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I would like to invite you to this year’s PennDel MinistrieSummit at Monroeville Assembly of God,
Monroeville, PA where Lance Lecocq is the lead pastor. We are looking forward to reconnecting as
a Network to experience the community of ministers and delegates, conduct the business of our
fellowship, and be enriched by the presence of the Lord.
Our theme brings focus to our Network tagline, “Better Together,” which grew out of the recognition
of the importance of our mutual dependence and support to accomplish God’s design in the body
of Christ. As we gather for prayer, worship, exhortation, direction, fellowship and challenge, we are
expecting God to do even greater things in the future. Our unity provides the context where the Lord
will “bestow His blessing, even life forevermore” (Psalm 133:3).
MinistrieSummit provides opportunity for spiritual renewal, connection and vision as we anticipate
what God has for the future of our District/Network as well as for each individual and congregation.
Monday evening will be a great time of fellowship enjoying a Louisiana style Cajun Fest prepared
by Pastor Lance’s wife, Lorie, and her amazing team (preregistration is required). Tuesday highlights
the Sacred Assembly, lunches, business session and our missions project, Europe’s Heart, with
PennDel missionaries, Jim and Sherry Sabella. Wednesday morning, I will be sharing the Word
around the theme, “Belonging,” along with our Home Missions emphasis. There will be workshops
in the afternoon and a great Ordination Celebration that evening where Omar Beiler will challenge
us with the mission given to us by our Lord and Savior.
I pray you will plan to be with us as we partner together to reach the world, the 13+ million
individuals within our geographical boundaries and our local community. None of us can do it alone,
but together we can because “We are Better Together.”
See you in Monroeville!
Stephen R. Tourville, D. Min.
This Louisiana-style Connection Event will be
hosted by Pastor Lance and Lorie Lecocq and
will feature Cajun gumbo, Cajun shrimp boil,
and barbecue pulled pork sandwiches.
Monday evening kicks off at 6:00 p.m. and
finishes by 8:00 p.m.
This is a special ticketed event.
Be sure to register online by Monday,
April 24th at penndel.org.
(Children 6-12 are $4; 5 and under are free)
Space is limited, so don’t delay!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
MONDAY, MAY 1
3:00 p.m. REGISTRATION OPENS
6:00 p.m. CAJUN FEST (Preregistration is required)
EUROPE’S HEART MISSIONS SERVICE
TUESDAY, MAY 2
JIM & SHERRY SABELLA
Area Director for Southeastern Europe
Jim and Sherry are PennDel missionaries who serve
Assemblies of God World Missions in the countries of
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary,
Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.
The Sabellas launched and continue to direct Europe’s
Heart, a ministry with a focus on those who live on the
margins of society. For the last six years, Europe’s Heart has
been reaching out to and caring for the needs of the Roma
people from the eastern part of Slovakia. PennDel is excited
to partner with them in building a regional center for the
Roma in Slovakia.
TUESDAY, MAY 2
7:00 a.m. EXHIBIT HALL OPENS FOR VENDORS
8:30 a.m. REGISTRATION
9:30 a.m. SACRED ASSEMBLY
PRAYER, MEMORIAL & COMMUNION SERVICE
Rev. Bryan Koch
12:00 p.m. SENIORS (65+) LUNCH
CHILDREN’S PASTORS LUNCH
YOUTH LEADERS LUNCH
WORSHIP LEADERS LUNCH
FUTURE CHURCH PLANTERS LUNCH
1:45 p.m. BUSINESS SESSION
7:00 p.m. EUROPE’S HEART MISSIONS SERVICE
Rev. Jim Sabella
9:30 p.m. UNDER 40 GATHERING
WEDNESDAY, MAY 3
OMAR & PAT BEILER
Eurasia Regional Director
As Regional Director, Omar established Our Big Dream, a
vision for the future of Eurasia with a dream to see a church
planting movement among every people group in India,
Southern Asia, Arab Gulf/Middle East/North Africa, Central
Eurasia, Northwest Eurasia, and Russia/Belarus. This area
has more than 4,400 unreached people groups and only 1.5
percent of Eurasia’s 2.4 billion inhabitants are Evangelical
Christians. His passion is to see God raise up new workers,
both missionaries and national believers, to go to the hard
places of this region with the message of God’s love and
WEDNESDAY, MAY 3
9:30 a.m. KEYNOTE / CHURCH PLANTING
Dr. Stephen R. Tourville
12:00 p.m. LADIES LUNCH
2:00 p.m. WORKSHOPS
7:00 p.m. ORDINATION CELEBRATION
Rev. Omar Beiler
Register at: penndel.org
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STEPHEN R. TOURVILLE
PENNDEL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT
For several years our District/Network tagline “Better Together” has provided focus and identification for us as we
move forward in unity to fulfill our purpose as a fellowship in reproduction, relationship and resources. No individual
or congregation can accomplish as much as when all of us move together to serve God in reaching our mission field
and ministering to the people in our sphere of influence. The graphic expression on the front cover of this edition
effectively depicts our movement corporately toward a direction guided by the Spirit as others continue to join this
endeavor. You will find in the pages of this publication many of the efforts we are planning to achieve throughout
the various ministries of our network.
Five years ago your churches joined forces to impact one region of India, the
state of Rajasthan. It was a great privilege for Marjie and me to return this
past year to view the results of your financial contributions and sacrifices.
The development of the school has progressed to the point now that about
300 children are getting an education, a healthy meal every day and a school
uniform. Most of these children would not have this opportunity had we
not partnered to see this accomplished. In addition, the church continues to
grow and flourish with the development of the church facilities and the Bible
College that trains ministers to pastor and plant churches. A significant part
of our project was focused on the Freedom House which houses and provides
training in micro business endeavors to rescue those trapped in the trafficking
of young girls in that community.
4 KEYS TO A HEALTHY
I have often been asked about our Network and why we have
enjoyed such blessing. Of course, it is all about God’s favor and
blessing on our lives and ministry. “Unless the Lord builds the
house, its builders labor in vain.” (Psalm 127:1) At times we
work hard on our structures, organizations, constitution and
bylaws and various other issues that are important considerations
for effective ministry. Peter Drucker is credited with the quote,
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” There is a lot of truth in that.
Whatever your structure, as important as that is, your culture will
either support or undermine your plans.
When I think about
developing a healthy ministry
culture, as I write in our book,
there are four keys
of critical importance.
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Amazing results in missions happen because we are
“Better Together.” The seeds you sowed five years
ago have grown to produce an amazing harvest for Christ.
Sometimes we may wonder where our dollars go and the result
of our giving. Your heart would be warmed by the children
singing songs about Jesus and the individuals who have been
saved by Christ and now are going out to plant more churches
that bring life and hope to the lost. The light of Jesus is being
proclaimed and your giving made this possible.
Last year our efforts were directed toward a community in
Romania assisting Ana and Mike Dascalescu in constructing
Baneasa Community Center. Once again, your response to the
opportunity of investing in this nation to bring the good news of
Jesus’ love has established a foothold that is producing a harvest
of souls for the kingdom of God. We demonstrate God’s care for
those without the hope of Christ by sending, giving and going to
the unreached people of our world.
Ana and Mike Dascalescu ministering to kids.
Baneasa Community Center
Prayer is essential. God can
do with little more than we
humans can do with much.
If we don’t have a healthy
sense of dependence on
God, then pack your bags
and do something else.
God answers prayer.
Prepare yourself — heart,
mind, soul and strength.
As you are preparing yourself,
don’t forget to prepare
others around you. Ministry
is a joint endeavor not an
Plan what are the critical
factors that will lead to
a successful outcome.
Someone has said to plan
your work and work your
plan. That is pretty simple,
but it is good advice.
Position yourself and your ministry in a
way that will open the door for God’s favor.
Do your best to be prepared for what may
come. Culture incorporates both what we
believe (doctrine) and what we do (practice).
Right doctrine is not sufficient. We must
also develop a culture of right action, and
when we do, we discover that we are
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610.678.0266 ext. 224
A Picture of
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
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!
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Ministers Transferring In:
Alexander, Paul (Licensed)
Brown, Berry L (Ordained)
Dudiak, (Jonathan) Cole (Licensed)
Hart, Austin J (Licensed)
Milcarek, Matthew (Licensed)
Murphy, Taylor R (Licensed)
Snyder, Amy (Ordained)
Spurlock, Ryan (Licensed)
Strickland, Michael (Certified)
Ministers Transferring Out:
Acevedo, Nicholas W (Licensed)
Baker, Robert M (Ordained)
Beadle, Joseph T (Ordained)
Marcano Jr, William (Ordained)
Panek, Mitchell (Licensed)
Wilson, Wayde (Ordained)
With The Lord:
Francis Parmenteri, 90, of Clarks Summit,
passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. He was
born in Peckville and served in the U.S.
Navy in World War II as a pharmacist’s
mate second class. After his service to our
country, he was a graduate of Northeastern
Bible College, Minnesota. Francis and
his late wife, Ruth, served as lead pastor
of the 1st AG, Plymouth for 43 years.
Paul J Kyllonen, 72, of Savannah, GA
was promoted to his Eternal Reward on
Tuesday, January 24, 2017. He was born
in Monesson, PA on November 30, 1944.
Paul responded to the Lord’s call into
full-time ministry during a C.A. (Christ Ambassador’s)
Youth Convention. Paul was
the lead pastor of the following PennDel
churches: Bessemer AG; Faith AG, Emaus;
Northeast AG, Philadelphia and Christian
AG, Bentleyville. Paul is survived by his
Larry Helsel, 74, passed away on February
4, 2017. Larry was the lead pastor of
New Life AG in Mercer, PA. He transferred
from New York
from Southern Missouri
from New Jersey
from North Texas
to New York
to Spanish Eastern
from another denomination just a few
years ago to make himself available to
the congregation in Mercer. Larry is survived
by his wife, Shirley.
Robert T Eastlake, 93, went to his Eternal
Reward peacefully on February 21, 2017
in Wilmington, DE. Bob was preceded
in death by his wife of 67 years, Alice.
Together, they pastored the following
PennDel churches: Nanticoke, Shippensburg,
1st AG, Erie and Wilmington, DE.
Hazel M Williams, 100, of Quakertown,
went to be with the Lord Thursday,
February 23, 2017. Hazel was the wife
of the late Russell Williams, who died in
1990. Hazel served faithfully alongside
her husband, Russel, as the lead pastor’s
wife at Pleasant Valley AG, Altoona. She
served her role as ‘First-Lady’ of the
Eastern (PennDel) District with distinction,
serving alongside her husband during his
19 years as Superintendent. While in this
position, she also served as the District
Women’s Ministries Director.
Donald J. Immel
New and Upgraded Credentials:
Greenockle, David Culbertson, David
Varughese, Jacob Giles, Janet
Seymour, Jeffrey L
General Council Affiliated:
International Christian Fellowship, Darby
Lead Pastor – Samuel M Konteh
New Life Indian Church, Gibsonia/Pittsburgh
Lead Pastor – Saji Varghese
CHANGE Community Church, Philadelphia
Lead Pastor – Elijah Hollis
Valley Community Church, Drums
Lead Pastor – Al DiSalvatore
Harvest International Church, Philadelphia
Lead Pastor – Mathew James
Leroy Bunker to Lighthouse Community
Berry L Brown to Fair Ridge AG, Shade Gap
Ronald Dugan to Christian Life Assembly, Melcroft
Del Smith to Faith AG, Roaring Spring
Daniel LeVeck to Bethel AG, Pittsburgh
Robert Morgan to Pitcairn AG
Joshua Baldwin to St Thomas AG
Nichole Schreiber to 1 st AG, Erie
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Eurasia Regional Director
After living and working overseas for 15
years, Pat and I have spent the last 9 years
living in a mid-western American city. When
we are not traveling overseas, we spend
many weekends speaking in churches all
across America. Spending time with pastors
who lead churches representing a wide
variety and size has been an enriching
experience for me. Here are a few things I
Many of our younger pastors and newer
churches are highly apostolic in their
approach and are effectively reaching
people in an increasingly secular society. By
apostolic I mean they are outward focused.
Much of the growth in these apostolic
churches represents “new growth” rather
than transfer growth. In these settings, it is
important to speak with the realization that
most people present have little religious or
biblical background. Familiar Sunday School
software has not been downloaded on their
The call to make disciples is more important
than ever. Building the church and gathering
a crowd are two different things. Jesus calls
us to make disciples.
I am in awe of what Jesus is doing in America
and around the world. I am thankful that
the Lord has allowed me to participate in His
work of redemption.
The men and women who formed the Assemblies of
God more than a Century ago were “big dreamers.”
They embraced this BIG DREAM: “We commit
ourselves and the movement to Him for the
greatest evangelism the world has ever seen.”
This is a bold statement, and by almost any measure we have
succeeded in our endeavors on a scale unimaginable to our founders.
Today the Assemblies of God has more than 66 million adherents in
255 countries, territories, and provinces.
While we celebrate our victories, I am reminded of what Loren Triplett
once said; “We don’t measure ourselves by our success, but by the
unfinished task.” Revelation 7:9-12 paints a beautiful picture of a great
multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and tongue standing before
the throne of God giving Jesus the glory due his name. If we see this
as the end toward which we are working, the task before us can be
One of my BIG DREAMS is to raise up men and women who will go to
Eurasia, an area with 44 nations and territories encompassing much of
the Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu world. Within the borders of Eurasia,
there are more than 4,400 unreached people groups – ethnolinguistic
people groups without an adequate witness of the Gospel of Jesus.
There are entire countries in Eurasia with fewer followers of Jesus
among the local population than you have fingers on one hand.
God has called us to make disciples among every people group, and
we believe the best way to do that is to plant churches. These aren’t
brick and mortar churches. These are communities of faith that are
made up of “living stones.” They are house churches that have in their
DNA the idea of multiplication. We want to plant churches that will
plant churches that will plant churches.
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Donald J. Immel
Our Goal: $150,000
The Roma people are experiencing a dynamic move of God. Many are
coming to faith in Christ. The transformational work of the Holy Spirit
has gained the attention of local community leaders. Marian Kaleja,
lead pastor of The Pentecostal Church in Sabinov, has mentored pastoral
leadership for the church in Kendice. Land has been purchased,
and construction plans are under way. 150 believers in Kendice are
now in need of a worship facility to extend the work that God is doing.
However, due to extreme poverty, they do not have the resources
to move forward with the project. Will you join us in partnering with
the Roma people to see this project forward? We will receive an offering
and pledges at the Tuesday evening missions service during
with us in 2017 for
THE ROMA PROJECT
MinistrieSummt. You can also send your offering/pledge to 4651
Westport Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, or give online at penndel.org.
Thank you for your participation!
Roma Project Resources
• Online video at penndel.org
• Promotional “communication” pieces are available in hard copy
(upon request) and online at penndel.org
• Don Immel, PennDel Missions Director, is available to do a
missions window for the Roma Project or to present missions
at missions conventions.
Fares For Missions
In 1982 Harold Crosby introduced a significant helps program for
PennDel missionaries. The program was designed to reduce the
growing itineration demands placed on our missionaries due to
increased budget demands. Fares For Missions targeted two areas
to assist missionaries preparing to depart for their field of calling:
• Infuse $5000 into a missionaries “00” account to avoid drawing
that living expenses account into the red while obtaining financial
support. Once a missionary reached certain benchmarks of support,
the $5K would be released into their living expenses account.
• Purchase missionaries departure airfare when they were cleared
by AGWM to go!
For the past several years, there has been greater demand than
income on the Fares For Mission fund. We will receive an offering
and pledges for Fares For Missions at the Missions Service at
MinistrieSummit. Thank you in advance for your participation in
The following PennDel Missionaries are currently itinerating for
their first-term & would appreciate an opportunity to share their
vision and heart for their World Missions assignment:
• Ben & Jessica Bock (Europe)
• Mike & Jess Brown (Latin America)
• Tom & Brooke Harshberger (Europe)
*Quick Reference: www.penndel.org (Ministries/World Missions/Itineration List)
Take advantage of this resource available for you! Look ahead to
the remainder of 2017 and all of 2018 and see which of our
PennDel Missionaries are scheduled to come home on furlough.
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HOME MISSIONS PROJECT OFFERING 2017
Why R-1? We have two pastors
who have planted churches in
PennDel, but without an R-1
visa and our support they will
not be able to stay.
Pastor Saji completed his education in theological
studies and became an evangelist. Later he
finished his Master’s Degree in Social Analysis from
Serampore University and became a Bible seminary
teacher in India. It was in India that he first served
as a pastor and church planter.
In 2009, he came to the United States in pursuit
of his doctorate degree. Four years later, he
successfully completed his Doctorate in Christian
Ministry from International Theological Seminary,
Pastor Saji is fluent in Malayalam and Hindi. Pastor
Saji has ministered throughout 23 of the states of
India, and his ministry goes beyond his Malayalam
speaking people to reaching out to help Indians as a
whole. In Pittsburgh there are people from all parts
of India, and he has people in his congregation that
speak both languages. Pastor Varghese is married to
Girija Chandravathy and they have three wonderful
children named Alby, Aida, and Anugraha. If
approved for R-1 status, Pastor Saji would like to
remain in the United States serving as a pastor/
church planter with PennDel.
We are so happy to report that Saji’s R-1 has
just been approved! We are now raising monthly
support to help him for the two-year commitment
WE NEED Y
There are interviews
that need to happen and
paperwork that needs to
be reviewed. The process
can take many months in a
system that is facing many
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Pastor Saji Varghese has sacrificed to plant
a church in Pittsburgh. Because he is here
on a student visa, he is unable to be paid
for his ministry. He is living on faith!
Pastor Mathew James has an incredible
testimony of salvation and healing
from radioactive exposure. As he plants
his church in Philly, he also shared the
challenge of having to go back to India and
leave his church if he does not get his R-1.
After meeting them, I was baffled as to how to help them, but then our friends in the New
York District introduced us to leaders that are helping pastors in New York City walk through
this. We now have a plan to help Pastor Saji, Pastor Mathew and future R-1 pastors.
Please give to the
PennDel R-1 Fund.
With this fund we will be able
to help pay the application and
attorney fees for the R-1 visas for
each pastor and his family. With
this fund, we will be able to help
with short gaps that the congregations
may have in paying their
pastor for the two year commitment
required by law.
Imagine what would happen if
our churches would stand with
Pastor Saji and Pastor Mathew
and the many pastors and
churches that will be empowered
by the R-1 Fund. Imagine the
stories that would be told for
generations to come!
Pastor Mathew had a life changing
experience while working in Bahrain at a refinery;
a radioactive accident occurred that took the life
of three of his co-workers and left him barely
alive. Pentecostal sisters came to his room and
told him that even though he was exposed to
radiation that was thousands of times more
powerful than the radiation used in medical
therapy, God could save him. It was there in that
hospital that Mathew called out to God and was
both saved and healed!
Pastor Mathew has since earned a Master of
Divinity from Bethel Bible College in South India
and was conferred a Doctor of Divinity by the
International Christian University in Chesapeake,
Virgina. He is currently continuing his education at
Faith Theological Seminary in Baltimore.
Today, Pastor Mathew is the pastor of Harvest
International Church, a community of believers
that were in need of a pastor who understands
their culture and communicates in their language.
He is serving in the Philadelphia area due to the
presence of a large number of Indians in the city.
Pastor Mathew married his wife, Blessy, and they
were told that because of the radiation exposure,
they could not have a child, but God gave
them another miracle... they have a wonderful
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Pastors/Ministry Leaders and their spouses
who are age 55 and older
Led by Stan Williams, 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.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from
8:30 am until 4:00 pm
Bongiorno Conference Center
Overnight housing is available at
BCC for an additional charge.
Registration for this event is
$39.00 per person
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.
HIS Fund is sponsoring the lunch
THREE WAYS TO REGISTER:
• Online at www.penndel.org
• Call Penny at 717.795.5921
• Email Penny@penndel.org
CONNECTING Around the Network
Pastor LeRoy & Wanda Bunker
Lighthouse Community Church
Pastor Del & Marvina Smith
Roaring Spring, PA
Pastor Robert & Tamara Morgan
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How to Get a Men’s Ministry Going…
the Fun Way
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
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
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 at vimeo.com/190275788.
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#GOALS are something we strive for, perfection, the very best of the topic at hand.
You’ve seen it on Social Media, #goals … #lifegoals …#relationshipgoals …#squadgoals
… the list goes on and on.
This summer, we have #GOALS at PennDel Youth Camp! This is a week of impact for
students in grades 7-12 who come with the goal of a good time, but leave with their
lives impacted by Jesus! #GOALS
Take a look at these #GOALS moments from students at Camp last year:
“This week was the best week of my life. Not only did God speak to me, but
He saved my best friend for the first time. The experiences I’ve had here will
influence the rest of my life.” #GOALS ~ Savannah, Sunbury
“I have always stressed about my future, but God revealed to me that in
these last days my call is to share the gospel, which is the most important call
for my generation.” #GOALS ~ Tori, Mt. Clare
”At Camp, I felt the presence of God and I feel like I got so much closer to Him.
I spoke in tongues for the first time too!” #GOALS ~ Destiny, Monroeville
Philippians 3:14 says,
“I press on toward the goal
for the prize of the upward
call of God in Jesus Christ.”
How are you encouraging your
students to press on toward
the goals God has for them?
Join us this summer as we
press on toward the #GOALS
of seeing students saved and
transformed by the very best
of what God has in store at
#GOALS Youth Camp!
To register for camp, visit penndelyouthcamp.com
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YOUTH ALIVE MISSIONARY
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Three Christian students in a high school held a regular “video game night” for the gamers in their school.
Over a dozen of those gamers came to church and met Jesus.
A faithful high school student focused a social studies project on the evils of human trafficking, igniting several
conversations about God’s compassion and the work of the church.
A middle school believer started a friendship with an atheist and had several conversations about Jesus. The
atheist has turned her life over to Christ after the Holy Spirit spoke to her in a dream.
What do these students have in common? They are Gospel-centered, Spirit-empowered, and have taken personal
responsibility for the mission of God in their school and in their community. They are making a difference for the
Gospel. They are fearless in sharing Jesus with their friends, and they where inspired, equipped, and empowered
to make a difference by Youth Alive.
Let’s make a difference without fear. Let’s step out to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ
with everyone around us. Let’s serve others supernaturally through the Holy Spirit. Let’s
make it our mission to make a difference in our world. Cap your summer with a one-day
conference that will equip you to make a difference in eternity, and will help you live
fearless for the sake of Christ. Join us for Fearless: One Day to Make a Difference
To learn about Fearless, visit fearlessoneday.com
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An Underutilized Asset
Have you ever wondered how the young people in your church can be developed into the Christlike
servant leaders of tomorrow’s church? Look no further than your Royal Rangers outpost.
The major purpose of Royal Rangers is to develop boys and young men into Christ-like servant
leaders. What better source for finding helpers for Christian Education classes, youth group leaders,
worship team members, and more!
Junior Leadership training begins in the local outpost with Leadership Merits and the Leadership Foundation
course available through the TracClub Leaders’ track. Boys also receive leadership training by
attending district run camps within the Junior Leadership Development Academy (JLDA). These camps
run three to four days each beginning with the Ranger Training Camp (RTC) for Discovery Ranger boys
who have completed the 4 th grade. This camp teaches a boy about his role within his patrol in the
outpost. The Junior Training Camp (JTC), for boys who completed the 6 th grade, teach boys their role
within their outposts. The JTC is followed by the Advanced Junior Training Camp (AJTC) that teaches
boys about their role within their church and community. High school aged boys and their leaders can
complete skill based action camps designed to teach boys specific skills such as canoeing, computers,
or basic auto mechanics.
Collectively, these camps teach basic and advanced leadership skills such as interacting with others,
event planning, responsibility, and developing integrity using the Bible and its principals as the foundation.
When these boys come back from these camps they are ready to be put to work. Try it! Send
your Ranger boys to a JLDA camp and then use them upon their return. They’ll be a great resource
for helping in other ministries in your church. Go to pdrangers.org/pdjlda-camps for applications and
Junior Leader Development
Color Guard Camp
PDRR Camp Berry,
Honey Grove, PA
May 5 - 7
Junior Leader Development
Academy Shooting Action Camp
PDRR Camp Berry,
Honey Grove, PA
June 16 - 18
PennDel District Powwow
PDRR Camp Berry,
Honey Grove, PA
June 23 - 25
Junior Leader Development
July 14 -16
PDRR Camp Berry,
Honey Grove, PA
Jul. 31 - Aug. 5
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We are always better together!
WOMEN OF PURPOSE
Kay Burnett is our newly appointed National Women’s Ministries Director for the Assemblies of God.
After more than 20 years of pastoral and District ministry to women, she wrote this helpful book,
A Quick Guide for Ministry to Women. This guide will give your Women of Purpose a fresh look at
ministry to women. Kay writes..
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
• 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
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
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!
BONGIORNO CONFERENCE CENTER
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
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
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
• 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.
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Editor: . . . . . . . . . . . Stephen R. Tourville
Managing Editor: . . . . . Carole Bongiorno
Superintendent . . . . . . . Stephen R. Tourville
Assistant Superintendent . . Bryan Koch
Secretary/Treasurer. . . . . Donald J. Immel
Timothy Bunney Southwest Suburban - SWS
Christopher Clark North Central West - NCW
Roland Coon Delaware - DEL
Steven DeFrain East Central - EC
Jeffrey Kettering South Central - SC
Jeff Marshall Southwest Metro - SWM
Robert Novak Greater Philadelphia Area - GPA
James Pentz North Central - NC
Randall Rhoads South Central East - SCE
Walter Smith South Central West - SCW
Allan Thorpe Northwest - NW
David Twiss Northeast - NE
Stephen R. Tourville
Donald J. Immel
Honorary General Presbyter
PennDel Superintendent Emeritus
Volume 63 Number 2 - (USPS 165-700) is the official periodical
published quarterly by the Pennsylvaina-Delaware District Council of
the Assemblies of God. Periodical postage paid at Mechanicsburg,
Pennsylvania. Circulation Stands at Approximately 7,500
Send address changes to:
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1..................Credential App’s due for September
3..................PDRR Camp Workday
5..................Presbytery Meeting - District Ministries Center
12................Kennywood Park Day
15................Dorney Park/Wildwater Day
15-17...........Stars, Friends & Girls Only Retreats – BCC
19-23...........Youth Camp Week #1 – BCC
23-25...........District RR PowWow
26-30..........Youth Camp Week #2 – BCC
1-7...............National Teen Bible Quiz Finals
4..................Independence Day – Ministries Center Closed
10-14...........Kids’ Camp Week #1 – BCC
17-21...........Kids’ Camp Week #2 – BCC
22................District RR BB Gun Competition
24-28...........Kids’ Camp Week #3 – BCC
24-29...........RR Jr. Leader Training Academy
31-Aug 4.....Kids’ Camp Week #4 – BCC
7-11.............57 th General Council of the AG – Anaheim, CA
7-11.............National Fine Arts Festival – Anaheim, CA
11-13...........District RR Family Camp
18-20...........Teen Bible Quiz Camp – BCC
25-26...........District RR Leaders Conference
26................Fearless: One Day to Make a Difference (Youth)
4..................Labor Day – Ministries Center Closed
8-9...............RR West Division Fall Camporee
9..................Fearless: One Day to Make a Difference (Youth)
10................Campus Awareness Day
11................Presbytery Meeting – BCC
12................Credential Interviews – BCC
15................Credential App’s due for January 2018
16................Fearless: One Day to Make a Difference (Youth)
16............ World Missions Training Event – NL/Lancaster
16-18...........Cluster Church Planting
22-24...........Women In Ministry Retreat – BCC
22-24...........RR East Division Fall Camporee
27................See You at the Pole
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