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Chesapeake Conference Emphasizes Spiritual Partnerships at Teacher-Pastor Meeting

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The training day marked the first time all the conference’s pastors and teachers have met in person since the pandemic started.

Chesapeake Conference held a day of training on Tuesday for all of the conference’s teachers and pastors. The training, held on the threshold of the new school year, emphasized the importance of personal spirituality and focused on strengthening partnerships between churches and schools.

Jerry Lutz, Chesapeake Conference president, delivered the morning devotional and challenged the conference’s teachers and pastors to use their influence wisely. “You are an influencer, so do your best, but don’t do it on your own.” He added, “Keep your eyes on Jesus.”

A seminar on church and school safety was presented by Michael France, who serves as the director of emergency management, environment of care, and life safety for the Maryland Department of Health at Western Maryland Hospital Center. France shared how teachers and pastors can create safety and emergency plans for their contexts.

Shane Anderson, senior pastor of Potomac Conference’s New Market (Va.) church and author of “How to Kill Adventist Education and How to Give It a Fighting Chance,” addressed attendees on “The Power of a Spiritual Partnership.”

Tuesday marked the first time the conference has held an in-person meeting for all the conference’s teachers and pastors since before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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