Laurelville Mennonite Church Center    

Music & Worship Leaders Retreat
January 10-12, 2014

A (Re)New Covenant: Sociologists tell us that the church is changing rapidly. Church observers MWLR 2013like Phyllis Tickle tell us that we're entering a new period of reformation, as dramatic as the radical reformation in the 16th century. We don't yet know what the Church of the future will look like or where it is going, but one thing is certain-God is speaking to the Church.

At this year's annual Music and Worship Leaders weekend, we've invited three different preachers from different parts of the Christian tradition to answer this question: What is the word that the church in the 21st century most needs to hear?

Join Rev. Jarrett Kerbel (Church of St.Martin-in-the-Fields), Roy C. Nilsen (retired Lutheran pastor), and Megan Ramer (Chicago Community Mennonite Church) as we engage through their words, reflect on the texts and thoughts they bring, and sing and worship our way into openess to the Spirit's work in her Church.

"The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new convenant...and I will write it on their hearts" 

Future Dates: January 9-11, 2015; January 8-10, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend this program?
How is registration different?
How do I get to Laurelville?
How do I register?
What if I need to cancel my registration?
What are lodging accommodations like?

Who should attend this program?

This program isn't just for pastors and music directors; it gathers a wide variety of individuals interested in worship, including:

  • New music or worship leaders looking to become stronger leaders
  • Experienced music and worship leaders looking for a refresher course to help them improve their effectiveness in their congregations
  • Anyone with a love for music and worship who is discerning their gifts and interested in exploring music or worship leadership

How do I register?

Registration begins September 1, 2013. To register, you can print, complete, and send a registration form to Laurelville Mennonite Church Center either by mail (941 Laurelville Lane, Mount Pleasant, PA 15666) or fax (724.423.2096). You can also call (800.839.1021 or 724.423.2056) to register by phone. Payment in full is required with each registration (your $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is included in the registration cost). Please be sure to indicate any special dietary needs you might have so we can make necessary accommodations.

How is registration for this program different from other programs?

In previous years a five person per congregation limit has been in place to help ensure a diverse representation of congregations. That policy has been lifted, and we recommend using five participants per congregation as a guideline, but you may register as many participants as needed to fit your needs.

Many congregations choose to register their participants together and we encourage you to do this. Please note however that we must receive individual names, contact information, and payment in order to hold your spots. Whenever sending payment, please clearly indicate the names of the congregation and participants so that we can divide the payment accordingly.

Due to the popularity of this program, lodging can fill quickly. Therefore, we encourage you to select lodging for 3/4 per room when available. Lodging preferences will be granted according to date of deposit/availability. A limited number of single rooms are available. Please email ( to inquire.

What if I need to cancel my registration?

Your program registration (minus the $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit) is fully refundable until two weeks prior to the start of the event. While no refunds are given after the two week deadline, you may transfer your registration to another attendee. Please notify us by phone (800.839.1021 or 724. 423.2056) or email ( as soon as you know you will be unable to attend so that we can open additional space(s) for other interested participants.

How do I get to Laurelville?

Laurelville is located 45 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in Western Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands, just fifteen minutes from the Pennsylvania Turnpike. For GPS coordinates and driving directions, click here.

We also arrange for transportation for guests who are arriving by plane ($50 each way to/from Pittsburgh International Airport) or train ($25 each way to/from Greensburg/Connellsville Amtrak stations). If you are planning to travel by plane or rail, please notify us at least one week in advance with your travel plans so we can arrange transportation for you.

What are the lodging accommodations like?

Your retreat experience begins with finding a comfortable place to rest and relax. Lodging at Laurelville varies in terms of comfort and style, so we encourage you to select an accommodation that will best suit your needs.
Learn more about our lodging facilities.