Last year, 2017, marked the beginning of a new type of fellowship experience–Impact: Camp Meeting Re-imagined. This format allows for regional camp meetings to be planned by people within that specific area, tailoring the needs and interests for the community at hand. Below is the rotation cycle for the upcoming years.
- Valley Region: June 8-9, location to be determined
- Hispanic Impact Meeting: June 15-16, location to be determined
- 2019 – DC/Maryland and Richmond/Tidewater
- 2020 – Conference wide
- 2021 – Northern Virginia and Southwest/South Central
- 2022 – DC/Maryland and Richmond/Tidewater
- 2023 – Conference wide
- 2024 – Northern Virginia and Southwest/South Central
- 2025 – Valley
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.