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

Important Changes You Might Need to Make to Your Safe Sanctuary Policy

As you may have seen in the news, Pennsylvania’s Laws regarding Child Abuse and the reporting of it have been updated and tightened since the Jerry Sandusky issues. All of the changes become effective December 2014. Please review the following summary of changes as they will relate to your safe sanctuaries policies. If you have further questions, or do not currently have a safe sanctuaries policy, contact Rachel Neely-Sleasman, neelychic@gmail.com, (814) 931-2487. Thank you, ERC‘s Commission on Discipleship.

The Wonder of Advent through a Spirit of Generosity

When you think of gifts at Christmas, do you associate them with last minute shopping sprees, Santa, or the three wise men? What about a cave, a field or a song?

In the midst of the consumerist hum we invite you to stop and reflect on the Christmas season in a wholly different way, with Stewardship's free Advent Wonder email series. Join Stewardship.org.uk as they unwrap the alternative gifts of the season, and explore your own capacity for generosity at Christmas and beyond.

Each Monday and Friday throughout December 2014 Stewardship.org.uk will send you a new ‘gift’ to ponder and share.

Create some space. Click here to join in a journey of Wonder.

Additionally, if you’d like tips for a sermon series on Generosity during the advent series, click here to print a .pdf.

Leadership WARS…A Generational Perspective Workshop   January 24, 2015

Do you as a leader, or your church struggle in the development of leaders. Generational perspectives on leadership can cripple or render ineffective the development process. During these times it can feel as though there is a war occurring between the generations. When this happens there are casualties, those who walk away and those who vow never to return. Is there a better way? Is there a way that generations can lead together? These and others are questions that will be addressed during this roundtable discussion.

Come join ERC’s Leadership Commission on January 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Chambersburg 1st Church of God to learn how they can help you in the development of leaders. Registration deadline is January 16th, so click here to download the brochure.

A Journey with Jesus to Haiti 2/8-15/15

Have you wondered what the CGGC ministry is accomplishing through Project Help in Haiti? Would you like to see how we are impacting lives through this ministry? And would you like to deepen your own faith walk with Jesus? If those questions intrigue you, I would like to invite you to participate in a journey with Jesus to Haiti.

This eight day journey will be filled with opportunities to encounter God as we truly help Haitians through Project Help. There will be many planned activities, as well as divine encounters, that will stretch us to be more like Jesus. Click here to read more about this exciting opportunity.

The IRS has posted the standard mileage rates for 2015.....

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be:
  • 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, up from 56 cents in 2014
  • 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down half a cent from 2014
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations
Click here to view the IRS standards.

Mission Speakers List

Do you need a guest speaker for an evening event or morning worship in your church? Please consider using someone on the ERC's Commission on Missions speaker list. This is a great way to help those missionaries who are home on furlough and also provide you with a guest speaker when the need arises. Please click here to view the list of available mission speakers.

Handbook for Local Church Operations

This is a manual for the governance and structure of local churches of the Eastern Regional Conference. It was approved by the Administrative Council at their meeting on July 9, 2014. There is a wide variety of information in this manual such as, Organizational Structure, Policy and Procedures, Church Membership, Property Issues, etc. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Kevin Richardson at kevin@erccog.org or (717) 652-0255. Click here to download the manual for your perusal.

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