Chesapeake Conference churches added 545 new members in 2022 through baptism or profession of faith.
The training is part of the conference’s initiative to plant 35 new churches by 2025.
Chesapeake Conference began another round of ACTS (Assess Coach Train Send) church planting training modules last week.
Fifteen pastors and lay leaders participated in the first of four training modules scheduled for 2022 at the conference headquarters in Columbia, Md., from March 22-23. The 2022 cohort will be the second conference cohort to go through the ACTS program.
The training is part of the conference’s ongoing “35 by 25” initiative, which aims to plant 35 new churches by 2025. Participation in ACTS is “invite-only,” and participants must be actively involved in planting a church.
The two-day training featured presentations from Tim Madding, associate director at the North American Division Evangelism Institute, and Steve Leddy and Neil Chelliah from the Potomac Conference. Several Chesapeake Conference pastors currently involved in church planting also shared testimonies.
“It’s exciting to see ACTS resulting in real church plants,” says David Klinedinst, Chesapeake Conference evangelism and church growth director. “I’m glad we can provide a practical way to help our ’35 by 25′ strategy become a reality by providing a structure where a small cohort of committed leaders can be intensely trained. They make it possible.”