The Chesapeake Connection :: January 2016 :: Myanmar Flooding; Pastor & Spouse Gathering; Christmas Connections; and other district news.


Myanmar’s Misery Felt by Burmese Wesleyan Church in Maryland

The recent flooding in Myanmar (Burma) due to Cyclone Komen has been recorded as the second most disastrous flooding in the history of Burma. The flood has resulted in many deaths and affected thousands leaving many Burmese families homeless without proper shelter, food, clothes, and other basic necessities. After losing all their possessions and property, many victims are currently living in emergency disaster relief camps and local community halls.
The Burmese Mizo Wesleyan Church in Frederick, Maryland deeply shares this sorrow. Our church was welcomed into the Chesapeake District in February 2015, and our members consist mainly of recent immigrants from Kalaymyo and Chin State Burma where the flood has hit the hardest. Many of us are directly affected by this disaster since we still have relatives (fathers, mothers, and children) still living in Burma. We have been constantly praying for our loved ones and all the victims of the flood in Burma, and we would like to request you to remember us in your prayers. Some of the local church youth leaders will be visiting the flood sites in Myanmar. 

The flood has hit the hardest in Kalaymyo and Chin State, which are mainly Wesleyan areas where Wesleyan Churches and ministries have been going strong. The headquarters for the Myanmar Wesleyan Church is also located in Kalaymyo, and many church buildings have been severely damaged or destroyed. We have been in contact with the Wesleyan leaders at Myanmar since we heard the news, and Wesleyans have been actively engaged in helping the community and victims of the flood. Wesleyans in Burma are also finding the opportunity to spread the Gospel while giving help during these times. The National Secretary has been updating our congregation with pictures of the damaged caused by the flood, reports on the damaged properties, and restoration projects. Dr. Romy Caringal, Asia Area Director, and the Global Partners Team have visited the damaged sites and worked with our church leaders in Myanmar. 
Please remember to pray for the victims of the flood in Myanmar. Wesleyan Emergency Relief Fund has been initiated at for Myanmar. These funds will be used for direct relief work in the country to assist with food, water, medical supplies, shelter, and rebuilding support. 

Written by Victor Mawia, Supply Pastor of the Mizo Congregation, Fredrick, Maryland.

It's Not Too Late to Register!
Pastor & Spouse Gathering
February 1 & 2, 2016

Pastors, Assistant Pastors, and Ministerial Students register now for The Pastor & Spouse Gathering. Before January 8 the registration fee is $150 per couple and $125 for a single. After January 8 the rate will be based on availability at the hotel’s prevailing rate. Registration fee is nonrefundable. Please note you will not be considered as registered until the registration fee is received. To register for the event (one form per couple or single), send the following registration form and a check or money order to the Chesapeake District Office, 301 Kent Road, Glen Burnie, MD 21060.  Click here for registration form

The Gathering is schedule for February 1 & 2 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Cambridge, Maryland. You are invited to join other pastors and ministerial students for an inspiring time of connection and learning! The event speaker is Dr. Wayne Schmidt, former church planter, leading pastor, and now Vice President of IWU for Wesley Seminary. The program will begin at 2:30pm on Monday, February 1 and concludes on Tuesday, February 2 by 3:30pm. 

Our awesome Gathering committee includes Curtis & Mandy Cecil, Jack & Kim Diehl, Marissa & Brian Ackerman, and Bryan & Heather Sells! 

Christmas Connections

December 5, 2015, Smyrna Wesleyan had the opportunity to serve dinner to the homeless in their area. Thirty-five volunteers all worked together to feed and provide warm clothing to those in need. They are now in the process of becoming a Code Purple Shelter for women and children and truly feel blessed to be a part of serving their community.

Bethel Wesleyan Church in Goldsboro, Maryland hosted a Living Nativity on December 18 and 19 complete with braying donkeys and friendly goats. Nearly 100 people from the community and surrounding area reconnected with the true meaning of Christmas while church members re-enacted the story of Jesus’ birth as told in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew.  Following each set, guests were invited into the “Inn” for refreshments and fellowship. One gentleman was impressed that the cast actually acted out the nativity story. Others  expressed their appreciation for the  tangible reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.

Several members of Bethel Wesleyan also gathered on Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 13 to spread Christmas cheer to the elderly and shut-ins of the community through caroling. Congregants traveled by caravan to several homes as well as to nursing and assisted living facilities sharing the love of Jesus through singing, praying, and the giving of gifts. Bethel Wesleyan also invited the residents and staff of His Hope Haven cold-weather shelter in Denton, Maryland to enjoy a warm meal and fellowship as guests at Bethel’s annual Christmas Dinner on December 12.


Pastors’ Spouses, break away from everyday patterns and busy schedules to intentionally connect with God and each other at this special event planned just for you. Breakaway 2016 will be held at The Wesleyan Church Headquarters in Fishers, Indiana on April 15-16, 2016. Registration is $49 with online registrations beginning in January. If you are married to a pastor, this ministry is for you.  Space is limited to the first 300 registrants, so register early.  Click here for more information. 

Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership

Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University will be launching an innovative Doctor of Ministry (DMIN) in Transformational Leadership.  Students in the program will learn from international speakers from around the world. The program will allow working ministers to earn a leadership doctorate while maintaining their pastoral positions. The four-year program will include online classes as well as two weeks of intensive study each June, offering students the opportunity to meet world-changing leaders in Atlanta, San Diego, and Oxford, England. To find out more about the design of the program, visit

GROWTH POINTS with Gary McIntosh

"The new year is always a time of reflection," says Gary McIntosh as he encourages leaders to reflect upon their life, their ministry, and their future goals. Referencing Bobby Clinton's life phases, Dr. McIntosh provides guidance and questions for reflection in the January 2016 ssue of Growth Points. Click here to download your  copy today.  

DBMD Establishes April 1 as Annual Deadline for All Required Submissions

The Chesapeake District Board of Ministerial Development (DBMD) has established April 1 of each district year as the annual deadline for all submissions to the board for evaluation and recommendation. This deadline includes annual service reports, recommendations for new ministerial students, and requests for ordination. Candidates for ordination not able to complete the required classwork and receive certification for ordination by the Division of Education and Clergy Development by the April 1 deadline will be considered by the DBMD in a subsequent year. Recommendations for new ministerial students and district licensing may be submitted any time following April 1 for consideration during the next fiscal year.

Protect My Ministry is Now Available for Background Checks at Minimal Cost

Churches of the Chesapeake District may now process background checks for both children and youth volunteers through a district account with Protect My Ministry. For a minimal yearly fee of $25 per church and cost of the individual background checks, churches may do background checks online and offer child protection training to volunteers. For more information, please contact Debbie Hoover at 410-571-9235 or email



Please mark your calendars with the following important dates:


DBMD Meeting
January 12, 7:00 pm
DBA Meeting
January 26, 9:00 am
Pastor & Spouse Gathering
February 1-2, 2016
March 8, 7:00 pm
DBA Meeting
March 15, 9:00 am
DBMD Meeting
April 19, 7:00 pm
DBMD Meeting
May 14, 9:00 am
DBA Meeting
May 17, 9:00 am
June 4-8, 2016



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