Thursday, March 14, 2024

8 am to 4 pm

Calvary Church

$30 per person

Why Is Compelled By Love So Unique?

A Collaborative Gathering Of Lancaster Church Leaders

Compelled by Love is an annual gathering of Lancaster County pastors and church leaders that aims to spark a movement of loving your neighbor in our congregations and in turn, our community.  Unlike other conferences, Compelled by Love focuses on learning from one another so that we can walk away with actions that work in our context.

This Year's Topic: Loving Our Neighbor

Your Place in Your Neighborhood

In Jeremiah 29, God told His people to build houses, plant gardens, and seek the welfare of the city. What would it look like to think creatively through your place in your neighborhood? 

Join us for a 1-day conference to equip your church to love their neighbors in practical ways. We’ll hear from Sara Joy Proppe, Founder of Proximity Project, an initiative focusing on equipping churches to be the hands and feet of Jesus in their neighborhoods. Enjoy conversation with dozens of Lancaster County pastors where we can listen and learn from one another.


What Pastors and Leaders are Saying About Compelled:


8:00 AM – Registration, Coffee & Pastries 

8:30 AM – Morning Sessions Begin

12:00 PM – Catered Lunch 

1:00 PM – Afternoon Sessions Begin 

4:00 PM – Conference Wraps Up 


Morning Sessions:

“A Flourishing Community…”

Our morning session will be focused on the gift of embodiment, place and community. What does redemptive placemaking look like and how can congregations implement it? 

Short talks and group discussions will revolve around:

  • Using our church properties to build places for a flourishing community 
  • How congregations can creatively steward their spaces for the common good of the local community 
  • How we can connect and learn from each other as the body of Christ  

Afternoon Sessions:

“Your Church’s Journey” 

Our afternoon session will be focused on practical responses to how we can start our journeys on using our spaces creatively. Perhaps in ways we haven’t thought of before! We’ll also take some time to look at real life examples around placemaking – which will be sure to stir your imagination.

Short talks and group discussions will revolve around:

  • Practical steps to begin placemaking in your local church’s context 
  • Q&A with Sara Joy Proppe 
  • We’ll also make room for several small group discussions throughout the day! 

Discussion Leaders

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Sara Joy Proppe 

Founder, Proximity Project

Sara Joy Proppe is passionate about equipping churches to be the hands and feet of Jesus in their neighborhoods. She is the Founder and Director of Proximity Project, an initiative to educate and activate churches to creatively steward their properties for the common good of the community. 

In her role, Sara Joy uses her professional experience in real estate development and placemaking to advise and serve congregations across the country. She also writes and speaks on several platforms about the intersections of theology, placemaking, and design for dignity. 

Sara Joy is also the co-host of The Embedded Church podcast.


Jack Crowley

President, Water Street Mission
Jack Crowley has served as President of Water Street Mission since 2014, bringing over 20 years of experience with the Mission. He previously served as Executive Director of Teen Haven, a part of the Senior Leadership Team since 2004, and served as Interim President prior to being appointed. Jack has a love for urban communities, youth, and our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

Serving at Water Street allows Jack to fulfill his passion for equipping and motivating others to work collaboratively for the glory of God and the healing and wholeness of our cities. Through his work, he focuses on developing models for maximizing partnerships with local churches and community service organizations.

Jack earned a B.A. degree in Government and Psychology from Franklin and Marshall College. Jack enjoys golfing and playing the guitar. He serves on the Leadership Team of his church, is a worship ministry leader, and serves on the board of Community Basics, Inc. a local developer of affordable housing. Jack and his wife, Tanya, and four daughters reside in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.



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