2016 VISION 2020: Multiplying People, Services, and Congregations
From the enthusiastic greeting at the front door, to the energized worship, powerful reports, insightful breakouts and closing charge it was quite apparent that 2016 Vision 2020 would be like no other district conference. Hosted by the New Life La Plata Church, delegates and attendees were treated as distinguished guests, enjoying a seemingly endless supply of fresh fruits, pastries and sandwiches, while being intimately seated at round tables in the main sanctuary which served as the conference hall. Conference host, Bryan Sells, assistant pastor at Healing Place Church in Waldorf, Maryland, kept everyone on their toes as he added a measure of humor to the conference, including putting bunny ears on breakout session leaders to emphasize the "multiplying" theme of the conference.
"Multiplying People, Services and Congregations" was experienced and expressed in every aspect of the conference. An opening video, featuring District Superintendent, Rev. Stanley Hoover, emphasized the importance of making more disciples by reflecting on the recruitment of Jesus' very first disciples by the water's edge to become fishers of men.
Click here to view video. After initial business, five breakout sessions continued the theme with particular focus on newcomer integration, developing leaders, and multiplying services and congregations.
Following lunch, newly elected General Superintendent, Dr. Wayne Schmidt challenged conference delegates and attendees to join him in "50 Days of Focused Prayer" to become more intentional about making disciples, being witnesses, and making the most of every opportunity to represent Jesus in this present age.
Click here to download prayer card. In the District Superintendent's report, Pastor Stan highlighted how local churches in the Chesapeake District are fulfilling Christ's missions to make more disciples through creativity, generosity, and multiplication. And Rev. Michael Rogalski, lead pastor of Lifepoint Church in Waldorf, Maryland, challenged pastors and lay members alike to surrender themselves to the God who is "for you, with you, and in you" and discover that the Church is unstoppable when God is in charge.
At the close of conference, delegates were asked "What is the first action you will take to cast your net?" and then invited to place their answers in the nets located at the front of the auditorium. This is the "Year of Multiplication." What will you and your church do to make more disciples for Jesus Christ? ~Pastor Doug Morley
Welcome to the Chesapeake District of The Wesleyan Church! The Chesapeake District encompasses the states of Maryland, Delaware, a northern portion of Virginia and the District of Columbia. Sixty Wesleyan churches are located within the borders of these states and on any given Sunday nearly 12,000 people will attend church at one of our locations. We exist to create and empower local churches to reach their communities for Jesus Christ. Our vision is to see 20,000 new disciples and 20,000 in primary worship by 2020.
The Wesleyan Church is an evangelical, Protestant denomination. Our churches offer the good news that faith in Jesus Christ makes possible a wonderful personal relationship with God, a holy life empowered by His Holy Spirit for service, and assurance of eternal life in heaven. Our ministries emphasize practical Bible teaching, uplifting worship, and special programs to meet a variety of life needs. Thank you for taking time to explore, to learn, and to pray about how you can be involved. You are invited to join this team!
The Chesapeake District comprises of churches in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington DC.