Category Archives:

Uncategorized

Rural Compassion Reunion Event

This special Reunion event will be a one day gathering of alumni who have attended previous Rural Compassion events. At the end of this event we will send everyone home with product. We encourage everyone to bring a big vehicle (the size of a 15 passenger van).

Also, we have opened this up for some first time guests. Be sure to bring a big enough vehicle or trailer so we can load you up as well!

Our Team, Not My Team

Every time he saw me, a recently hired 16 year old (Bongiorno Conference Center kitchen employee) he would say, “Hey boss, what’s up?” After a half dozen comments, I told him, “I’m not the boss; I’m the team leader.” The look on his face said it all. His next question was, “What’s a team leader?”

This made me think; we talk team all the time. Team building is the hot topic in business, church, education and sports. Everybody wants to build a great team. But what lies at the core of a team?

If you Google team building you will get hundreds, if not thousands, of sites for books, seminars, trainings, podcasts, YouTube videos and much, much more.

I’ve built several teams in my lifetime; some were super effective and some not so effective—so what’s the difference?

With a team, all members share input as well as all sharing in the outcome. Everyone owns it. Everyone has a vested interest in winning.

How does one develop good team members?

PRAY

I pray for God to send me and surround me with the right people. Jesus said in Luke 10:2, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

It is rare that God ever sends us plug-and-play, ready-to-go phenomenal team members. I believe He sends us good people and wants us to develop them.

SERVE THEM

I treat people the way I want to be treated. Be kind, generous, and genuine. I determine to go the second mile in serving those God sends me.

ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR STRENGTHS

I look at their strengths (Strengths Finder 2) and try to place them in areas that maximize their strengths. People who serve in their strengths seem to maximize their service.

I strive to know them and understand them. We look at all of the team’s personality/temperaments (Personality Plus). I hope to help them understand who they are and how they are wired. This helps us know each other better. As a team we begin to understand the strengths and weaknesses of every personality and how we function emotionally, as a parent, at work, as a friend and as a team member. As we begin to know team members, we begin to build trust with one another.

SHARE THE WINS

I try to help each team member understand they are making a difference, and together we make a tremendous difference in the lives of people. When people know their work on a team really counts, they will have a tendency to make their commitment to the team count even more.

HELP THEM SUCCEED

I try to give my team members certain markers they can use to measure their success. They need to know they’re doing a better job today than they did yesterday. There is a sense of engagement when you can measure your success.

WELCOME HEALTHY CONFLICT

As our appreciation of one another grows through knowing and understanding team members, our trust also grows. I welcome healthy conflict. Healthy conflict is not to be taken personally; it’s not about team members, it’s about building a better outcome and team purpose.

True teams share decisions. There is always a team leader who is responsible, but the pressure of leadership is easier to bear when there is a collective of leaders reaching those decisions.

The wisdom of teams:

In a true team, when one wins, we all win. Allow team members to make mistakes without consequences, just don’t let them make the same mistake twice (then they haven’t learned). When team members step it up and fail, I take the blame if they succeed, I give them the credit. I’ve said it before, one is too small of a number to make a great difference. Our team will always accomplish greater feats than I ever could alone. I am indebted to them.

PK/MK Retreat 2018

It’s time to register for the annual PK/MK Retreat! We are offering two special retreats for our District PK’s and MK’s – one for those currently enrolled in grades 7-12, and one for those in grades 2-6!  Both retreats meet at the same time at the Bongiorno Conference Center, but participants will be housed separately and will have different programs. PK/MK Retreat is for children of ministers who are credential holders in the PennDel District of the Assemblies of God.

PK/MK Retreat begins on Saturday, October 20 with registration from 2:30-3:00 PM (Youth in the hotel lobby; children in the David Center lobby.) The first meal served will be dinner on Saturday. The retreat will conclude on Monday, October 22 with pick up at 11:00 AM (no lunch will be served).  All PK’s & MK’s attending should be a part of the entire retreat. (School absence excuse letter can be provided upon request.)

For online registration, click here.
(If registering online, please download the documents below and complete backside for each child in attendance.)

Registration Forms:
Information Sheet – Children & Youth

Interview with Don Immel

An interview with District Superintendent Don Immel

What do you think has prepared you the most for this next step?

I see it as a lifetime of saying yes. Denny Sproull asked me to be the CE rep for our section. I was pastoring a very small church at that time, and I said, “Yes.”

A couple of years later I said, “Yes” to being on the sectional committee. This was a role reversal, because at one time the sectional committee was my board. Now I had the opportunity to serve and help home missions’ churches. That was followed by a “Yes” to being secretary of the section.

So, what’s prepared me the most? Serving as a presbyter prepared me to serve as Secretary-Treasurer, and serving as Secretary-Treasurer combined with Presbytery, along with pastoring churches, have all helped to prepare me for what God has called me to today.

Tell us about your family.

We have 3 children – Benjamin, Rebecca and Donnie. Ben and Emily live in Pittsburgh and work for UPMC; Ben in the IT security area and Emily as an OB nurse. Becca, who is due to have a baby in August, and Nathan, a dentist, live in Fort Worth, Texas. Donnie and Kylie, along with Kaedence our first grandchild, live in Monroeville, PA, where Donnie is a youth pastor and Kylie has a photography business.

Our empty nest is not what we thought it would be. We knew that one day our kids would be well-functioning adults. They are, but we miss them terribly and pine for the connectedness of having our family close by.

What are you looking forward to the most with your new position?

First is mentoring young ministers and helping them to achieve their dreams of kingdom effectiveness. That is something that I am anxious to engage in with them.

On the other end, it is caring in a pastoral sense for our credential holders. The ministry can be, and often is, traumatic. I’m absolutely sure that post-traumatic stress (not disorder, but post-traumatic stress) is part of our reality and it has largely gone unaddressed. We want to care for our ministers and their families as well as our churches.

Ministers’ Enrichment 2018

“In order to be effective, you need a GOOD TEAM. The very idea of leading implies others.” -Pastor Don

This year our Ministers’ Enrichment will focus on team development.

Our desire is to make OUR TEAM available to YOUR TEAM so that we maximize the strength and potential of this combination. Together we make ONE TEAM with one purpose: glorify God and advance His kingdom.

Bring YOUR TEAM to this unique event as our Ministry Directors inspire and inform our Network of the needs, trends, and opportunities that can move ministry toward greater effectiveness. Each session will be broadly applicable to everyone who attends. We are impassioned to share our hearts with our PennDel Ministry Network family!

We look forward to connecting with you at this year’s Ministers’ Enrichment!

Fearless Conference

A brand new event designed to equip teenagers to make a difference for the Gospel. This is not just 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.

Chi Alpha Retreat

Retreat this fall!

What: Chi Alpha Campus Ministries/College-Age Retreat, hosted by the Pennsylvania-Delaware Ministry Network’s Chi Alpha, an event for Chi Alpha students, and others ages 18-25. Though young adult pastors and leaders are welcome to come, group attendance isn’t necessary and those 18-25 are most welcome to register on their own.
When: Sept. 28-30, (the first service begins at 8 pm Friday, Sept. 28 and the retreat concludes after the Sunday morning service on Sept. 30). This event includes 4 services with worship and an amazing speaker, breakout sessions and group activities and community mealtimes.
Where: Bongiorno Conference Center, 430 Union Hall Road, Carlisle, Pa.
Speaker: The speaker for our inaugural retreat, Nichole Schreiber, is pastor of Erie First, co-pioneeering pastor of Edinboro Chi Alpha and former PennDel Network Chi Alpha Representative. She’s a dynamic communicator, all-in follower of Jesus, and connects well with Chi Alpha students and young adults in that age range.

KidMin Trainings 2018

We are thrilled to announce our next series of Children’s Ministry Trainings in several PennDel sections! Like this past spring, 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, September 14 – River of God (Enola, PA)

Saturday, September 15 – Faith AG (Hazle Township, PA)
(For more info or to register for this event, please contact mo@faith-ag.com.)

Friday, September 28 – The Bridge Church (Hamburg, PA)

Saturday, September 29 – Freedom Valley Worship Center (Gettysburg, PA)

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

Event Details:
2018 KidMin Trainings – Fall

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.

 

 

HonorBound 2018

HONORBOUND MEN’S MINISTRIES

TrinityLife, Baltimore, MD

October 19-20, 2018 

Mark your calendar for an amazing weekend for your men!

The theme for this year’s conference is

COURAGE

with special guests Jason Frenn, Joe McGee and much more!

Senior pastors and group leaders are FREE.

Blessings,

Tom

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

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.

 

 

Recent Articles

  • One Team

    Although the term “team” may not be found in the Bible, the concept is consistently exemplified. Jesus assembled a team and called them disciples. Peter assembled a team and…

  • Teamwork

    Your Team + Our Team = One Team. That’s not a complicated mathematical equation. You didn’t have to have taken algebra, geometry, calculus, or linear algebra and differential equations…

  • Our Team, Not My Team

    Every time he saw me, a recently hired 16 year old (Bongiorno Conference Center kitchen employee) he would say, “Hey boss, what’s up?” After a half dozen comments, I…