Growing Our Faith

Welcome to the Growing Our Faith page of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference, UCC website. Here you will find ways to build community, resources for sharing, and events and educational materials to guide us as we journey together, growing in our faith and sharing the joy and extravagant welcome of Christ.

Partner Offering Webinars, Online Courses

Center for Progressive Renewal

The mission of the Center for Progressive Renewal is to renew Christianity by training new entrepreneurial leaders, supporting the birth of new congregations, and by renewing and strengthening existing churches. (visit the CPR website to read their full Mission Statement). Check out the online courses being offered by the Center for Progressive Renewal.

Workshops, In-Person Courses

Lay Ministry in the 21st Century provides a variety of opportunities “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ.” – Ephesians 4:12

ENRICHING DISCIPLESHIP – This path is designed for persons seeking to be authorized as a commissioned minister in a specific area of ministry, this program involves completing five Friday evening/Saturday sessions and five specialized sessions over two year beyond the basic enrichment program described above.

LICENSED MINISTRY – This path is designed for persons seeking to be authorized as a licensed UCC pastor, this program involves completing ten Friday evening/ Saturday sessions over two years beyond the basic enrichment program described above.

TIME FOR DISCERNMENT – As we continue to discern God’s call in our lives, it is important to claim time to listen. Each year a discernment retreat is held to provide an opportunity for personal reflection, spiritual direction, and conversations with others on a similar journey.

COMMISSIONED MINISTRY – Saturday sessions on a variety of topics given to enhance our knowledge and skill in living out our discipleship within the church and within the world. There are fifteen opportunities over three years for individuals and groups. Complete all fifteen and receive a Certificate of Church Leadership.

CONTINUING EDUCATION – Each year an educational event is held to provide an opportunity for continued growth in the enrichment of our call to ministry and in the developing of new ministry skills. This event is open to alums of the program and any interested laypersons.

Reading Berks Conference of Churches

The Reading Berks Conference of Churches has more than a dozen offerings. To learn more or register online, visit: http://readingberkschurches.org/Workshops.php 

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