The Chesapeake Connection ::April 2015 :: 2015 Vision 2020; New Gatherings, Annual Service Reports; Child Protection Guidelines; Ignite Camps; Kids Camp


2015 VISION 2020: Transformed . . . Lives, Leaders, Churches, Communities

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. Conference speakers are Pastor Moe Diggs from Healing Place Church, Waldorf, Maryland and Pastor Kenneth Wagner who is launching a new Wesleyan Church in Dover, Delaware.  Both men will be sharing their passion to see God’s transforming power unleashed on lives, leaders, churches, and communities. Registration will begin at 8:00 am with the first business session beginning at 9:00 am. 

NEW GATHERINGS: "Loving Delaware Until Their Heart Beats Like His"

This was the vision that God placed in the heart of Kenneth Wagner on July 23rd, 2013. It was the final push in the direction towards church planting, a passion that was originally ignited in his heart as a Sophomore in college at Southern Wesleyan University. As a part of a campus sports ministry that saw revival come to his baseball team and spread further into the culture of athletes, he dreamed of being a part of a group of believers that did whatever it took to see people come to know Jesus. Kenneth and his teammates would stay up late and dream about churches that were different, churches that were known for their authenticity and excellence, churches that answered questions that people were asking. The dream of starting that kind of church was exciting.

Over 10 years after the dream of starting that kind of church was placed in Kenneth's heart it is coming to fruition. Kenneth has spent the last 7 years serving as Student Pastor at Calvary Wesleyan Church in Harrington, DE under Pastor Ken Figgs where nearly 800 students have experienced new life in Christ. It is out of Calvary Wesleyan Church that this new movement, UNITED Church, is being birthed in Dover, Delaware.

God has made it abundantly clear that now is the time and Dover is the place. There are 37,366 people who call Dover home and 148,257 who live within a 15 mile radius. The opportunity for impact is tremendous. Of those who live in Dover 67.9% have no church home. In 2009 Kenneth heard a quote from Craig Groeschel that deeply impacted him. Groeschel said, “to reach people no one is reaching, you have to do things that no one is doing” and it is out of that heart that UNITED Church will strive to impact those who don’t have a church home. 

Kenneth has been heard numerous times saying, “Dover doesn’t need another church that is in the city, it needs a church that is for the city.” UNITED Church will begin serving the city, prior to launch, through the identity of ‘ForDover.' ForDover is UNITED Church’s reminder that they will be a church that is for the city. They are committed to bringing restoration educationally, economically, socially, relationally, and most importantly spiritually. When asked if that sounds a bit lofty, the answer is, “We understand that these may seem like outrageous claims, but we like attempting the impossible.” UNITED Church has already begun building bridges into each of the areas where they hope to see restoration.

The sending church, Calvary Wesleyan, is championing this cause and is the largest supporter of UNITED Church. Pastor Ken Figgs and Kenneth Wagner have spent countless hours dreaming about this new church. The push at Calvary is known as VISION920. The meaning of VISION920? It stems from a vision that is much larger than just one person and the launch is set for September 20th, 2015. The UNITED Church team believes that because of the work of UNITED Church and the impact that it will have on a city and a state that Delaware will never be the same! 

If you have any ideas that you feel may be helpful, words of encouragement or wisdom or if you have strategic relationships in the Dover area that you feel would be beneficial to the process of starting UNITED Church please send an email to, it would be greatly appreciated!

Would you like to partner with UNITED Church? There are a couple ways that you can partner with the new church - through prayer or through financial support. There is limitless power in prayer and unless God goes before us our efforts will be futile. It is impossible to out-give God. Would you consider giving a one-time gift or becoming one of our Vision Partners? You can go to for more information.


District credentialed personel now have the option of submitting their Annual Service Report through the Pastor Portal. To access the report:
  • Log into the Pastor Portal 
  • Go to your the personal home page
  • Click on the ASR button at the top of the page to begin the report
  • The Annual Service Report must be completed in one sitting 
  • At the end of the ASR check the box to enter your electronic signature


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

  1. Easter attendance and number of conversions are due to Pastor Stan on Monday, April 6, 2015. Email to 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.


The General Board of The Wesleyan Church strongly encourages all Wesleyan churches in the United States and Canada to implement a Child Protection policy that would provide for training and safety procedures for children and children’s workers in Wesleyan churches. In order to make the implementation of this motion as accessible as possible for local churches, the following two steps have been taken:
  1. First, The Wesleyan Church has negotiated with Protect My Ministry to provide state and national background checks for volunteers who sign up to be screened in your local churches.  Protect My Ministry also provides free Child Safety Training resources that makes the task of training volunteers much easier for any local church.  A webpage has been set up at that is dedicated to Wesleyan churches for information, registration, and ongoing use.  
  2. Secondly, with the help of legal counsel a Child Protection Guidelines document for use by Wesleyan churches has been created. These Guidelines, (found here), contain all the key elements needed for the local church to fashion its own policy. These Guidelines are a template only and do not constitute a policy until personalized and adopted by the local church or organization. Since child protection laws differ by state, legal counsel in the State your church resides should be consulted for final approval on the terms, the reporting requirements, and background checks required within the policy your church adopts.  


The IGNITE Network is stronger than ever and continuing to gain momentum in the Chesapeake District! IGNITE Camp 2015 is shaping up to be the greatest year of camp ever! 

The dates for IGNITE Camp this year are as follows:
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL - July 6-11
  • HIGH SCHOOL - July 13-18
Zach Childress will be the main speaker for our middle school camp. Zach is the Student Pastor at Freedom Church in Acworth, Georgia and lives to see students take their spiritual lives to the next level. The band Capital Kings will be bringing the energy and performing in concert during the middle school camp. For high school camp Poncho Lowder returns to camp from City Bible Church in Portland, Oregon. He is a communicator who, through his sermons and presence, challenges people to desire Christ more. Entertainment for high school camp will be provided by hip-hop artists Social Club and Canon. The UNI+ED Band will be back again to lead students in both fun and intimate times of worship.

Head over to if you want more information or to request IGNITE Camp booklets or registration cards.


In a world where sin, doubt and fear abound . . . WE NEED A HERO and His name is Jesus!  Based on Philippians 2:9-11, Kids Camp 2015 will explore the person of Jesus Christ and His power in kids' lives to overcome the obstacles of faith. Registration is for children going into the second grade through the sixth grade. Click HERE for more information and for a Kids Camp 2015 Registration Form


Pastors invest their lives every day helping others through tough times. But when they or their families go through difficult times where do they turn? The Wesleyan Church is excited and privileged to announce a confidential, toll-free pastoral care number for all Wesleyan clergy and their families in North America: 1.877.REV.CARE

Education & Clergy Development is privileged to be partnering with EMERGE Counseling Services for this initiative. EMERGE has been offering quality care and counseling to clergy and their families for over 40 years. They especially understand pastors and their families and stand ready to assist them with emotional, relational, and spiritual care. This number is available to call now. Here are some answers to important questions you may have:

1. Who can call this number? Any pastor, spouse, or child of a minister in The Wesleyan Church in both the U.S. and Canada. Please make sure your spouse and children know they can call this number. 

2. Is it confidential? Yes. One of the main reasons this number goes to a trusted third-party caregiver is to help guarantee confidentiality. No personal identifiers are collected or maintained. 

3. Is it REALLY confidential? Absolutely. NO ONE in The Wesleyan Church will know who calls this number. No names or personal identifiers are recorded. 

4. Is there a cost to you? There is no charge. REVCARE is a toll-free number. Our division and other ministry partners are covering the costs of this service. 

5. Is this number only for a crisis? No. It is actually intended to be a crisis prevention number. Clearly if you are in a personal crisis please call. But we hope you will call any time you are struggling and would like some help. 

6. What are the reasons I might call? You may call for any issue of personal concern: stress, moral struggles, depression, conflict issues, relational problems, or anything else you feel is a need.

7. When can I call? The REVCARE line is open Monday-Friday between 11:00am and 5:00pm EST. If you call at other times you will hear a message but you will not be able to leave a message. To ensure confidentiality, EMERGE Counseling Services will not return calls from voicemail. 

8. What can I expect when I call? First of all a warm, wise and friendly voice. The caregiver will ask you what you would like to talk about. The caregiver will help you with any issue you choose to discuss. You can also call back more than once. 

9. What if I would like face-to-face or ongoing care?  If you would like face-to-face interaction or ongoing care, the caregiver will help you identify a skilled, licensed, and trusted counselor or other appropriate caregiver in your region. We are continually working to build this trusted network of counselors throughout North America. 

10. Why should I call? God cares about you more than your ministry. In everyone's life and ministry there are relationships, seasons, and episodes which can be very difficult and even damaging to you, your family, and your ministry. However, for clergy the personal and professional stakes of confession or revelation of certain struggles can deter ministers from reaching out early and often for appropriate care and/or counseling. If we do not have a source of care that we can trust completely, those issues will remain unresolved and a drain on our joy, health, and ministry. In some cases they may wreak havoc on our lives, our loved ones, and those to whom we minister. Secrecy and isolation exacerbate all problems large or small. Having a completely confidential third-party source for clergy care and counseling is a first step toward banishing them from our lives and maintaining our well-being and effectiveness.

The Wesleyan Church is deeply committed to the well-being of pastors and their families. We hope this number will help us all be healthy, fit, and effective so we may continue to experience God's gift of abundant life and share the gospel with our churches and communities.

 We all know there are times when we should turn somewhere for help. When those times come, 1.877.REV.CARE is there for you. Please feel free to call. 


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 


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 or like Follow2015 on Facebook.  


Please mark your calendars with the following important dates:


DBMD Meeting
April 14, 7:00 pm
Building Committee Meeting
May 02, 9:00 am
DBMD Meeting
May 9, 9:00 am
DBA Meeting
May 19, 9:00 am
Kids Camp
June 22-26
June 29
IGNITE Middle School Camp
July 6-11
IGNITE High School Camp
July 13-18
Denton Family Camp
July 24 - August 2



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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