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.”
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 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.
Members of the Eastern PA Conference’s Connectional Table focused on enhancing their collaboration among ministries when they met Jan. 31 in a retreat setting at Camp Innabah.
The Rev. Robert Wilt, chairperson, led about three dozen of the conference and district ministry leaders through creative group-exercises, goal-setting and planning discussions, and ministry reports. Their activities and overarching theme were drawn from Ephesians 4:16, 13: “Knit together to equip the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ.” Read more