The Chesapeake Connection :: July 2016 :: 2016 Vision 2020 Report; Retaining High Capacity Volunteers; New Community Playground at Keymar Wesleyan; IGNITE Camps; Family Camp; District News and Upcoming Events

2016 VISION 2020: Multiplying People, Services, and Congregations

From the enthusiastic greeting at the front door, to the energized worship, powerful reports, insightful breakouts and closing charge it was quite apparent that 2016 Vision 2020 would be like no other district conference. Hosted by the New Life La Plata Church, delegates and attendees were treated as distinguished guests, enjoying a seemingly endless supply of fresh fruits, pastries and sandwiches, while being intimately seated at round tables in the main sanctuary which served as the conference hall. Conference host, Bryan Sells, assistant pastor at Healing Place Church in Waldorf, Maryland, kept everyone on their toes as he added a measure of humor to the conference, including putting bunny ears on breakout session leaders to emphasize the “multiplying” theme of the conference.

“Multiplying People, Services and Congregations” was experienced and expressed in every aspect of the conference. An opening video, featuring District Superintendent, Rev. Stanley Hoover, emphasized the importance of making more disciples by reflecting on the recruitment of Jesus’ very first disciples by the water’s edge to become fishers of men. Click here to view video. After initial business, five breakout sessions continued the theme with particular focus on newcomer integration, developing leaders, and multiplying services and congregations. 

Following lunch, newly elected General Superintendent Dr. Wayne Schmidt challenged conference delegates and attendees to join him in “50 Days of Focused Prayer” to become more intentional about making disciples, being witnesses, and making the most of every opportunity to represent Jesus in this present age. Click here to download prayer card. In the District Superintendent’s report, Pastor Stan highlighted how local churches in the Chesapeake District are fulfilling Christ’s missions to make more disciples through creativity, generosity, and multiplication. And Rev. Michael Rogalski, lead pastor of Lifepoint Church in Waldorf, Maryland, challenged pastors and lay members alike to surrender themselves to the God who is “for you, with you, and in you” and discover that the Church is unstoppable when God is in charge. 

At the close of conference, delegates were asked “What is the first action you will take to cast your net?” and then invited to place their answers in the nets located at the front of the auditorium. This is the “Year of Multiplication.” What will you and your church do to make more disciples for Jesus Christ? ~Pastor Doug Morley

Keymar Wesleyan Blesses Community with a New Playground

Recently Keymar Wesleyan Church (KWC) was given a fantastic gift not only for the children of their church but also the children of the community. Due to the generous donation and planning of the DeGroft family in the Keymar Church a new playground was built. 

When the Keymar Wesleyan Church was being organized Homer DeGroft was a teenager and Pastor Paul Taylor took Homer under his wing and mentored him. Several years later Homer married Naomi in the old church building by the Keymar Railroad. God blessed these parents with six children who were raised in the Keymar Church and involved in all of the children’s programs and more. Sisters Barbara Foster, Marlene Adkins and Deanna Mikesell married their sweethearts that they met in the KWC church family. They raised their children David and Sherrie Dodson, Amy and Dana Adkins, Jonathan and Benjamin Mikesell in the church.

When the family estate was settled following the death of Naomi, the sisters decided to invest some of their inheritance in a project for the church and Keymar community. Their mom and dad loved kids – after all they had six. Their mom worked with children in the church. Following their mom’s example - Barb, Marlene and Deanna served in many ways with children and youth – teaching Sunday school, vacation Bible school, CYC, Clubhouse, youth programs, dramas and the list goes on. It was a natural to make the DeGroft Memorial Playground a project that would benefit children of the church family and Keymar community.

The church is so thankful to finally have a playground that reaches out to the Keymar community! The Grand Opening night of the playground was well attended and the kids are already enjoying the play area. ~Pastor Jade Rogers  

6 Reasons You're Losing High Capacity Volunteers
Carey Nieuwhof

My guess is you could use a few more high capacity volunteers. You know—the kind of volunteer who: 
  • Can attract other capable leaders
  • Doesn’t drop balls
  • Loves a challenge
  • Constantly overperforms
I mean, who doesn’t want more of those people on their team?

But today in many churches, and in many not-for-profits, staff leaders are wondering where the high capacity leaders have gone.The paradox is they’re probably in your organization. They might be attending, and some are helping to fund it. But so many aren’t serving, and even if they step up, far too many high capacity people walk away way too soon. Why? 

6 Reasons You’re Losing High Capacity Volunteers
  1. The challenge isn’t big enough
  2. Your vision, mission and strategy are fuzzy
  3. You’re disorganized
  4. You let people off the hook too easily
  5. You’re not giving them enough personal attention
  6. You don’t have enough other high capacity volunteers around them
Click here to access the entire article and learn more about recruiting and retaining high capacity volunteers!


Rev. M. Scott Conn is the Senior Pastor of Laurel Wesleyan Church  (LWC) in Laurel, Delaware. Scott has been fulfilling this calling since September of 2014. Scott is a 1989 graduate of United Wesleyan College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral/Youth Ministry. Upon graduating college, Scott was led to take a senior pastoral position in Kent County, Delaware, where he pastored for eight years. At the conclusion of those years, the Lord led Scott to become an evangelist, and he devoted himself to full-time evangelistic work from 1997-2014. Scott traveled many places as an evangelist and held many revivals and various other services during this time. In June of 2014, Scott felt a strong call back into pastoral ministry specifically at LWC.  

Scott is excited about fulfilling the mission of Laurel Wesleyan Church to “Find, Follow, and Go.” Scott can testify to God being faithful in his daily walk, and he looks toward the future knowing God will continue to guide his path as he leads the congregation of LWC.  

Scott and his wife Jackie celebrated 33 years of marriage in June. Scott and Jackie have four adult daughters: Irene, Jessica, Dianna, and Sarah. Their daughters are married and raising families of their own to love and serve the Lord. Currently, they have six grandchildren. Jackie has been a helper and support system to Scott in all of his ministry endeavors. She is devoted to her walk with the Lord and comes alongside Scott wherever the Lord calls him. Jackie previously taught at Wesleyan Christian School in Denton for 14 years as a kindergarten teacher. Currently, she substitutes teaches, helps Scott with ministry, and watches her grandchildren. In their spare time, Scott and Jackie enjoy spending time at the beach and camping. 


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!

SOUL WARS: Our Faith Awakens
Chesapeake Kids Camp 2016

Over 200 children gathered at Denton Wesleyan Campground on June 20-24 to enlist with the Light, Jesus Christ in the ongoing battle against the dark side during Kids Camp 2016. Many made the decision to follow Jesus and as "J-Di" (Jesus' Disciples) to overcome the dark side by letting their lights so shine brightly in this dark world.  Click here to view a video highlight of Kids Camp 2016 and go to the Chesapeake District Kid's Camp Facebook page to view more videos and pictures from Kids Camp 2016. 

Dr. Gary McIntosh

Fellowship has been an important part of Christian gatherings from the beginning. Acts 2 tells us that the early believers "devoted themselves to . . . fellowship" among other things. Effective churches continue to encourage and prioritize fellowship, and so, this month's Growth Points asks the question: "do you have enough fellowship space?" It also provides helpful instruction on both the importance of such spaces as well as ideas to create additional space for fellowship. Click here to download a 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: 
  • 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:


IGNITE Middle School Camp
July 11-16, 2016
IGNITE High School Camp
July 18-23, 2016
Denton Family Camp
July 29-August 7, 2016
DBMD Meeting
September 13
DBA Meeting
September 20, 9:00 am
Celebration of Ministry
October 30, 6:00 pm
DBMD Meeting
November 8
DBA Meeting
November 15, 9:00 am
DBMD Meeting
January 10, 2017



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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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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