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Girl’s Ministries Retreats

Join us for our Prims and Stars Retreat (Girls in grads 1-5) or our Friends and Girls Retreat (Girls grades 6-12).

This event features 2 great communicators, Jan Krebs and Trish Gunn.

It will be held at the Bongiorno Conference Center from June 14th-June 16th.

 

 

Superintendent Eligibility List

This list of Active Ordained Ministers are those eligible for the position of Superintendent.

Requirements are as follows:

  • Ordained prior to 5/8/2017
  • Transfered to PennDel prior to 5/8/2017
  • Reinstated by 5/8/2017 (if credentials were previously ‘lapsed’)

List of Ordained Ministers

Bylaws

 

Marjie Tourville: Our Pastor’s Wife, Our Friend

God gives gifts to the body of Christ: our salvation, spiritual gifts, ministry gifts, and even people. He blessed our PennDel Ministry Network in 2002, when Marjie (Marjorie) became our Network pastor’s wife as her husband (Pastor Steve) was elected as Superintendent.

The day Pastor Steve was installed as Superintendent started with a unique challenge for Marjie. Her morning began with a dental emergency; one that left her with a front crown missing! Thankfully, Marjie’s sister (Jeanne Wessman) was a dental assistant for a Carlisle dentist. Later, when Marjie walked to the front seat and looked to the platform, she gave Pastor Steve a full, beaming smile!

Marjie completed her B.A. degree in Leadership Management at Eastern University at age 46, and for the past 12 years has been Pastor Steve’s Administrative Assistant. During the years when Pastor Steve was lead pastor, Marjie enjoyed both her work in the corporate world and her role as pastor’s wife. In West Chester she was Missionette’s Coordinator and Sectional Missionette Rep.

Across our Network, PK/MKs (Pastor and Missionary Kids) have an accumulation of hand-knitted hats and scarves. Over the years it has been a passion of Marjie’s to make and distribute them at the annual
PK/MK Retreat. Another event near to Marjie’s heart is the Women in Ministry Retreat; an event designed to bless ministry wives and women in ministry.

When asked what her plans are after retirement she says, “More time with grandchildren!” Steve and Marjie have two children: Jason and his wife Rene’ have four children and live in Shrewsberry, PA. Their daughter Julie and her husband, David, have two children and live in Springfield, MO. While Marjie is retiring from one position, great joy is ahead as she assumes her role as “full-time Me-Maw.”

TESTIMONIES:

After my husband, two young daughters and I moved to a new church and town, I found myself discontented and disillusioned. I had put pressure on myself that I wasn’t meant to carry. I knew I needed help before
I jeopardized my family, ministry, and future.

After Ministers’ Enrichment, the Lord clearly spoke to me that I needed a coach NOW! I emailed Marjie and shared my struggle. I asked if she would recommend a local woman ministry-leader to coach me through this trying time. I stepped out, was vulnerable, and asked for help. Marjie responded a day later offering HERSELF to coach me!  For the next year, she and another woman in ministry and I met together monthly; bearing one another’s burdens and praying for each other.

Marjie went above and beyond the call of duty for me. Marjie gave, prayed, counseled and coached. My life will never be the same because you took the time. Thank you, Marjie!

Christa Fowler

 

I was at a Women in Ministry Retreat in 2002; the year Pastor Steve became Superintendent. I was new to the district, and had no friends. At a jewelry-making class, a lady asked if she could sit with me. We chatted easily and began making our jewelry.

Someone announced, “Ladies, this is our new Superintendent and his wife.” The lady beside me stood up and smiled at everyone. I never expected that someone in her position would be nice to me. She was the superintendent’s wife, but was being a “regular” person like me. That was the beginning of a treasured friendship with dear Marjie!

Darleen Newman

 

The hats and scarves that Marjie made were one of the things I looked forward to most every year! PK/MK Retreat was my favorite PennDel event of the whole year! It was such a great feeling walking into dinner the first night and seeing all the hard work Marjie had done just for us PKs/MKs. It made us feel so special.

Each hat and scarf came with a scripture tied to them with a piece of yarn. I still have them as well as the hats and scarves I collected over the years. That simple gesture meant the world to me growing up and so does Marjie! Marjie sowed seeds into our lives with each stitch she knitted. Marjie is incredible!

Jolyn Jones

ENCORE Retirement Seminar

Who?
Leaders and their spouses who are age 55 and older

What?

Led by Stan Williams and John Holt, this day is designed to help you process and plan how to transition with purpose and prepare to launch your ENCORE.

The focus will be on preparing for retirement spiritually, physically, financially, socially and with meaningful ministry.

When?
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm

Where?
Riverside Community Church, Pittsburgh Mills Location, Tarentum, PA
(Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills Mall, Entry 5)

Cost?
Registration for this event is $25.00 per person for PennDel Ministry Network leaders.
Includes the book, “Launch Your Encore: Finding Adventure and Purpose Later in Life” by Hans Finzel and Rick Hicks

Spouses are encouraged to attend for an additional $10.00.
Seminar Alumni are $10 each.

HIS Fund is sponsoring the lunch!

Three ways to register:
• Online at penndel.org
• Call Danielle at 717.795.5921
• Email danielle@penndel.org

A Conversation with Pastor Steve

What was it like growing up in Pastor/Professor
Tourville’s home?

“It was normal to me. I just figured that everyone’s father studied a lot and loved (reading) books. Due to Dad’s occupation, there wasn’t much money. But that was normal
to me as well. I didn’t realize until later that we were rather poor. I just figured that Dad was tight!”

Tell me more about your dad. How did he come to faith?

“I’m not sure exactly. He was just inclined as a young man to serve the Lord. When he was in Guam he was an airplane mechanic. He didn’t hang around soldiers who caroused and lived that kind of a lifestyle. His friends were those who shared the faith. In fact, although there wasn’t an atmosphere on base where religion was cultivated, Dad was able to get his commanding officer to provide a building for worship.”

How were you called into ministry?

“I was called into ministry during my junior year in high school. My call to ministry was more of a process than an event – some people have that critical moment when God speaks to them at the altar or as a result of an evangelist or missionary’s ministry. That wasn’t the way it was for me. I was processing my faith and what I believe (“Do I believe what I believe, or do I believe what I believe because my parents believe it?”). It was during this time that I came to the conviction that God was calling me into the ministry.

What was the most outstanding “pastoral” moment that comes to mind?

“Without a doubt the special times around the altar. The most prominent memory that comes to mind is at the altar at Trinity in West Chester. A man named Scott was literally pounding on the floor while at the altar. I went over to him and said, ‘Scott – is everything alright?’ Scott looks up and says, ‘I’m free – I’m free.’ I didn’t know that he had been struggling with an addiction. That night he was delivered. What’s more is that to the best of my knowledge – he lived it out.”

How about the worst moment?


“I think that I’ve shared it so many times most people will know…there was a guy who protested me by carrying a cross around the perimeter of the parking lot of our church.”

How did that situation resolve?

“I was encouraged by some to dismiss him from the church. But he had a teenage daughter that would have been deeply affected by that, so I just prayed that the Lord would take care of it. Although he had threatened to never leave the church, within a few weeks he left and never came back.”

Do you have a dream for PennDel after you retire?

“Early on in my role as Superintendent, I had a picture in my mind (a “vision” if you will) of the water level rising, and hoping that all the ships (our churches) would rise with it. I believe that the dream that God has for our Network goes far beyond me. I have been a small part of it, but that “dream” involves reaching the people of our district, our country, and the world for that matter. I think of the scripture that says, “…when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep…(Acts 13:36, NIV).” I don’t plan on dying soon, but I feel that I’ve served God’s purpose for the time I’ve been superintendent.”

“The dream I have is that the water will keep rising, and that all of our churches will rise with it.”

UNITY: Dare to Dream Big Together

What I want to write about to you today is something that God desperately desires for
his people…
UNITY.

There are two things that the enemy fears and works day and night to undo. He wants to fight against our dreams and the dreams we dare to fulfill together!

It is something which Jesus himself prayed for just before He went to the cross. John 17:20-21 says, “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.  I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.”

Unity is the one thing that the Bible says will convince people the church has something the world does not. It is one of the big things that the Holy Spirit is meant to accomplish.

When I speak of unity, let me say it straight that I’m not talking about:

Union: when you are bonded with someone with whom you may not have a common bond.

Uniformity: when everyone looks alike and thinks alike.

Unanimity: where everybody ought to always agree on everything.

I don’t expect either uniformity nor unanimity to exist in our church.
But what I do want, what God desires and what we must have, is unity!
By unity, I mean a oneness of heart, a similarity of purpose, and
an agreement on truth.
This is how I believe the church needs to
“Dare to Dream Big Together!”

The enemy’s strategy to defeat the church is to ‘’divide and conquer,” which is no match for a united church, no matter what size the church
may be.  Satan cannot defeat a united church that Dares to Dream
Big Together
because there is no place where he can attack the body. Every part is covered.

 

A big part of Steve and Marjie’s legacy will be what they have spoken over us, how they have modeled the way for us and reminded us that we are “Better Together,” and we will be… if we continue to Dare to Dream Big…Together!!

Change is Good

The other day a friend asked me why I was not wearing the earrings I had received for Christmas.
As I was contemplating my answer, she blurted out, “You do not like change! You don’t want things to change! You are wearing your old earrings!” You know, she was right!

CHANGE: What does that word conjure up in your mind, in your emotions? When I looked it up online, I found the word “change” has 39 meanings! No wonder people are trepidatious when the word is mentioned! Thirty-nine! There are more meanings than there are different types of apples!

Take a deep breath…change can mean a lot of things. But change is necessary if we are to grow. Without change, the caterpillar never becomes a butterfly. Without change, the acorn never becomes the mighty oak.

In 2018 PennDel Girls Ministries has seen the necessity to change the way we do training. It is apparent that with pressures of family schedules, the local Girls Ministries Leaders find it difficult to get away for a weekend of training. In response, we will be bringing the training to the regions of our District. If your church is willing to host a GM Training this spring, summer or fall, please let me know as soon as possible. We are looking for locations in the Northeast, Northwest, North Central as well as the Greater Philadelphia areas. At this time, a training is scheduled for Saturday, May 5 at Christian Life in Camp Hill. The schedule, cost and registration information will be available soon. Flyers will be sent to the local church as well as will be available on the PennDel Girls Ministries Facebook Group.

For further information, contact me at sharonp@pdgirlsministries.com

Kids’ Fun Arts 2018

We are excited to hold our 9th annual Kids’ Fun Arts event in 2018!

WHEN: Saturday, May 19 (Registration begins at 8:30 AM.)
POSTMARK DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 18

WHERE:(2 LOCATIONS THIS YEAR!)
First AG – Harrisburg, PA & Monroeville AG – Monroeville, PA

COST: $14.00 for the first entry per person + $3.00 for each additional category entry per student

CATEGORY LIST: 2018 Category List

REGISTRATION INFO: All necessary Fine Arts forms and information have been distributed to PennDel churches & are available below! See your children’s pastor/leader for details on how to register.

For any further immediate information, feel free to contact Megan Jordan at megan@penndel.org.

2018 Fun Arts Booklet
2018 Registration Check List
2018 Fun Arts Payment Form
2018 Group Registration Form
2018 Participant Registration Form

KidMin Trainings 2018

We are thrilled to announce our next series of Children’s Ministry Trainings in several PennDel sections! Like last year, this will again be a time for children’s pastors/leaders, kids’ classroom teachers, volunteers and other lay leaders to learn and grow in the great work of investing in the lives of kids!

Dates & locations for each event are below; please proceed through registration and choose the location you’d like to attend when prompted. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Friday, March 23rd – New City Church (Wilmington, DE)

Saturday, March 24th – Philadelphia Christian Center (Bensalem, PA)

Friday, April 20th – Faith AG (Roaring Spring, PA)

Saturday, April 21st – Monroeville AG (Monroeville, PA)

To register, see your church’s Children’s Pastor/Leader or click to REGISTER ONLINE.

Event Details:
2018 Training – Philadelphia
2018 Training – Pittsburgh

MELTDOWN

AT MELTDOWN WINTER RETREAT, WE WILL ENCOURAGE AND CHALLENGE STUDENTS TO  MELT DOWN IDOLS IN THEIR LIVES.  I LOVE HOW THE LORD SPEAKS THROUGH ISAIAH, “’I AM THE LORD; THAT IS MY NAME!  I WILL NOT YIELD MY GLORY TO ANOTHER OR PRAISE TO IDOLS.’”

AS WE LOOK FORWARD TO THIS TIME, PLEASE EMPOWER YOUR LEADERS & STUDENTS TO MAKE ONE OF THESE WEEKENDS A PRIORITY!  I APPRECIATE YOUR MINISTRY AS WELL AS YOUR HEART FOR STUDENTS AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE IN THIS TIME WITH YOU.

YOUR FRIEND,

DOUG SAYERS

Rural Compassion

PennDel is partnering with Convoy of Hope’s Rural Compassion to come alongside our rural pastors with a renewed vision for reaching our rural areas for Jesus.

This free two-day event involves:
– Three workshops focused on how to connect with your community
– A blessing room of resources for pastors
– A distribution of donated goods for you to bring home and bless your rural community

Round table discussions will give you the opportunity to interact with other pastors from rural communities. It is the desire of Rural Compassion that in 24 hours together, your ministry will be changed and that the workshop will be a catalyst to start a transformation and make an opportunity for a long and prosperous future in your rural community.

This event is limited to 20 pastors and the details are below.

Time: April 6 & 7, 2018

Location: Bongiorno Conference Center
430 Union Hall Rd
Carlisle, PA 17013

Schedule:

Friday                                                         Saturday
3:00 pm – Check into Hotel at BCC          8:00 am  – Breakfast & Check-out
5:30 pm – Dinner                                       9:00 am  – Session 2
6:30 pm – Session 1                                 12:30 pm  – Lunch and Session 3
8:00 pm – Dessert Fellowship                    3:00 pm  – Dismissal & Distribution of Goods from Convoy of Hope truck

Cost:
The cost of the weekend is sponsored by PennDel Ministry Network and Convoy of Hope/Rural Compassion.

The only cost for you will be the expenses for travel to and from the event.

PennDel Ministry Network will provide: lodging – one night at Bongiorno Conference Center; meals – Friday night dinner and Saturday breakfast and lunch; resources – books and notebook.

What to Bring:

Please bring a vehicle or trailer that has the capacity equivalent to a 15 passenger van with the seats out of it. Convoy of Hope will have product there that we will send home with you: paper products, cleaning supplies, and food items. This is an awesome way to bless your community!

Rural Compassion will be training you on how you can use the products to impact your community with the love of Christ.

Registration:

Please register below as soon as possible, before the event fills up! We only have space for twenty pastors.

If you have any questions, please send Tom Rees an email at tom@penndel.org or call 717.580.8188.

 

Coaching Courses

ADVANCE COACHING COHORT

This 3-month program includes training, 10 hours of mentor coaching from experienced coaches, and 15 logged hours of peer/client coaching. This will help credential holders complete the requirements for Level 1 AG Coaching Certification, the one pre-requisite 501 Coach Training or a comparable introduction to coaching course (or refresher course).

Josh Torres and Bill Ellis lead this cohort to fill the gap between coach training and coach certification. It answers the question, “Now that I’ve had training, how do I become certified?” It will help us to build a system that will allow us to provide coaching.

Cost: $395.00 (PennDel Credential Holders can apply for the Educational Reimbursement to reimburse $300.00 upon completion and certification)

Click here to register.

 

 

Fearless Conference

Join us for a brand new event designed to equip teenagers to make a difference for the Gospel. This is not an event for “leaders,” it’s an event for all believers! It’s Fearless: One Day to Make a Difference, a one-day conference happening in three locations: west, central, and east. Students will be inspired and empowered to serve their friends, talk about their faith, and make a difference without fear. For details and to register, go to www.fearlessoneday.com.

A Picture of Leadership

The sixth president of the United States, John Quincy Adams, had this to say about leaders: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” That’s a powerful definition! At GT Church we’ve struggled at times with how to raise up these kinds of leaders. We want to build a strong leadership culture, and we have worked towards that goal by developing a discussion model of training we call Lead U.

We invite current and potential leaders, both staff and volunteer, to go through this training so that we share a unified vision of what a leader does. When they’ve completed the training, our leaders should walk away understanding and applying five core practices/values of leadership which were taken and adapted from The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner.

You’ve heard the phrase “a picture’s worth a thousand words,” and it’s true. Sometimes an image can speak volumes. We have chosen to tie each core practice to an image in order to create a picture of leadership:

Model the Way
David was chosen by God to lead the Israelites, and Psalm 78:72 says that, “He cared for them with a true heart and led them with skillful hands.” Lead with character and competency. Set the example. Model the steps and actions you want people to take. Things need to get done, but if you’re lacking character, then you’re missing the most vital piece of the puzzle.

Inspire a Shared Vision
Moses was a leader with a clear vision from the Lord, and he needed to get the Israelites on board. Leaders should be like a pair of glasses, helping others to have a clear vision of where they are going. Leaders should not only cast vision, but inspire those who are following them and move them toward action.

Challenge the Process
In Daniel 1:8 we see Daniel challenge the process when he requests permission not to eat unacceptable foods given to him by the king. Be willing to ask and be asked questions, even when it causes friction. Just like friction helps gears to turn and create forward motion, challenging the process can help to bring about positive change in your ministry.

Enable Others to Act
In Judges 4:14, Deborah enables Barak to act when she tells him, “Get ready! This is the day the Lord will give you victory over Sisera, for the Lord is marching ahead of you.” Make it practical and possible for someone else to do something. The ripple effect that could create will go far beyond what you could do alone.

Encourage the Heart
1 Samuel 6:7 tells us, “people judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Leaders need to recognize the work of individuals and create a spirit of community within their teams. Don’t forget to encourage your own heart as well – it’s hard to encourage others when your tank is empty!

I love having the opportunity to provide leadership coaching not only to leaders at GT, but to other churches as well. For more information, please visit www.bryankoch.net. We lead Better Together!

 

We Are Always Better Together

Women step through the doors of our churches with a wide array of backgrounds and personal stories. Some often struggle with past experiences, unhealthy relationships, confusion, and heartbreak. Along with that baggage, women also bring with them unique abilities, spiritual gifts, and a call to serve. Ministry within the church is God’s design for providing healing, truth and freedom. Those best qualified to minister to and disciple women
are . . . women.

Women are designed for relationship. We are always better together! The church is the very best place to establish godly, healthy relationships, A Quick Guide to Ministering to Women was developed to aid in that effort. It offers practical, effective training for building and strengthening ministry to women. Several topics covered are:

What are the needs of women?

What is the role of the church in ministering to women?

Am I qualified to lead women?

Where do I start?

What do I do?

How do I do it?

A Quick Guide is designed to come alongside the leader, with easy-to-understand instructions and guidelines. Included are extra downloadable resources, templates, and guides. These practical tools were intentionally designed to help leaders establish a strategic plan and build a strong team.

Our prayer is that A Quick Guide to Ministering to Women will inspire you with new ideas. Use it to train leaders. Use it as a small group study. No matter how you implement this guide, we are confident the information will encourage and expand the connection and mobilization of the women of your church. When you gather women, teach them biblical truth and enable them to journey together in passionate pursuit of a stronger walk with Christ . . . great things are guaranteed to happen!

How To Get A Men’s Ministry Going…The FUN Way

GIVE SUNDAYS A MASCULINE TUNE-UP

Make Sundays a man-friendly environment. Offer a sermon series that connects with guys. Power tools work great as sermon props — once I used a chainsaw (with the chain removed). When we started it, I had everyone’s attention!

Deck out your platform with stuff guys like. Churches have used Mini-Coopers, boxing rings, goal posts and fishing boats.

You might even want to shake things up like when Pastor Curt Seaburg rode his Harley to the platform for a Sunday message or when Pastor Greg Ford stepped into a boxing ring with a boxer for a fundraiser for Emerge Ministries.

Start with Father’s Day. “Go for the Guys Sunday Action Plan” is a free resource to help you plan an awesome day from churchformen.com. Use this day to create momentum that you can capture with a small group or your next men’s trip or event.

JUMP START YOUR MEN’s Ministry WITH A TRIP

Skeet shooting, fishing and hunting trips, ball games, and Nascar events are good ways to build energy and relationships that can get a guy’s faith started.

An event that makes this super easy is AdventureFest. This weekend in June happens near Raystown Lake with guys camping (tailgate style), good food, big campfires, awesome music, challenging speakers, and lots of fun and adrenaline (adventuremen.com).

The energy is in overdrive at the fall men’s conference. This year’s GO! Men’s Conference will take place in Camp Hill with 1,500+ men.  This is a great way to get guys in gear with their faith. Check out a sample of Chaplain Black’s message from last year.

vimeo.com/190275788.

How Does #BetterTogether Happen?

I am a “Do It Yourself” kind of guy. After high school I spent time in the military and then a few years at several entry level jobs. At age 22, I started a career in the metal fabrication industry, again mostly working solo. I started college at age 32 and began ministry as an associate pastor at age 36.

It was then I realized one is too small of a number to really make an impact. It was a large church, and I was in charge of children’s ministry, Christian education and discipleship, adult Sunday school, small groups, outreach and drama ministry, as well as baby dedication, water baptism and membership. Being overwhelmed, I was suddenly thrust into
developing teams.

I had to recruit, develop, train, release and then supervise people to help me accomplish the task God gave me; most of all I had to pray for guidance and direction. God usually did not send me leaders ready to go, instead He sent me ordinary people; it was my job to equip them to do extraordinary ministry.

How does “Better Together” happen? 

  • I earnestly pray that God leads me to the right person, and He does.
  • I share my heart and vision with passion; it’s always about making a difference.
  • I always give team members what they need to be successful.
  • I make them look good; if all goes well they get the credit; if they fail, I take the blame.
  • I release them to do it their way, knowing what end result is needed.

If things fail, I am not a punisher; everything is a learning experience, what can we do better as a team. It seems few teams last forever; my greatest joy in being “Better Together” is watching God move people on to greater ministry and bringing new team members to share the journey with me. Try it, it’s worth it.

2017 World Missions Project Video

Thank you for your support for this year’s World Missions Project.

To help communicate the Roma Project, you can download the Roma Project video here:

Roma Project Video

2017 Home Missions Project Videos

Thank you for your support for this year’s Home Missions Project.

To help communicate the R1 Project, you can download the vision video here:

Full Version Video

Short Version Video

 

 

Women in Ministry 2017

Hi Girlfriends!!

I trust you have been ENJOYING YOUR RIDE after our great weekend last September! I know it gets bumpy at times; however, that is when we realize we are on a tandem bike with Jesus peddling for us!

 SAVE THE DATE September 22-24, 2017 our theme will be FIXHER UPPER!

Repurpose, reclaim, replenish, restore, renew… so many words to describe the repairs we need in our lives. God is the original “fixer upper.” Our weekend will focus on allowing God to rejuvenate and renovate our body, soul and spirit.

Our main sessions will feature several of our PennDel gals who have refurbished their lives by allowing God to work in their hearts.

Jan Krebs – restore your mind after abuse
Bekah Arnold – restart your identity (after a dysfunctional past)
Robin Immel – refurbish your marriage
Marjie Tourville – readjust your attitudes

Please email me (Marjie@penndel.org) if you would like to share your 10-minute testimony this year.

The grace of God will restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. I Peter 5:10.

The brochure will be posted online and sent out hard copy in June.

Love you!
Marjie

Brochure

Coupon

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