planting seeds FOR MINISTRY GROWTH

Transformative leadership training for lay and clergy, designed to empower local congregations to be active in pursuing the Kingdom

Saturday . October 22 . 2016
Event Registration NOW OPEN!

Hopewell United Methodist Church
852 Hopewell Road 
Downingtown, PA 19335


Reggie McNeal
Missional Leadership Specialist for Leadership Network, 
and author of Missional Renaissance (2009) and Kingdom Come (2015)

Keynote Address @1:00pm

Adopting a Kingdom Narrative 

Why We Must Give Up Our Obsession with Fixing the Church—
and What We Should Do Instead?

The North American church must move from a church-centric narrative to a kingdom-centric narrative and ministry agenda.  Doing so will exponentially increase our capacity to connect with and serve our communities.  It will also save the church!

Reggie McNeal is Missional Leadership Specialist for Leadership Network. Author of numerous books, Reggie has lectured or taught as adjunct faculty for multiple seminaries, including Fuller Theological, Southwestern Baptist, Golden Gate Baptist, Trinity Divinity School, and Columbia International.  Reggie has contributed to numerous denominational publications and church leadership journals, including Leadership and Net Results.  He holds M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees, both from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Early Workshops (optional) @11:15am

Spirituality and Labyrinth Walking
Nurturing a positive culture of spiritual formation, together with labyrinth walking.

Led by Pastor Vicki Pry, Hopewell United Methodist Church

Financial Peace and Stewardship
Fostering a healthy culture of good stewardship, after the Financial Peace University model. 

Led by Simon Brain, President Board of Directors Bridge of Hope Lancaster and Chester Counties, and Vice President Finance & Administration, Amuneal Manufacturing Corporation

Afternoon Workshops @2:00pm

Leading Church-as-Movement
Nothing short of a culture shift can bring the church into kingdom alignment.  Leaders must intentionally and aggressively pursue three objectives in order to be successful in shifting from church-as-institution into church-as-movement.  This workshop identifies these three strategic components and offers some practical help for leaders for implementing them.

Workshop Presenter:  Reggie McNeal, Keynote Speaker

Forgive and Remember: Discovering Forgiveness Within Conflict
As Christians, we place a lot of expectations onto forgiveness. We expect it to heal relationships, restore intimacy, equalize power, confront prior iniquities and inequities, relinquish painful memories, and restore everything to what life was when we “liked it.” This course will explore the intimate connection between forgiveness and grief within a Christian context of conflict in the church – providing practical guidelines for how we can lead through it.

Workshop Presenter:  Rev. David Woolverton, Senior Pastor of St. Paul’s UMC in Elizabethtown, PA, a doctoral candidate in conflict management, and founder of Crossroads Counseling Center.

Divided Nation
In this presidential election year, the nation is particularly acrimonious and many Americans say they are disgusted with the political process. How can people of faith and character elevate the conversation, avoid the negative fray of public discourse, and steadfastly advance the vision of a government effectively promoting life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?

Workshop Presenter: Peter Loedel, PhD, Director of the Center for International Programs at West Chester University, Chair of the University’s political science department for more than a decade, and expert in the field of international relations and comparative politics.

Saturday . October 22 . 2016
$30 per person

Schedule of Events

11:00am Check-In opens for Early Workshops (optional)

11:15am Early Workshops (optional)

12:00pm Registration

 1:00pm Welcome & Keynote Address

 2:00pm Ministry Workshops & Leadership Training

 3:15pm Refreshments & Fellowship

 4:00pm Closing Worship Rally
                        Message by EPAUMC SE District Superintendent Dawn Taylor-Storm 

                        Music by #JesusTrending

CEU credit offered.

Christ Servant Ministries
An Advanced Leadership Course and certification training for Christ Servant Ministers, conducted by Rev. David Woolverton, will be offered in partnership with the Eastern PA Conference, October 21-22, 2016.  For information, log on to