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

Bridgebuilders Seminar – September 11-12, 2015 at New Hope Church of God

The next Bridgebuilders Seminar will be held on September 11-12, 2015 at the New Hope Church of God, 1250 Waggoners Gap Road, Carlisle, PA. Dr. Steve Dunn will be leading the seminar addressing the topics of:
  • The Mission Field Outside Our Front Door
  • What Every Church Needs to Be
  • What Every Missionary Needs to Know
  • Christ’s Respectful Ambassadors
  • Tools for Building Bridges
  • Getting Started As a Church (And as Individuals)
Cost is $15 per person or $50 flat rate for 4 or more people registering from the same church. Materials and snacks are included in the cost. Register by calling the church at (717) 241-5544 or emailing pastordickwarner@gmail.com. Checks should be made payable to the ERC and are due the day of the seminar. Click here to learn more.

Camp Youth Day at Doubling Gap Center – September 13, 2015

Come spend the day at Camp YoliJwa on Sunday, September 13th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. This is a great way to kick-off your fall ministry, introduce kids to camp, or reconnect your youth with kids they met at camp this summer.

On Camp Youth Day, various activities will be available to do, and we need adults who are willing to chaperone these activities. If you have kids who want to come to camp, please have adults who are willing to stay and be active participants!

We are excited to be adding camp service projects to the schedule this year. There will be an evening meal provided at 6:00 p.m. of hot dogs cooked on the fire. Our day will conclude with a time of worship at Breneman Chapel.

You can download the paper flyer or click here to register online.

If any church would like to donate food items or give funds towards costs, please contact Pastor Stefanie DiFrancesco at starfinpa@hotmail.com.

Missionary Retreat – September 16-18, 2015

On September 16-18, 2015 CGGC Cross-Cultural Ministries will host all the CCM missionaries at our second Missionary Retreat at Doubling Gap Center, 1550 Doubling Gap Road, Newville, PA. This will be an important time to focus on rest, mutual support and a kind of “family reunion” for God’s very special servants.

We are asking your church to consider a special gift to bless the CCM Missionaries. We’d like to present each family with a $50.00 gift certificate to the Corner Store, along with other tokens of our appreciation and love. Click here to read more…

Mark Your Calendar…ERC CGWM Retreat Dates Set

The ERC Churches of God Women’s Ministries and the National Networking Team met recently and planned details for upcoming retreats. The fall retreat for ERC women is scheduled for September 25-27, 2015 at Doubling Gap Center, 1550 Doubling Gap Road, Newville, PA. The theme is titled, “Immeasurably More” and our guest speaker is Christina Acosta. There will be a variety of breakout sessions and activities planned. Click here to download the registration form.

Note: The 25th Anniversary of the National CGWM March Retreat is scheduled for March 3-5, 2016 in Findlay, Ohio.

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.

Watch your mail and this website for more information to come about this special event.

New York City Bus Trip and Broadway Show ALADDIN on November 20, 2015

Once again we will be having a bus trip to the Big Apple on Friday, November 20, 2015. The cost of the trip will be $197.00 per person which includes transportation and admission to the Broadway Show. Please fill out the registration form and send it along with your check made payable to the Eastern Regional Conference, Churches of God. Seats will be assigned as checks are received. Seating preferences will be honored as much as possible. If you have questions, contact Barbara Harris at the (717.652.0255) conference office or email barb@erccog.org. All monies are due by September 1, 2015 to get the best seats.

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