Urban Ministries Initiative

was established in 2009 as a subcommittee of the ANE District Witness Commission as the Urban Initiatives Task Team (UITT). This team initially consisted of pastors and leaders of the four ANE District “Mission” churches (Alpha & Omega, Brooklyn First, Germantown, Harrisburg First). The originating purpose of the committee was to gather around the same table to share the joys, challenges and opportunities of ministering in urban settings. The hope was that through these connections, the work of the four mission churches would be strengthened and could also include others who are “seeking the welfare of the city”. The name was changed to Urban Ministries Initiative in 2017.



Faith and Finances –

Put your money where your faith is.

Family Ministry Challenge Follow Up

On Saturday June 12, the ANE District Urban Ministries Initiative leadership team sponsored a virtual gathering called Faith and Finances – Put Your Money Where Your Faith Is.  Scott Douglass and Ed Shannon from Brethren Benefit Trust led a discussion that reminded us that all of us, as Christians, are called to be good stewards of all the gifts – including our money – that God has entrusted to us.

This event was hosted as a Webex event which gave us the opportunity to offer closed captioned translation of all that was being said.  Attendees were able to share questions and join in the discussion by using the chat feature of Webex. This made the event much more.  Worship teams from Harrisburg First, Germantown, and Alpha and Omega provided times of praise and worship to this gathering.

Ed Shannon offered an intriguing challenge to the attendees by describing how his family sets aside a portion of their income in a family ministry fund that can be used to reach out to help and encourage persons who they know in their church and community.  Attendees were challenged to test out this idea in their own life.  All in attendance at this virtual event received by mail a $10 bill and were asked to find a way to make a difference in the life of someone else.

We have received a number of testimonies from our attendees explaining how they used that $10 Family Ministry Seed Money.

Read the Family Ministry Stories here:  Stories

Our Urban Ministries Initiative team will soon begin to plan another gathering that will support and encourage our urban pastors and congregations.   Details will be shared as soon as they become available!

Please contact Mary Etta Reinhart, Director of Witness and Outreach for more information about the Urban Ministries Initiative.

the ANE Director of Witness and Outreach