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PennDel Ministry Network | Spring <strong>2021</strong><br />


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THE POWER OF re<br />

A season of reopening and reengaging is in front of us.<br />

The prefix “re” is used often in the English language.<br />

Re communicates the thought of going back or<br />

doing something again. There are literally hundreds<br />

of English words that use this prefix, and many of them<br />

communicate a positive exercise or experience. The<br />

use of the prefix “re” fits well in our Pentecostal cultural<br />

vocabulary. For example, the Psalmist prays to God<br />

“Restore us, O God of our salvation…Will you not revive us<br />

again, that your people may rejoice in you?” (Psalm 85:4<br />

& 6) Peter challenges his audience to “Repent…and be<br />

converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times<br />

of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord…”<br />

(Acts 2:19). Restore, revive, refresh, even repent give us<br />

a positive sense of getting a do-over. Going back to<br />

make forward progress. This is the power<br />

of “re.”<br />

is a powerful benefit in going back to our foundations<br />

or roots. By reexamining our beginnings, we may<br />

“rediscover” the basis for which we function and operate.<br />

In Recalibrate Your Church, Troy Jones advocates for<br />

reviewing the history of your church. “Find out what got<br />

[your church] started and how it grew.” Sometimes, Jones<br />

says, “the path forward is found in reviewing the church’s<br />

(or ministry’s) original mission.” 1<br />

If our purpose is to simply keep the lights on or the church<br />

doors open, we will have a difficult time inspiring ourselves<br />

and others to achieve great Kingdom results in outreach or<br />

ministry. In their book, Replant, Patrick and DeVine state<br />

that “Many times… churches have a valuable gospel DNA;<br />

a theological tradition, lost, that needs to be recovered;<br />

and a history of God’s faithfulness that needs to be<br />

retold.” 2<br />


Our calendars are filled with annual occasions for “re.”<br />

Holidays like Memorial Day and Independence Day<br />

reacquaint us with the precious gift of freedom and the<br />

price that was paid to obtain and maintain that liberty.<br />

Birthdays and anniversaries remind us of the preciousness<br />

of life and relationships. “Holy-days” such as Christmas<br />

and Easter (Resurrection Sunday) reinforce important<br />

events in God’s plan of redemption.<br />

It is not uncommon for churches, ministers or ministries to<br />

develop habits and trajectories that take them off course.<br />

It’s a subtle process of making incremental adjustments<br />

to meet current needs or demands. At first, there is no<br />

measurable harm. But after we have gone down the<br />

road for several years (or decades), ministers may find<br />

themselves functioning in a system that lacks mission,<br />

purpose or relevance. The result – ineffectiveness and<br />

tradition are the dominant outcomes and practices. There<br />

As we move toward the resolution of the coronavirus<br />

pandemic, rethinking and reevaluating some of our<br />

ministry practices will be necessary. Additionally, we will<br />

need to reimagine what ministries and activities will be<br />

appropriate and beneficial as we fully reopen. Some<br />

church activities will be reaffirmed because they are<br />

important, if not essential, to carrying out a full gospel<br />

ministry. Some programs may be removed because they<br />

don’t make the cut. So rethink, repray, revisit,<br />

recalibrate and reimagine what effective<br />

ministry and outreach will look like as<br />

the pandemic resolves. God is still in the “I-willbuild-my-church”<br />

business. A season of reopening and<br />

reengaging is in front of us. May God revive us spiritually,<br />

emotionally, physically and relationally to move forward in<br />

what will be a season of Kingdom-building opportunities.<br />

1. Jones, Troy. Recalibrate Your Church: How Your Church Can Reach Its Full Kingdom Impact (p. 110). Kindle Edition.<br />

2. DeVine and Patrick, Replant<br />

LEADERSHIPconnexion | Spring <strong>2021</strong><br />


ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT | STEVE DEFRAIN | 484.686.4843 | sdefrain@penndel.org<br />

Many of you know that I pastored Morning Star Fellowship in Bechtesville for thirty-eight years. It<br />

took seven long years to break the first one hundred. My personality always goes straight to the<br />

highlight reel, and I mostly remember the good times. But Liz reminds me that pastors need to<br />

know about the hard times too. I’ll save those stories for another article and another time. I find that<br />

pastors want to know how we made it in one place for all those years.<br />

One of the answers is a SABBATICAL.<br />

Morning Star gifted us with a three-month Sabbatical when we<br />

hit the twenty-five year mark. Sabbaticals are a new idea in the<br />

Assemblies of God, but they’ve been around much longer in<br />

other denominations. After that initial Sabbatical, they decided<br />

to give us a one-month Sabbatical every seven years, always<br />

above our regular vacation time. I’m forever grateful for godly<br />

men and women that served on our board and understood the<br />

value of a gift like this.<br />

What is a SABBATICAL?<br />

Time off for rest and study. You gift your pastor paid leave for<br />

rest and rejuvenation.<br />

Why a SABBATICAL?<br />

• 1,500 pastors leave the ministry each month,<br />

many from burnout.<br />

• 91% feel fatigued and tired at the end of the week.<br />

• 50% of their marriages end in divorce.<br />


Leadership Thoughts for the Church Board<br />

reJUVENATE<br />

A pastor goes to bed knowing they are on call twenty-four<br />

hours a day. There is rarely an off switch. They close their eyes<br />

knowing the phone could ring at any moment. One person said:<br />

“Ministry is a lifestyle. Clergy are always on the clock.”<br />

A pastor carries hundreds of individual stories. The burden of<br />

sickness in one family. The weight of a job layoff going past a<br />

year in another. The broken hearts of parents fighting addiction<br />

in yet another. The pastor who cares, carries much more than<br />

you will ever know.<br />

The Benefits:<br />

As a church, you get to reward faithful service. You have a<br />

pastor that gives it their all and, they feel blessed (honored)<br />

when you give them a Sabbatical gift.<br />

As a church, you get to experience a refreshed (rejuvenated)<br />

pastor. Some people said on my return, “Pastor, it’s like you<br />

never skipped a beat.” It’s because I had a break from the<br />

pressure, time to walk, pray and hear from God. It’s because<br />

I had time to hold Liz’s hand and to be with her without any<br />

distraction.<br />

• 70% constantly fight depression.<br />

A pastor experiences highs and lows, not just monthly, but every<br />

day. In a twenty-four hour time period, they can deal with death,<br />

talk to a couple getting a divorce, make the budget, look at a<br />

critical email (petty criticism), and celebrate a new birth.<br />

As a church, you feel good knowing you have a pastor couple<br />

that is strong and healthy in their marriage. Knowing you are<br />

blessing their entire family for the many sacrifices they make for<br />

the church too.<br />

Sabbaticals are a win-win for everyone. Even though a<br />

Sabbatical is a new idea in our AG circles, I believe this model<br />

is worth looking at if you want a healthy relationship between<br />

pastor and congregation.<br />


eDEFINE<br />

What story have you been telling yourself?<br />

For many of us in this season, we have had to redefine our<br />

expectations and readjust our strategies; and in the process I<br />

believe we may have lost our vision and sense of direction. It is<br />

difficult to maintain passion when we no longer see where we are going,<br />

when we are just treading water. However, I believe God is moving in<br />

His church. I believe He is challenging us to redefine this experience,<br />

rename our situation and begin to hope again.<br />

Years ago, I was challenged by these three questions: what story<br />

have you been telling yourself about you, your<br />

situation and ultimately about God? It begs the question,<br />

what headline have I given to this chapter of my life? The answer to<br />

that question, how I define or redefine it, will determine how I ultimately<br />

choose to walk through it. It is always less about what is going on<br />

around me and more about what is going on in me that ultimately<br />

determines the success of that season.<br />

GUEST CONTRIBUTOR | Sarah Walter, MA, LPC | swalter@emerge.org<br />

Sarah Walter, MA, LPC is a Licensed<br />

Professional Counselor and an ordained<br />

minister with the Assemblies<br />

of God. Sarah is available to help you<br />

overcome emotional challenges, assist<br />

in strengthening your marriage, walk<br />

you through parenting difficulties, help<br />

you avoid burn out in ministry, assist<br />

in stress management strategies and<br />

a plan for your future. She works with<br />

couples, families, individuals and those<br />

in ministry.<br />

For more information regarding<br />

in-person or tele-counseling appointments:<br />

emerge.org/pa<br />

1.800.621.5207<br />

4651 Westport Dr.,<br />

Mechanicsburg, PA<br />

I have had days in ministry where outwardly it is measured successful,<br />

and yet feel no move of the Spirit. I have had evenings in ministry where<br />

no more than two people show up, and yet I am blown away by God’s<br />

faithfulness to His children. How do we define success this year? This<br />

will determine if we persevere or settle into discouragement.<br />

What causes someone to give up? In a workout plan, motivation<br />

is fostered through a sense of accomplishment. It is critical how<br />

accomplishment is defined from the very beginning. When lack of<br />

progress is outwardly invisible, many give up. But what is not seen, are<br />

the muscles being strengthened in the inward places, the secret places.<br />

If one perseveres, he or she is able to look back and see the progress<br />

that was once invisible.<br />

Join me in remembering the spiritual battle that rages on. In the<br />

middle, may we not lose our courage, our motivation, our sense<br />

of purpose and hope. Let us instead redefine the headlines we are<br />

placing over the difficult seasons. Let us begin to hope once more<br />

that what is being done in the secret places will reveal His glory in the<br />

next chapter. So, when burn-out, depression and discouragement<br />

are creeping into your days’ work, remember to redefine success,<br />

persevere through hope and begin to dream again.<br />

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SECRETARY/TREASURER | JEFF MARSHALL | 717.795.5921 | jeff@penndel.org<br />

reVIVE<br />

Do you remember the day you accepted the call of<br />

God in your life for ministry?<br />

That is a day we need to remember.<br />

In the Old Testament, stones were placed in areas of<br />

remembrance where God spoke or gave direction to an<br />

individual, such as Bethel. Days of remembrance were vital for<br />

them and are vital for us as well, but how often we forget!<br />

I remember the day I rededicated my life to Christ.<br />

I was raised in a Christian home, as a result, I joke that I was<br />

“saved out of the womb.” Yet I did have some rebellious years<br />

as a teenager. Then, in April, 1975, I rededicated my life to<br />

Christ. I was a witnessing machine. Shortly after that, I went<br />

to an altar at a gospel concert and committed my life to the<br />

ministry, answering the call of God in my life. Like Peter and<br />

John, I couldn’t stop talking about Jesus.<br />

But after a while, I cooled down and went on with my life. I<br />

graduated from a Christian college, worked as a legislative<br />

aide in Washington DC and a juvenile counselor, then I met<br />

Cathy, the love of my life. One evening, Cathy and I went to a<br />

Ground Round restaurant (I loved the peanuts there). We were<br />

talking about our future. All at once she said to me – “Are<br />

you going to do what God wants you to do or live<br />

out someone else’s call?”<br />

At that time, God’s call was revived in my life.<br />

According to Webster’s dictionary, the definition of revive is<br />

“to return to life or to recover from a state of neglect,<br />

oblivion, obscurity.” For years I had been neglecting the call<br />

of God on my life. I was serving God, but not in the ministry<br />

He had originally called me to. As Cathy noted, “I was fulfilling<br />

someone else’s call, not mine.”<br />

It is so easy to stray away from God’s original call on our lives.<br />

There are times we need to go back and remember the call of<br />

God on our lives. Maybe it was at a spiritual “Bethel” or maybe<br />

as dramatic as a “Damascus Road Experience.” In Ephesians<br />

4:11 we read that it was Christ himself who gave us the call to<br />

specific ministry.<br />

Are you fulfilling the call of<br />

God upon your life?<br />

All are called to minister, but not all are called to ministry.<br />

Many of you reading this are already serving in ministry,<br />

but are you serving in the area of ministry God originally<br />

called you to serve?<br />

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We have dozens of churches open in the<br />

PennDel Ministry Network in need of pastors.<br />

Has God called you to become a pastor?<br />

There are unreached people groups around the<br />

world as well as people in our own country who<br />

need to hear about Jesus.<br />

Has God called you to become a missionary<br />

or an evangelist?<br />

We have great opportunities for ministry training:<br />

PennDel School of Ministry, the University of Valley<br />

Forge and church based ministry schools.<br />

Has God called you to prepare for a<br />

new season of ministry?<br />

I want to encourage you during these challenging times<br />

to take some time, go back and relive the call of God<br />

upon your life.<br />

Ask the Holy Spirit to reVIVE you, to return you to life<br />

and bring you out of the state of neglect, oblivion and<br />

obscurity. To restore unto you the joy of your salvation<br />

and the call of God upon your life.<br />


How has Covid effected our PennDel Missionaries, Projects, Events, etc:<br />

Quarterly Zoom Meetings: Our missionaries<br />

have enjoyed this new connection with our<br />

World Missions Director, Jeff Marshall. This<br />

provides a time of prayer, connection, brief<br />

moment of where each one is located, current<br />

challenge(s) and creative ministry opportunities<br />

during the pandemic.<br />

Christmas 2020: Extra time with family was<br />

a ‘bonus’ for many of our missionaries still<br />

stateside in December.<br />

Missions Convention: We have decided to<br />

forgo this event for <strong>2021</strong>; due to uncertainties<br />

with the week-by-week changes in each<br />

individual church, leadership and various<br />

restrictions across PennDel.<br />

Itineration will be Higher: Several<br />

missionaries that were scheduled to itinerate<br />

last summer & fall had requested delays from<br />

AGWM, due to churches that were unable to<br />

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in<br />

me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who<br />

loved me and gave himself for me.”<br />

THANK YOU for faithfully praying for our PennDel Missionaries & their<br />

ministries around the world. Visit our AGWM Online Store for updated <strong>2021</strong><br />

items: agwm.myhealthychurch.com Or Toll Free: 800-988-6568<br />

accommodate the missionaries already trying to<br />

schedule services. We appreciate the churches<br />

that are permitting our missionaries to minister<br />

in person and digitally…allowing them to give it<br />

‘all for Jesus!’<br />

Project Extended: We will continue throughout<br />

<strong>2021</strong> with Honduras being our World Missions<br />

Project.<br />

Digital Message of the Gospel: A special<br />

‘THANK YOU’ to each of our churches,<br />

missions directors and lead pastors who have<br />

allowed the opportunity for our missionaries to<br />

share their passion for Missions remotely during<br />

digital services and other creative measures.<br />

Returning to the Field: Mid-August was the<br />

first we began seeing some of our missionaries<br />

returning to their ministry field. Others are<br />

patiently waiting for AGWM approval and<br />

international borders to reopen.<br />

PennDel Project:<br />

Honduras<br />

Thank you for partnering<br />

with us through these various<br />

projects!<br />

Contributions as of<br />

Dec 3<strong>1st</strong>: $154,752.56<br />

Opportunities to give to<br />

the Honduras Project:<br />

ONLINE: penndel.org<br />

CHECKS made payable &<br />

mailed to:<br />

PennDel Ministry Network<br />

ATTN: World Missions Project<br />

4651 Westport Drive<br />

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055<br />

WORLD MISSIONS | JEFF MARSHALL | 717.795.5921 | jeff@penndel.org<br />

Ralph R. Volpe Sr., 84, passed<br />

away on September 19. Ralph<br />

pastored the following PennDel<br />

Churches: Bethel Assembly of God<br />

Church, Girard and Central AG,<br />

Houston (thirty-six years). He was<br />

preceded in death by his faithful wife<br />

(Alice) Carolyn Volpe.<br />

F. Eber Reitzel Sr., 89, of<br />

Bethlehem, passed away on<br />

November 30. He was the widower<br />

of Rev. Nettie M. Reitzel, with whom<br />

he shared almost sixty-six years of<br />

loving marriage. Eber was a lead<br />

pastor in PennDel at the following<br />

churches: New Cumberland,<br />

Landisburg, Honesdale, Ebensburg,<br />

Bethlehem and Chambersburg.<br />

Daniel Albanese, 67, passed away<br />

on December, 4. He was actively<br />

involved in Evangel Heights AG,<br />

Sarver for over thirty years and<br />

was the spouse of Rev. Lorna<br />


Albanese, Campus Pastor for Allison<br />

Park Church (Ohio River Campus/<br />

Ambridge).<br />

Edith M. Cochrane, 93, passed<br />

away on December 23. She was<br />

born in England and married Philip J<br />

Cochrane, Sr. Edith was a registered<br />

nurse, lead pastor’s wife (Tyrone<br />

& Clearfield), AGWM Missionary<br />

to Africa and PennDel Jubilarian<br />

(Ordained with the Assemblies of<br />

God for fifty years, 2016). She is<br />

survived by her husband, Philip.<br />

George J. Cunard, 79, passed<br />

away on February 4. He was a<br />

graduate of the University of Valley<br />

Forge (Northeast Bible Institute).<br />

He was preceded in death by his<br />

faithful wife, Elaine. Together, they<br />

ministered in the following PennDel<br />

Churches: Pittston and Roxboro Full<br />

Gospel Tabernacle, Philadelphia.<br />


Pastor Installations<br />

Rafe & Jessica Sanderson<br />

New Life AG - Landisburg, PA<br />

Jay & Jessica Hines<br />

First AG - Union City<br />

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reENGAGE<br />

Sometimes ministers feel like the boxer sitting on a stool in the corner of a boxing ring.<br />

Blood coming from their nose and mouth, one eye swollen shut, and just waiting for the<br />

bell to signal their return to battle. Shouldn’t they just throw in the towel and head for the<br />

locker room? They could, but if they do, they will never know if they could have finally landed the<br />

knockout punch they had trained for and knew they had it in them.<br />

RICK DUBOSE is a powerful<br />

voice for our movement with a<br />

passion for Bible engagement.<br />

As a pastor in Sachse, Texas, the<br />

church grew from 17 people into<br />

a church of more than 800 and<br />

one of the nation’s top mission<br />

giving churches. Now serving as<br />

Assistant General Superintendent<br />

of the AG, Rick serves on the<br />

Executive Leadership Team. He<br />

is co-author of The Church That<br />

Works and believes that the church<br />

that works... wins its own children,<br />

reaches its neighbors, blesses its<br />

community, and makes God known<br />

to its generation, and the next,<br />

around the world. He and his wife,<br />

Rita, have two daughters, a son, and<br />

eight grandsons.<br />

We look forward to having<br />

Rick as our ordination<br />

speaker for Summit in May!<br />

Peter’s great commitment at the Last Supper, to never forsake Jesus, ended in three denials,<br />

but it didn’t end his ministry. The Lord sent him back into the ring to reENGAGE using what he<br />

had learned to land a knockout punch against the devil and his plans. His reENGAGEMENT,<br />

even though he and everyone around him knew about his failures and weaknesses, would<br />

eventually lead him to become their leader. Under his leadership they saw the church go from<br />

120 in the Upper Room to multiple thousands in only a few months.<br />

The Apostle Paul crawled from under a pile of rocks and reENGAGED in evangelism after being<br />

stoned. He reENGAGED after being imprisoned, shipwrecked, beaten, rejected, abandoned and<br />

so on. Every time the bell of opportunity rang, he stood up and went back into the battle. By the<br />

end of his ministry, his body was covered with scars from stones, whips, rods and shackles. His<br />

heart was scarred with rejection, abandonment, disappointment and many hurts. Yet he was<br />

able to say;<br />

“I have kept the faith, finished the race and fought the fight to the<br />

final bell.”<br />

I have noticed that those who have the courage to reENGAGE after great pain, failure, difficulty<br />

and disappointment, often see their most effective ministry through the one eye that’s still<br />

open. I have also seen some climb out of the ring, using their one good eye, to try to escape<br />

the call to ministry. We, or they, will never know what God was about to do if they had only<br />

reENGAGED.<br />


“There is nothing to be learned<br />

from the second kick of a mule.”<br />

—James K. Bridges, Former General Council<br />

Treasurer and North Texas District Superintendent<br />

Brother Bridges wasn’t saying we<br />

should stay away from mules once<br />

we had been kicked, but rather that<br />

we should rethink our approach to<br />

mules before we reENGAGE.<br />

I have thought of throwing in the towel on a few occasions. The first time was when we were pastoring a<br />

small rural church in East Texas and couldn’t find enough side work to keep us in groceries. I told God that<br />

if that was how He took care of those He called, I wanted out! That night a family in our little church filled<br />

our old 1984 Oldsmobile with more groceries than we could eat in a month. You guessed it, when the bell<br />

rang, I went back into the fight. Somehow, three kids and eight grandchildren later none of us have ever<br />

been hungry. I can join David in saying; “I was young and now I’m old, and I have never seen the righteous<br />

forsaken or his seed begging for bread.”<br />

The second time was when a disgruntled group with a strong leader who, like Tobias against Nehemiah,<br />

told me that my ministry was ineffective, and he felt strongly I should not be in the ministry. After a day<br />

or two of prayer, I decided to reENGAGE and find out for myself if he was right. I don’t know where he is<br />

today, but so far I’m still throwing punches, preaching sermons and giving altar calls. It’s starting to look<br />

like he was wrong!<br />

The third came when I shifted from pastoral ministry to district leadership. I have never felt so disqualified. I<br />

had learned some things about pastoring, but this ministry of leading ministers was more than I was ready<br />

for. I wasn’t tempted to leave the ministry altogether; I just wanted to change rings and go back to where<br />

I was comfortable. But I kept responding to the bell of responsibility and eventually I found a rhythm for<br />

my new assignment. Looking back, I am very glad I kept reENGAGING and didn’t throw in the towel and<br />

hopefully some others are too.<br />

The reason so many do their best work after being beat up so severely that they can barely see is because<br />

before they face that mule again, they think about what they did that enabled the mule to connect in<br />

the first place. They keep learning and adjusting until they become the one landing the knockout blows.<br />

After a while, it’s the mule that’s nervous. Go ahead - reENGAGE. The best is yet to come!<br />

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CHURCH PLANTING | TOM REES | 717.795.5921 | tom@penndel.org<br />

reIMAGINE<br />

We believe with God’s help,<br />

we can plant 100 churches by<br />

December 31, 2025.<br />


<strong>2021</strong>: 10 New Church Plants<br />

2022: 15 New Church Plants<br />

2023: 20 New Church Plants<br />

2024: 25 New Church Plants<br />

2025: 30 New Church Plants<br />

This is an amazing time to start a new church. God<br />

is raising up Apostle Pauls who will forge out in<br />

new directions. Carey Nueuwhof writes that these<br />

“spiritual entrepreneurs are the kind of leaders<br />

who will find tomorrow’s solutions when most<br />

leaders can only see today’s problem.”<br />

We believe that God is calling a new generation of<br />

church planters and apostolic leaders.<br />


The past is gone, and there is no time like the future.<br />

We adapt. We transform.<br />

We have…<br />

Planned<br />

Pivoted<br />

Shifted<br />

Adapted<br />

Set New Goals<br />

All so we could make it through the crisis, and now,<br />

so we can take on what is next.<br />

While many are trying to bounce back, we need to<br />

bounce FORWARD!<br />


We plant churches because…We want to be true to<br />

the Biblical mandate to reach the lost. Effective new<br />

churches are great at reaching:<br />

new generations<br />

new residents<br />

new people groups<br />

Effective new churches are great at reaching the<br />

dechurched and unchurched!<br />

Let’s embrace the mission,<br />

experiment boldly and dare mighty<br />

things in this next season.<br />


Praying for Church Planters<br />

in These Communities<br />


“A crisis like this can shift the window on<br />

the options we are willing to collectively<br />

take seriously.”<br />

—Brian Berkey from Wharton School of the<br />

University of Pennsylvania<br />

We want to launch…<br />

Dinner Churches<br />

Zoom Churches<br />

Digital Churches<br />

Parent Affiliated Churches<br />

Multi-site Churches<br />

Ethnic Churches<br />

Organic Churches<br />

Home Churches<br />

Micro Churches<br />

Ideas that seemed crazy before are now worth trying!<br />


We want to train new planters through LAUNCH training.<br />

Scholarships ($599 registration) are available now<br />

through the PennDel 100x2025 Fund.<br />

Contact me for the code at 100@penndel.org<br />

Next CMN Launch Training:<br />

Columbus, Ohio • June 8-10<br />

Cobbs Creek (Philly)..........................79,231<br />

Southwest Philly................................77,329<br />

Germantown (Philly) .........................66,915<br />

East Parkside (Philly).........................54,311<br />

Levittown (Philly Suburb)...................51,945<br />

Chester (Philly Suburb)......................34,102<br />

Mt Airy (Philly)....................................32,467<br />

Drexel Hill (Philly Suburb)..................28,246<br />

Plum..................................................27,390<br />

Hazleton............................................24,882<br />

King of Prussia (Philly Suburb)..........20,044<br />

Murrysville.........................................19,972<br />

Baldwin..............................................19,743<br />

Strawberry Mansion (Philly)...............19,690<br />

Wilkinsburg........................................15,748<br />

Fullerton.............................................15,304<br />

Glasgow, DE......................................15,280<br />

Franklin Park .....................................14,301<br />

Greensburg........................................14,192<br />

Whitehall............................................13,828<br />

Pottsville............................................13,827<br />

Washington........................................13,624<br />

Brookside, DE....................................13,554<br />

Ardmore (Philly Suburb).....................13,193<br />

Colonial Park.....................................12,438<br />

Elizabethtown....................................11,579<br />

Emmaus............................................11,360<br />

Smyna, DE.........................................11,276<br />

Shiloh (York Area)..............................11,247<br />

Broomall (Philly Suburb)....................10,887<br />

East Stroudsburg...............................10,149<br />

LEADERSHIPconnexion | Spring <strong>2021</strong><br />


6 WAYS TO reSET<br />

Aaron Lawrence<br />

Lost 70 pounds in 2 years<br />

Aaron@bagcburg.org<br />

Close to the start of my journey, I got engaged. It definitely<br />

changed the way I thought about my health. I thought to myself,<br />

“If I can’t take care of my body now, then it won’t just be me<br />

that suffers down the road, but my family as well.” I want to be<br />

around as long as possible for those I care about. Also, I was just<br />

discouraged. I didn’t like the way I looked or how I felt.<br />

Aaron Lawrence currently serves as the Associate/Youth Pastor at Bethel<br />

Assembly of God in Chambersburg, PA. He is engaged to his fiancée, Abby<br />

Kauffman, and they will be getting married this April. He is looking to complete<br />

his first ever marathon this year and the goal is to finish below four<br />

hours - he's big into sports and his teams reign in the New England region.<br />

reSET with a PLAN<br />

The program that kickstarted everything was the “4-hour Body<br />

Diet” by Tim Ferris.<br />

• Eat four times a day. Each meal has protein/vegetable/<br />

beans or legume.<br />

• Do this for six days. No sugars or carbs.<br />

• On the seventh day, you get to have a cheat day. And on<br />

cheat day you get to splurge.<br />

I never gained weight following a cheat day... even after eating<br />

ten Krispy Kreme donuts for a challenge!<br />

This was great for a season. I’ve been able to sustain an ideal<br />

weight these past two years because the most important thing<br />

to do with any plan is to build habits. I now try to shoot for four<br />

to five salads a week, focus on high protein foods, and make<br />

sure that I’m not drinking my calories (diet soda, sugar-free<br />

sports drinks and lots of water). I’m made fun of in the office for<br />

how many times I use the restroom! AARON<br />

I’m following Optavia which is a healthy version of a lite<br />

Keto. Balanced lower-carb vegetables, lean protein, limited by<br />

healthy fats and sixty-four or more ounces of water a day. Once<br />

you reach your goal weight, you add in more whole foods and<br />

a variety of vegetables, fruits and smaller portions of starch or<br />

bread. The program teaches you to fuel your body efficiently,<br />

portion control and implement healthy habits (i.e. eating/<br />

hydrating, motion, mind, and sleep). They emphasize changing<br />

mindsets to change your lifestyle to support a healthy weight<br />

and optimal health in every area of your life. ANGELA<br />

reSET your PRIORITIES<br />

Health is wealth. Our health is paramount and we take it for<br />

granted. We think that it will always be there, and it won’t. I think<br />

in ministry we put others first - our family, people in need. But in<br />

order to be able to continue being there effectively for people,<br />

we must first take care of ourselves - not just spiritually (which I<br />

was good at) but physically. ANGELA<br />

I think the biggest thing is to take control of your health and stop<br />

making excuses. For years, I would justify fast food or eating<br />

unhealthily because I didn’t have the time to make something<br />

or I didn’t know how to choose healthy options. When it comes<br />

down to it, I did have the time and I did know what was good<br />

for me, but my priorities were out of whack. In order for change<br />

to take place in your health, you have to prioritize it. AARON<br />

reSET with ACTIVITY<br />

At first, I was going to a gym in town that focused on HIIT<br />

workouts. That was a lot of fun because I’m very competitive,<br />

so it was fun competing against other people on a daily basis.<br />

After about a year and a half, my goals changed. I wanted to get<br />

into running. I began training for half-marathons and now I’m in<br />

the process of training for my first full marathon.<br />

The other activity that has helped me is to aim for at least<br />

10,000 steps a day. Don’t underestimate the power of walking!<br />

It really does make a huge difference. Sitting at a desk all day is<br />

not really great for us ministers, so take a break to take a walk<br />

or do pushups/sit ups.<br />



Angela Coon<br />

Lost 100 pounds in 1 year and 5 months<br />

uniquelyhis@comcast.net<br />

I wanted to “get my life back.” The weight was causing too much<br />

pain which limited my abilities in everyday life and ministry. I wanted<br />

a better quality of life. I wanted a healthier gut that would produce a<br />

healthier brain and immune system. I wanted freedom from addictive<br />

foods. I wanted to be healthy again.<br />

Angela retired from being a Creative Arts Pastor five years ago<br />

but is still following her passion to disciple through mentoring,<br />

leading small groups and health coaching. With her renewed<br />

health, Angela has a renewed purpose to help others be their<br />

best physically and spiritually for fulfilling their mission.<br />

“Go One More” is a motto that has motivated me. It is from<br />

one of my favorite fitness YouTubers, Nick Bare. When you<br />

feel like giving up. Go One More! AARON<br />

reSET your MIND<br />

There’s a physiological component we usually don’t<br />

understand. Sugar is more addictive than heroin and lights<br />

up more places in the brain than heroin. It compels us to<br />

eat more. Willpower alone cannot deal with it. There are<br />

psychological triggers that we need to learn to deal with, new<br />

healthy habit loops that need to be developed, and mindsets<br />

changed. It’s a multi-disciplined approach. ANGELA<br />

reSET on the ROAD<br />

The biggest thing I think we as ministers struggle with is<br />

choosing the right food when we’re out for our meetings. I<br />

would encourage everyone to think of setting up meetings<br />

at places where you know you can find some healthy and<br />

satisfying options. If you can’t do that all the time, then eat<br />

a protein bar or drink a protein shake before one of those<br />

meetings to fill you up so you don’t overeat. Plan ahead<br />

for everything. I’ve had to pack snacks for district events.<br />

Even two years in a row for Winter Retreat I packed all my<br />

meals because I was committed to this journey. That may<br />

be extreme for you, but I’m just saying, if you fail to plan, you<br />

plan to fail. Find people in your life who are healthy and learn<br />

their habits. Pack waters in your car for trips so you don’t<br />

have to waste money on water, but you’re also prepared to<br />

drink more if your initial bottle goes empty. AARON<br />

reSET with GRACE<br />

Be patient with yourself. Two percent changes are better than<br />

no changes. It’s not about perfection, but progress. Know<br />

your “why” and let the structural tension between where<br />

you are ,and where you want to be, create the motivation<br />

to do what it takes to get there. You are worth the<br />

investment! You can do it! ANGELA<br />

I would also say, you’re going to fail at times, and that’s okay.<br />

Those who truly succeed are the ones who get right back<br />

up the next day after failure. The excess weight you see after<br />

a bad day of eating may just be food sitting in your gut or<br />

you didn’t get enough sleep. Take a few minutes and watch<br />

calorie challenges on YouTube. There are people who will put<br />

their body through incredible pain to show you how the scale<br />

doesn’t always tell you the truth (you’ll laugh along the way<br />

as well, trust me). AARON<br />

"It’s not about what you’re losing, but what you have to gain - life, mobility,<br />

freedom, confidence, new opportunities!" - Angela Coon<br />

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JASON TOURVILLE | 717.795.5921 | jason@penndel.org<br />

reLEARNING<br />


For many of our churches who are going through revitalization, the pandemic and the subsequent shutdowns<br />

have greatly impacted how we do what we do. No matter our size, context or area, we (as leaders<br />

and churches) have had to make several key changes and learn new practices. Below are three lessons we<br />

have learned along the way:<br />

Engagement, not attendance, is the new<br />

measuring stick.<br />

While a few communities were relatively unaffected by the<br />

pandemic, most churches saw a drastic attendance drop in<br />

2020. On average, we are currently seeing 56% in-person<br />

attendance across the PennDel Ministry Network. Beyond these<br />

numbers, we have learned that those churches who are not just<br />

counting attendance, but focusing on engagement, are gaining<br />

ground during this season. It is much more than simply livestreaming<br />

our services from a phone or a camera; the Kingdom<br />

is advancing when church leaders are utilizing technology (phone<br />

calls, Zoom meetings, interaction with those watching, text<br />

messages, etc.) to keep their people engaged in the community,<br />

focused on the mission and growing as disciples.<br />

Leveraging what we CAN do, not fretting<br />

about what we CAN’T do.<br />

Certainly, we have all experienced the stress and frustration<br />

this season of ministry has delivered. The emotional, relational<br />

and spiritual weight is very real. The new realities have caused<br />

us to reevaluate everything we do. Maybe this is a good thing!<br />

Hebrews 12:26b-27 remind us, “Once more I will shake not only<br />

the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate<br />

the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—<br />

so that what cannot be shaken may remain. When we<br />

leverage what we can do, often times these are the elements of<br />

what cannot be shaken when it comes to Kingdom work (prayer,<br />

personal evangelism, one-on-one discipleship, etc.).<br />


Serving our communities and pastoring our people.<br />

Like many crises, the church has truly led the way in serving our communities with the hand of compassion and the message of hope.<br />

There have been multiple opportunities for outreach, as well as in-reach (pastoring our people). In many ways, we have been forced to<br />

reclaim our roots as the first century church. Let me share with you one such story from one of our church revitalizers in Mifflintown, PA.<br />

One of the most difficult decisions I had to make was moving our Bible study/prayer<br />

service “Sacred Assembly” to an online only format with a prayer portal on our website<br />

where people could submit prayer requests anonymously (thanks Doug Black at<br />

www.TripleNerdScore.com). I have a conviction that prayer is the foundation of every<br />

revitalization, so I wanted to continue this somehow, even when it felt awkward.<br />

The other day, I had ordered some pizza for my family. As I walked into the local pizza<br />

shop, I paid for our order. When the lady behind the counter handed me the pizza box,<br />

taped on the top was a folded piece of paper. When I pointed to it, she said, “I’ve been<br />

watching your prayer time online and wanted prayer as well. Could you pray for this<br />

request tonight?”<br />

Someone who we had no contact with prior to the pandemic, is now reaching out to<br />

God (through our church) in prayer. I have been so blessed by the opportunities that<br />

have opened up and have realized that change happens one life at a time. We are just<br />

trying to make the most of every opportunity as they arise.<br />

Pastor Jeff & Jodie Henry<br />

The work, or revitalization, is rarely easy, nor do we see immediate results. However, there are lives and souls that hang in the balance.<br />

I am reminded of what the Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:16, “making the most of every opportunity, because the days are<br />

evil.” Are these days dark and challenging - YES. Yet, I believe that our God is greater! What you are doing is making a difference,<br />

even in the life of the girl who hands you your pizza. If there is anything good that is coming out of this season, it is that we are<br />

relearning what is VITAL in church revitalization.<br />

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eDESIGN<br />

PENNDEL WOMEN | LIZ DEFRAIN | 484.686.4554 | liz@penndelwomen.com | penndelwomen.com<br />

I<br />

love to design! Creating spaces and places to encourage<br />

community and connection has always been a passion.<br />

Choosing color palettes and shopping to find the perfect<br />

accessories and decorations to fit the desired style is<br />

invigorating. Over the years, I’ve helped friends redo bedrooms,<br />

living rooms, and other spaces by changing the decorations<br />

while the main pieces of furniture remained intact. A new look<br />

was accomplished while spending minimal money.<br />

When I began my journey as the Women’s Director in 2019,<br />

nothing significant needed to be changed. Ruth Puleo invested<br />

years building a beautiful home for me to inhabit! Our signature<br />

events, Spring Tour and Fall Conference, continued in 2019,<br />

and all was well. Then in March 2020, COVID-19 rocked our<br />

world, and everything changed. Out of this trauma, a redesign<br />

became necessary. I think we could agree that this past year<br />

was traumatic for our lives, churches and ministries.<br />

Personally, toward the end of 2020, we experienced an<br />

unrelated trauma when a property we own was robbed of<br />

EVERY SINGLE ITEM in it, including the kitchen sink, leaving<br />

us with only the floor and bare walls. Once a beautiful home, it<br />

was now empty.<br />

Walking through this trauma taught me a few things about<br />

redesign that I am applying to PennDel Women and my<br />

personal life.<br />

FIRST, letting go of the past is necessary to get to the future.<br />

Isaiah 43:19 “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs<br />

up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the<br />

wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (NIV)<br />

When things in our lives change suddenly, and we feel out of<br />

our control, it is easy to give up. After experiencing a robbery,<br />

the first thing I considered was selling the property. Memories<br />

were attached to the way it was, and I knew it would never be<br />

the same. Letting go of the past was necessary to get to the<br />

future.<br />

SECOND, embracing the process is necessary to complete<br />

a redesign.<br />

James 1:2, 4 “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any<br />

kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. So,<br />

let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will<br />

be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (NLT)<br />

Once we accepted the situation, the process was both arduous<br />

and invigorating at the same time. Arduous as we plowed<br />

our way through spreadsheets, listing every item in the home<br />

that needed replacing, pricing out each item to submit to our<br />

insurance carrier. After enduring the process, we were able to<br />

begin the redesign, which was invigorating! The trauma invited<br />

an opportunity for a new beginning.<br />

Similarly, I now look at Women’s Ministry’s future in PennDel as<br />

an opportunity for a redesign. What was normal before March<br />

2020 may never be normal again. God is doing some new<br />

things, and I want to listen well and perceive them. We each<br />

want that for our ministries and churches.<br />

By the way, over the Christmas holiday, we completed the<br />

redesign, and the property looks better than ever. Everything is<br />

different for sure, but with God’s help and commitment to the<br />

process, we made it!<br />



16<br />

Pastor, would you consider gifting this to your Women’s Ministry leader and/or team? PennDel Women would love the<br />

opportunity to minister to the one(s) who ministers to the women of your church. We are planning a weekend of receiving<br />

and learning, designed to REPLENISH the heart of our womens leaders across the Network. Space is LIMITED for this<br />

special event! Find out more at www.penndelwomen.com/replenish

eSTART Discipleship<br />

In my years of ministry, I’ve seen many models for<br />

discipleship. They seem to start up and fade away. For<br />

many years Sunday school was the main model. Then it<br />

was small groups, coaching, mentoring and who can forget<br />

rounding the bases from the Purpose Driven Church.<br />

After this crazy COVID year, we need to restart discipleship.<br />

Jesus commissioned us to teach others to obey everything<br />

He commanded. Jesus, the Word that became flesh,<br />

discipled twelve ordinary men. They engaged with the living<br />

Word and He transformed their world.<br />

Think of it this way, almost every conflict and problem<br />

encountered in life is birthed when someone did not act or<br />

respond according to Biblical standards. For many, God‘s<br />

Word is not their guide. People who engage in the Word is<br />

at an all-time low, in a day and age when people need to<br />

discern between God‘s ways and the world’s ways.<br />

Out of all the discipleship strategies we could restart, none<br />

are more life-changing than a consistent encounter with the<br />

God-breathed and life-transforming Word of God. Research<br />

has found that someone engaging in the Word of God four<br />

or more times a week is...<br />

22.8% more likely to share their faith<br />

40.7% more likely to memorize scripture<br />

59% less likely to view pornography<br />

30% less likely to struggle with loneliness<br />

Bottom line, the Word of God<br />

is life transforming.<br />

So where do we restart?<br />

Our fellowship, the Assemblies Of God, has launched<br />

the Bible Engagement Project. They recognize that<br />

everyone from preschoolers to senior citizens need to<br />

engage with the Word of God.<br />

Resources are inexpensive and extensive.<br />

The Bible Engagement Project has mapped<br />

out resources for…<br />

3 to 5 year-olds entitled “Listen Preschool”<br />

K-6th Grade entitled “Listen Kids”<br />

Middle and high school entitled “Listen Youth”<br />

Adults entitled “Listen Adult”<br />

Resources can be used in a variety of ways to fit your<br />

local church setting. If the whole church decides to<br />

engage in the Bible at the same time, everyone is on<br />

track with the same Scripture passage. Mom and dad<br />

can talk with both their preschooler and high schooler<br />

about the same biblical concepts they’re learning<br />

together.<br />

Let’s restart discipling new<br />

and current generations by<br />

looking to the Bible, the living<br />

Word of God. Check out the<br />

Bible Engagement Project at<br />

bibleengagementproject.com<br />

and download the free samples.<br />

LEADERSHIPconnexion | Spring <strong>2021</strong><br />

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION | GEORGE KREBS | 717.795.5921 | george@penndel.org<br />


YOUTH MINISTRIES/DYD | Lee Rogers | 717.795.5921 | lee@penndel.org<br />

There is nothing like being a new youth pastor! There’s<br />

the excitement, the vision, and the passion of the call.<br />

Almost everything is new. As a new youth pastor, at<br />

times I was overwhelmed with the immensity of the task;<br />

so much vision, so much to say, so much to accomplish.<br />

One thing I understood clearly was that ministry flowed best<br />

through relationships. Jesus was relational with His disciples.<br />

Barnabas was relational with Paul. Paul was relational with<br />

Timothy. I knew I had to develop relationships with the<br />

students and youth leaders in order to attain measurable<br />

discipleship results, that’s what I did. Once we landed on a<br />

clear vision and direction, we were well prepared to run in<br />

relationship together toward the discipleship outcomes as the<br />

Holy Spirit guided us.<br />

reNEW<br />

Most new youth pastors will spend a significant amount of<br />

time building relationships and establishing rapport. This is a<br />

time-intensive process that reaps results over the long-term.<br />

In some youth ministry contexts, it means attending school<br />

activities, birthday parties, and having relational events like<br />

(sigh) all-nighters. In other youth ministry contexts, youth<br />

pastors must focus on relationships with adult and student<br />

leaders, while the leaders focus on relationships with the<br />

students.<br />

The cost of this relational investment is emotionally and<br />

spiritually significant, and while the results we aim for are<br />

long-term, the nature of pastor-student relationships change<br />

after just a few years. Eventually students graduate from high<br />


the Call<br />

school and enter the college or career phase of their life,<br />

generally phasing out of our youth ministries in the process.<br />

Youth pastors often see this shift occur in the third or fourth<br />

year of their tenure. Many of the students that we spent so<br />

much time and energy developing, begin their transition into<br />

adulthood, and a different crop of students occupy the seats.<br />

It’s about this time that many youth pastors hit a wall,<br />

thinking they have lost efficacy when they have really just<br />

lost relationships. Many will begin to question the call to their<br />

context, and possibly the call to youth ministry as a whole.<br />

When I hit the wall, I felt the same way, so I made it a matter<br />

of prayer. I said goodbye to a familiar group of students one<br />

week, and walked into what seemed like a completely new<br />

group of students next. I wasn’t sure if I had the emotional<br />

energy to invest myself in a new set of young people. It was<br />

at that time the Holy Spirit renewed my youth ministry call. I<br />

heard God say, “This group of younger students deserves as<br />

much of your call as the last. They are worth it.” That was all I<br />

needed; I was renewed.<br />

In renewing my call, God renewed my energy, vision and<br />

relational drive. This generation deserves as much of our call<br />

as any previous generation. Have you hit a wall? Ask God for<br />

renewal.<br />

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COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR | Brandon Martinelli | 717 795-5921 | bmartinelli@penndel.org<br />



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reINVENT<br />

Maximizing Your Communication<br />

We have emerged from a challenging year (understatement of the century). However, we are<br />

still in a season of change which has caused many churches and ministries to evaluate<br />

how they operate and communicate to a community that has never been more distant. It<br />

is imperative that you lean into this change and take advantage of the opportunities to reinvent old or<br />

nonexistent processes and perceptions of your ministry. Three questions you should be asking and<br />

answering are 1. Who is your church? 2. Who is your audience? 3. How are you reaching your<br />

audience? Let’s dive in a bit more:<br />

1. community, what do you offer that will encourage engagement? Here are a few tips to ensure your<br />

Who is your CHURCH?<br />

Giving your church a missional identity is essential. Brand recognition is what will create a lasting<br />

imprint on anyone who is considering walking through your doors. As the guiding force in your<br />

church is communicating a clear message and identity:<br />

• Does your brand (name, color palette, logo) need updated?<br />

• Do you have a mission statement? If yes, does it need updated?<br />

• Can you communicate in one sentence what your church offers the individual?<br />

All of these things should be reflected in your church communication and branding with visual and<br />

verbal repetition.<br />

2.<br />

example, if your community has a high number of young families, family- friendly programs would<br />

Who is your AUDIENCE?<br />

What is your community’s demographics, interests, culture, and resonating theme? Understanding<br />

your audience’s needs will help you in guiding them to a solution that resides in your church. For<br />

be a good move. If outdoor recreation is an interest, maybe a quarterly bonfire bash would boost<br />

morale. If it’s a low-income area, food and clothing distributions will bring value. What you offer<br />

should stem from your message and identity.<br />

3. understanding of your audience. Now, determine what platforms and mediums you will be using to<br />

How are you REACHING your audience?<br />

Once the first two points are firmly established, you must then strategize how to effectively execute<br />

your communication. This will hinge on the solidarity of your mission statement an accurate<br />

communicate. Here are a few tips to start strategizing:<br />

• Is your church and lead pastor on social media? If not, get on, and be regularly active on the<br />

platforms you choose.<br />

• Are you offering a variety of mediums to accommodate your audience such as digital<br />

infographics, print, video, etc.?<br />

Plan your calendar<br />

I would like to leave you with this: don’t try to mold your church into something it shouldn’t be. In other<br />

words, be authentic to you and your community’s context. This is where you will be the most successful<br />

and impactful. If you find yourself behind in some of these areas, take one small step towards getting to<br />

where you need to be. You will easily overwhelm by trying to tackle all facets at once. Choose one thing<br />

and do it well and then expand.<br />


eJOICE<br />

When I think of the word “rejoice” I’m reminded of a familiar passage of<br />

scripture from Luke Chapter 1. We often use this passage at Christmas<br />

and refer to it as “Mary’s Song”. What would you expect Mary’s reaction<br />

to be in this moment? She’s just been told by the angel that she will bear the Son<br />

of God. However, she’s hurried along to her cousin Elizabeth’s to avoid the shame<br />

of being pregnant out of wedlock. Her betrothed, Joseph, is planning to break the<br />

engagement in private; she has to know this is a possibility. But what do we find Mary<br />

doing during this crisis? She offers a song of worship unto the Lord in Luke 1:46, “My<br />

soul glorifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…” In what was likely<br />

the most stressful time she had faced up to this point in her life, Mary uses a song of<br />

worship and rejoices, she returns to joy.<br />

Return to Joy<br />

As we now find ourselves in possibly the most difficult season of ministry, I encourage<br />

you to do the same. Are you feeling weary and stressed? Has the political temperature<br />

affected your sleep? Has a lack of finances and dwindling attendance pushed you<br />

to question your call? Zephaniah 3:17 says, “For the LORD your God is living among<br />

you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He<br />

will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Not only can we<br />

rejoice in the Lord, He also rejoices over us. I pray that, like Mary, we can turn to Him<br />

in difficult times and use our praises to return to joy. Let us rejoice together!<br />

PennDel Worship Leaders Facebook Group:<br />

Join our “PennDel Worship Leaders” group on Facebook. Ask questions,<br />

share prayer requests, songs, etc. with over 100 other worship leaders in<br />

our network!<br />

Guest Worship Leaders<br />

Are you in transition or does your worship leader need a week to refresh?<br />

A list of guest worship leaders is available on our worship page to assist in<br />

either of these areas! www.penndel.org/worship<br />

Worship Leader Workshop & Luncheon<br />

Don’t miss the chance to grow and connect this year at Summit <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

We will be hosting a workshop and luncheon on Wednesday, May 5.<br />

FAV5<br />

Five resources I’m currently enjoying!<br />

Worship Online Podcast<br />

Great resource for worship<br />

leaders that includes interviews<br />

and practical application for<br />

today’s church.<br />

Klark Teknik DI 22P<br />

PRO DI AV 2 Passive Stereo<br />

DI Box ($60)<br />

Affordable and flexible direct box<br />

great for click tracks, keyboards,<br />

or just to keep in your arsenal for<br />

when needed.<br />

OontZ Angle 3 Ultra Bluetooth<br />

Speaker ($30)<br />

Small enough to keep in my<br />

laptop bag, this bluetooth<br />

speaker has decent bass and<br />

waterproof for outdoor use. Up to<br />

twenty hours on a charge too.<br />

Retire Inspired by<br />

Chris Hogan<br />

Do you have a retirement<br />

plan? Proverbs tells us “Steady<br />

plodding brings prosperity”.<br />

You’re never too young or too old<br />

to start planning for retirement.<br />

I’ve enjoyed this read gifted to me<br />

by Steve DeFrain and used it to<br />

help keep my retirement plan on<br />

track.<br />

Coconut Creme Pie Larabar<br />

My wife and I recently completed<br />

the Whole30 eating plan. These<br />

little boosters were a tasty<br />

Whole30 approved snack. Do<br />

yourself a favor and buy two<br />

boxes!<br />

WORSHIP LEAD | JOSH SHAFFER | 814.414.1304 | pshaff@hamburgbridge.com<br />

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ROYAL RANGERS STEVE | STEFFEL | 302-379-1580 | www.pdrangers.org | Follow us: Website: pdrangers.org | Facebook: PennDel District Royal Rangers<br />

reVIEW<br />

PennDel Royal Rangers<br />

Most, if not all outposts across PennDel had to cease face<br />

to face meetings with the boys we minister to in March<br />

2020. On a district level, we have had to cancel a number<br />

of events. Several outposts have come to the camp in Honey<br />

Grove as a small group and had a great time over the last few<br />

months – fishing, running four wheelers and shooting. Although we<br />

haven’t had quite as many volunteers, work has progressed at the<br />

camp. We have been waiting for the weather to break so we can<br />

pour the concrete floor of the shower house.<br />

Although we refuse to retreat, it will be a job rebuilding after so<br />

many weeks of not meeting face to face. Some churches started<br />

back in the late fall, with enhanced safety measures. From<br />

March to November, my Adventure Ranger group met via Zoom<br />

meetings. We found that it could be a fun experience – being<br />

interactive, using chat, showing video clips, playing games and<br />

most of all sharing truths from God’s Word.<br />

At our fall leader’s conference, we re-emphasized the vision:<br />

Strengthen, Build and Grow, but now we will add “Rebuild.” Pray<br />

with us for the boys and leaders – for those churches who have<br />

started up so they will have no issues with Covid transmission, for<br />

those who haven’t started back up to have a close walk with the<br />

Lord and for leaders to find ways to reach out to the boys they<br />

mentor.<br />

We have been delayed pouring the concrete floor at the PennDel<br />

Royal Ranger Camp because of snow. In the meantime,<br />

Max Schrom came and helped cut down five trees that were<br />

threatening to fall on the farm house.<br />

For a number of years, we have wanted to build a decorative<br />

entrance wall. There was no decorative stone that was reasonably<br />

priced, so we have shifted gears and got a lot of brick that was<br />

left over from jobs, or people who never used it, for pennys on the<br />

dollar – even getting a few thousand donated. The wall will include<br />

a large sign showing the logo. The Parthmore’s and Steve picked<br />

up 3,600 high quality 12” brick for the front of the wall. The back<br />

will be regular 8” brick.<br />

Just like Nehemiah in the Old Testament took on the challenge to<br />

rebuild the wall around Jerusalem and direct the people’s hearts<br />

back to the Lord, we are working to rebuild the mentoring ministry<br />

to boys so they can grow up to be Godly servant leaders for the<br />

rest of their lives. If your church is interested in an exciting program<br />

that will help boys grow into godly men and your adults grow into<br />

godly servant leaders, then contact us and we will be happy to<br />

share the Royal Ranger program with you.<br />


“At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples<br />

couldn’t see who he was. He called out, ‘Fellows, have you<br />

caught any fish?’ ‘No,’ they replied. Then he said, ‘Throw out<br />

your net on the right side (THE OTHER SIDE) of the boat,<br />

and you’ll get some!’ So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the<br />

net because there were so many fish in it.” John 21:4-6<br />

In March I was introduced to a 2020 phenomenon, the Zoom<br />

call. What a challenge, what a “coolness,” what funny stories<br />

have come from the Zoom call. And what a season of change!<br />

At first, it was a learning curve. Then it was a convenience.<br />

Then it became a bore…<br />

Being an extrovert, I desperately needed to reach to hug<br />

someone, to be together with others. I saw the value of being<br />

together to worship, to encourage each other and to relieve<br />

anxiety and fears from all that was going on around us.<br />

And now, we are a year into this. Zoom is a way of life. We see<br />

the value of not having to put forth the effort to go somewhere<br />

to be together. There is no need to waste time dressing<br />

appropriately for our full body. (Which, of course, has led to<br />

some pretty amusing Zoom calls.) We can save money and<br />

time traveling to meetings.<br />

reZOOM<br />

Girls Ministries<br />

Hopefully, soon we will begin to return to more in-person<br />

meetings, church services or just random fellowship together.<br />

How I crave those times!<br />

But we would be foolish if we do not take away from this the<br />

lessons learned. There is a very valid place for the Zoom call<br />

– even in a post-Covid era. Many churches were stretched to<br />

present the Gospel in ways they had never even imagined.<br />

Community needs made us aware of others before we just<br />

ignored them.<br />

I have no idea whether this was a plague, a judgment upon a<br />

rebellious society or just a natural course of events, but I do<br />

know that I will never completely return to the “old normal.” I<br />

do know that I am much more aware of things that I can do to<br />

help my neighbor, to help those around me who don’t know<br />

Jesus. I believe that Jesus taught us during this time to “throw<br />

our nets to the other side;” try something different - learn new<br />

ways to spread His Word.<br />

So as we begin to resume our old lifestyle, I pray that we will<br />

take with us the idea that we may need to reZoom.<br />

GIRLS MINISTRIES | SHARON POOLE | sharonp@pdgirlsministries.com | penndel.org/girls<br />

Pennsylvania-Delaware Ministry Network<br />

4651 Westport Drive<br />

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055<br />

Read online: penndel.org/connexion<br />

Editor: . . . . . . . . . . Donald J. Immel<br />

Managing Editor: . . . . . Carole Bongiorno<br />

Volume 67 Number 1 - (USPS 165-700) is the official periodical published quarterly<br />

by the Pennsylvania-Delaware District Council of the Assemblies of God. Periodical<br />

postage paid at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Circulation Stands at Approximately<br />

7,500. POSTMASTER, Send address changes to: Pennsylvania-Delaware District<br />

Council, 4651 Westport Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-4887<br />

Executive Presbytery<br />

Superintendent . . . . . . . . Donald J. Immel<br />

Assistant Superintendent . . . Steven DeFrain<br />

Secretary/Treasurer . . . . . .Jeff Marshall<br />

Timothy Bunney Southwest Suburban - SWS<br />

Mark Caston East Central - EC<br />

Roland Coon Delaware - DEL<br />

Ryan Coon At-Large Under 40<br />

Stephen DeSantis North Central West - NCW<br />

Wayne Jackson Southwest Metro - SWM<br />

Dwan Newsome South Central - SC<br />

Robert Novak Greater Philadelphia Area - GPA<br />

Kwaku Owusu-Boachie At-Large Ethnic<br />

James Pentz North Central - NC<br />

Randall Rhoads South Central East - SCE<br />

Lisa Rodriguez At-Large Female<br />

Walter Smith South Central West - SCW<br />

Allan Thorpe Northwest - NW<br />

David Twiss Northeast - NE<br />

General Presbyters<br />

Donald J. Immel<br />

Jeff Marshall<br />

Bryan Koch<br />

Honorary General Presbyter<br />

Philip Bongiorno<br />

PennDel Superintendent Emeritus<br />

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