Eastern Regional Conference    900 South Arlington Ave.    Room 120 B     Harrisburg, PA 17109
Phone: (717) 652-0255    Fax: (717) 652-1134    info@erccog.org

Welcome to the website of the Eastern Regional Conference, Churches of God. We are a movement of God involving 140 churches in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Our purpose is to grow healthy churches. We are trusting God for the starting of 20 new churches by 2020 (See our 20/20 initiative). Our membership exceeds 14,000 and we have nearly 300 pastors who are committed to serving Christ and His Church. If we can be of further help to you, please contact our regional office at 717-652-0255.

Dr. Kevin E. Richardson, Executive Director
Eastern Regional Conference, Churches of God

The Graduate Seminar for Bridgebuilders – October 1 & 8, 2015

The ERC School of Evangelism in cooperation with Bridgebuilders Ministries present…Healthy Churches Are on Mission. This is the Graduate Seminar for Bridgebuilders and will be conducted by Dr. Steve Dunn. Click here to learn of the topics being offered.

The seminar will be held at the Enola First Church of God, 9 Sherwood Drive, Enola, PA on October 1 and 8, 2015 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Cost for the seminar is $25 per person which covers both sessions and materials. Please register by September 24th via email to starfinpa@hotmail.com or phone: 717-471-3018.

Generational Perspectives Workshop – 10/10/15 from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at Parkway Church of God, Frederick, MD

In Generational Perspectives, you will learn how affinity groups (generations) impact ministry. You will be challenged to consider what formative events lead to each generation’s characteristics. Then we will see how these characteristics apply to life within the church. Each generation has their own understanding of commitment to Christ which influences their motivation for ministry. When we expect individuals from another generation to follow Christ the same way we do, conflict typically arises. When people do not feel understood or appreciated, they withdraw their support. Through this seminar we will seek to bless and honor those who are different than us, so our churches can effectively minister to all peoples.

Dave Williams, Director of Congregational Care, will be the presenter. Dave has served in this role since 2008. Prior to that he was the pastor of the Bare Memorial Church of God in Roaring Spring, PA where he began ministry in 1988. While pastor there, the church provided effective ministry to each generation and continues to do so.

The fee is $15.00 (Lunch Provided). To register, please call Dave Williams (717) 805-6027 or email dave@erccog.org. A late fee of $10.00 will be added to registrants after October 5, 2015.

Pastor’s Prayer Retreat October 26-27, 2015 at Doubling Gap Center, Newville, PA,

What are pastors made of? As a child, I heard the nursery rhyme that says, “sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little girls are made of.” And they say little boys are made of “snips and snails and puppy dog tails.” But what are pastors made of? If you Google that question, the answer is pork! Apparently, ‘al pastor’ is the term for pork tacos in Mexico or Turkish kebobs.

But seriously, what are pastors made of? Are we the result of years of study? Are we molded by some words of encouragement, a dash of criticism, and learning to keep the church body happy? Are we the sum total of the best sermon we’ve ever preached or the most converts we’ve ever spoken to? What makes a pastor? Click here to read more…

Leadership Workshop - November 7, 2015 — 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Swatara Church of God

The ERC Leadership Commission will be providing a workshop entitled "Eldership and the Mission of God" by author and Pastor J.R. Briggs. This workshop designed for pastors and elders will provide biblical insight and practical application for effective team leadership.

About J.R. Briggs: He is Founder and Cultural Cultivator of The Renew Community in the greater Philadelphia area and Founder of Kairos Partnerships, an organization that equips, trains, supports and encourages pastors, church planters and Christian leaders through coaching, consulting, speaking and writing.

He also serves as the Director of Leadership and Congregational Formation for The Ecclesia Network and Founder of Epic Fail Pastors Events, spaces for pastors to process brokenness and failure and to grow to see failure as an invitation to experience grace and healing.

He has written, co-written and contributed to seven books. Briggs lives in Lansdale, PA with his wife, Megan and their two sons, Carter and Bennett.

Click here to download the brochure and to register.

Clergy Couples Retreat – January 8-10, 2016

The salt air cleanses us and the sun’s warmth embraces us. The ocean heals the heart, mind and soul—in summer, fall, winter and spring. The Boardwalk Plaza Hotel is fortunate to call the ocean’s edge their home, and happy to offer a unique and comfortable respite from the world, where you can truly get away from it all. That’s where this year’s Clergy Couple Retreat (brochure) will take place at The Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Our guest speakers will be Glenn and Nancy Peck. The Peck’s will be a blessing to each couple with their special presentation. What a great Christmas or Clergy Appreciation Month gift for your pastor and spouse.

Holy Land Trip and Petra…Hosted by Dr. Michael Walker – May 18 to 29, 2016

Can you imagine what it is like to walk into the empty tomb of Jesus? Can you picture the beauty of standing in the place where Jesus shared the Beatitudes? Can you picture the place where Jesus was born?

Pastor Michael Walker will be leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in May 2016. We are having several interest nights for the Israel Trip.
  • September 27th at Chambersburg First Church of God @ 6:00 p.m.
  • October 4th at Camp Hill Church of God @ 6:00 p.m.
  • October 18th at Greenvillage Church of God @ 6:30 p.m.
For more information click here (brochure and registration form) or contact Dr. Walker at 858 Bowman Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202 or 717-574-5924 or email ewalker80@comcast.net.

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