The Chesapeake Connection :: June 2016 :: Vision 2020 - Register for Boxed Lunch; Strategies for Church Growth; Kids Camp; IGNITE Camps; Family Camp; District News and Upcoming Events

VISION 2020! 
Multiplying People, Services, and Congregations
Note Conference Details!

Please pray for our time together as a district that God will meet our hearts and empower our churches and people to continue to do the mission He has laid in front of us as described in Matthew 28:19, Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
  1. 2016 Vision 2020 will be a one-day event Monday, June 27, 2016 at LaPlata New Life Church, 9690 Shepherds Creek Pl, La Plata, Maryland for all pastors and delegates. The conference will include breakout sessions and an inspiring rally that celebrates past victories and focuses on next steps to make more disciples for Christ.
  2. You may purchase a boxed lunch for this one-day event by clicking here. Please note that you will need to sign in as a guest. After signing in and selecting a meal, there will be opportunity to add other people and pay the total amount for all selected meals. There will only be a 45-50 minute break for lunch so it is advised that attendees take advantage of the boxed lunch purchase. The box lunch is a pre-purchase option and will not be available after June 13, 2016.
  3. Registration will begin at 8:00 am with the first business session beginning at 9:00 am.
  4. Event speaker is Pastor Michael Rogalski of LIfePoint Church, Waldorf, Maryland. Pastor Michael will be sharing the message, Who is in Charge Here?
  5. Breakout sessions include: Multiplying People with an Emphasis on Growth Tracks, Pastors Kenneth Wagner and Mark Tennefoss of United Church; Newcomer Integration, Debbie Hoover, Catalytic Coach for Congregational Transformation; Multiplying Services, Pastor Moe Diggs of Healing Place Church, Multiplying Congregations, Pastor Mike Hilson of LaPlata New Life Church; and Developing Staff to Lead, Pastor Ken Figgs of Calvary Wesleyan Church.  For a more detailed description of each workshop click here.
  6. Suggested housing for those wishing to arrive in the LaPlata area on Sunday evening before conference includes:  Courtyard Marriott – Waldorf, 3145 Crain Highway, (301) 885-3333; Hampton Inn – Waldorf, 3750 Crain Highway, (301) 632-9600; and Hilton Garden Inn – Waldorf, 10385 Odonnell Place, (240) 222-0000.

10 Church Growth Strategies That Cost Zero Dollars
Carey Nieuwhof

So you want your church to accomplish its mission and reach people.  But so often in church leadership, it’s easy to believe growth can’t really happen unless you spend money on some new initiatives.  And that leaves a lot of church leaders stuck. Why? Because the vast majority of churches are underfunded, not over-funded.

Faced with a lack of resources, too many church leaders throw in the towel and believe growth isn’t possible. But that’s a fallacy. Vision always precedes resources. If you’re waiting for people and money to show up so you can get on with your mission, you’ll wait forever. So how do you start growing now, even with zero dollars? HERE ARE TEN WAYS:

1. EXUDE MORE PASSION: It’s amazing to me how little passion many church leaders exude. We have the most amazing mission on planet earth. And we have a generation of young adults in front of us who want to give their lives to a cause that’s bigger than themselves. . . . You don’t need a polished church to reach the next generation nearly as much as you need a passionate church. When it comes to reaching the next generation, passion beats polish.

2. CUT THE WEIRD: Christians can be socially weird. Too often, we use unnecessarily weird language—like this: “This is good coffee, brother.”  “Amen. Hallelujah.” Why not just talk at church the way you talk at the office or at a football game or on a Saturday by the pool? Here’s what’s actually at stake: if someone has to learn code to join your church, you likely won’t have many people joining your church. Our challenge is to reduce the human barriers that keep people from Jesus, not to erect new ones. . . .

3. EXPAND YOUR VISION: Vision is a leader’s best friend, and it’s free. After two decades of leading and communicating in the local church, I am convinced it is impossible to overstate or overestimate the vision of the church.  As Bill Hybels has said, the local church really is the hope of the world. If you don’t dream big dreams for your church, who will? If you don’t communicate big vision for your church, who will?

4. ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR MISSION, NOT YOUR METHODS: The reason change is so difficult in many churches is because members fall in love with methods, not with mission. A method is a way of doing things: programs the church runs, the style of music, the architecture of a building or facility, a staffing or governance model. Those are all simply methods that can and should change with every generation or even more frequently. The mission is what you’re doing (like reaching people with the love and hope of Jesus), and it never changes. The more you focus on the mission, the easier it is to change the methods. . . . 

Click here to download the entire article and discover ways to grow your church for zero dollars.


Michael Rogalski joined the Chesapeake District 10 years ago. With God’s grace and a strong partnership with the New Life Network of churches in Southern Maryland, he launched and has led LifePoint Wesleyan Church for over 8 years and has seen it grow from 69 people to nearly 600 in average attendance. A graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and having ministered in Kansas City, Northern Virginia, and Southern Maryland, he enjoys seeing people and churches become all that they can be.

He loves to spend time with his wife of 18 years, Angela, and hang out with his four children: Abigail, Caleb, Anaiah, and Selah. He also likes gummy bears, caramel machiattos, red meat, sunny days, and just about anything risky or adventurous. If you’ve got a motorcycle you’d like to give him, he’ll take it. If you’ve got food in your teeth, he’ll tell you. And he’s passionate about helping people find their purpose. He’s also very excited about what God will do at Vision 2020 firmly believing that the best is yet to come for you and your church!

Ministerial Students Licensed by the DBA

During the May meeting of the District Board of Administration, Tyler Deusa and Shane Beauvais, both from Mechanicsville Real Life Church, were granted a district license in the Chesapeake District.  

SOUL WARS: Our Faith Awakens
Chesapeake Kids Camp 2016

The battle between the light and the dark side will come alive during Kids Camp 2016. Scheduled for June 20-24 at Denton Wesleyan Campgrounds, Kids Camp is for children going into 2nd grade through 6th grade. Registration is now $245 and must be received by June 10. Click HERE to download a copy of the registration form. Email for more information and join Chesapeake District Kid's Camp on Facebook. May the FAITH be with you!


IGNITE CAMPS are coming to the Denton Wesleyan Campgrounds with the Middle School Camp being held on July 11-16, 2016 and the High School Camp being held on July 18-23, 2016. Drew Freyder will serve as speaker for the Middle School Camp and Charles Dawes for the High School Camp. Camps will also feature illusionist Jared Hall (Middle School) and comedian Bone Hampton (High School). Click HERE for more informationa about IGNITE CAMP 2016 and to download registration forms!

Dr. Gary McIntosh

"To lead a church effectively, it is helpful to understand how people adopt change."  Researchers have divided people into five types of adopters: 
  • Innovators . . . love new ideas, relish trying out fresh programs, and quickly latch onto any new vision . . .  No more than two or three percent of church attenders are innovators . . . 
  • Early adopters . . . are easily pursuaded . . . They know a good idea when it comes along and are able to influence others. Somewhere around fifteen percent of church attendees are early adopters. 
  • Middle adopters and later adopters make up the majority of worshipers. About seventy percent of congregants fall in these two groups. Middle adopters are easily influenced and can go either direction. Later adopters are usually the last people in the church to accept a new idea.
  • Laggards lag behind requiring great patience and multiple strategies to pursuade. Some may never adopt the change.
Based on this research "it usually takes at least two years for a major concept to be adopted in a congregation."  In the May 2016 edition of Growth Points entitled Adopting Change, Dr. Gary McIntosh provides helpful steps to implementing change based on the above statistics. Click here to download your copy today.   

EXPONENTIAL Announces Regional Venues

Exponential is pleased to announce that in addition to their East and West Conferences there will also be two Regional Conferences to help make their events more accessible to church leaders in local geographic areas. One of the Regional Conferences will be held in Washington, D.C. at the New Life Christian Church on September 12-13, 2016.These two-day events are designed to bring the full impact of the main stage from the Exponential East and West conferences closer to home. Plus, the Regional events offer numerous and innovative opportunities for leadership and launch teams to come together and be part of the same conversation as well as gather face-to-face with other church planters and learn from their peers.Join hundreds of leaders for inspiration, encouragement and equipping at Exponential’s Washington DC Regional church planting conference in Chantilly, Virginia. Register early as space is limited at these smaller, more intimate gatherings. CLICK HERE for more information.  

Worship Well Conference 2016 

Healing Place Church is hosting The WORSHIP WELL Conference for worship leaders, band members, technical and creative artists. WORSHIP WELL 2016 promises to bring encouragement, creativity and insight to each worship team role. Sion Alford, Executive Worship Pastor of Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, will again lead the conference. Sion travels the globe ministering through Word and song to congregations and worship teams who desire an intimacy with God that goes beyond the music to a place of continual relationship with the Father.

WORSHIP WELL 2016 will be held Friday and Saturday, September 23-24, 2016 at Healing Place Church, 2106 Crain Highway, Waldorf, MD.  Space is limited so sign up TODAY!  Registration is $69.00 per person. Register at:

Orange Tour Fall 2016

Will what happens in your church THIS SUNDAY matter in someone's life ON MONDAY? At Orange Tour leaders will discover how to:
  • Design a strategic experience for Sunday.
  • Reach families who don't show up this Sunday.
  • Craft a message that lasts far beyond Sunday.
  • Help small group leaders stay connected to kids after Sunday.
  • And much more.
Orange Tour is expanding into more regions than ever before to make it easier than ever to get the entire church leadership team to an event. Getting the entire team on the same page is important. Experiencing fresh insight and new ideas together creates team synergy that is powerful and long lasting. 

Orange Tour is coming to Lancaster, Pennsylvania on September 27, 2016.  Click here for more information.
FLAME provides classes for credentialing in The Wesleyan church in an onsite, intensive setting. Each class last 2.5 days.  FLAME events are typically a week long (Monday-Friday), allowing a student to complete two courses (one the first half of the week and one the second half of the week).

Future FLAME dates and locations include: 
  • June 20-24, 2016 – Awakening Church, Colorado Springs, CO
  • July 11-15, 2016 – Southern Wesleyan University – Central SC
  • August 8-12, 2016 – Kingswood University- Sussex, NB
  • September 12-16, 2016 - Hayward Wesleyan Church - Hayward, WI
  • September 12-14, 2016 - EFM at New Life Church - La Plata, MD
  • October 3-7, 2016 – West Michigan – Location TBD
  • November 7-11, 2016 – Oakland, CA, Location TBD
  • February 20-24, 2017 - EFM at New Life Church - La Plata, MD
Go to for more information about the FLAME program.


Please mark your calendars with the following important dates:


June 4-8, 2016
Kids Camp
June 20-24, 2016
Vision 2020
June 27, 2016
IGNITE Middle School Camp
July 11-16, 2016
DBA Meeting
July 17, 9:00 am
IGNITE High School Camp
July 18-23, 2016
Denton Family Camp
July 29-August 7, 2016
DBA Meeting
September 20, 9:00 am
Celebration of Ministry
October 30, 6:00 pm



The Chesapeake District exists to create and empower local churches to impact their communities for Christ.


By District Conference 2020, the Chesapeake District will reach 20,000 new converts and will average 20,000 in primary worship attendance.

The entire operation of the Chesapeake District will be focused to this vision.  Every church and every pastor will be mobilized to double or triple its influence through evangelism, church health and growth, community service, and multiplication.

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