Training & Education

Preaching with Power Program

posted Jul 27, 2017, 11:56 AM by York District UMC   [ updated Jul 27, 2017, 11:56 AM ]

Preaching with Power Program Returning this Fall!

Preaching with Power (PwP) is a hands-on learning program for pastors and preachers at all levels to further improve their fruitfulness in one of their most important functions – proclaiming the Word to their congregations. To date, 64 pastors of the Susquehanna Conference have graduated from PwP.  The fall PwP program will consist of eleven weekly sessions on Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon and a graduation luncheon.


Sep. 13, 20, 27

Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25

Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29Dec. 6 

(Graduation luncheon is 12 noon – 3:00 p.m.)

Location: Christ UMC, 145 Disciple Drive, Selinsgrove, PA 17870

Class size: Minimum: 6           Maximum: 8

Fee: $750.00 (usually covered by educational funds from participant’s church and/or Board of Ordained Ministry and/or the District.)

Registration deadline: September 1, 2017

Instructor and facilitator: Dr. Dilip Abayasekara, Accredited Speaker, Provisional Deacon

For more information about PwP, visit

To register or for additional information, please contact Debbie Ackley, Lewisburg District Office at or call 570-523-9592. 


posted Jun 19, 2017, 7:57 AM by York District UMC   [ updated Aug 3, 2017, 12:28 PM ]

2017 York District Office 
Educational & Seminar Opportunities 

The following educational & seminar opportunities:

Pastoral Leadership Development #2
This second segment of the PLD series will be offered on Tuesday from 9am-12noon on following dates:
  • September 5, 2017
  • October 3
  • November 7
  • December 12
  • January 9, 2018
  • February 6
  • March 6
  • April 10
*May 8, 2017 will be used as a make up day if needed.

LOCATION: Gettysburg UMC or York - TBD
Cost: $25.00 (Please make a check payable to York District)
CEU'S will be issue upon completion.
*Please register no later than August 15, 2017 & RSVP by emailing the District Office -

Worship Planning Workshops
*Advent/Christmas/Epiphany Seasons
  • Tuesday, September 19th  from 9:30am - 3:30pm at Calvary UM Church, 11 N Richard Ave. York PA 
  • Wednesday, September 20th  from 9:30am - 3:30pm at Calvary UM Church, 150 Norlo Drive Fayetteville PA 
*Lent/Advent/Pentecost Seasons
  • Wednesday, November 29th from 9:30am - 3:00pm at Calvary UM Church, York
  • Thursday, November 30th from 9:30am - 3:00pm at Calvary UM Church, Fayetteville PA
Cost for each workshop is $10.00 which includes lunch. Please make a check payable to York District.

*Registration is available throughout the York District Office by September 11 and November 20 for the respective workshops. Please indicate which location you will be attending - Calvary, York or Calvary, Fayettevilla. .5CEU's will be issued for each workshops.

District Superintendent Worship & Continuing Education Event

A Creative Worship Seminar 
September 7, 2017

Approximates Time: 
10:00 am Gathering
10:30 am Worship
*12noon - Lunch Provided
1:00pm-5:00pm Continuing Educationa Seminar

Fishing Creek UM Church, 402 Valley Rd. Etters PA 17319​

Cost: $40.00

*"You may attend as much of this event as you like! For those who would just like to attend worship, please feel free to come and worship.  If you would like to come to free lunch, just register with our office, so we have enough food!  If you would like to just come to the continuing education event, please register with your $40 registration fee."

​*Enclosed attach copy of the flyers and registration. 
Registration no later than August 15, 2017.  
Please make a check payable to York District.


posted Jun 1, 2017, 6:09 AM by York District UMC   [ updated Jun 1, 2017, 6:58 AM ]

ALICE - Active Shooter Certification Training 

When: Monday and Tuesday, October 9 & 10, 2017 

Location: Linglestown Life, A United Methodist Church, 1430 N Mountain Road, Harrisburg PA

We are inviting churches to participate in this valuable event.

This two day instructor course is designed to teach proactive survival strategies for violent intruder or active shooter incidents. The goal of the ALICE program is to provide individuals with survival-enhancing options for those critical moments in the gap between when a violent situation begins and when law enforcement arrives on scene.

Churches and pre-schools are soft targets for these incidents.  While we all believe that 'it will never happen here,' the reality is we all need to be prepared.  ALICE Training offers e-learning and Train the Trainer events so that you can offer this life-saving resource to your congregation.  Now is the time to act, not after a potential incident takes the life of innocent people under our care.

ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate and is a useful strategy for everyone: law enforcement, schools, universities, hospitals, businesses, and places of worship. Completing the ALICE Instructor Training course provides individuals with certification in ALICE Training and allows them the opportunity to bring ALICE strategies back to their places of work. Additionally, registrants will gain access to exclusive ALICE resources.

Please Click Here to learn about ALICE Training Institute

Please Click Here to learn about ALICE Train the Trainer event


Please Click Here to register. 

To learn more about how Linglestown Life is implementing the two-part Alice Training in our church please contact Rev. George Reynolds at


posted Mar 28, 2017, 9:23 AM by York District UMC   [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 9:52 AM ]

Is God calling you to a deeper season?
Do you long to listen more and speak less?
To discern more than decide?

Spiritual Direction is a course that invites all these things through reading, prayer, and a monthly small group event that builds skills so you can be instrumental in hearing God's voice in your own life, and in the life of others.
Curious? Go to, under Ministry of Spiritual Direction, to learn more about it. 

Questions? Ask away at or
717-240-0678. Scholarship assistance available.
Dr. Russell M. Hart
Center Director, CSF

Youth Mental Health

posted Feb 15, 2017, 6:55 AM by Vicky Salisbury   [ updated Jun 14, 2017, 6:53 AM by York District UMC ]

(for parents and adults who work with youth)

Contact Person: Sharon Engdahl

Sanctuary Christian Counseling

You are all invited to the "Sanctuary Christian Counselling" to meet the team and see how our ministry of hope and healing can support you and your congregations. 

 *You can check out our website at or call us at  717-200-3158

Safe Sanctuary Training 2017

posted Jan 23, 2012, 10:19 AM by   [ updated Jul 4, 2017, 5:07 AM by York District UMC ]

York District Workshop Event
Safe Sanctuary &  Boundaries III (Social Media)
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
                    Messiah York, 1300 N Beaver St., York PA                             Cost $8.00 (Lunch provided)
 *Please make a check payable to York District & RSVP by September 15, 2017

*SAFE SANCTUARIES TRAINING OFFERINGSFor a list of SS training offered throughout the Conference, 


SAFE SANCTUARIES ONLINE TRAINING -  Once again employees & volunteers may go to the Conference Website and take the Safe Sanctuaries Online Training. The process will take you through Trak-1, but it's the Susquehanna Conference Training. 

To access the training - CLICK HERE. If you have questions, please contact: Jody Robinson, 

or 717-766-7441 Ext. 3400.

Find more information on upcoming training events HERE

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