Are you ready to take your ministry to the next level?

If so, have we got an opportunity for you!

You and a team from your church/charge are invited on November 10th and 11th, 2023 at Christ United Methodist Church - 44 Highland Rd, Bethel Park, PA 15102. (just outside of Pittsburgh) to attend Level Up! New Places.New People
Sponsored by The Western PA, West Virginia and Susquehanna Conferences, this will be two days of learning and equipping for you and your team. This event is designed to be a catalyst for your ministry as you discern and take your next steps . . . in 2024 and beyond.

CEU's Available (1 CEU given when attending Level Up; 1.2 CEU's given when attending both Level Up and pre-conference workshops )

Each of the keynote speakers and workshop facilitators have been specifically chosen not just for their subject matter knowledge, but because they are real-world practitioners of the ministry concepts they teach. You will have the opportunity to hear from Rachel Gilmore, Luke Edwards, and Michael Beck during our total group sessions. You will also be able to attend three different workshops with any of those keynote speakers, or up to a dozen other leaders.

Each day you will also be given time to gather with your team to debrief and discuss ways to apply what you are learning back in your local community. This follows the model of information + application = transformation. Additional resources will be available to you and your team before, during, and after the event. For example, online courses on Portico.

Keynote Speakers

Michael Beck

Michael Beck

Luke Edwards

Luke Edwards

Rachel Gilmore

Rachel Gilmore

Michael Beck:

"Five Congregational Personality Types: An Ancient Pathway for Congregational Renewal in the 21st Century”

Can churches in the 21st century stop, reverse, or prevent decline – and even become healthy, thriving congregations? Leading scholar and practitioner of congregational renewal, Michael Adam Beck, says they can. But the old cookie cutter ways of doing church won’t cut it in today’s world. If churches are going to stop the shocking rates of pastoral burnout and exodus from the pews, they must learn to be the church with new people, in new places, and in new ways.

For congregations to experience what Beck calls, “re-missioning” they must “grow the center, experiment on the edge.” The Five Types deals with the internal work that must happen in a congregation to reorganize for a blended ecology, in which inherited and fresh expressions live together in a symbiotic relationship.

Luke Edwards:
Rachel Gilmore:

Level Up: Pre-Conference Workshops

Friday, November 10, 2023 (10 am - 12 pm)

Cost: $29 which includes lunch

Johannah Myers
 with Johannah Myers
Come experience Messy Church firsthand! We'll share a full Messy Church session together including a Welcome, Creative Activities, and a Celebration. The pre-conference session includes lunch, making this a full Messy experience. Learn how all components of Messy Church bring a Scripture theme to life in creative, hands-on ways for all ages.
Luke Edwards
with Luke Edwards
Come experience Dinner Church Firsthand! You will receive teaching around dinner church at the beginning of the session and then the group will transition into a mock dinner church which will include table conversations, prayer, communion and will also include lunch.

Workshop Facilitators include:


Pre-Conference Workshops - $29 includes lunch

Regular Registration: September 9 - October 15

  • $150/person
  • $130/person when registering two people
  • $110/person when registering three or more persons

Late Registration: October 16 - October 27

  • $170/person
  • $150/person when registering two people
  • $130/person when registering three or more persons


  • Dinner Friday evening and Lunch on Saturday will be provided and are included in the registration fee
  • Beverages and Snacks will be provided throughout the event


Not included in registration fee

Room Blocks are available at The Crowne Plaza for $149/night (four-minute drive)

164 Fort Couch Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15241
Use group code: LEV when making reservations

To use the group code, the front desk must be contacted directly when making reservations
Dial -  412.833.5300; then dial 0 to reach the front desk

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