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Reset Your Life: Physically

The New Year has traditionally been a time to hit the “reset” button on different areas in life. I’ve found myself in this cycle every January with my health. I didn’t need to be told what it looks like to be healthy or that it is important to be healthy, yet I found myself meeting the statistics of being an unhealthy pastor. Pastoral Care Inc. states that “over 50% of pastors are unhealthy, overweight, and do not exercise” and that included me. 2018 was the year I hit my reset button for health, losing nearly 100 pounds, my blood pressure dropped, and I saw my health and ministry improve.

 

If you want 2019 to be the year you hit your health reset button, here’s three questions I have learned to ask myself which may help you:

What is my reason for getting healthy?

What will I do to achieve my goal?

Who will hold me accountable?

Most people don’t need to be convinced that health should be a priority in their life, so why the struggle? Your reason must be personal and may be different than what you know it should be. I knew I should be healthy for various reasons; however, those reasons didn’t motivate me to lose weight. My reason was my wife, future family and ministry. I struggled as a pastor constantly asking, “How can I pastor others towards spiritual health when I was so far from physical health?” Your reason may not be my reason, and that’s okay.

Once your reason is determined set yourself up with your steps toward your goal. Find the diet and exercise plan that will get you there and follow through. For me that was counting my calories and macro-nutrients, lifting weights and cycling. If something does not seem to work try something different. My wife and I tried everything from Vegan to Keto Diets until we found what worked. Talk to your doctor and determine the best plan for you. Then tell this plan to somebody you trust and give permission to who will hold you accountable.

What would it look like for you to hit the reset button on health? There’s no better time than now to begin this journey.

David and his wife, Michele.

PennDel Charities

As of December 31, 2018 PennDel Charities has closed. Please visit Christ in Action or Convoy of Hope if you would like to make a charitable donation.

Winter Retreat 2019

WHO IS WINTER RETREAT FOR?

WINTER RETREAT IS FOR ALL STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN GRADES 7 – 12. (PLEASE DO NOT BRING CHILDREN WHO ARE NOT PART OF YOUR YOUTH MINISTRY OR INFANTS.)

WHERE IS WINTER RETREAT?

ALL THREE WEEKENDS OF WINTER RETREAT ARE HELD AT THE BONGIORNO CONFERENCE CENTER
430 UNION HALL RD, CARLISLE, PA.

WHEN IS WINTER RETREAT?

THERE ARE THREE WINTER RETREATS AVAILABLE SO YOU CAN PICK THE WEEKEND THAT FITS BEST INTO YOUR CHURCH’S SCHEDULE, OR  CHOOSE BY WHICH COMMUNICATOR YOU WANT TO HEAR FROM.  BE SURE TO INDICATE YOUR PREFERENCE ON THE ENCLOSED PREREGISTRATION FORM!
THE DATES ARE:
WEEKEND 1: JANUARY 11-13
WEEKEND 2: JANUARY 18-20
WEEKEND 3: JANUARY 25-27

HOW MUCH DOES WINTER RETREAT COST?

$124 PER PERSON (GROUP REGISTRATION) $224 PER PERSON (INDIVIDUAL). COST INCLUDES: ACCOMMODATIONS (2 NIGHTS), FOOD (FIVE MEALS), AND RETREAT EVENTS. $74 (GROUP)/ $124 (INDIVIDUAL) PER PERSON IS DUE WITH THE PREREGISTRATION FORM AND IS NON-REFUNDABLE.  THE BALANCE OF $50 (GROUP)/ $100 (INDIVIDUAL) PER PERSON IS DUE AT THE RETREAT.

Credential Renewals

Late Renewals

If your renewal is postmarked or submitted online after Dec. 31, 2018, it will be considered late and a late fee of $50.00 is required ($25.00 for General Council and $25.00 to PennDel District).
 
 There are 2 steps:
1) Renew with General Council at  https://ministerrenewal.ag.org/Home/Renew

2) Contact Rhonda Imes (717.795.5921) at PennDel to pay your District late fee.

PLEASE NOTE: Renewal form and fees must be postmarked or submitted online no later than January 15, 2019, or you will be considered lapsed and be required to go through a reinstatement process.

Kids’ Breakaway 2019

ALASKA: A FRONTIER ADVENTURE
Cost: $122/person (if postmarked by Feb. 1)

REGISTER ONLINE

Weekend #1: February 22 – 24
Weekend #2: March 1 – 3

Pack your bags and come with us as we embark on an exciting Alaskan adventure! We will learn about the unique needs faced by the Alaskan inhabitants. We will welcome Alaskan missionary, Pam Hodges as we celebrate together all that God is doing on this distant frontier. Pack your snow gear, and let’s go!

All necessary forms and information will be distributed to PennDel churches in the coming weeks; see your children’s pastor/leader to get registered!

(For questions or to reserve space in your preferred weekend, contact megan@penndel.org.)

Registration Forms:
Breakaway – Important Notice
Breakaway Church Application
Breakaway Chaperone Application
Breakaway Camper Application
Breakaway Medical Departure Update
Breakaway Lice Check Form

Promo Materials:


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!

Coaching Training Event

On November 5-7 at the Bongiorno Conference Center we will be offering the two foundational courses needed to become an effective certified coach, or to simply learn coaching skills for your ministry. These will be offered at a highly discounted rate to PennDel credential holders. Josh Torres will be our instructor and offer an interesting and informative three days of training. The course will be followed by several conference calls to complete the material.

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

Women of Purpose Conference 2018

Weekend Pass

EARLYBIRD (May 1 – Sept 10) Regular – $60  Discount – $45

STANDARD (Sept 11 – Nov 7) Regular – $65  Discount – $50

ONSITE (Nov 8 – 10) Regular – $70  Discount – $55

  • Discount Pass: Student (age 12 – 22), Single Mom, Senior (age 65 +)
  • Only Weekend Passes are available due to limited seating
  • Deadline for Large Group Seating Form for groups of 30+ is October 16

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

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