The Grow and Equip Teams of the Susquehanna Conference are thrilled to offer a learning experiences to help pastors and laity grow and be equipped to live into this new reality in which we find ourselves.

Refresh Your Generosity
Monday, March 18, 2024

This is a no cost online training event focused around financial stewardship and generosity in the church.

This is to resource pastors and churches within the Susquehanna, Western PA and West Virginia Conferences to think strategically and creativity around financial stewardship or generosity in the church. We would love for pastors and churches to have more tools and/or to be able to think differently around budgeting, financial campaigns, and considering multiple revenue streams.


  • 6:30 - 7:30 pm:  Each speaker shares about financial stewardship/generosity from their unique perspective for 20 minutes each.
  • 7:30 - 8 pm:  An online host will lead a group time of question and answers with all three speakers.
  • 8 - 8:30 pm: We will offer three different breakout rooms so that people who are attending this event can select a breakout room to learn more depending on which of you speak most directly to their context.
Matt Miofsky
Matt Miofsky 

Creating a Culture of Generosity

Do you see a need in your church, have a creative idea for ministry, or want to move forward with a plan only to run into the problem of funding? While ministry ought to shape our finances, in many churches, finances shape what is possible in ministry. To move forward in ministry, we need to learn how to engage new generations of people in conversations about generosity and create a culture of giving in our churches that can accelerate ministry instead of holding it back. Matt Miofsky shares practical and achievable ideas for creating a culture of generosity with new generations.

Scott McKenzie

Leading Generosity

After spending 30 years of working with churches in generosity and stewardship, Scott McKenzie wants to answer the question: What is the one thing you can do to grow generosity? It's not pledge cards, budgets or even campaigns; it’s leadership. Pastors who lead in generosity and surround themselves with lay people who lead in generosity will see a difference in stewardship.

Rodrigo Cruz

Maximizing of Our A-B-C

What are some of the best practices to leverage the blessings God has poured down to us already? Pastor Rodrigo Cruz at the Nett Church calls this practice the “maximizing of our A-B-C.” In other words, what are some of the best ways for us to generate revenue utilizing Associations, Buildings and Cash outside of the offering plate?

Refresh Your Innovation
Saturday, October 19, 2024 (9 am - 4:00 pm)

Do you desire to innovate, but struggle to know where to begin? Does your church need to adapt and think outside the box? Refresh your innovation is for you! During this hybrid event, you will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with Rev. Dr. Candace Lewis-President-Dean of Gammon Theological Seminary, Paul Nixon-President of Epicenter Group, and Luke Edwards-Associate Director of Church Development in the Western NC Conference. All the presenters will be zooming in so you can choose to attend fully online or register to attend an in-person gathering at a host church in each of our supervisory areas. We encourage you to bring a team as collaborative think-tank time will be built into the schedule of this event.

More details about host church locations will be available soon.

Lunch will be provided for those who register to attend in-person at one of the hosting churches.

Registration fee:
Teams of 4 are $35
Teams of 5 are $45
Teams of 6 are $50
Registration for this event will open later this year.



  • 9 - 10:30 am: Presenter - Luke Edwards
  • 10:30 - 10:40 am: Break
  • 10:40 am - 12:10 pm: Presenter - Paul Nixon
  • 12:10 - 1:10 pm: Lunch Break/Think Tank Time Online & In-Person
  • 1:10 - 2:40 pm: Presenter - Dr. Candace M. Lewis
  • 2:40 - 3:10 pm: Q&A Panel with all 3 Presenters
  • 3:10 - 4 pm: Think Tank Time Online & In-Person
Luke Edwards
Luke Edwards

We find ourselves on the precipice of a new expression of the local church for our increasingly post Christian society. This expression of church will practice rooted innovation, listen to their community deeply, be committed to justice, focus on forming friendships and creating communities of belonging, be funded beyond tithes, and be a centered set (diverse people in various stages of faith gathered together around the risen Christ). In my presentation I will introduce a few of my favorite definitions of church innovation and unpack these areas of church innovation that I have seen emerging in this pivotal moment in church history. Within each area I will share stories and offer practical steps for implementation.

Paul Nixon

Small innovations add up overtime! Stop telling yourselves you can’t innovate! God has called all leaders--lay and clergy--to lead healthy, growing congregations. In my presentation, I will outline six critical choices every congregation must make: Life over Death, Community over Isolation, Fun over Drudgery, Bold over Mild, Frontier over Fortress, and Now rather than Later. These six critical choices can lead us to innovation and vitality.

Rev. Dr. Candace Lewis

Learn about the power of innovation from Rev. Dr. Candace Lewis, an Ordained United Methodist Elder and the President-Dean of Gammon Theological Seminary. More description will be forthcoming.

For Questions, please contact the Grow & Equip Team