Church Growth Seminar 2021

Church Growth Seminar 2021 is scheduled to be hosted at Roxbury Holiness Camp on August 20, 2021, (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).

Registration is open. See Registration & Lodging section below.

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Church Growth Seminar 2021 is a separate event from Kingdom Fellowship Weekend 2021. It is held at the same venue immediately prior to the opening of Kingdom Fellowship Weekend. This seminar will focus on growing the church by making disciples among the lost and the unchurched. This seminar is organized by the Church Planters’ Forum.

Brochure: see 2021 PDF brochure.

Theme: “Making Disciples Among the Unsaved and the Unchurched”

Schedule of events

Friday morning

  • 9:30 – Find a seat / Visit with others sitting nearby / Pray
  • 9:40 – Singing, Announcements, & Prayer
  • 9:50 – “Why Should We Evangelize, Make Disciples, and Plant Churches?”
    –Ernest Eby, State College, Pennsylvania
  • 10:00 – “The Vision for Church Planting in Latin America”
    –Dale Heisey, Costa Rica
  • 10:45 – Intermission
  • 11:00 – “A Biblical View of Missions”
    –Mark Yoder, Costa Rica
  • 11:45 – “Growing Up, Not Knowing Jesus”
    –Eric Shorey, Lisbon Falls, Maine

Friday afternoon

  • 12:30 – Announcements & Lunch
  • 1:45 – Breakout Sessions
    • “Challenges and Rewards for Church Planters in Latino Culture”
      –Mark Yoder, Costa Rica
    • “Politics, Culture, and Kingdom Church Planting”
      –Dwight Nisly, Brooklyn, New York
    • “The Pilgrim Church: A Disciple-Making Community”
      –Ken Miller, Stuarts Draft, Virginia
  • 2:45 – Intermission
  • 3:00 – Breakout Sessions
    • “Christian Education in an Urban or Church Planting Venture”
      –Dwight Nisly, Brooklyn, New York
    • “Making Disciples: Evangelizing, Teaching, and Mentoring”
      –Eric Shorey, Lisbon Falls, Maine
    • “Unreached People Groups in need of a Bible and a Church”
      –Aaron Crider, State College, Pennsylvania (representative for All-Nations Bible Translation)
  • 4:00 – Dismissal

Registration and Lodging

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Registration is open. Registration is required if staying for meals, lodging, or if attending Church Growth Seminar. Opportunity will be given to contribute financially through freewill offerings towards the rental of the campground, food costs, and a love gift for the speakers.

The campground has cabins, dorms, hotel rooms, and tent / RV sites. Lodging accommodations are limited; please register well in advance.

If you’re coming

If you’re staying Thursday overnight at the campground, check-in is open from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday.

If you’re staying overnight starting Friday at the campground, check-in is open at 1:00-5:30 p.m. on Friday.

No meal is provided for Friday evening. A light snack is provided for Kingdom Fellowship Weekend 2021 attendees at 8:00 p.m.

A donation box will be available to help with the cost of the seminar and noon meal. Suggested donation: Families ($25-50) | Singles ($15-$25)


For questions regarding Church Growth Seminar 2021, please see the Church Planters’ Forum website, email, or contact one of these coordinators (below):

Ernest Eby, State College, Pennsylvania, (814) 325-7898

Assistant Coordinators:
Wendell Martin, State College, Pennsylvania, (570) 765-2707

Kent Hawbaker, Hagerstown, Maryland, (717) 372-6215

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Strength to Strength is a weekly, virtual, live meeting by video (Zoom) or by audio (phone).

All are welcome to join and participate; the meeting is led by an invited guest. We host speakers who are supportive of a Christ-centered, Kingdom-focused, Scripture-based way of life, specifically as modeled by the Anabaptist tradition.

The purpose of Strength to Strength is to advance Jesus’ kingdom by tackling thought-provoking topics, by stimulating candid discussions, and by sharing faith-building testimonies.

Learn more and become involved at the Strength to Strength website.