Douglas Powe

Transforming Community: The Wesleyan Way to Missional Congregations looks at how to adopt John Wesley’s creative way of organizing churches for active discipleship in order to form missional communities and congregations. The 2016 book, co-written by seminary theologians the Revs. Henry Knight and Douglas Powe, is intended to equip today’s congregations to be more transformational.  

The Rev. Kevin Babcock, the Eastern PA Conference’s new Coordinator of Church Support Services, is organizing the book club and will lead the 8-week study from Sept. 9 to Oct. 28, using Zoom videoconferencing.  Registration is required; but the first 25 people to REGISTER for the book study will receive a free copy of the book.

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Staff Contacts

For information about grants, contact the Rev. Kevin Babcock, Coordinator of Church Support Services,

Congregational Development Team
  • Chairperson: The Rev. Michael S. Netznik
The Eastern PA Conference of the United Methodist Church Licensing School 2020

The 2020 Local Pastor Licensing School has been suspended. Look for a new school and dates for 2021 soon, as the conference hires a new Dean of its Local Pastor Licensing School.

MissionInSite LogoThe Eastern Pennsylvania Conference has ended its subscription license to MissionInsite that paid for its usage by all conference churches. However, the conference Congregational Development Team continues to recommend this valuable demographic resource to churches that wish to invest in it.
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