February 22, 2017

Dear Teammates in Ministry:

The ehuddle is almost here and we can’t wait to see what God will do during our time together. In our last look at the RSVP list and hotel reservations, there are about 130 Pastors and Leaders from just about every Union and Conference of the North American Division, as well as some of our institutions who will be there to collaborate and contribute as we continue this conversation intended to help us in the advancement of a shared vision for Evangelism and Church Growth in our Division.

Please take a look at the following items:

Resources: we would like to have a table of resources, where we can interact and be exposed to the best practices around our Division. If your Conference, Union, Media Ministry, or Adventist Institution has created a resource that is blessing the local church and you believe can bless your counterpart, feel free to bring a few samples to present in the Resource Table during breaks, especially after lunch, or as we close our meetings in the evenings. This invitation is only for the Conference, Union, Media Ministries, and official institutions invited to the ehuddle.

Dress Code: A few have called to ask about dress code, let’s keep it comfortable, smart casual - casual, would be just fine. Remember we will be in Florida. Ties, bowties, and suit jackets not needed, unless you have a burning desire in your heart to wear them, it is a free country. Dress comfortably, we will have some very interesting, dynamic, and lengthy days, we would like to make sure you are comfortable ;)

Check in/Registration: We are attaching the Schedule/Agenda for the meetings, keep those handy, as we are trying to be green ;) and use as little paper or throwaways as possible. Please take a few moments to look at it, prior to our Opening Session at 9:00 AM on Monday. Our beloved Latoya Wright will be at the Registration Table between 7:30 AM and 9:00 AM on Monday, there you will be able to get your name tag and a beautiful gift we have for you.

Once again, thank you so much for giving high priority to the ehuddle and for making the sacrifice to attend. With the blessing of God, we’ll have an awesome time together.

See you on Monday!

Many Blessings!

Jose Cortes Jr.
Associate Ministerial Director for Evangelism
November 17, 2016

  Dear Teammates in Ministry:

  This is just a brief note to invite you to our 2017 eHuddle (North American Division Evangelism Visioning and Leadership Team), which will take place in Orlando, Florida, from Monday, February 27 to Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

As we look across North America we are more convinced than ever that the mission to reach people with “the distinctive Christ-centered, Seventh-day Adventist message of Hope and Wholeness” must be our one priority.  In order to be effective in reaching others in these rapidly changing times, we must not only have a united vision, but also an ongoing and active conversation, which empowers our members, churches, pastors, and institutions to reach people in different ways according to their contexts.

During the 2017 eHuddle, we will continue the conversation we started at the 2016 eHuddle. This time we will deal specifically with the subjects of church planting, reaching North American born of all races, Millennials, and Generation Z, as well as empowering laity in a way we’ve never done before in our Division.

  A huddle is a team meeting which takes place on the field, in the midst of action. It is a moment for planning, communicating, exchanging ideas, strategizing, and calling the next play. It happens often and the objective is always winning.  

  We would like to see our NAD Team (churches, pastors, schools, conferences, unions, hospitals, media ministries, colleges and universities) collaborating together, learning from each other and doing what it takes to fulfill our mission of reaching our territory with a lifestyle and a message of compassionate Hope, and Wholeness. We are praying that the Holy Spirit will give us the wisdom, passion and power to take evangelism in our territory to new heights.

  Please save the date and make plans to be present for the entire time. We will begin on February 27 at 8:00 AM and close on Wednesday, March 1 no later than 3 PM. Jose Cortes Jr., Associate Ministerial Director for Evangelism, will communicate the details shortly.

  Thank you so much for giving top priority to this very important matter!

  Your brother in Christ,

Daniel R. Jackson, President

Click the image below to read/download the follow up letter with all of the pertinent information on attending this year's ehuddle.

Lodging Information
Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs - $115.00 per night; includes self-parking, Wi-Fi Internet in the rooms, shuttle within three miles radius, and breakfast for two daily ($10.00 fee applies to each additional guest).
Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs
350 Northlake Blvd
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
(407) 262-4509
For Reservations on the Phone

•   Call the RESERVATIONS DEPARTMENT (407) 262-4509 and give them your special Group Code “2017 SDA NAD ‘THE HUDDLE’"
For Reservations online
•     Book online here.
•    The reservation deadline for this price is January 30, 2017. Please reserve your room in time to get the negotiated rate of $115.00.
•    Daily breakfast for two is included in your rate
•    The North American Division Ministerial Department will sponsor a lunch everyday (Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday)
•    Meet from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM on Monday and Tuesday.
                Lunch served from 12:30 - 1:30 PM.
•     Meet from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM on Wednesday. Lunch served from 12:30 - 1:30 PM
                (It would be great if you are able to stay until the end of the program, as we will be discussing very relevant topics on Evangelism and Church Growth for North America till the conclusion - we will close with lunch at 1:30 PM on Wednesday).

Click on the bars below to see the Schedule/Agenda for that session:


8:00 am
9:00 am
10:00 am
12:00 pm
2:00 pm
5:00 pm
Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Dinner & Networking

8:00 am
9:00 am
12:00 pm
2:00 pm
5:00 pm
Session 4
Session 5
Dinner & Networking

8:00 am
9:00 am
12:00 pm
Session 6

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!


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)



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)

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



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)

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)



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)



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?



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

Keep checking back for more info, including the results of the vetting we’ve done during 2016 on the Definition of Evangelism and the Five Evangelism Outcomes for the Adventist Church in North America. We discussed these topics during our first ehuddle, last February.
Please RSVP to Latoya Wright via e-mail LatoyaWright@nadadventist.org to confirm your attendance. We also need your shirt/blouse size.
Thank you so much for giving high priority to this very important matter! We can’t wait to see you in February!

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