The Chesapeake Connection :: September 2016 :: Financial Best Practices Training; Celebration of Ministry; EDIFY - Small & Rural Church Pastor's Conference; Pastors and Spouses Retreat; Other District News and Upcoming Events

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.:

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.


Mike Hilson is the Senior Pastor of New Life Church in La Plata, Maryland. Starting out in 1999 with a congregation of less than 100 attendees, New Life Church has grown tremendously under his leadership multiplying into several churches and video venues in the DC Metro Area with more than 5,000 in regular attendance. In addition, the church has had a significant presence in local and international relief work.

Mike and his wife, Tina, celebrated 28 years of marriage in July. Tina works for the church in Leadership and Staff Development. They have three sons, Robert, Stephen, and Joshua, who have taken this journey of ministry with them. Robert and Joshua work for the church as the senior high Youth Pastor and Worship Leader, respectively. Stephen graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in April and is currently employed as an elementary school Music Teacher in Indiana. The Hilson family celebrated Robert’s marriage to Amanda in June. 

Mike enjoys fishing and traveling. His favorite food is pizza, but he and Tina both like experiencing new foods, cooking Korean at home, and finding good new restaurants.  Mike and his family consistently root for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tarheels for basketball, the Carolina Panthers for NFL, and the Clemson University Tigers for college football.  God has blessed Mike with a wife who also loves watching these sports.

Mike admires JoAnn Lyon who changed the world, Wayne Schmidt who changed the way we do church by teaching us church multiplication as well as church growth, and Harry Wood who changed the way we saw ourselves. Winston Churchill’s fortitude to do the right thing in good times and bad and the Bush family’s positive impact upon multiple generations of Americans both serve as an inspiration to him. Coaches like Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys and Dean Smith of UNC Tarheel Basketball capture his attention with their perfect balance of tenacity, intensity, composure and class.

Mike currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Southern Wesleyan University, and he was recently elected to the General Board of Administration of the Wesleyan Church. Mike has written several books for the New Life congregation. They are available on Amazon and include: Napkin Theology, Speak Life, A Significant Impact for Christ, Coffee with the Pastor – the book of James, Coffee with the Pastor – The Chase: King David’s Pursuit of the Heart of God, and Coffee with the Pastor – Walking in the Light: I, II, III John.

Pastor and Spouse Gathering

Save the date! 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. Note the event begins at 7:00 pm, Sunday evening with hotel registration beginning any time after lunch on February 26 and concludes before lunch on Tuesday, February 28. Our event speakers are Tom and Lisa Harding, pastor and spouse from the Alive Wesleyan Church in Central, South Carolina.

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:

Denton Camp Sponsors EDIFY

Small Rural Pastors Conference

Denton Camp is sponsoring Edify, a conference for pastors of small and rural churches, on September 28 through 30. Registration begins on Wednesday, September 28 at 5pm and concludes on Friday after a final 11am closing program. The keynote speaker, Karl Vaters, is the author of The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking that Divides Us. Vaters is pastor of a congregation in Southern California. The cost of this conference, including all 5 meals is affordable at $139. Go to to register and choose your lodging option. Click here to read more info from the conference director, Rev. Marilyn Searcy.

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

Faithful Christians are committed to the Great Commission and are focused on making disciples for Christ. But what is a disciple and what does discipleship look like?

In the August 2016 issue of Growth Points, Dr. Gary McIntosh lists eight components of discipleship and exhorts followers of Christ to be actively engaged in the process. Dr. McIntosh encourages believers to involve potential disciples in service because "discipleship takes place predomininately in the doing of ministry together, not in the classroom."  

Click here to download a copy of the August 2016 issue of Growth Points and start making more disciples for Christ 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.  

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 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: 
  • 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:


Building Committee Meeting
September 10, 2016
DBMD Meeting
September 13, 2016
DBA Meeting
September 20, 9:00 am
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
September 17, 9:00 am



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By District Conference 2020, the Chesapeake District will reach 20,000 new converts and will average 20,000 in primary worship attendance.

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