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 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