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‘Seeds Vision’ Church Planting Conference Aims to Propel Church Growth by 2025

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Featured speakers included Ted N.C. Wilson, Tim Madding, and Michael Lewis.

The annual “Seeds Vision” church planting conference, hosted by Chesapeake Conference, convened from Dec. 8-9 at the North American Division headquarters in Columbia, Md. This event, integral to Chesapeake Conference’s ambitious goal of establishing 35 new churches by 2025, brought together notable speakers and church leaders to discuss strategies for reaching unreached communities in the Chesapeake region.

The conference featured guest speakers Tim Madding, director of the North American Division Evangelism Institute, and Michael Lewis, a seasoned church planter from the South Central Conference. Both emphasized the importance of planting new churches as a means to share the gospel with unreached people groups.

A highlight of the conference was the Sabbath worship service, featuring a sermon by Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Delivering a sermon titled “No Distractions,” Wilson, a member of Chesapeake Conference’s Triadelphia (Clarksville, Md.) church, urged attendees to stay focused on mission without getting sidetracked by worldly concerns.

The “35 by 25” initiative, launched in 2019, has been a driving force behind Chesapeake Conference’s church planting efforts. The Seeds Vision conference serves as a crucial training and vision-casting platform, encouraging members to actively participate in this endeavor.

Participants in this year’s conference were also encouraged to enroll in the ACTS (Assess Coach Train Send) program, which offers comprehensive church planting coaching and training through four annual modules. Furthermore, the conference spotlighted the REACH Baltimore 2025 initiative, a collaboration between Chesapeake Conference, Allegheny East Conference, and It Is Written, focusing on a significant evangelistic effort in Baltimore over the next two years. 

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