The East Coast Conference works in a region stretching from New Sweden, Maine to Southern Virginia. Within the vastness of this region there are countless different church cultures, strategies and passions that guide the different church communities. The East Coast Conference is able to meet some very specific needs of this vast region, e.g. licensing, review of ministerial standing, pastoral support, call process, crisis support, consulting, etc. However, the East Coast Conference cannot focus its attention on a particular area like the Greater Boston Area the way that a network can. Creating this extra layer of partnership allows the local church, the network, the conference, and the denomination compliment each other in ways that did not exist before.