The Chesapeake Connection ::March 2015 :: Mizo Launch; District Conference; Churches in Transition; other district news
 

MARCH 2015 NEWSLETTER

MIZO CONGREGATION JOINS CHESAPEAKE DISTRICT

On February 8, the Mizo Wesleyan Church located in Frederick, Maryland held its first service as a developing church within the Chesapeake District of the North American General Conference. The day included a celebration worship service with participation from both adults and children. A delicious meal of Asian food was prepared by congregants to commemorate the joyous occasion. 

Several members of the congregation were firsthand witnesses and members to the early Wesleyan Movement in Northeast India that started in the 90’s. What began initially with a handful of believers, about ten members meeting from house to house, has now grown to more than 3000 members in Northeast, India. Similarly, in Burma, the Wesleyan church is now one of the most active and healthy churches in the region with more than 6000 members. Due to the political unrest in Burma, many Mizo people emigrated from Burma to the USA and are still continuing to do so. Majority of the Mizo emigrants are former Wesleyans from Burma and India. 

Victor Vulmawi was named supply pastor. Pastor Clark Baisden and Pastor Andy Beall of Difference Makers Church in Damascus, Maryland will provide congregational care. 

The congregation’s vision is to reach their community with the gospel of Jesus. The congregation sponsors two missionaries in The Wesleyan Church of Myanmar. Their aim is to sponsor more missionaries in Myanmar and India. 


2015 VISION 2020

2015 Vision 2020 will be a one-day event Monday, June 29, 2015 at Salisbury Emmanuel Wesleyan Church, 217 Beaglin Park Drive, Salisbury, Maryland 21804 for all pastors and delegates. Registration will begin at 8:00 am with the first business session beginning at 9:00 am. Along with district business sessions, the day’s agenda will include highlights from our district churches and teachings that will grow the mission of Making More Disciples.


YEARLY REPORTING SCHEDULE

Thanks to all pastors and staff for assisting with the following end-of-the year reporting schedule:

Easter
  1. Easter attendance and number of conversions are due to Pastor Stan on Monday, April 6, 2015. Email to stan.hoover@chesapeakewesleyan.com or text to 410.353.6624.
Pastor’s Reports
  1. Service reports are due to the district office on Friday, April 24, 2015. 
  2. Pastor contact information is updated on the pastors portal by Friday, April 24, 2015.
Church Reports
  1. Church Statistical Report finished and entered into the pastors portal by Wednesday, May 27, 2015.
  2. Church leaders list & lay delegates updated on the pastors portal by Wednesday, May 27, 2015.
  3. Background checks completed on all volunteers working with children & youth by Monday, August 31, 2015.
  4. Church properties insured for liability and replacement cost value of buildings by Monday, August 31, 2015.
  5. Financial audit for the 2014-15 church year as required by The Discipline is submitted to the district office no later than Monday, August 31, 2015.
 


CHURCHES IN TRANSITION

Five Chesapeake churches will experience lead pastor transitions this year. Bohemia Wesleyan, Chesapeake City, Maryland; Broomes Island Wesleyan Church, Broomes Island, Maryland; Trinity Wesleyan Church, Dover, Delaware; New Life Wesleyan Church, Greensboro, Maryland; Smyrna Wesleyan Church, Smyrna, Delaware.  Interested persons are welcome to submit a resume` to office@chesapeakewesleyan.com.

PEOPLE OF THE CROSS
Dressed in an orange jumpsuit, Pastor Todd Crofford of Real Life Wesleyan Church in Mechanicsville, Maryland honors the 21 Egyptian Christian martyrs for remaining true to the cross even though it meant their certain death at the hands of ISIS terrorists. In his stirring sermon, Pastor Todd reminds his hearers of the sacrificial nature of being people of the cross and the importance of giving their lives in fulfillment of God's mission to seek and to save the lost. Click HERE to see the sermon in its entirety.


DOES YOUR CHURCH DEVELOP CHILDREN OR TEACH CURRICULUM?

A curriculum provides information, but a strategy teaches with the end in mind. There are key things a child needs to learn at each age from birth to graduation—age-specific core concepts, principles, and experiences to have a real, growing and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. By having an overall strategy, a master plan exists that keeps the end result for a child in mind.

A curriculum equips leaders, but a strategy develops them.

A strategy helps leaders focus on the right things—developing volunteers into leaders, connecting with the home, connecting with kids and students. This shift in focus allows you to concentrate your time and energy on growing those in your ministry and allows you to grow as a leader.

A curriculum facilitates a meeting, but a strategy prioritizes community.

The role of the small group is elevated when you have age-specific strategies. Every child and teen should have a trusted adult leader in his or her life who is communicating the same things their parents are communicating. We believe that small groups are the primary place where truth is being processed because it’s where kids and students have relationships. It’s the place where they feel safe to ask questions and internalize truth.

A curriculum replaces parents, but a strategy connects with them.

A strategy seeks to create an alignment between the church and the home. As much as we try to maximize the impact we have on this generation, the time a child or students spends at home plays a huge role in his or her spiritual development, not just in the hours spent there, but because of the fundamental relationship between a parent and a child. That’s why it’s important to be strategic in how we connect with parents and champion the parent-child relationship.

A curriculum provides information, but a strategy mobilizes students to experience what they are learning.

We believe in transitioning kids and students away from a lecture-based format to one where they can actually experience the core truths. From our perspective, this is a key component to their faith becoming part of their DNA. We believe kids and students should be active in ministry, getting a chance to be a part of the local church now, and not waiting until that “someday” when we think they will suddenly desire to be a part of it, without ever having experienced it for themselves. A key and integral part of spiritual growth is service.

This is an excerpt from Think Orange by Reggie Joiner ©2009 Reggie Joiner. All rights reserved.
 


GROWTH POINTS with Gary McIntosh

"The first duty of love is to listen." Though listening is essential to the health of every relationship it remains one of the least taught skills within the church. In the March 2015 edition of Growth Points, Dr. Gary McIntosh addresses the importance of active listening and encourages church leaders to educate congregants on becoming better listeners. Click HERE to download a copy of Growth Points today! Additional articles can be accessed at Dr. McIntosh's website www.churchgrowthnetwork.com.


CERTIFICATE IN CHURCH REVITALIZATION 

Wesley Seminary has designed a certificate program to equip lay and professional church leaders to better understand the process of congregational assessment and revitalization. The four courses that comprise the certificate equip participants to apply insights into their own church. The courses offered within the certificate program include: Power, Change, and Conflict Management in the Local Church; Newcomer Integration; Diagnosis and Prescription for a Healthy Church; and, Church Revitalization Field Study. 

Read about the certificate program by clicking HERE or check out website http://www.indwes.edu/Seminary/Academics/Certificates/. 
 

FOLLOW 2015 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH CONFERENCE

FOLLOW 2015 International Wesleyan Youth Conference is coming to the Indianapolis Convention Centre in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 28-31, 2015.  Geared for students ages twelve and up, FOLLOW 2015 celebrates 50 years of student ministry within The Wesleyan Church and is designed to motivate this generation to embark on the journey of finding their purpose in Jesus and living life on mission. For more information go to follow2015.com or like Follow2015 on Facebook.  


IMPORTANT TAX UPDATE REGARDING HEALTH INSURANCE

General Church Treasurer, Kevin Batman, shares recent information issued by the IRS on employer health premium reimbursement and payment plans. This may affect your church practices. Click HERE to read his article on his interpretation of the rulings for 2014, early 2015 and after June 30, 2015. If you have questions, you can contact Kevin Batman at batmank@wesleyan.org.

Denton Camp is offering individuals and groups the opportunity to participate in a short-term mission trip that's close to home - right here at Denton Camp. As spring approaches there are many projects that need to be completed before the summer camping season begins. Denton Camp is looking for skilled and unskilled volunteers who can come anytime during the week of April 6-11, 2015 to assist with these projects and prepare the camp for summer ministries.  For more information, or to sign-up for  day(s), time(s) and/or project(s) please go to www.dentoncamp.org or email dentoncamp@gmail.com.   


IMPORTANT DATES

Please mark your calendars with the following important dates:

UPCOMING EVENTS

DBMD Meeting
March 10, 7:00 pm
DBA Meeting
March 17, 9:00 am
Building Committee Meeting
May 02, 9:00 am
DBMD Meeting
May 16, 7:00 pm
DBA Meeting
May 19, 9:00 am
Kids Camp
June 22-26
VISION 2020
June 29
IGNITE Middle School Camp
July 6-11
IGNITE High School Camp
July 13-18

ABOUT THE CHESAPEAKE DISTRICT

Mission

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

Vision

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.
 

Core Values

Communicating Christ-Likeness
Developing Effective Pastors and Leaders
Reaching Our Communities for Christ
Multiplying Healthy New Churches
Pursuing New People and Cultures
Nurturing Vibrant Student Ministries
 
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