The Chesapeake Connection :: October 2016 :: UNITED Church Moves to Dover High School; LifePoint Church Vision Sunday; Financial Best Practices Training; Celebration of Ministry; Other District News and Events

UNITED Church Moves to Dover High School

God has moved in miraculous ways in one year at UNITED Church, but one of the greatest miracles is our new home at Dover High! This move truly positions us to love Delaware until their heart beats like His. 
Our new home is new to the community, too, and gives us much more room to grow and welcome those who are far from God that we’re seeing become UNITED with Christ. More space also means more room for our UNITED Kids! Each age group has individual areas where we can truly teach them Jesus on their level. Our increased worship space gives our band and production team even more ways to express their giftings and create a welcoming, fun and life-giving atmosphere. Finally, with more than 900 seats in the auditorium, many more are able to call UNITED Church their home.

We are so excited about our new home, but we are most excited about an even greater opportunity to Love Delaware! 

LifePoint Church Vision Sunday

It’s easy to drift. We’ve all done it. But when we realize that God has created us ON PURPOSE with purpose for a purpose, we stop drifting. We begin to live life on purpose. That’s exactly what LifePointers rallied around on Sunday, September 25th in Waldorf, Maryland. By focusing in on Ephesians 2:10 and Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14-20, LifePointers were encouraged towards focused prayer, intentional invitations, and expanding expectations. Through celebrating changed lives through baptism during Vision Sunday, the party continued on the campus with a Fall Festival for the community. It was great to build unity, enjoy our diversity, and celebrate all that God had done, is doing, and all that He has yet to do in us an through us as we live ON PURPOSE for Him! 
~LifePoint Church in Waldorf, Maryland

Financial Best Practices Training

Chesapeake District is hosting two days of financial best practices for pastors, treasurers, and church leaders.  Gayle Rietmulder, district treasurer, and Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer of World Hope International, will explore internal controls, financial reporting, budgets, audits, and best practices for churches of all sizes. 

Two dates are available 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.:

World Hope's 5&2 Challenge!

This November, World Hope International would like to invite your church to engage in the 5&2 Challenge! Taking cues from Jesus’ miracle with the five loaves and two fish and believing that God can do an awful lot with just a little, the 5&2 Challenge is an opportunity to make a powerful difference is the lives of children by collecting your small change. More than 500 children in Sierra Leone, Haiti and the Philippines are hoping and praying for an opportunity to continue school or to step into a classroom for the very first time. Your church’s collective small change invested in World Hope’s Child Sponsorship program can make this happen and result in the miracle of transformed lives.

To make this challenge as easy as possible for your church to participate World Hope has developed some resources and incentives to help equip and motivate everyone – from preschoolers to retirees – to dive into this life-changing mission. Check out all of the user-friendly resources on the 5&2 Challenge website and be sure to register your church today!

Celebration of Ministry

Dr. Wayne Schmidt, General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church, will be the keynote speaker for the Chesapeake District Celebration of Ministry. The event will be held at LifePoint Church, 10395 Berry Road, Waldorf, Maryland, on Sunday, October 30 beginning at 6:00 pm.  Please plan to attend this exciting event to ordain four of our ministers and celebrate milestones of longer-term pastors.

Getting to Know Our District Pastors

Jeff Phillips serves as Pastor of Crossroads Community Church in Hurlock, Maryland. Born in Hornell, New York, Jeff’s family moved to Sharptown, Maryland when he was seventeen. He finished his senior year at Mardela High School in Mardela Springs, Maryland. It was here that he met his lovely wife Karen. They have been married for 26 years and have two beautiful daughters, Isabella (20) and Miranda (16). After graduating from high school, Jeff worked a year with his step-father on a bridge project in Sharptown. Following in his step-father’s footsteps, Jeff studied to become a civil engineer. After graduating from college, Jeff began building bridges in Washington, DC; Annapolis, Maryland; and Richmond, Virginia.

In 2001, however, God had other bridges He wanted Jeff to build. While attending a worship service at Mardela Wesleyan Church, Jeff gave his life to Christ. Not being raised in the church nor ever attending church unless it was a wedding, Jeff was amazed by how God’s love and grace so dramatically changed his life. Reflecting on that day, Jeff writes: “I will never forget that day for as long as I live, and I am still in awe of God’s love!”Jeff’s call into ministry followed closely on the heels of his conversion. Though he admits that this call brought him way outside of his comfort zone, his love for God and his commitment to the mission of building bridges between God and others has enabled him to follow whenever and wherever God calls. Jeff is so thankful for those who have encouraged him along the way, especially his FLAME instructors and classmates. “Without FLAME,” he writes, “I would probably not have been able to fulfill God’s calling.”

“The joy’s in my life,” Jeff continues, “are times when I see someone experience God, a time in prayer where I feel His presence, a long walk with my daughter Miranda, a coffee date with my daughter Isabella, and watching a movie with my wife. I enjoy reading, playing the bass, sporting clay shooting, car shows, and vacations. Jeff is looking forward to seeing God’s plan unfold for his life, his family, and for his brothers and sisters in Christ at Crossroads Community and throughout The Wesleyan Church.

Pastor and Spouse Gathering

The 2017 Pastor and Spouse Gathering for ministerial students, licensed ministers, and pastors will be held again at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland on February 26-28, 2017. The Gathering will kick off on Sunday, February 26 at 7:00pm with a fun evening that attendees will not want to miss and concludes before lunch on Tuesday, February 28. Hotel check-in begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 26 and concludes before lunch on Tuesday, February 28.

The event speakers are Reverend Tom and Dr. Lisa Harding MD, pastor and spouse from the Alive Wesleyan Church in Central, South Carolina. Tom and Lisa Harding have been married for 28 years and are the proud parents of three beautiful children: Rachel (18), Sarah (16), and Thomas (12).  Lisa works as a physician and Tom is the Senior Pastor of ALIVE Wesleyan Church where he and Lisa have served for the past 12 years.  ALIVE Wesleyan is a body of believers united in its mission to reach spiritually hungry people and introduce them to a personal relationship with Jesus and an active role in Christian community. Tom graduated from Southern Wesleyan University with a double major in Christian Ministries and Bible and a minor in Youth Ministries. Tom attended Asbury Theological Seminary where he received his master’s degree while Lisa received her medical training at the University of Kentucky.  Tom’s personal mission is to live, love and lead like Christ. His passion is reclaiming the local church as the transforming hope for the world by making church culturally current and Biblically true. Tom is deeply motivated by his God-given desire to see steady streams of freshly redeemed lives pouring into houses of worship across the nation and the world. Click here for the registration form

Denton Camp Hosts Beautifully Brave Girlfriends Getaway

Denton Camp is hosting Beautifully Brave Girlfriends Getaway on November 11-12, 2016. Open to ladies 9th grade and up, the weekend will focus on the importance of having a personal prayer strategy. Inspired by the study “Armor of God” by Priscilla Schirer, Pastors Jennifer Legacy and Marilyn Searcey will guide participants through the process of becoming "Beautifully Brave."  Anna and Jarad Morton will lead worship again this year. 

The event begins with a 6:00 pm dinner on Friday, November 11th and ends with closing worship/session on Saturday evening, November 12, at 7:00 pm. Pre-registration is only $99 if received by Sept 30th. After Sept 30 the cost is $125, which includes food and lodging. For more information and to register go to 

Dr. Gary McIntosh

As local churches grow, hiring additional pastoral staff becomes a necessity. So how should a church go about the process of seeking out and hiring additional staff members? Dr. Gary McIntosh answers that question in the September 2016 issue of Growth Points entitled: The "C Process" of Staffing, where he outlines eleven critical "C's" in the hiring process including Call, Character and Competence. Click HERE to download the September 2016 issue of Growth Points.


FLAME provides classes for credentialing in The Wesleyan church in an onsite, intensive setting. Each class lasts 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: 
  • 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:


Celebration of Ministry
October 30, 6:00 pm
Building Committee Meeting
November 5, 2016
DBMD Meeting
November 8, 2016
DBA Meeting
November 15, 9:00 am
DBMD Meeting
January 10, 2017
DBA Meeting
January 17, 9:00 am
Pastor and Spouse Gathering
February 26-28, 2017
DBMD Meeting
March 14, 2017
DBA Meeting
March 21, 9:00 am



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