Over 200 attended Chesapeake Conference's annual convention for children's and youth ministries leaders from Sept. 8-10.
The Pastors Evangelists BootCamp and Propel Conference were held in May.
Several Chesapeake Conference pastors and lay ministry leaders recently attended two major evangelism conferences, joining fellow Adventist pastors, evangelists, and lay leaders from across the North American Division in a united commitment to church growth and community engagement.
The first event, the Pastor Evangelists BootCamp, took place from May 1-4 at Camp Kulaqua in Florida. Sponsored by the North American Division Ministerial Department, the boot camp offered multiple curriculum tracks focused on various aspects of evangelistic work.
Following the boot camp, a second group of Chesapeake Conference pastors attended the inaugural Propel Conference, held from May 7-10 in Vancouver, Washington. This conference emphasized community outreach and included workshops, keynote presentations, and networking opportunities.
Javier Scharon, pastor of the Dover First and Forest Grove churches in Dover, Delaware, expressed gratitude for being able to attend the Propel Conference. “The powerful messages delivered by the guest speakers helped me recharge and regain energy for the ministerial marathon ahead, and the workshops I attended showed me new and innovative ways to approach evangelism today,” he said.
Both evangelism conferences allowed Chesapeake Conference attendees to network with colleagues, share their experiences, and gain insights from some of the foremost evangelism and church growth experts within the North American Division about innovative strategies for community engagement.
David Klinedinst, the Evangelism and Church Growth director for the Chesapeake Conference, emphasized the practical benefits of the knowledge acquired at these events. “All the presenters were practitioners who are actually doing these things,” he said. “I think once you’re ministering in the field, these classes become much more valuable because now you’re able to put it in a context and relate to it as a whole.”