SCHEDULE


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27
8:00 am
9:00 am
10:00 am
12:00 pm
2:00 pm
5:00 pm
Breakfast
Session 1
Session 2
Lunch
Session 3
Dinner & Networking

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28
8:00 am
9:00 am
12:00 pm
2:00 pm
5:00 pm
Breakfast
Session 4
Lunch
Session 5
Dinner & Networking

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1
8:00 am
9:00 am
12:00 pm
Breakfast
Session 6
Lunch

Please note:
  • Breakfasts are included in the hotel charge (2 per room daily)
  • Lunches will be provided by the NAD
  • Dinners - you're on your own!



AGENDA


Welcome & prayer time
I. Objectives of the ehuddle
II. Opening Challenge: Where Are We?
III. Visioning around tables
Ivan Williams Sr.
Jose Cortes Jr.
Alex Bryant
Discuss & provide input for a sharp, easy-to-remember, practical definition of evangelism in North America.
“To reach, retain, and reclaim North America with Jesus’ lifestyle and message of compassion, hope, and wholeness.” (74% scored it 7 or higher in 1 to 10 scale)



AGENDA


Facilitators:

I. Presentations
Ivan Williams Sr. & Jose Cortes Jr.

Roger Hernandez
Peter Bath
John Boston
II. Visioning around tables
Discuss and provide practical, how-to input for:
Outcome 1: Engagement of ALL members in evangelism/mission
(86% scored it 7 or higher in 1 to 10 scale)

Descriptors:
A   Evangelism a lifestyle, not an event
B   Contextualized evangelism, relating to the needs of the people
C   Compassion, method of Christ (collaboration of church ministries, schools, hospitals & other institutions)
D   Engagement of our students and hospital employees
E   Empowering well-equipped lay leadership (volunteer lay pastors)
F   Small groups as an outreach ministry
G   Provide opportunities for local church elders to perform the baptism of individuals they have led to Christ and are committed to see them through discipleship



AGENDA


Facilitators:

I. Prayer Time

II. Presentations
Jose Cortes Jr. and Ivan Williams Sr.

Dave Gemmell

James White
Armando Miranda with Justin Yang
Teddy Bagassien, Meshac Soli
Ron Pickle
Tim Madding
III. Visioning around tables
Discuss and provide input for Outcome #2:
Creation of an atmosphere of accessibility and safety in ALL our churches
(87% scored it 7 or higher in 1 to 10 scale)

Descriptors:
A   Making it easy for people to come in and very hard to leave
B   People of all walks of life must feel safe in our churches
C   Simplify baptism process (Biblical baptism process/theological basis vs tradition)
D   Affirm the baptism of children who have accepted Jesus
E   Intentional education of our members on relational evangelism and how to treat non- Adventist friends (potential members and people who will never become members)
F   Strong electronic presence (website, apps, phone)
G   Churches accessible to community (visible signage, telephones, and directions)
H   Consistency in the name and branding (e.g. Seventh-day Adventist Church - Silver Spring Campus)
I   Relevance and more accessible to native-born, including second and third generation immigrants (including Jewish)
J   Embracing of various immigrant waves in practical ways (Muslim, Hindu, refugees)



AGENDA


Facilitators:

I. Prayer Time

II. Presentations
Jose Cortes Jr. and Ivan Williams Sr.

Esther Knott

Anna Romuald and Vanessa Hernandez
Laffin Cortes and Morris Thompson
Tim Gillespie
III. Visioning around tables
Discuss & Provide input for Outcome #3
Discipleship of ALL our membership
(88% scored it 7 or higher in 1 to 10 scale)

Conversation Starters:

A   More emphasis on the Holy Spirit
B   Develop an intentional discipleship path for the newly baptized and existing members
C   Small groups - one of the best methods for discipleship and soul winning
D   Teach and live out 28 Fundamental Beliefs as gifts from God for a better life for humanity, not just a list that needs to be checked prior to baptism
E   Helping our members to see the importance of prayer, praise, Bible study, and a lifestyle of witnessing
F   Develop vocational witness competencies whereby our members share the gospel effectively within their workplace and spheres of influence (relational evangelism)



AGENDA


Facilitators:

I. Prayer Time

II. Presentations
Jose Cortes Jr. and Ivan Williams Sr.

Donna Jackson

Tom Evans
Kymone Hinds
Patty Crouch
Matt Stockdale
Q & A with Mike Cauley, Walter Castro, Jose Cortes Sr., Tim Nichols
III. Visioning around tables
Discuss and provide input for Outcome #4:
Multiplication of community-based church planting
(78% scored it 7 or higher in 1 to 10 scale)

Conversation Starters:
A   Re-start church planting movement again (6 percent per year, Goal: one church per 25,000 population in NAD)
B   Emphasis on community church plants, with a DNA of grace and service (not transplanting of members and churches which can be harmful to the growth process)
C   Multi-site model
D   Adopt Volunteer Lay Pastor model (to plant churches or to pastor smaller churches, freeing up professional pastors to plant churches)
E   Equip pastors in church planting prior to ordination
F   Include and strengthen church planting in the curriculums of religion departments and the seminary (NADEI)
G   Appoint a church planting director/coordinator at the Conference/Union to support church planting in North America?



AGENDA


Facilitators:

I. Prayer Time

II. Presentations
Jose Cortes Jr. and Ivan Williams Sr.

Ken Denslow & Brenda Billingy

Dustin Hall
Harold Altamirano
Myron Edmonds
III. Visioning around tables

Discuss & provide Input for Outcome #5:
Participation of EVERY pastor and able lay leader utilizing diverse forms of proclamation evangelism at least once a year
(77% scored it 7 or higher in 1 to 10 scale)

Conversation Starters:
A   Give freedom to pastors to utilize different and creative proclamation methods
B   Incarnational lifestyle must be embedded and become a “must” prior, during, and after proclamation efforts
C   Use funding to reach the community through addressing felt needs
D   Utilize Sundays as special days for evangelism (where applicable)
E   Use homes, gyms, and community service centers for proclamation evangelism
F   Short events after long-term and continued community outreach (to help people make decisions and encourage church members)
G   Use of known Christian musicians who may attract the people we are seeking to reach during proclamation efforts

IV. Closing Challenge Dan Jackson

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