2016 Annual Conference Journal

October 13th - December 31st, 2017

$30 - $150

Order your 2016 Annual Conference Journal Now!

A limited number of 2016 Annual Conference Journals are available. Order yours today for $30 each. You can pay on-line or send a check by postal mail to EPA UMC, Attention Ms. Gloria Knoeller, PO Box 820, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0820. What's in the Journal? Contact information for Conference staff; Camp and Retreat Centers; Districts; and United Methodist Church boards, agencies and resources. Also clergy appointments; committee assignments; and service records. Plus, all about the 2016 Annual Conference; conference statistics for 2015; historical highlights; and conference policies and procedures for clergy, staff, and others.

Questions?? Please contact Gloria Knoeller at gknoeller@epaumc.org

2017 Central District Intensive Training Day

March 25th, 2017

$10

Vibrant Congregations and Vital Ministry in the 21st Century

March 25, 2017

  • Cedarville UMC, 1092 Laurelwood Road, Pottstown, PA. 19465
  • Registration Fee: $10 per person

Schedule

  • 8:00-8:30 a.m. - Check-in, coffee and breakfast snacks
  • 8:30-9:00 a.m. - Opening Program
  • 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Workshops

For more information contact:

Mary Catherine Miller, 215-878-4607, mcmiller@epaumc.org

Download the Flyer and Workshop List

Basic Sexual Ethics (March 28, 2017)

March 28th, 2017

$35

Participants pay $35 to participate in this class. The fee includes light breakfast, lunch, and materials. Presenters are Revs. Andrea Brown and Jose “Ricky” Ayala.

March 28, 2017, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Grandview UMC, 888 Pleasure Road, Lancaster, PA

Level 1 (Basic) Sexual Ethics Workshops provide the essential, ethical and legal dimensions of appropriate healthy boundaries for those serving in ministerial roles. The primary purpose of this workshop is to educate participants on how to incorporate such healthy boundaries into their professional and personal behavior.

The Level 1 (Basic) Workshop is mandatory for all persons seeking certification as candidates in ministry, candidates for ministerial roles and for all other individuals beginning ministerial roles within the Eastern PA Conference. Peninsula-Delaware’s comparable course may be substituted. Lancaster Theological Seminary and Evangelical Seminary Boundary Training classes are also now approved as BSE courses. Learn more on the Ordained Ministry page.

The Level 1 (Basic) course may be taken as a “refresher” workshop (instead of, or in addition to, an Advanced Level Workshop) – in fulfillment of the quadrennium continuing education requirement – by all serving in a ministerial role who have previously completed a Level 1 course.

Retirement ready

Preparing for Retirement: Body, Mind, Spririt

March 28th, 2017

$8

Workshop for all clergy within 5 years of retirement. Join us for a day of preparation for a healthy retirement.

West Lawn UMC 15 Woodside Ave. Reading, PA 19609-1664

Changingracism

Changing Racism Workshop March 31-April 2, 2017

March 31st - April 2nd, 2017

$300

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. PLEASE CONTACT AMY BOTTI, abotti@epaumc.org, 610-666-1442

Changing Racism Workshop March 31 - April 2, 2017

LOCATION has been changed to the DESMOND HOTEL, 1 Liberty Blvd, Malvern, PA 19355

Registration is $300 and Full payment is due at time of registration

2 Continuing Education Units are awarded upon completion of the training and this satisfies the requirement for Healing the Wounds of Racism. This event is only for members of EPA.

GENERAL INFORMATION This is a 3 day workshop and participation all 3 days is expected. Participants will learn concrete strategies for:

• Developing skills for addressing and changing attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate bias, discrimination, and other obstacles to equity

• Understanding the personal costs to everyone of system of privilege and disadvantage

• Recognizing institutional racism and other forms of systemic oppression and discrimination that affect members of historically excluded groups

• Changing dysfunctional intraracial and interracial behavior that undermine effective partnerships

• Learning to acknowledge and interrupt the subtle (and often unintentional) dynamics that play out between “modern” forms of oppression and “internalized oppression”.

This workshop will be led by a cross-racial, cross gender team of two facilitators, Sarah Stearns and Gene Washington, from Visions, Inc. For more information on Visions, Inc. visit their website: www.visions–inc.org.

This is not a commuter event. Registration cost includes a single hotel room and meals. Event limit is 20 participants

Training begins on Friday evening at 5:30 pm with dinner. Ends by 3:00 pm on Sunday.

Note: No refunds will be issued for participant who cancel less than 30 days prior to the start date of the event

UMVIM Team Leader training

April 1st, 2017

$35

Volunteers in Mission Team Leader Training

April, 1 2017 at 9 AM - 3:30 PM

Ardmore UMC

Cost: $35

Registration Deadline: March 27, 2017

UMVIM Team Leader Training

Facilitator

The Rev. Tom Lank is the Volunteers in Mission Coordinator for the Northeastern Jurisdiction of the UMC and is an Ordained Deacon in Full Connection in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference. Tom’s specialization as a deacon is in missions and peace with justice ministries. He has organized international mission journeys in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua and domestic mission journeys in 9 different U.S. states.  He describes his calling as connecting the people of God with the needs of the world through genuine encounters and relationships.

Who Should Attend?

If you are interested in learning more about being a UMVIM team leader or hosting mission teams this training is designed for you. Team Leader Training is recommended for all first time United Methodist Volunteers In Mission team leaders, but all interested persons are welcome to attend whether leading a team or not.

Proposed schedule for the training:

  • 9:00 - 9:30  Welcome and Introductions, What is UMVIM?
  • 9:30 - 10:15  Cultural Awareness
  • 10:15 - 10:35 Picking a Project, Discovering Your Calling
  • 10:35 - 10:55  Gathering a Team
  • 10:55 - 11:10 Break
  • 11:10 - 11:30 Making a Budget
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Fundraising
  • 12:00 - 12:45 Lunch
  • 12:45 - 1:15 Orienting and Preparing Your Team
  • 1:15 - 1:45 Resources, Forms, Youth Teams, Safe Sanctuaries
  • 1:45 - 2:05 Health and Safety Considerations
  • 2:05 - 2:35 Returning Home, Telling the Story
  • 2:35 - 3:00 Questions, Wrap-up, Background Checks
  • 3:00 – 3:30 One on one discussions if needed
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Healthy Transitions for Clergy Spouses on April 22, 10am-2pm

April 22nd, 2017

A workshop for spouses of transitioning pastors.

Held at the Village Library meeting room, 207 North Walnut Street, Morgantown, PA. Lunch is included.

This workshop is for you, if…

  • Your spouse is receiving a new appointment or assignment from the bishop and cabinet in 2017.

  • Your spouse will be working for a new senior pastor in 2017.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn nine Healthy Habits for transition, and apply them to real life scenarios.

  • Strategize for the transition ahead with fellow clergy spouses.

  • Build and take away your own Guidebook of personal strategies for your unique transition journey.

Julie Anderman

Retreat leader - Julie Anderman, Executive Director, Artos Retreats

  • EPA Conference clergy spouse for 18 years, with multiple appointment changes.
  • 20 years providing instructional design and communication services to Fortune 500 companies
  • 25 years facilitating small groups
  • A.B. in Theology, M.B.A. in Organizational Behavior, Strategic Marketing

Clergy spouses previewing this workshop said:

  • "The imperative for self-care hit me in this workshop, and time was built in for me to think about those strategies."
  • "You get a chance to envision what good can happen in the transition."
  • " I felt a solidarity with other clergy spouses going through transition."

Payment deadlines:

       Credit card payments are due April 13, 2017.

       Check payments must be received by April 10, 2017. Make check payable to
       "Artos Retreats", and mail to: Artos Retreats 607 Rose Petal Lane, Mount Joy, PA 17552.

Sponsored in part by the Eastern PA Board of Pension and Health Benefits, to promote clergy spouse well-being.

Your registration fee must be paid in full to attend the program.

Questions? Contact Julie Anderman at artosretreats@gmail.com.

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Authority

The Philadelphia Area 2017 FAMLP Retreat: The Authority of Scripture

April 23rd - April 25th, 2017

$225 - $275

Associate Members, Local Pastors, Student Pastors as well as Certified Lay Ministers are invited to attend from both the Peninsula-Delaware and Eastern PA Conferences. CEUs will be given.

Dates: April 23-25, 2017; Retreat Price includes 2 nights, 5 meals

Location: Black Rock Retreat Center, 1345 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville, PA 17566

Retreat Schedule

Sunday, April 23, 2017

  • 6 pm: Registration
  • 7-9 pm: Opening Worship

Monday, April 24, 2017

  • 7:30 am: Devotions
  • 8 am: Breakfast
  • 9-10:30 am: Session 1
  • 10:30-12 pm: Self-reflection
  • 12 noon: Lunch
  • 1:30-3 pm: Session 2
  • 3-5 pm: Self-reflection
  • 5 pm: Dinner
  • 7-9 pm: Healing Service

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

  • 7:30 am: Devotions
  • 8 am: Breakfast
  • 9-10 am: Self-reflection
  • 10-12 pm: Break-out Sessions
  • 12 noon: Lunch
  • 1 pm: Closing Worship

(schedule subject to change)

Registration is due on or before JANUARY 15, 2017 for both online and manual registrations.

Our featured speaker will be RODNEY H. SHEARER, Ph.D.

Former Director of Mentored Ministry And Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry Conrad Weiser High School; B.A. Lebanon Valley College; M. Div. United Theological Seminary; Ph.D. Drew University; Ordained elder (retired) in The E. PA Conference of the United Methodist Church

Rod and his wife of 50 years, Mary Ellen, have served pastorates in Elizabethtown (Lancaster County), Green Village (NH), Bethlehem (Northampton County), Ono (Lebanon County), and North Lebanon Township (Lebanon County). They have served extension appointments at Lebanon Valley College (Chaplain and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Religion). Evangelical Theological Seminary (Academic Dean, Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry and Director of United Methodist Studies) and on the cabinets of Bishops Peter Weaver and Marcus Matthews as Superintendent of the Harkness and NE Districts of the E. PA Conference of the UMC. He has taught courses in Biblical Literature and Christian faith at Lebanon Valley College, Evangelical School of Theology and Moravian Theological Seminary.

Rod’s academic interests include Biblical studies in both Old and New Testaments and the organizational and spiritual life of the church. Currently he is reading through the life and ministry of Paul and reviewing Old Testament history. He has written several entries for the Anchor Bible Dictionary. He has served as an associate editor for and served on the Board of Directors of Religious and Theological Abstracts. Rod is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature. He also with the faculty developed the seminary’s field education program which he administered. He was a member of the Association for Theological Field Education and the Evangelical Association of Theological Field Educators Caucus.

Rod was born in Reading (Berks Co.) PA and lived in Wernersville with his parents and brother through his high school years at Conrad Weiser. He met his wife of 50 years, Mary Ellen (Omsted) at Lebanon Valley College. They have four daughters (Laurabeth Chape, Angela Gail Dickinson, Sara Helene Jackson, Janell Davis (deceased) and seven grandchildren.

Manual registration link: (https://www.epaumc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/FAMLP-2017-brochure.pdf)

Contact Information: John Hornberger (PDC) - 302-299-8139 Mark Beideman (EPA) - 610-585-0575 Cheryl Snyder (Treasurer/Registrar) - 443-553-2263 (cheryl_a21921@verizon.net)

"Take It to the Streets" -- Exploring Vital Ministry for African-American Churches

April 28th, 2017

$10

with The Rev. Dr. Jacqui King -- View her Bio

A Dinner and Seminar Hosted By the Philadelphia Mission ConneXion for African-American Clergy, Local Church Leaders and Laity in Philadelphia


Friday, April 28th

6:00 pm- 9:00 pm


Zoar UMC

1201 Melon Street

Philadelphia, Pa. 19123


What is gentrification?  How is my community transforming ministry needs and expectations?  Who is God calling us to serve?  Our focus will be reconnecting with surrounding communities through prayer, process and people. 

Make sure to:

  • Bring your MissionInsite Executive Summary to set the framework.
  • Review these materials on gentrification before you come

Gentrification map and data: http://www.governing.com/gov-data/philadelphia-gentrification-maps-demographic-data.html

Gentrification in Philly: http://philly.curbed.com/2016/8/4/12366714/philadelphia-gentrifying-neighborhoods-jonathan-tannen

Pew Trusts Article (highlights impact on African-American communities): http://www.pewtrusts.org/~/media/assets/2016/05/philadelphiaschangingneighborhoods.pdf

Registration closes Friday, April 21st

  • Sponsored by the Central District of EPAUMC
  • Questions? Email mcmiller@epaumc.org or call (215) 878-4607
  • Download the flyer

2017 East District TOOLS FOR MINISTRY

April 29th, 2017

$0 - $25

LOCATION: Bensalem UMC, 4300 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem 19020

SCHEDULE

8 am-9 am Sign-in and Breakfast Foods available

9 am-9:45 am Worship, Offering received, Plenary

10 am-11:45 am Workshop Session #1

Noon-12:30 pm Lunch

12:30 pm-2:15 pm Workshop Session #2

2:15 pm Adjourn

"BEING THE CHURCH OUTSIDE THE BUILDING: Where to Start with Evangelism"

Ms. Jacquie Morges, Plenary Presenter

Ms. Morges works at Ursinus College with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship whose purpose is to establish and advance, at colleges and universities, witnessing communities of students and faculty who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord: growing in love for God, God’s Word, God’s people of every ethnicity and culture and God’s purposes in the world. Previously, she served as Youth Pastor in a United Methodist Church.

11 WORKSHOPS FROM WHICH TO CHOOSE:

1. Church Growth

Rev. Michael S. Netznick, full-time Local Pastor, Covenant UMC, Moore Township

Is it possible to grow our churches in the 21st Century? We will look at our churches and see how we can change so that we can impact our community and begin to grow.

2. Church Security

Mr. Steven Lambert, Risk Control Consultant, EHD (formerly Engle-Hambright & Davies, Inc.), Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s insurance broker

When and how should a local church conduct fire drills? How should communication happen between people in different parts of the church building during a Sunday morning emergency? Are there guidelines about church members having keys to the church building? How should outside groups that have access to the building is needed be handled? Is there a response protocol in the event of an incident? What general best safety and security practices will keep the church open and welcoming, but also protect others who are in the building. Sign up for this workshop to learn more.

3. Finding the Sweet Spot of Church Culture

Rev. J. William Lentz, Jr., Senior Pastor, Lehman Memorial UMC, Hatboro

“Finding the "Sweet Spot of Your Church's Culture" can make all the difference between getting stuck and spinning your wheels as a church, or moving ahead with passion and determination to serve Christ in your community. Church culture is often an undervalued component of a church's overall health and effectiveness. This workshop will help participants define their church’s current culture to determine whether it is serving the church well. If it’s not, you will learn how to promote a culture that does!

4. Grant Writing

Ms. Yvette Davis, Chair, Northeastern Jurisdiction Urban Steering Network of the General Board of Global Ministries; member, National Advisory Committee, United Methodist Community Developers Program; former Foundation Center librarian and trainer

This workshop will be presented in two parts. Part 1 (morning session) will explore the components of grant proposals for both foundation and denominational grants. Part 2 (afternoon session) will present the opportunity for participants to work in teams to draft the key components of a grant proposal, using information learned in the morning session.

5. How to Develop an Effective Bible Study

*Rev. Dr. Michael Roberts, Sr., Pastor, Emilie UMC, Levittown *

The goal of Bible study is not merely the acquiring of new knowledge, neither can it be limited in the benefits realized in life. The ultimate aim of Bible study is to share insight with others and see the Scriptures transform lives. Paul urged this twofold action on the Colossian Christians: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Col. 3:16). The principles taught and learned in Bible study enable spiritual growth. You are invited to attend this informative workshop, which will equip you to help others experience significant spiritual growth throughout their lives.

6. Older Adult Visitation: Techniques for Finding Meaning (morning session only)

Rev. Jane D. McCarthy, Ordained Deacon in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, and Chaplain, Wesley Enhanced Living

In this workshop, there will be a brief overview of considerations specific to visitation with older adults. Most of our time together will be focus on learning and using techniques such as life review, personalized psalm writing, and “empty chair” to enhance the effectiveness of our visit.

7. S/PPRC - Staff/Pastor Parish Relations committee

Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Foster, III, Pastor, Janes Memorial UMC

This workshop should challenge participants to go beyond some "notions" about being a member of the S/PPR Committee. It should challenge one’s understanding of the importance of this ministry of leadership and the impact on the pastoral and spiritual life of the church. First year or seasoned members of the Committee can actively participate in sharing in the discussion with equal understanding of the need for their gifts in this ministry. After reading all of paragraph 258.1 and 2 of The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church (2016), each participant will be prepared to share in the discussions of this ministry of leadership. This workshop will be presented in two parts. Part 1 is the morning session, followed by Part 2 in the afternoon. The Guidelines resource for United Methodist churches published by Cokesbury, “Pastor-Parish Relations: Connecting the Pastor, Staff, and Congregation,” will be available for purchase at the workshop for $4.00. Or, it can be purchased online (ISBN-13: 9781501829840) for $3.99 per print copy, E-Book, or Electronic Downloadable File at www.Cokesbury.com.

8. Stewardship 101

Rev. Dr. Lloyd F. Speer, III, Pastor of Christ UMC, Fairless Hills

This workshop will cover 10 of the most transformative practices a church can adopt to improve the work of its Finance/Stewardship committees and the level of giving of individual members. The workshop is based on the book, Bounty, by Kristine Miller and Scott Mckenzie, and it is highly recommended that participants read the book in advance.

9. The Nuts and Bolts of Being a Church Trustee

Rev. James Duckett, member of Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Board of Trustees and part-time Local Pastor, appointed to Wilkinson Memorial UMC in Croydon

Participants will interact with one another on their key duties as a Trustee. The presenters will introduce the forms that the Annual Conference requires, the duties and responsibilities of this important church board, and the challenges that all churches face. Bring your questions and willingness to resource each other. The Guidelines resource for United Methodist churches published by Cokesbury, “Trustees: Managing the Resources of the Congregation,” will be available for purchase at the workshop for $4.00. Or, it can be purchased online (ISBN-13: 9781501829994) for $3.99 per print copy, E-Book, or Electronic Downloadable File at www.Cokesbury.com.

10. Understanding Dementia: Caring for the Person (afternoon session only)

Rev. Jane D. McCarthy, Ordained Deacon in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, and Chaplain, Wesley Enhanced Living

In this workshop, participants will learn about the set of symptoms known as dementia, and we might understand the individual’s personhood throughout their increasing impairment. There will be ample time for discussion about good ways to communicate with persons suffering with dementia and about how to respond to common behavioral expressions.

11. Youth Ministries: Does Yours Speak to Your Youth?

Mrs. Denise Harris, Yardley UMC Youth Director and member of the Conference Youth and Young Adult Executive Team

This workshop will focus on building and sustaining a youth ministry that meets teens where they are and provides opportunities for them to go deeper in their Spiritual Journeys. Youth ministry should provide a safe place for young people to celebrate life, grow in relationship with Christ, discover God-given gifts, and enable serving the world through living out faith.

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Southwest District Tools for Ministry

April 29th, 2017

$8

Special Guest Speaker Dr. Greg Carey

Dr. Greg Carey has taught at Lancaster Theological Seminary as Professor of New Testament since 1999, having previously taught at Rhodes College and Winthrop University. His publications include numerous studies on ancient literature, the New Testament, and the Book of Revelation. He is the author or co-editor of six books; blogs regularly for the Huffington Post religion section and appears in documentaries on the BBC, Discovery, and National Geographic Channels, including the 2011 documentary, "The Story of Jesus."


Workshops for Session One (10:10 am)

Organizational & Administrative Workshops - Session One

  • 01 - Behind Closed Doors - Julie Anderman, Executive Director of Artos Retreats: What kind of support does a clergy family really need from the SPRC? Isn't it the same as any family? Yes and no. Come learn about common real-life issues clergy spouses and families uniquely face, and ideas to promote the restoration so many spouses & families need. Under- stand daily life for clergy families through a new, highly interactive game.

  • 02 - Trustee Basics and Resolving Possible Collisions with Your Church's Mission - Rev John Laughlin: Dealing with the necessities without neglecting your ministry.

  • 03 - Finance 101: The Basics - Rev Jason Perkowski: This workshop will cover the basics for church finance committees and treasurers: Annual Charge Conference Finance, Salary & Statistical Reports; Communication with Congregants; Connectional Ministry Fund and Direct Bills; etc

Discipling Ministries Workshops - Session One

  • 04 - United Methodist Women - Agents of Change - Ruth Daugherty: A little history and current efforts to make our world a better place

  • 05 - Children Ministry in the Small Church - Don't Count Kids, Make Kids Count - Lucy Heisey and a round table: How to strengthen your children's ministry. Some of the areas covered will be making your program unique, how to specialize, volunteer shortage, and rewarding your volunteers. Will also discuss intergenerational services.

  • 06 - Communicating with Youth and Young Adults - Kate Beiler: Learn beneficial and safe ways to connect digitally with youth and young adults as well as some strategies for best serving both age groups.

Social Engagement Workshops - Session One

  • 07 - Conversations towards Reconciliation - Derrick Gutierrez: This workshop will prepare church leaders to engage in open dialogue about racial and ethnic diversity in their local context, help identify ways to develop ongoing deeper relationships with peoples of different cultures, and begin the important work of proactively dismantling barriers to reconciliation

  • 08 - Disability Awareness Sunday: Let’s Go! - Barbara Skarbowski - When all God’s people are joyfully welcomed into our congregations and become full participants in the life of the church, the body of Christ is complete! Learn how to make people and families who experience disability feel welcomed during this Special Sunday, and every Sunday afterwards. Participants will take away resources for Liturgy, Sermons, Music and more.

  • 09 - Advance Care Planning: A Life Long Conversation - Rev Dr Richard Rimert: While we usually associate "Advance Care Planning" with documents such as living wills and medical power of attorney, Advance Care Planning expands the conversation to consider important medical related decisions across all stages of life. Included in this presentation will be a consideration of why addressing this issue is an important spiritual practice. Please come with your questions

  • 10 - Public Policies Affect Me and Where I Live!! What Can I Do? - Dianne Berlin: A condensed course in advocacy by nationally known volunteer advocate, Dianne Berlin

Church Health & Spiritual Growth Workshops - Session One

  • 11 - Leading Group Prayers in the Outdoors - Kirstin Shrom-Rhoads, Coordinator of Discipleship; Grandview UMC: What makes these prayers different from group prayers indoors or individual prayers outdoors? Together we will learn about benefits to this type of prayer and practice creating them

  • 12 - Leading Through Conflict - Rev David Woolverton (doctoral candidate in conflict resolution and leadership): Conflict is a part of any organization that is growing. If there is no conflict, there is no potential for growth. This workshop will help you discover your "default" response to conflict and learn newer ways to lead through conflict towards a healthier future.


Workshops for Session Two (11:15 am)

Organizational & Administrative Workshops - Session Two

  • 13 - A New Model for Pastor-Parish Relations Committees - Rev David Woolverton - The goal of the Church is to make disciples. It's time the organizational infra-structure of the Church made that possible. In churches all over the Conference, PPRCs have been triangled into being "complaint switchboards" rather than teams that empower genuine discipleship. Learn the actual denominational design for a healthy PPRC - a model of accountable discipleship for both pastor and parish..

  • 14 - Safe Sanctuaries 101 - Rev Eddie Cameron - A summary and introduction to safe sanctuaries. The more comprehensive Safe Sanctuary workshop that is the official training required for local churches will be presented periodically on the district and elsewhere.

Discipling Ministries Workshops - Session Two

  • 15 - Missions - What Can a Local Church DO??? - Susan Grimm Mattox, SW District Lay Leader: Workshop session will provide local UMC mission opportunities, Lancaster County mission groups and other specific UMC mission projects. Resource page will be provided.

  • 16 - Experiencing Outside – Connecting Kids to Christ through Outdoor Experiences - Dan Kirby from Gretna Glen Camp & Retreat Center; Sharing current research, activities you can learn to lead, and outdoor opportunities for children and youth. Serving over 2,500 school students each year, and over 1,300 campers in the summer, Gretna Glen has seen firsthand the impact of meeting God on His playground, and why we ALL need to work to bring children and youth to the great outdoors.

  • 17 - Not Just CSM - Rob Stoner: learn what changes have taken place related to the Christ Servant Ministries program as a result of the 2016 General Conference. What resources are available and how to streamline and plan for your response to the Call you are feeling. Beginning the Journey and seeing it through from Local Church Servant to Christ Servant Minister to Certified Lay Minister and beyond.

Social Engagement Workshops - Session Two

  • 18 - Safe Drinking Water - Eastern Lancaster County Source Water Collaborative: God calls us to be stewards of the earth and its many resources. Join us to learn ways in which you can help protect one of our most important resources: drinking water. Learn what you can do to insure the health of your family, community, and congregation. Become good stewards of one of God's earthly gifts - the gift of life, the gift of water!

  • 19 - Social Principles and the Worldwide nature of the UMC - Dr. Darryl Stephens, New study guide and resource. The author of Methodist Morals: Social Principles in the Public Church's Witness presents a fascinating history of our global connection and social witness. Participants will receive the leader's guide to a six-session study written by Ruth Daugherty.

  • 20 - Refined Spirit in Retirement - Rev Jacquie Sheely: Spiritual values for people, relationships, and community never retire.

Church Health & Spiritual Growth Workshops - Session Two

  • 21 - An Experience of Sabbath - Kirstin Shrom-Rhoads, Coordinator of Discipleship; Grandview UMC. An experiential gathering offering an opportunity to learn about consequences of our loss of Sabbath and provide time and space to connect with our Creator. Resources include work by Gerald May, Wayne Muller, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Jaco Hammon.

  • 22 - Breaking Through to New Life! - Overcoming limitations in small or medium sized congregations - Rev Rob Stippich: Small and medium-sized churches actually have the greatest opportunity for revitalization and new growth. The key is to break through assumptions and habits, and discover a renewed, healthier, size-appropriate perspective.

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Greg Carey, Professor of New Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary

This Year's Theme: "Racial Justice and Prayer"

Cost: $8 - (Includes Materials, Continental Breakfast & Refreshments)

Registration Deadline: April 18 - Walk-ins will be accepted but availability of workshops may be limited. In case of inclement weather, call the District Office (717-569-9673) for news of cancellation (no rain date). Payment must accompany registration. Make Checks payable to “EPA UMC” - Please put "Southwest District" in the memo section of the check.

Please note and detail any physical needs or disabling conditions.

Basic Schedule of the Day:

  • 8:15 am to 8:55 am – Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 am to 10:00 am – Plenary Session
  • 10:10 am to 11:05 am – Workshop Session I
  • 11:15 am to 12:20 pm - Workshop Session II

Regular Registration by April 18, 2017

Registration Cost: $8.00. Payment must accompany registration. Make Checks payable to “EPA-UMC” with "Southwest District" in the memo section. Mail to Southwest District, P.O. Box 271, Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505

Download the Flyer and Workshop List

CE District Tools for Ministry

April 29th, 2017

$10

"Vital Congregations and Vital Ministry in the 21st Century"


Bethel UMC

952 Bethel Church Road

Spring City, PA 19475


Download the full list of workshops and descriptions

Download the flyer


Schedule:

8:00-8:30 a.m.

  • Check-in

8:30-8:50 a.m.

  • Gathering Music – David Bryant

8:50-10:15 a.m.

  • Plenary Session
  • Keynote Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Jacqui King -- View her Bio
  • Reimagine – What is God calling us to do now? Interactive experience to help participants move from ideas to implementation.  Focus on disciple-making processes and practices coupled with building community partnerships.
  • Offering with Offertory by David Bryant -- Benefitting CE District Clean Water Initiatives

10:30 -12:30

  • Workshops

  • Sponsored by the Central District of the Eastern PA Conference.
  • Questions? Email mcmiller@epaumc.org
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Northeast District Tools for Ministry

April 29th, 2017

$12

Strengthening the Connection Through Resources and Relationships

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017

Time: 8:30 - 9:00 am - Registration & Continental Breakfast

Time: 9:00 – 2:00 - Opening Devotions & Program

Location: Grace UMC 404 E Mountain Ave, Pen Argyl, PA 18072

Offering: NE District Missions Projects - Congo Feeding Project & Camperships

 

Online Registration Open

$12 Early Reistration - Includes Breakfast & Lunch

$15 Late Registration – After April 19

Online Registration Preferred - Please use debit or credit card.

 

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SCHEDULE

Opening Devotions

Mission ConneXion Panel Discussion

Morning Workshops:

  • Going with the Flow: Partnering with Families in the 21st Century
  • Managing Conflict in the Church
  • Active Bystander Intervention
  • Radical Hospitality From Street to Seat

Interactive Worship

Lunch

Afternoon Workshops

  • The Nitty-Gritty of Children's Ministry
  • Church Finance
  • Lay Leadership
  • Trustees
  • Staff-Parish Relations (SPRC)

Click Here for Brochure with Descriptions

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Northwest District Tools for Ministry 2017

April 29th, 2017

$8

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Lickdale: Trinity United Methodist Church

98 Fisher Ave., Jonestown PA 17038

8:30 - 9:00 Check In and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30 Plenary Session - District Superintendents Rev. H. Joe Tyson, Rev. Dr. Christopher Kurien, and Rev. Dr. Alfred Maloney

WORKSHOPS

FIRST SESSION: 9:45-11:00 AM- WORKSHOPS #1 to #7

1. Listening & Prayer

Learn to identify God's voice and pray what is on the Lord's heart.

Presenter: Rev. Cindy Brubaker is an elder in the EPAUMC with 25 years of pastoral experience currently serving as pastor of Lighthouse Fellowship UMC in Glenside.

2. Establishing a Planned Giving Program in your Church

Legacy gifts and bequests are often the most impactful donation a church will ever receive. How do you create a culture of legacy and philanthropy in your congregation? Participants will learn: Basics of endowment accounts, ways of promoting gifts from wills, trusts, retirement plans, and insurance, and rules and regulations for the investment of funds.

Presenter: Jack Brooks, Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic United Methodist Foundation. Jack has more than 30 years of experience in working with both donors and organizations in the area of philanthropy and planned giving.

3. MissionInsite

Answer the essential question, who are we as a congregation? What is our “reach” into the community we serve? Are we a Neighborhood, Community or Regional Church? Learn how to use a vital tool made available to churches by the conference to answer these questions and more.

Presenter: Rev. Gordon Hendrickson, EPA UMC’s Congregational Development Coordinator, which is tasked with renewing and revitalizing existing churches and with developing new faith communities.

4. Vital Conversations on Race

Join with Rev. Dr. Kurein, Rev. Dr. Maloney & Rev. Alicia Julia-Stanley engage in honest conversations on race in our church, community and world. A DVD for small groups, prepared by the Commission on Religion and Race will be available to all participants.

Presenter: Rev. Christopher Kurien, Director of Connectional Ministries and former NW District Superintendent; and Rev. Al Maloney, former NW District Superintendent,\; Rev. Joe Tyson, North West District Superintendent.

5. Safety in the Church

This seminar will cover workplace violence and a few safety tips on working alone. It is geared toward pastors or other staff members who may be in the church alone during the week, and to the Board of Trustees who will help to implement suggestions.

Presenter: Mr. Jeff Phillippi has over 20 years of safety experience working with a wide variety of different types of organizations and several professional qualifications: undergraduate degree from Slippery Rock University in Occupational Health and Safety Management; Master’s Degree from Indiana University of PA in Safety Science; and several professional designations and board certifications.

6. Social Media

Where the website has become the new front door, social media has increasingly become the relational starting point. The younger a person is, the more the distinction between online and offline relationships blurs. While there are many social media networks, Facebook, has reached near saturation among families with websites and churches should master their use of Facebook for social interaction, conversation, and advertising to reach the largest audience.

Presenter: Rev. Kevin Rutledge is a young pastor in the EPAUMC. He currently serves as the associate at Springfield: Covenant. He is an expert in the area of Web development and the Church's use of Social Media. He spends time each week to keep on top of web trends and social media tools so that the church can more effectively share the Gospel in the places where people are today. I look forward to sharing what I know and the tools I use with others.

7. Personal Evangelism

Each of us has a story, a story written by God’s hands. This session will explore how we can use our story to invite and excite people to become disciples of Jesus. We will look at ways to bring your personal story to evangelize for the Lord. Through personal examples we will see how the Lord takes these to show others the great plans He also has for them. By making it personal and real people will build relationships and through this find a stronger relationship with Jesus Christ.

Presenter: Rev. Greg Hafer, Licensed Local Pastor at Bethany UMC, Barnesville and Ebenezer UMC, Quakake.

SECOND SESSION: 11:15-12:30 PM - WORKSHOPS #8 to #14.

8. Prayer in Action

Follow the Lord into every day and learn to do what God is doing.

Presenter: Rev. Cindy Brubaker is an elder in the EPAUMC with 25 years of pastoral experience currently serving as pastor of Lighthouse Fellowship UMC in Glenside.

9. Pastor-Parish or Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC)

Learn the actual denominational design for a healthy PPRC - a model of accountable discipleship for both pastor and parish.

Presenter: Rev. H. Joe Tyson. North West District Superintendent.

10. Vital Church Mergers and More

We all know the Great Commission and the Mission statement of the United Methodist Church: “Make Disciples of Jesus Christ who will transform the world”. Are we doing this? If not how can we be faithful to this mission? Have our buildings become church? Are we reaching out to our community? Can we dream together of new possibilities?

Presenter: Rev. Gordon Hendrickson, EPA UMC’s Congregational Development Coordinator, which is tasked with renewing and revitalizing existing churches and with developing new faith communities.

11. Vital Conversations on Race

Join with Rev. Kurien, Rev. Maloney & Rev. Alicia Julia-Stanley engage in honest conversations on race in our church, community and world. A DVD for small groups, prepared by the Commission on Religion and Race will be available to all participants.

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Christopher Kurien, Director of Connectional Ministries and former Superintendent of the NW District, Rev. Dr. Alfred Maloney, former Superintendent of the NW District, and Rev. Alicia Julia-Stanley, Pastor at Covenant and member of Commission on Religion and Race.

12. Loss Control

This seminar will cover a few best practices that can be implemented to help reduce the risk of basic accidents from slip/trip/ falls, to small fires.

Presenter: Mr. Jeff Phillippi has over 20 years of safety experience working with a wide variety of different types of organizations and several professional qualifications: undergraduate degree from Slippery Rock University in Occupational Health and Safety Management; Master’s Degree from Indiana University of PA in Safety Science; and several professional designations and board certifications.

13. Web Page for Your Church

The importance of a web presence has grown significantly. I believe that the church’s website is the new first visit a person will make in a congregation and if there is no website or it is full of dated information, people will not even come through the church’s doors.

Presenter: Rev. Kevin Rutledge is a young pastor in the EPAUMC. He currently serves as the associate at Springfield: Covenant. He is an expert in the area of Web development and the Church's use of Social Media. He has always had a passion for web design. From competitions in high school, consulting work with local businesses after college, and website design for the churches he has served.

14. Lay Speakers Preparation

The language changed in the Book of Discipline that within a year will require action in the formal process and the report to DCOM. This will be training to go through the website for Certified Lay Ministers and CSM who serve a church.

Presenter: Rev. Mike Remmel; Diane Orwig, CSM-CLM

Registration - $ 8.00

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Building an Effective Website for Your Church [Friday, May 5]

May 5th, 2017

$30

Dear Pastor and/or Church Communicator:

"If you build it they will come..."

Eastern PA Conference Communications will partner with United Methodist Communications (UMCom) to offer a 6-hour basic workshop in building church websites in WordPress on Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6.

We will offer this training twice, if we can draw enough registrants, on Friday and again on Saturday, from 8:30 AM to 3 PM. The training locations are still be arranged. But we can only accommodate up to 30 people for each intensive session; so space is limited. All who are interested should REGISTER ONLINE as soon as possible.

The absolute deadline to register is April 3. Sorry, but we cannot accept registrants after that date, due to advance preparations needed for the training event.

The cost is only $30 per person, which must be paid in advance. That amount pays for lunch and other event costs. (UMCom is not charging for the training, thanks to our World Service apportionments. We apologize for incorrectly stating earlier that the training would be offered for free.)

This workshop is for lay and clergy individuals, and preferably for teams, who have the important responsibility or desire to build and manage their church websites, including those who want to create new and improved church websites.

A congregation with a quality website can reach beyond its front door to inform its community and the world about its life and faith, ministries and concerns. It can also inspire others to come visit and get involved. Indeed, your church’s website is its virtual front door, allowing you to invite people from near and far to peek inside and then come get a closer look.

A mere Facebook page is just not enough. A well-organized, attractive, informative church website with strategic content is far superior and more effective in attracting visitors. Most visitors now check out a church’s website before deciding to visit. Members also rely on church websites to learn important information and enjoy other benefits.

Craig Catlett, a Training and Development Specialist at UMCom, will come to Eastern PA to teach church staff and volunteers how to build quality WordPress church websites and begin planning a full-fledged web ministry with other, integrated components, like social media, recorded sermons, videos and online giving.

Craig says (in fact, he insists!) that your church will get the most out of this training if each participant first takes the online web ministry course Your Church Website: Rethinking Your New Front Door before coming to the workshop. It is a helpful online preview of what he will teach, and it covers the basics of creating both your church website and a strategic web ministry that helps people connect with your church in a new way.

The course may take you several hours or a day, depending on your current level of knowledge. But—and here’s the really good news—the usual cost for this online course is $39.99. But UMCom is offering it for free for people who register in time for the May workshop.

Not only that, but UMCom wants smart churches to also take the online course Church Marketing: How to Effectively Reach Your Community. In fact, they want that so much and feel it is so crucially important, that they’re offering a 25% discount on the $29.99 cost, resulting in a cost of only $22.50 for persons participating in the May workshop.

“In my experience,” Craig writes, “coupling the two topics (Web Ministry and Church Marketing) has shown great value because the marketing aspect really helps churches hone their identity and learn how to effectively reach audiences. Their identity manifests throughout the church website.”

If you don’t have time to take these online courses before the May workshop, you can take them afterward. But you’ll learn a lot more and learn much faster if you take them beforehand.

But wait—there’s more…much more!

United Methodist Communications offers churches low-cost website hosting and other benefits of its relationship with WordPress. But UMCom is also offering Website Development Grants ($$$) to UM churches and church entities, especially those who participate in this training, who do not currently have a website or who want to replace their current website with a new WordPress site.

Through these new grants, UMCom will offer the following:

  • Free website hosting and free online support for one year.
  • Free domain-name registration for one year.
  • Free WordPress online training through UMCom.
  • Free pre-designed templates for easy development of your new website

So, if your church wants to build a new or improved website—one that effectively invites whosoever will to come experience the message and ministries that you have to offer—then don’t delay. REGISTER for this workshop today before it fills up with eager learners.

And then, be sure to take those helpful online courses in web ministry and church marketing. You will begin to see the fruits of your learning and of your website that much sooner, as the world beats a path to your front door.

Craig Catlett is the Training and Development Specialist at United Methodist Communications. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion and a Master’s Degree in Communication. Before coming to work for UMCom, Craig taught interpersonal communication, public speaking, and business and professional communication for Western Kentucky University. Craig has a background in ministry and online learning and now combines his past experiences to serve The United Methodist Church.*

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Building an Effective Website for Your Church [Saturday, May 6]

May 6th, 2017

$30

Dear Pastor and/or Church Communicator:

"If you build it they will come..."

Eastern PA Conference Communications will partner with United Methodist Communications (UMCom) to offer a 6-hour basic workshop in building church websites in WordPress on Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6.

We will offer this training twice, if we can draw enough registrants, on Friday and again on Saturday, from 8:30 AM to 3 PM. The training locations are still be arranged. But we can only accommodate up to 30 people for each intensive session; so space is limited. All who are interested should REGISTER ONLINE as soon as possible.

The absolute deadline to register is April 3. Sorry, but we cannot accept registrants after that date, due to advance preparations needed for the training event.

The cost is only $30 per person, which must be paid in advance. That amount pays for lunch and other event costs. (UMCom is not charging for the training, thanks to our World Service apportionments. We apologize for incorrectly stating earlier that the training would be offered for free.)

This workshop is for lay and clergy individuals, and preferably for teams, who have the important responsibility or desire to build and manage their church websites, including those who want to create new and improved church websites.

A congregation with a quality website can reach beyond its front door to inform its community and the world about its life and faith, ministries and concerns. It can also inspire others to come visit and get involved. Indeed, your church’s website is its virtual front door, allowing you to invite people from near and far to peek inside and then come get a closer look.

A mere Facebook page is just not enough. A well-organized, attractive, informative church website with strategic content is far superior and more effective in attracting visitors. Most visitors now check out a church’s website before deciding to visit. Members also rely on church websites to learn important information and enjoy other benefits.

Craig Catlett, a Training and Development Specialist at UMCom, will come to Eastern PA to teach church staff and volunteers how to build quality WordPress church websites and begin planning a full-fledged web ministry with other, integrated components, like social media, recorded sermons, videos and online giving.

Craig says (in fact, he insists!) that your church will get the most out of this training if each participant first takes the online web ministry course Your Church Website: Rethinking Your New Front Door before coming to the workshop. It is a helpful online preview of what he will teach, and it covers the basics of creating both your church website and a strategic web ministry that helps people connect with your church in a new way.

The course may take you several hours or a day, depending on your current level of knowledge. But—and here’s the really good news—the usual cost for this online course is $39.99. But UMCom is offering it for free for people who register in time for the May workshop.

Not only that, but UMCom wants smart churches to also take the online course Church Marketing: How to Effectively Reach Your Community. In fact, they want that so much and feel it is so crucially important, that they’re offering a 25% discount on the $29.99 cost, resulting in a cost of only $22.50 for persons participating in the May workshop.

“In my experience,” Craig writes, “coupling the two topics (Web Ministry and Church Marketing) has shown great value because the marketing aspect really helps churches hone their identity and learn how to effectively reach audiences. Their identity manifests throughout the church website.”

If you don’t have time to take these online courses before the May workshop, you can take them afterward. But you’ll learn a lot more and learn much faster if you take them beforehand.

But wait—there’s more…much more!

United Methodist Communications offers churches low-cost website hosting and other benefits of its relationship with WordPress. But UMCom is also offering Website Development Grants ($$$) to UM churches and church entities, especially those who participate in this training, who do not currently have a website or who want to replace their current website with a new WordPress site.

Through these new grants, UMCom will offer the following:

  • Free website hosting and free online support for one year.
  • Free domain-name registration for one year.
  • Free WordPress online training through UMCom.
  • Free pre-designed templates for easy development of your new website

So, if your church wants to build a new or improved website—one that effectively invites whosoever will to come experience the message and ministries that you have to offer—then don’t delay. REGISTER for this workshop today before it fills up with eager learners.

And then, be sure to take those helpful online courses in web ministry and church marketing. You will begin to see the fruits of your learning and of your website that much sooner, as the world beats a path to your front door.

Craig Catlett is the Training and Development Specialist at United Methodist Communications. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion and a Master’s Degree in Communication. Before coming to work for UMCom, Craig taught interpersonal communication, public speaking, and business and professional communication for Western Kentucky University. Craig has a background in ministry and online learning and now combines his past experiences to serve The United Methodist Church.*

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Claiming Sabbath for Clergy Spouses

May 13th, 2017

$50

A retreat created FOR clergy spouses BY clergy spouses.

  • Learn how the Bible, not the calendar, calls us to celebrate Sabbath.
  • Reduce your isolation through small group discussion. Safely express common clergy spouse issues without having to reveal your personal situation.
  • Solve real-life clergy spouse scenarios about obstacles to keeping Sabbath. Practice setting boundaries for Sabbath.
  • Explore your own ways to celebrate Sabbath through The Sabbath Game.
  • Enjoy original music to help set the rhythm of your spiritual life.
  • Held at Daylesford Abbey, 220 South Valley Road, Paoli, PA 19301. Lunch is included.

Julie Anderman

Retreat leader - Julie Anderman

  • EPA Conference UMC clergy spouse for 18 years.
  • 20 years providing instructional design and communication services to Fortune 500 companies
  • 25 years facilitating small groups
  • A.B. in Theology, M.B.A. in Organizational Behavior, Strategic Marketing

Partial scholarships available

Request a scholarship (up to $25) online on the Registration page. A limited number of scholarships are made possible by a Pastoral Excellence Network grant.

Payment deadlines:

       Credit card payments are due May 7, 2017.

       Check payments must be received by May 1, 2017. Make check payable to
       "Artos Retreats", and mail to: Artos Retreats 607 Rose Petal Lane, Mount Joy, PA 17552.

Your registration fee must be paid in full to attend the program.

Questions? Contact Julie Anderman at artosretreats@gmail.com.

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Basic Sexual Ethics (July 15, 2017)

July 15th, 2017

$35

Participants pay $35 to participate in this class. The fee includes light breakfast, lunch, and materials. Presenters are Rev. Jose “Ricky” Ayala and a female presenter to be named.

July 15, 2017, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Conshohocken UMC, 20 W. Sixth Ave., Conshohocken, PA

Level 1 (Basic) Sexual Ethics Workshops provide the essential, ethical and legal dimensions of appropriate healthy boundaries for those serving in ministerial roles. The primary purpose of this workshop is to educate participants on how to incorporate such healthy boundaries into their professional and personal behavior.

The Level 1 (Basic) Workshop is mandatory for all persons seeking certification as candidates in ministry, candidates for ministerial roles and for all other individuals beginning ministerial roles within the Eastern PA Conference. Peninsula-Delaware’s comparable course may be substituted. Lancaster Theological Seminary and Evangelical Seminary Boundary Training classes are also now approved as BSE courses. Learn more on the Ordained Ministry page.

The Level 1 (Basic) may be taken as a “refresher” workshop (instead of, or in addition to, an Advanced Level Workshop) – in fulfillment of the quadrennium continuing education requirement – by all serving in a ministerial role who have previously completed a Level 1 course.

Advanced Sexual Ethics: "Click, Connect, and Love: The Impact of Social Media on Clergy, Congregations and Families"

July 29th, 2017

$35

Advanced Sexual Ethics Workshop

July 29, 2017 9:30 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

New Life UMC

2600 Bond Avenue Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania 19026

"Click, Connect, and Love: The Impact of Social Media on Clergy, Congregations and Families"

Texting, ghosting, twitter, snapchat and Instagram. Social media is now an unavoidable and overarching aspect of our life together. Whether we're waiting in line, crossing the street, riding the train or trying to get work done, the pull of social media is always with us.

As church leaders it's hard for us to keep up with the changing landscape of all the ways people are connecting online. We also lag behind in establishing ethical practices for social media use for ourselves and our congregations.

At the same time, announcing events, having conversations with friends and relatives separated by time and distance, finding support for life's challenges and issues and being able to feel understood and heard by a community are also part of our online lives.

About Our Presenters:

Kristine Seitz M.Ed, MSW, LSW, specializes in the impact of social media both clinically and in her research. Her interactive style and breadth and depth of experience and know-how adds to her engaging presentation style.

Ms. Seitz is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Widener University in Human Sexuality Studies where her research and experience involves all aspects of technology and relationships; communication, online dating, positive impacts, revenge pornography, sexting, and use in affairs. She has several practice locations in South Jersey including the Council for Relationships in Voorhees.

Wanda Sevey, MDiv, LMFT, is an ordained clergy member of the United Church of Christ. After serving congregations for 20 years she is now a full time licensed Couple and Family Therapist with Council for Relationships and is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. She is the Director of the Clergy Training Track in the Postgraduate Training Program, helping clergy sharpen their skills in counseling with the option of getting on the track toward state licensure in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. She also teaches ethics in the Thomas Jefferson Couple and Family Therapy Masters Program.

The cost is $35 which includes a light breakfast, lunch, and materials. Registration is limited to 50 persons. .5 ceu's will be awarded.

Active clergy who are members of and serving within the EPA Conference are expected to acquire four CEU's within each quadrennium, including at least .5 ceu for sexual ethics.