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Church leaders gather for evangelistic training

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ACTS was held Jan. 29-30, and Proclaim was held Feb. 5-6.

Pastors and lay leaders recently convened for practical evangelism training during the first ACTS and Proclaim modules of 2024. The events, held in partnership with the Potomac Conference, drew participants from several Chesapeake Conference churches, as well as from the Potomac, New Jersey and Ohio conferences.

The ACTS (Assess Coach Train Send) church planting training module was held from Jan. 29-30 at the Columbia Union headquarters in Columbia, Md. The training concentrated on strategies for casting a church-planting vision. Speakers included Elvis Mogoi, senior pastor of West Wilmington (Del.) church, and Edwin Vargas, senior pastor of the Potomac Conference’s Beltsville (Md.) congregation. 

Following closely, the Proclaim public evangelism training module took place Feb. 5-6 at the Beltsville church and featured guest speakers Eric Flickinger and Wes Peppers from It Is Written. Their presentations focused on establishing a culture of evangelism within local churches, offering practical advice and encouragement on how to plan an effective 12-month evangelism program.

The training modules are particularly timely as the Chesapeake Conference embarks on Reach Baltimore 2025, a major two-year evangelistic focus targeting the city of Baltimore. This effort, in partnership with It Is Written and the Allegheny East Conference, aims to make significant inroads through urban evangelism.

David Klinedinst, Chesapeake Conference Evangelism and Church Growth director, emphasized the importance of collaborating with neighboring conferences. “We’re too close to each other geographically to not work together and put our resources together for evangelism,” Klinedinst said.

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