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As the church continues to face unique challenges, obstacles and distractions, we need to be intentional about prioritizing the primary mandate to make disciples! This year's conference is designed to challenge, equip and encourage you to create and build upon the discipleship making strategy in your church. We can't wait to see you in October. 

SCHEDULE

Tuesday, October 18

9 - 10              Registration, Meet & Greet

10 - 11             Worship & Prayer

11 – 11:50       PLENARY SESSION #1: Making Disciples

11:55 - 12:55   Lunch

1 - 1:45           PLENARY SESSION #2: Creating A Culture That Loves God With All Their Heart

1:45 - 2:30      PLENARY SESSION #2: Creating A Culture That Loves One Another

2:35 - 3:30      Breakout Session #1

3:30 - 4           Hangout

4 - 4:50           PLENARY #4: Creating A Culture That Loves The Lost

4:50 - 6           Break / Check - In

6 - 7                Dinner

7:10 - 9           PLENARY #5: Making Disciples In The Next Generation & Making Disciples Who Pray

 

Wednesday, October 19

8:30                 Continental Breakfast

9 - 9:30            Worship

9:40 - 10:35     Breakout Session #2

10:45 - 11:40   Breakout Session #3

11:45 - 12:45   Lunch

12:50 - 1:45     Breakout Session #4

1:45 - 1:55       Break

1:55 - 3            Worship & Closing

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

David Boerema
Lee Wiggins
Bill Riedel
Ric
Scott Carter
Jim Baker

Tuesday, 2:35 - 3:30

Which Kingdom? - Bill Riedel: Partisan divides seem to only grow deeper and more entrenched as days go by. Many in our churches spend far more time being discipled by the news source of their choice or their social media feed than by their pastors or local churches. This breakout will seek to give some practical help on pastoring people to see beyond partisanship and toward a greater hope in Christ's Kingdom.

How Child Sponsorship and Church Planting Thrive Together – Emily Lewis & Maria Cariaga: As the child sponsorship program of the EFCA, GlobalFingerprints is committed to meeting the needs of vulnerable children while strengthening, revitalizing, and planting churches. Through the partnership of EFCA churches with national church planters and churches, we see children, families and communities transformed by the Gospel. Learn how your church can partner with us to have an impact in places where the Gospel isn’t known and see your congregation actively participate in the Great commission, transform lives children and plant churches.

Leveraging a Short-Term Missions Strategy that Impacts the World and Transforms Your People - David Boerema: Short Term missions have gotten a bad name over the last few years. Church groups and individuals want to be a part of God’s work here and around the world, but an uniformed, unprepared and unknowing participant or groups can do more harm than good to our missionaries and their Long Term efforts. Join us for a frank and informative discussion on how to build a Short-Term mission strategy that not only supports gospel advancing ministry, but helps participants grow in their faith and stay involved in missions for a lifetime.

Three Secrets to a Smooth Ministry Transition - Lee Wiggins: Transitions in ministry can be absolute minefields wrought with complexity, flaring tempers, or emotional fatigue. If your church is looking at impending transition - whether senior leadership or something as simple as a part-timer - you have the opportunity to leverage this period that will skirt the landmines and instead produce fruitful ministry. Best of all, this can all happen peacefully! We’ll share the ins and outs of what to do (or not to do) in this session.

What You Need to Know About Clergy Compensation - Ric Stanghelle: We know we should prepare for retirement but may not know how to do it. In this workshop for pastors and lay leaders, we will look at the best way to structure salary and benefits and think about retirement planning.

Developing Theologically Sound Leaders - David Martin: In an increasingly confused culture in which feelings and passions pass for truth, it is more important than ever for the church to ground her leaders in the biblical faith. Developing leaders who are tethered to Scripture and can “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” is the mission of GATEWAY Theological Institute. GATEWAY is an arm of the “All People Initiative” of the EFCA and has been instrumental in training leaders for over 12 years in the EFCA East. This breakout will introduce you to the program and help you offer GATEWAY training in your church or region.

Disability Ministry and Church Health - Jim Baker: It takes effort and intentionality to reach out and include people who are different from us. If we aren’t already part of a community that welcomes and incorporates people with disabilities, it can seem risky, a big investment without clear benefits. We’ll share from Scripture and our own and others’ experience some concrete and practical ways that disability ministry fosters and facilitates church health. It’s not about adding to our ministry “to-do” list but taking a fresh look at how God builds His church. We’ll address common fears and concerns and offer a vision for making room at Christ’s Table for all His children.

How To Start Healing Conversations - Jenn Ferris & Amy Couch: Have you ever wanted to start a conversation with someone who was going through hard times, but you didn't know where to begin? Have you ever experienced a crisis so big you didn't even know how you felt? ReachGlobal Crisis Response's basic trauma care training equips church and ministry leaders to help someone process what they are feeling after a crisis. Based on the principles of active listening and asking powerful questions to guide conversation, these skills that take some intentionality but can be learned by anyone. This is an incredibly versatile training that can be utilized to help someone start processing a personal crisis, like a divorce, or a community crisis, such as a flash flood. This session will empower you to sit down with a friend who is hurting and help them begin to heal by verbalizing what they are feeling.

Long Term Impact in Global Missions: Training international pastors how to study, preach and train other church leaders in their communities - Scott Carter: Feeling like your churches mission dollars are not having the impact that they could have? Want to have a greater gospel impact in your existing global mission efforts? There are literally millions of pastors in the world today who have little or no training in how to study the Bible. We want to reach as many of them as possible. Our method works with small groups of pastors who commit to pass on the training they receive to others. Because the need is so great, join us to discover how you and your church can have an eternal impact through training international pastors.

Hope, Help, Home: Holistic Care through Immigration Legal Ministry - Ben Johnson: Many churches and Christians ignore immigration or treat it as just a political issue, but there is a great missional opportunity in engaging with the immigration crisis with sacrificial compassion and justice. When churches meet immigrants’ legal needs, they gain the opportunity to care for families physically, emotionally, and spiritually in all facets of life.

Dave Martin
Jen Ferris and Amy Couch
Kirk Belmont
Terry Allison
Lisa and Eve

Wednesday, 9:40 - 10:35

Lead and Senior Pastor Hangout with Tony and Cedrick: Lead and Senior Pastors  are invited to this time to dialogue in a more intimate setting with our District Superintendents.

Growing God’s Love for the World in Our Children - Terry Allison: Most of the children in our churches can quote John 3:16, but do they demonstrate God’s giving love for the world?  Let’s explore some very practical ways that we can grow God’s loving heart and a spirit of gratitude and generosity in the hearts of our children so they can make a lasting impact for Christ.

Creating a Culture of Discipleship That Your Whole Church Will Embrace - Larry Lewis: This breakout session will focus on what should be included in the process, how to track the process, and how to make the process part of your church culture and conversations.

Understanding Your Context For Making Disciples - Charles Wilson: The last few years has created new challenges and reshaped many of our cities, suburbs, and rural communities. Since the mission is the same - to make disciples - we’ll learn how to do that in changing, challenging and charged environments.

Seeing Potential & Coaching Calling - Joe Henseler: As shepherds, we interact with countless people with a wide variety of hopes and gifts.  While all must be discipled, not all are called to be shepherds. In this breakout, we will consider how to see potential, coach calling, and equip future shepherds of God’s family.

Building Healthy Teams - Ken Dotterman: The health status of the leadership teams we influence has a huge impact on those we’re called to serve. Key thought: We can’t lead anyone where we aren’t going ourselves. This breakout session will focus on building life-giving teams that energize both the leader and the team.

Forming Cohorts in Ministry - Discipleship Ministry Hangout - Dan Spino: Join this group of pastors and ministry leaders who work in adult discipleship ministry (not senior/exec, youth, children, or worship pastors but basically anything in between!) for some connection and encouragement. We’ll focus our time on the goodness of doing ministry with others in your geographic area and combating the shadow of loneliness.

Pastor's Wives Connect - DS Wives and Pastor Support Wives: Pastor's Wives are invited to this time to connect and be encouraged. This will span two breakout sessions (9:40 - 11:45)

Charles Wilson
Ken Dotterman
Joe Henseler
Dan Spino
Paul Eyers

Wednesday, 10:45 - 11:40

Developing A Discipleship Strategy for The Next Gen - Paul Eyers & David Boerema: Youth Ministry is an ever-changing landscape, but Jesus is still the same.  Come enjoy fellowship with fellow youth workers and receive practical tools to help discern the next steps for making disciples in your ministry in whatever context.

5 Discipleship Models That Will Help You Develop a Vision and Strategy for Discipleship - Kirk Belmont: In this session we will dig into the biblical, historical, and contemporary models of making disciples. We will also explore the value and importance of developing a personal and corporate strategy. Several books and practical resources will be made available to assist the participant in the formation of their own strategy.

Seeing Discipleship In the Gates of Jerusalem: Finding strength to stand against the attacks that come - Tim Ackley: There may be no more important biblical book for today’s leaders than Nehemiah, yet the most neglected part of this great book is the rebuilding of the gates in chapter 3. Our enemies are relentless, but God has shown us how to weather any storm by teaching us how to rebuild these gates in our lives. This breakout will examine the gates of Jerusalem and show how they enable us to withstand the attacks that will inevitably come against every pastor and every church.

Disciple-Making through Worship Leading - Alex Swann: Psalm 78:72 says 'David shepherded them with integrity of heart, with skillful hands he led them.' In this breakout, we'll have an open conversation about worship ministry and services as an opportunity to create disciples - in your personal relationships, in leaders of your worship ministry, and in your congregations through your services. How do we shepherd people with integrity of heart and with skillful hands?

We Don’t Serve Customers, We Make Disciples (Making Disciples In An Urban Context) - Ed Harris: Join Ed Harris, senior pastor of Christ Power Church & Ministries in Baltimore, MD as he shares a look at what discipleship looks like in an urban context.

How to Transform Church Members into Missional Leaders - John Welborn: Does your church have a strategy to develop new leaders? If not, or if you are interested in improving what you have in place, this breakout is for you! We will be exploring a practical way to obey Paul's command to Timothy as he said, "The things that you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also" (2 Timothy 2:2). Join us for a healthy conversation on transforming church members into missional leaders.

Credentialing: How To Prepare For The Council - Paulo Freire: This session will discuss preparation and insights on what to expect at a credentialing council. It will provide tips and essentials for the council while discussing expectations, mentoring and the various credentials now offered.

Becoming a Well-Balanced Disciple Maker - Guy Kneebone: As Pastors, as Ministers, as Christians, we are called to make disciples. We know that. Yet so much can get in the way, including church, family, and even ourselves. How do we overcome the many obstacles in life so that we keep the main thing the main thing? Join us as we unpack this together.

Pastor's Wives Connect CONT - DS Wives and Pastor Support Wives: Pastor's Wives are invited to this time to connect and be encouraged. This will span two breakout sessions (9:40 - 11:45)

Larry Lewis
Tim Ackley
Ed Harris
John Welborn
Guy Kneebone

Wednesday, 12:50 - 1:45

NextGen Leaders Support and Hangout  with Tony and Cedrick: NextGen leaders are invited to this time to dialogue in a more intimate setting with our District Superintendents. 

Discipling The Deconstructing - Josh Ott: Everyone seems to be deconstructing these days. In this breakout, we will cover some strategies to welcome and effectively disciple those who are deconstructing and questioning their faith. We will take a look at all areas of ministry from preaching and evangelism to online ministry and systems.

Creating A Blueprint For Disciple Making - Dave Steel: Looking for help raising the intentionality of disciple-making at your church? Join us for this workshop on developing a contextualized plan for implementing and maximizing your disciple-making potential.

Understanding Your Context For Making Disciples - Charles Wilson: The last few years has created new challenges and reshaped many of our cities, suburbs, and rural communities. Since the mission is the same - to make disciples - we’ll learn how to do that in changing, challenging and charged environments.

Developing an Effective Women’s Ministry - Eve Colon and Lisa Brown: We will discuss discipleship strategies for women to help fulfill the Great Commission through local churches.

Men Discipling Men - Adam Hulstrand: In this breakout we will explore a blueprint for discipling men to reach their full potential in Christ by identifying obstacles and practical solutions to calling men to a higher standard of nobility in a culture of passivity and isolation.

Building Healthy Teams - Ken Dotterman: The health status of the leadership teams we influence has a huge impact on those we’re called to serve. Key thought: We can’t lead anyone where we aren’t going ourselves. This breakout session will focus on building life-giving teams that energize both the leader and the team.

Discipling The Greater Church - Jose Torres, Chris Hooper, and Binu Thomas: Join us as we strengthen our theological framework for diverse contexts, grow our passions for God’s global mission, and expand our cultural intelligence together. This breakout will help church leaders engage their communities using a practical roadmap toward investigating, investing, and including all people in the transformative work of the Gospel. 

Paulo Freire
Dave Steel
All Peoples
Adam Hulstrand
Josh Ott

WHERE TO STAY

Hotel Rock Lititz

$155 for Deluxe Queen or Deluxe King 

Mention EFCA East Conference when booking over the phone: 717-925-7625

Deadline: September 16 or until the room block has been filled.

The Wilbur in Lititz

$149 (King or Two Queens) per night

Mention Eastern District EFCA when booking over the phone: 844-262-6603.

Deadline: September 17 or until the room block has been filled.

Wyndham Lancaster Resort

$129 (King or Two Queens) per night

Mention Eastern District of the EFCA when booking over the phone: 800-233-0121

Deadline: 5pm on September 17, 2021 or until the room block has been filled.

Refreshing Mountain

Refreshing Mountain in Stevens, PA

$70 (hotel room) / $90 (cabin) per night

Mention EFCA East and the code EFCA50 when booking over the phone: 717-738-1490.

Eastern District Association
PO Box 3547
Camp Hill, PA 17011