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Eastern District Leadership Conference

October 9 - 10, 2018

Allentown, PA

In order to follow God, His people can't stay still. We are called to see where God is working, follow Him and work with Him toward making disciples and shining the light of His glory in the world. The apostle Peter spoke to this beautifully...

1 Peter 2:9 - 12
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you has sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

Friends, as encouraging as these words are, those of us entrusted with leadership to help the Church actually flesh this passage out don't have an easy calling! That's why we we're committed to help one another in the Eastern District.

To that end, we want to invite all of our district leaders - including pastors, spouses, staff members and lay-leaders - to come out to this year's leadership conference. We're praying and believing that God will put a renewed hunger in the hearts of our leaders for our Eastern District churches to be a part of a movement of God in our time.

We will encourage one another, pray for one another, celebrate what God is doing in our district ministries and share some practical ideas for how we can do some things together.

2018 Speakers

Cedrick Brown

Dr. Cedrick Brown

Lead Pastor, Commitment Community Church in Lindenwold, New Jersey

Dr. Mac Pier

Founder and CEO, Movement.org

 

Mac-Pier
Deb Hinkel

Deb Hinkel

Director of Spiritual Formation, Hershey Free in Hershey, Pennsylvania

Dr. Scott Hancock

Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at Gettysburg College

Scott Hancock
David Boerema

David Boerema

EDA Student Ministry Director and APEX Mission

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Tuesday

Avoiding Division While Pursuing Multiplication: How do we strategically move toward multiplication without leaving behind those we’re called to shepherd? What are some metrics we ought to employ to ensure healthy multiplication? We'll share our experiences, mistakes, and lessons learned from church planting over the years.  

  • Tony Balsamo and Bill Riedel

Self-Care: The Critical Missing Piece: What prevents you from practicing healthy self-care disciplines? We will discuss a critical underlying issue that often derails most pastors. You'll be given tangible takeaways you can immediately incorporate into your personal and professional wellness plan.  

  • Jerry Evans

Worship Leader Roundtable Discussion: Build relationships with other worship leaders in our district while discussing successes, resources, and struggles in leading well.

  • George Romanacce

Dangerous Intersections: Loving & Leading in a Sexually Broken World: God has a design and ideal for human sexuality which often conflicts with what we are experiencing in our culture and churches. How do we navigate these dangerous intersections?  Can I love people who have a different understanding of human sexuality and remain loyal to God’s ideal? How do I lead people into God’s ideal, without compromising love?

  • Joe Henseler

Raising and Releasing Women to Lead in the Local Church (Men AND women encouraged to attend.): Many churches lack visible examples of women in ministry leadership. How can the local church create equipping opportunities for women to prepare them to serve in partnership with men for the advancement of the Kingdom? What are some practical next steps churches can take to empower women to lead in ministry?

  • Deb Hinkel

How to Lead a Unified Elder Team: Learn how to select the right Elders, grow your Elders, balance business and relationships, lead productive meetings, and hold each other accountable. 

  • Guy Kneebone

Practical Help for Ministering to your Spanish Speaking Neighbors: Covering a broad range of topics from accepting others without changing the personality of your church, pornography in the church, and overcoming discouragement.

  • Carlos Belza

EDA Healthcare Project: Healthcare can be one of the biggest expenses for an organization. We have worked to create a self insured group with the churches in the EDA. Please join us as we reveal our results of this study.

  • Jonathan Warner of Warner Benefits

 

Wednesday

Avoiding Division While Pursuing Multiplication: How do we strategically move toward multiplication without leaving behind those we’re called to shepherd? What are some metrics we ought to employ to ensure healthy multiplication? We'll share our experiences, mistakes, and lessons learned from church planting over the years.  

  • Tony Balsamo and Bill Riedel

Self-Care: The Critical Missing Piece: What prevents you from practicing healthy self-care disciplines? We will discuss a critical underlying issue that often derails most pastors. You'll be given tangible takeaways that you can immediately incorporate into your personal and professional wellness plan.  

  • Jerry Evans

Dangerous Intersections: Loving & Leading in a Sexually Broken World: God has a design and ideal for human sexuality which often conflicts with what we are experiencing in our culture and churches. How do we navigate these dangerous intersections?  Can I love people who have a different understanding of human sexuality and remain loyal to God’s ideal? How do I lead people into God’s ideal, without compromising love?

  • Joe Henseler

Soul Care for the Pastor's Wife: Depending on where you live, your stage of life, your demographic, being a pastor's wife looks different for everyone. How are we taking care of our own souls so that we can be filled up to overflowing to those that we love no matter what season of ministry we're in.  

  • Jessica Cole

The Power of a Simple Online Strategy: In less than a year, Grace Free Church more than doubled in size, largely through the use of social media. Learn how we leveraged a simple online strategy to reach people for Jesus. No social media experience necessary - the strategy we developed and lessons we learned are applicable to any ministry context with any budget. Bring your whole team and learn how to harness the the power of social media to reach the unchurched through their phones.

  • Josh Ott

Reaching All People In Diverse Communities: Join a conversation and discover practical ideas to reach beyond cultural barriers to build the diverse church and reach all people in our communities. This breakout will celebrate and discuss the diversity of the church and our communities.

  • Michael Martin

What to do to win in ministry with Millennials and Gen Z: What to do to win in ministry with Millennials and Gen Z: Millennials and Gen X make up nearly half of the US population. It is crucial that church leadership not only understand what makes the next generation tick, but also how to minister to and with them. We will take a look at the unique characteristics of the next generation and what we can do to empower them to be gospel influencers.

  • David Boerema

WHERE TO STAY

Holiday Inn

7736 Adrienne Drive | Breinigsville,, PA 18031

 

$99 per night with free shuttle service.

Call 610.391.1000 and use block code "EDC" or book online using this booking link: Eastern District of the EFCE Leadership Conference.

Allentown Park Hotel

7471 Keebler Way | Allentown, PA 18106

 

Tuesday, October 9 for $89 per room.

This rate expires on Sunday, September 16.

To make a reservation, call 610-391-1500 and ask for “Eastern District of the EFCA Allentown” for arrival on Tuesday only.

 

Holiday Inn Express

3620 Hamilton Blvd | Allentown, PA 18103

 

Tuesday, October 9 for $119 per room.

This rate expires on September 15th with a 48 hr cancellation policy.

You can make reservations here or call 610-437-9255 and mention block EDA.

Holiday Inn Express Allentown West

5630 W Tilghman Street | Allentown, PA

 

Tuesday, October 9 for $109 per room.

This rate expires on September 15th with a 48 hr cancellation policy.

You can make reservations here with code EDA or call 610-530-5545 and mention block EDA.

 

Wingate by Wyndham

4325 Hamilton Blvd | Allentown, PA

Tuesday, October 9th for $82 per room.

You can make reservations by calling 610.366.1600 and mention block EDA.