The congregation reflected on its roots and looked to the future during a two-day anniversary celebration.
Chesapeake Conference churches added 545 new members in 2022 through baptism or profession of faith.
Chesapeake Conference experienced significant membership growth in 2022, with 545 new members joining conference churches through baptism or profession of faith (POF) last year. The total represents the highest annual number of baptisms/POFs in the conference since 2017 and brings the overall conference membership to 17,681.
“Praise the Lord for each precious soul who in 2022 accepted the invitation of Jesus to join His Church and entered the fellowship of Chesapeake Conference!” said Jerry Lutz, Chesapeake Conference president. “This good news is directly related to churches that are committed to personal and public evangelism and community outreach initiatives. It is evidence of the Holy Spirit working through His people.”
The conference placed significant emphasis on proclamation and outreach in 2022, with many churches participating in conference-wide evangelistic initiatives last fall. REACH Chesapeake 2022 provided churches interested in holding public meetings with sermon materials developed by the Evangelism and Church Growth department and access to promotional packages at a subsidized rate. The Hispanic Ministries department assisted Spanish-speaking congregations in developing a year-round cycle of evangelism centered on small groups and week-long evangelistic meetings held strategically throughout the year.
Hispanic churches in the conference celebrated 292 baptisms/POFs in 2022. The Frederick (Md.) Spanish church led the way with 40 baptisms/POFs, followed by the Baltimore Spanish church with 27 and the Chesapeake Georgetown (Md.) Spanish group with 21.
Among English-speaking congregations, the Westminster (Md.) church added 20 new members through baptism/POF, followed by the Spencerville (Md.) church with 19 and the Hagerstown (Md.) church with 17.
“We join the heavenly hosts in rejoicing with joy for each soul the Lord has brought into the Chesapeake family!” said Andre Hastick, Chesapeake Conference executive secretary. “While we may marvel at the total number of baptisms/professions of faith for the year, it’s important to remember that the cumulative number, when broken down one-by-one, represents singular individuals who have surrendered their life to Jesus.”