This year the Potomac Conference will be opening a new chapter of camp meeting experiences! Impact 2017: Camp Meeting Re-imagined will kick off in June and will include three regional meetings—one in the southern and northern regions of Virginia as well as a Hispanic meeting. We are taking the re-imagined camp meeting experience to where our members are by having meetings in different areas of our conference. Impact is meant to be a time of fellowship and profound inspiration, training and outreach.
One general Impact for all constituents to come together will be held every five years, with regional meetings being held in each area of the conference within that five-year period. Regional meetings will be planned and supported by office staff, local pastors and members, who will also choose the event’s theme and length of time. Impact 2018 will be a general meeting for all Potomac members and is scheduled for June 19-23, 2018.
You can find information on each of the meetings for this year by clicking on the green tabs above!
When: June 23-24
Where: APG Federal Credit Union Arena, Bel Air, Md.
Guest speakers Alejandro Bullón, an evangelist for the Voice of Hope, a radio program based in the North American Division, and Arnaldo Cruz, from the Southeastern Florida Conference, will cover the theme Pentecostes Ahora over the weekend.
Saturday afternoon will feature a concert by singer and songwriter Felipe Garibo. Programs over the weekend will also be provided for children and youth.
Friday June 23, 2017
- Song service at 6:30 p.m.
- Opening prayer at 7:25 p.m.
- Arnaldo Cruz: 7:55 p.m.
- Alejandro Bullon: 8:50 p.m.
Sabbath June 24, 2017
- Start at 8:20 a.m.
- Arnaldo Cruz: 9:00 a.m.
- President William Miller: 10:00 a.m.
- Divine worship will start at 11:00 am
- Lunch at 12:30 pm
- Home churches festival and baptism 3:00 pm.
- Hispanic Ministries informative 4:45 p.m
- Alejandro Bullon: 5:30 pm
- Concert at 6:20 p.m.
- Arnaldo Cruz: 7:45 p.m
- Material sales at 8:30 p.m.
When: June 17
Where: Hylton Memorial Chapel, Woodbridge, Va.
With the theme “Seeing through our Father’s eyes,” Wintley Phipps, a world-renowned vocal artist, education activist, motivational speaker, pastor, and CEO and Founder of the U.S. Dream Academy, will be the featured speaker and musical artist. He will speak that morning and later hold a concert.
Guests will have the option of attending seminars and perusing booths that promote local ministries and worthy community partners in the afternoon and can fellowship after Phipp’s concert with planned After Glow activities.
Seminars and Driving Directions
Discipleship Movement looks at the way Jesus made disciples, by starting a movement and multiplying, versus the way we try to do discipleship, which, at best, only leads to addition. In looking at Jesus, we will find questions to ask ourselves, allowing us to evaluate what we are currently doing and give us examples to follow to make meaningful change.
Jennifer Deans, pastor of Living Faith church in Dulles, Va., is passionate about helping people discover God’s relevance in their lives through discipleship. More than anything, Jennifer desires to lead people to a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ that radically changes their lives forever. She does this by intentionally engaging in the everyday, messy lives of people and modeling a God centered worldview. She believes you can’t give what you don’t have, so she is committed to seeking Jesus moment by moment.
Life in Christ
Many people hear phrases like “have a relationship with Jesus” or “you’ve got to know God” and go into intellectual neutral. In this seminar what often feels like an abstract concept will be made practical. Learn the most critical, yet joy-filled part of being a disciple of Jesus Christ in your daily life.
Claypole S. Cousins Jr., MHRM, MDiv, is an associate pastor at the Vienna church in Virginia.
Jesus and the Gospels in the Ancients Feasts of Israel
This seminar will explain the meaning of the seven annual feasts of Israel. It will explain the historical fulfillment of the plan of salvation, the Old Testament lessons of the Gospel, as well as and their practical application to the spiritual life of the Christian.
Bob Banks is the pastor of Living Hope church in Haymarket, Va. He has pastored in Virginia for over 15 years, served as a ministerial associate for the Potomac conference. He has a B.A. in Ancient History from the University of Connecticut and later received his doctorate at Andrews University Seminary. He has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and has taught seminars on sixcontinents. His passion is to make the Bible practical, easy to understand and helpful for developing a personal relationship with God.
Update: Potomac Conference Corporation Camp Meeting
In the fall of 2015, the executive committee voted to suspend camp meeting for one year to allow time for a blue ribbon committee to study the current practice of camp meeting, understanding its meaning with clarification from Ellen White’s instruction and explore creative ideas to enhance the experience.
For the past year, members of the blue ribbon committee have been focused on finding ways to preserve and grow the celebration of mission and sense of connection this event brings. On May 24, the committee’s following recommendations were approved by the executive committee:
- One general camp meeting will be held every five years, with regional camp meetings being held in each area of the conference within that five-year period.
- Regional meetings will be planned and supported by office staff, local pastors and members, who will also choose the event’s theme and length of time.
- On years of General Conference Sessions, members will be encouraged to attend the session, though one regional camp meeting will still be held that year.
- Hispanic camp meeting will continue to be held in different locations and focus on church planting.
- Overall, camp meetings will be mission focused and the executive committee will vote on all budgets.
The final camp meeting schedule for the next five years will be completed by June 30. An update will be given shortly thereafter. We are looking forward to engaging more members in mission and partnering in what God has called us to do.
Three Regional Camp Meetings For 2017
The Bible reminds us that “for where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matt. 18:22, NIV). What a promise from Jesus. No matter the size of group, when we gather in His name, His presence is there. What a great privilege it is that we can come together for fellowship and know that He is with us!
This year the Potomac Conference will be opening a new chapter of camp meeting experiences. We look forward to growing together as disciples, enriching our relationship with Jesus and equipping ourselves to be about His mission.
Three regional camp meetings are planned for 2017. The intention is to create an atmosphere where more people feel involved and engaged and that events are tailored to reach the needs of specific communities. Local pastoral leadership in concert with the Pastoral Ministries Department will plan the theme, duration, location and activities for these camp meeting experiences.
Southern Virginia: June 9 (Friday) – June 11 (Sunday) | Camp Hopetree, Blue Ridge, Va.
Northern Virginia: June 17 (Saturday) | Hylton Memorial Chapel, Woodbridge, Va.
Hispanic Camp Meeting: June 23 (Friday) – June 25 (Sunday) (location to be determined)
As more information becomes available, it will be announced on pcsda.org/campmeeting2017. A conference wide camp meeting is scheduled for June 19-23, 2018. More information will be given as the time gets closer. Pray that these gatherings will be opportunities to inspire us to be about His mission in our communities.
A fellow disciple on the journey,
Statement: Potomac Conference Corporation Camp Meeting Assessment Process
On November 15, the Potomac Conference Corporation Executive Committee voted to suspend English camp meeting* for one year (2016) and conduct an assessment. There was no discussion, interest or comments suggesting it be discontinued. The members of the executive committee recognize and value the fellowship and spiritual renewal that comes from attending this event. Recent surveys indicate that, of the 34,000 members, an average of 600-800 attend English camp meeting during the week and 2,500 attend on Sabbath. The desire is to study the current practice of camp meeting and bring a recommendation that will preserve and grow the celebration of mission and sense of connection it provides.
The executive committee has appointed a diverse blue ribbon committee of lay persons and employees to begin meeting in January 2016. The committee’s purpose is to:
a) understand camp meeting in the context of mission and with clarification from Ellen White’s instruction,
b) review the financial investment within the context of mission – everything we do and every dollar we spend should help fulfill our mission,
c) explore creative ideas to enhance the camp meeting experience,
d) research effective models of camp meeting that are working elsewhere, and
e) find ways to connect new generations to the faith and the Potomac family.
While the blue ribbon committee discusses and explores different avenues for fulfilling our mission and vision, all Potomac members’ thoughts and suggestions are welcomed. A survey has been placed at www.pcsda.org/campmeetingsurvey for members to share input. All relevant suggestions will be reviewed and brought to the committee for consideration.
Progress reports are already scheduled and on the agenda for each Potomac Conference Executive Committee Meeting, including periodic public updates throughout the spring of 2016 as information becomes available. Through every action, heart-felt prayer and purposeful movement, the leadership of the Potomac Conference remains committed to the mission and vision of growing healthy, disciple-making churches by reaching people for Christ.
*Potomac Hispanic camp meeting, which has already been reassessed and organized, will be held as scheduled, June 17-19, 2016.