The Chesapeake Connection :: August 2015 :: Go + Make Discipleship Training & Generous Church Conference; Camp Reports; Protect My Ministry; Other District Information


November 7, Go + Make and Generous Church Event 

Don't Miss It!

Saturday, November 7th is the date set for GO + MAKE  a one-day, holistic, all-church discipleship training event for local church leaders plus a Generous Church Training event for lead pastors and spouses. Both events will be hosted by Calvary Wesleyan Church in Harrington, Delaware for the Chesapeake District and will run from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Don’t miss this day of training and learning. These events are a great opportunity for you and your church congregants to be challenged and energized by our denominational leaders.

Presenters include: Rev. Jeremy Summers, Director of Spiritual Formation, previous to his current appointment, he served three Wesleyan churches in Indiana and Illinois. He has also studied at Indiana Wesleyan University, Asbury Theological Seminary, and currently at Fuller Theological Seminary. Jeremy is also the author of Awakening Grace: Spiritual Practices to Transform Your Soul, the Merge Discipleship Series, and The Way Forward. Rev. Scott Simmons, Director of Youth Ministries for the Wesleyan denomination, has served in youth ministry for over 18 years. He is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church and a graduate of Bethany Bible College and Indiana Wesleyan University. Scott is committed to the Wesleyan youth movement, being involved with youth camps, student and adult leadership development and the Wesleyan youth conventions. Rev. Kathy George, Director of Children’s Ministries for the Wesleyan denomination, has been a children’s ministry director for 28 years. She served at First Wesleyan Church in Chilllicothe, Ohio for 9 years, and is currently in her 19th year at Cypress Wesleyan in Columbus, Ohio. During her time at Cypress, she has seen the children’s ministry grow from 200 to over 1,000 participants. She loves sharing her passion for Children’s Ministries through her position in The Wesleyan Church.

The Generous Church Training for lead pastors and their spouses will be presented by The Generous Church Organization. Andy Stanley, Senior Pastor, North Point Community Church, Alpharetta, Georgia say of this event, “The GenerousChurch team are partners to churches striving to create cultures of generosity by reaching every steward. Creating culture starts with the leaders, and the team brings the vision, strategies, and tools to equip church leaders for this important yet challenging task."

Click HERE to register either individually or as a group.

Update on Local Church United Stewardship Fund and District Assessment Payment Options

Local churches now receive an invoice the first of each month for the payment of the combined United Stewardship Fund and District Assessment. The invoice is delivered via email to the local church treasurer and pastor listed on the Wesleyan portal.  The payment is due the 20th of each month, and three payment options are available to churches:
  • payment via online bank transfer using information on the invoice—no additional charge
  • payment via credit or debit card using information on the invoice—no additional charge
  • payment via surface mail to Chesapeake District Office, 301 Kent Road, Glen Burnie, MD 21060
All assessment payments are distributed by the district treasurer to three funds:
  • United Stewardship General Fund, 25.6%
  • United Stewardship Education Institutions Fund, 30.2%
  • District Operating Fund, 44.2%
Questions may be directed to the district office at or call 410.571.9235.

Jesus is our HERO - Kids Camp 2015 Report

Throughout the week long encampment at Denton Wesleyan Camp, the mission of Chesapeake District Kids Camp 2015 was to introduce children to Jesus as their HERO: He is HolyExalted, our Rescuer, and Omnipotent. Through the Superhero theme, children came to understand these characteristics of Jesus and many put their trust in Him.

A visit by some well-known superhero characters - Superman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, and Captain America - added a surprise to the week. Campers also enjoyed playing games of tug of war and dodge ball against them. Every Superhero story has a villain and Kids Camp was no different. The Dark Shadow of Shame appeared on the scene which gave opportunity for children to understand that the enemy, the devil, wants them to live under the dark shadow of shame; however, through Hero Jesus they can be rescued from this villain in their lives. Victorious lives can be lived through Jesus! This is the message children should understand from a young age and Kids Camp 2015 gave great opportunity to share this message loud and clear. 

IGNITE CAMPS - "An Amazing Experience!"

IGNITE Camp 2015 was truly an amazing experience! The first week kicked off with 135 middle school campers, 12 high school interns and a staff of around 50 adults. The UNITED Church Worship Band, from Dover, Delaware led in worship. Anointed messages were given in the morning from Drew Fryder – Student Pastor of The Uprising Church in Hebron, Maryland and evening messages by Zach Childress – Student Pastor at Freedom Church in Acworth, GA. These middle school students came to experience God and that is exactly what they did. It was a beautiful sight to see them have fun during the day at all their activities but even more to see them experience a living God. They were not shy at all in being open to the Holy Spirit and allowing God to speak into their lives. 
Week 2 of IGNITE, high school week, was incredible as well and 160 campers along with about 60 staff attended. Again the UNITED Church Worship Band led the camp to the throne of Grace! Morning messages came from an IGNITE Alumni Nick MacDonald – Student Pastor at New Hope Church in Durham, North Carolina and evening massages came from Poncho Lowder who is currently preparing to plant the first American Planetshakers Church in Austin, Texas. Many of high school students have grown up in IGNITE and it was awesome to see their depth of maturity and to see them grasp the Gospel the way they do! They came ready to compete in the team comps and to get their Jesus on in our sessions.

Overall it was an amazing year of IGNITE Camp! The staff was unbelievable and the students held nothing back. The leaders and teens look forward to getting together again October 17 in Dover, Delaware for IGNITE’s OneDay Conference [more info to come] and also Follow 2015 the International Wesleyan Youth Conference, December 28-31, 2015. For more information follow IGNITE on Facebook at IGNITE Network or keep up with IGNITE at webpage

Big Kids Leadership Conference 2015

Join other Chesapeake District children’s ministry leaders and volunteers who serve in children’s ministry for a fun and resourceful, networking opportunity called the Big Kid Leadership Conference on October 1-3 at Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton Darby Creek Rd. Galloway, Ohio 43119. Speaker Dale Hudson has been in children's ministry for more than 25 years. He directs the children's ministry at Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach, Florida. Dale has co-authored five books, including 100 Best Ideas to Turbocharge Your Children's Ministry. He's a leadership columnist for Children's Ministry Magazine and his daily blog, Relevant Children's Ministry, inspires and encourages leaders and especially those working with children. 

Rates for the Big Kids Conference are based on the number of people per room. Cost covers event registration and two nights lodging. Lodging is provided the nights of Thursday, October 1 and Friday, October 2, 2015  at the Holiday Inn Columbus - Hilliard, 5495 Maxwell Place, Columbus, OH 43228. Check-out will be 11 am on Saturday, October 3. 
  • Quad: $115 per person
  • Triple: $130 per person
  • Double: $160 per person
  • Single: $250 per person
  • Event only (no hotel): $70
Registration deadline is August 28, 2015. Click HERE for more information and to register. 

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

GROWTH POINTS with Gary McIntosh

"If a lack of financial resources seems to be a regular condition in your church, chances are good that you don't have a financial problem . . . you have a vision problem."  In this issue of Growth Points, Dr. McIntosh explores the vital link between vision and money and provides ways to improve vision casting within the local church. To learn more download a copy of the July 2015 edition of Growth Points by clicking HERE


FOLLOW 2015 International Wesleyan Youth Conference is coming to the Indianapolis Convention Center 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
September 8
September 15, 9:00 am
Ordination at Laurel Wesleyan
October 18, 6:00 pm
Go + Make & Generous Church Harrington Calvary
November 7, 9 am - 3:30 pm
DBMD Meeting
November 10
DBA Meeting
November 17, 9:00 am
December 28-31, 2015
DBMD Meeting
January 12
DBA Meeting
January 26, 9:00 am



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