Registration for Stay Sharp 2023 is now open!
Who
Allegheny District church staff and ministry leaders
When
February 27–February 28, 2023
Where
208 Galley Road
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Cost
Free

Ecclesiology! What is a Church and Why Does That Matter?

The upheaval of the last few years has raised new questions about the definition and importance of the local church.

  • What are the core essentials that make a church, a church?
  • What does it mean to "not forsake the assembling of ourselves together?"
  • Is "virtual church" really a church?
  • What are the implications to the church being embodied?
  • What is church membership really supposed to mean?

At Stay Sharp 2023, Greg Strand will help us revisit the biblical nature, purpose and function of the Church. We're also going to hear from experienced church leaders across the district about how their ecclesiology informs their efforts to both plant and revitalize healthy churches to the glory of God. Bring your own questions and insights as we do theology together in community.

Fellowship Dinner With Greg and Karen Strand

On Monday evening, we will gather in Waterdam Church's fellowship hall for dinner together as a conference. Along with some District updates, we will get to know Karen as we interview her and Greg. If you are unable to stay for dinner, please communicate that when you register.

Credentialing Workshop

The District Constitution and Credentials Board will hold an optional workshop on Monday from 5:00-5:40pm.

Learn about:

  • The benefits and process of credentials within the EFCA
  • How to write your license or ordination papers
  • Answers to your questions about credentials

Accommodations

There are several local hotels for lodging. Many conference participants will stay at:

Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh-Meadow Lands
475 Johnson Road
Washington, Pennsylvania, 15301
Reserve online or call 724-222-4014.

Homewood Suites by Hilton, Southpointe
3000 Horizon Vue Dr.
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Reserve online or call 724-745-4663.

Cost

Stay Sharp is provided as a resource to our district churches at no cost. Your continued financial support enables us to provide these events.

We will be taking an offering at Stay Sharp to help pay for the fellowship dinner this year and fund the ministries of the Allegheny District. Please consider a donation of $10 per participant (or $20 for those attending the dinner).

Schedule
Date
Time
Session
Date
February 27
Time
1:30-3:00 p.m.
Session
Welcome and Session 1
Date
February 27
Time
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Session
Session 2
Date
February 27
Time
5:15-5:40 p.m.
Session
Credentialing Workshop (Optional)
Date
February 27
Time
5:45 p.m.
Session
Dinner
Date
February 28
Time
8:30-10:00 a.m.
Session
Worship and Session 3
Date
February 28
Time
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Session
Session 4 and Farewells
Speakers
GaKS

Greg and Karen Strand

EFCA
KD

Kerry Doyal

Allegheny District