Level Up
Friday, November 10, 2023 to Saturday, November 11, 2023

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Christ UMC
44 Highland Rd.
Bethel Park, PA 15102

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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 UMC to attend Level Up! New Places, New People

Sponsored by the WPA, West Virginia and Susquehanna Conferences, this two day learning and equipping opportunity for you and your team is designed to be a catalyst for your ministry as you discern and take your next steps . . . in 2024 and beyond!

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.

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

Register today!

**Register by August 31 to get the Early Bird Rate**

Pre-Conference Workshops

Friday, November 10 (10 am-12pm)
Cost: $29 (includes lunch)

Messy Church 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.

Dinner Church 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.


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, as well as other leaders.

"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.

Deep Listening: The First Step to Leveling Up"

Local churches are often organized for a world that no longer exists. Whether you are looking to start a new ministry or take your existing ministry to the next level, deep listening is the first step. In deep listening we ask God to open our eyes and our ears, seeking to understand our community more so we might add something of value. In this keynote you will learn spiritual listening practices that will increase your church’s understanding of its neighbors and help discern where God is inviting the church to expand the kingdom.

"Leveling Up: Creating Space to do New Things"

Are you excited to try something new in your church or community?
Are you dreaming and visioning of what could be, but aren't quite sure of how to get there?
Are you feeling exhausted or unsure about how others will react to these new ideas? 

In this keynote, Rachel will talk about the top 3 things we need to stop and start if we want to level up and try new things when we get back to our home context.



Michael Beck: “Leveling Up: Fresh Expressions of the Rural Church” 
Abigail Browka 
Luke Edwards: "Leveling Up: Fresh Expressions in an Age of Loneliness" 
Rachel Gilmore: “Leveling Up: Fresh Expressions with Discipleship Pathways" 
Jason Moore 
Johannah Myers: "Leveling Up: Exploring the Messy Church Way" 
Chris Morgan: “Leveling Up: Fresh Expressions to Culturally Connect and Engage” 
Kristopher Sledge: “Leveling Up in Community Ministry: Relationships and Partnerships”
Joe Webb: “Leveling up Fresh Expressions: New Places • New People" 
Nathan Webb: “Leveling Up: Fresh Expressions in Digital Ministry” 


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


Friday, November 10, 2023

10:00 AM
1:00 PM
1:30 PM
2:45 PM
5:00 PM
5:00 PM
5:45 PM
5:45 PM
7:00 PM

Saturday, November 11, 2023

8:30 AM
8:30 AM
9:00 AM
10:00 AM
10:15 AM
11:15 AM
11:15 AM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
1:15 PM
2:15 PM
2:15 PM