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.
Impact: Valley 2018
The theme for the Valley’s IMPACT camp meeting is religious liberty: how current events are impacting religious rights, and how religious liberty issues may impact our local churches and schools. Programs will begin Friday evening, including a full range of children’s programming. Dr. Nicholas Miller, Professor of Church History and Director of the International Religious Liberty Institute at Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Mich.), will be the main speaker for the event. Lincoln Steed, Associate Director and Editor for Liberty magazine, will present a three-part seminar on current religious liberty issues.
With religious liberty being the theme for the weekend, there will be a panel discussion featuring Dr. Miller, Lincoln Steed, and other thought leaders on Sabbath afternoon that you will not want to miss! Time will be given for attendees to ask panelists questions.
Sabbath morning and afternoon will feature several seminars, including one from Adventist Health on how to do an on-going health ministry in the local church, and another from It Is Written, which will focus on personal witnessing and how to share your faith. A concert will be held on Sabbath evening by Heaven’s Mountain Band, a local blue grass band.
An all-day Legacy of Liberty Tour will take place on Sunday (June 10), taking attendees to historic Montpelier, the home of founding father James Madison. Dr. Miller, Elder Steed, and Pastor Reed Richardi, Associate Pastor of the New Market Seventh-day Adventist Church, will serve as guides and share facts related to religious history. Space is limited for the tour, so please register early.
Nicholas Miller, professor of church history and director of the International Religious Liberty Institute, will be the main speaker for the event. Nicholas Miller received his B.A. in theology from Pacific Union College and a J.D. from Columbia University Law School, where he was a Stone Scholar and an editor of the Columbia Law Review. He also has a Ph.D. in American Religious and Legal History from the University of Notre Dame, where he received the award for the best dissertation of the year for 2010 from the History Department. Dr. Miller has argued many church/state cases in state and federal courts, has appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Mitchell v. Helms, and is the author of more than thirty scholarly and professional journal articles and book chapters dealing with issues of church, state, and society. His book on the development of religious freedom in America, The Religious Roots of the First Amendment was published by Oxford University Press in the summer of 2012, and he edited the Andrews University Press book on Homosexuality, Marriage, and the Church (2012).
Weekend Schedule and Legacy of Liberty Tour Information
Hispanic Impact Meeting 2018
June 15 and 16 | Hispanic Event | Landover, Md..: Pastor Arnaldo Cruz, from the Pilgrims Spanish church in the Southeastern Florida Conference, and preachers from around the globe, will speak at this event. The theme will be Impacto 2018 Pentecostés Ahora Plus (Impact 2018: Pentecost now Plus).
Arautos do Rei, a men’s quartet, and Christian songwriter Felipe Garibo, will be performing over the weekend. Arautos do Rei first started in 1962 and was linked to the radio program “The Voice of Prophecy,” the first evangelical radio program in Brazil. Felipe Garibo is a Mexican singer has traveled through Center American, South American, Mexico and the United States to present and exalt Christ through his music. The event will take place in the Washington D.C. area,
Upcoming Impact Meetings
- 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.