This fall, join hundreds of churches across North America for The Appearing, a five-part seed-sowing experience from the Voice of Prophecy. During this all-new outreach event October 11-15, Pastor Shawn Boonstra will share timely truth about the Second Coming with your guests, comparing what the Bible says with several of the most popular end-time theories today.
The Nevada-Utah Conference has teamed up with Pastor Ryan Hablitzel of the Ogden Seventh-Day Adventist Church to establish a Center of Influence in Ogden, Utah that is focused on offering sustainable employment for youth involved in ministry in the area.
There is no substitute for proclamation! If we want people to learn about Jesus’ love and His grace offered freely to each one of us, sinners, we must not only show them with our actions but also tell them with our words. If we want people to understand the plan of redemption, and Jesus’ command to love others, as well as the hope of His Second Coming and a resurrection, we must tell them about these things.
“Why plant more churches? Don’t we have enough churches already?” The most common initial responses I’ve heard when church planting is mentioned, often spoken within the same breath. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. Perhaps, these questions represent one of Satan’s most harmful myths, created in the pits of hell, to keep the church from fulfilling its mission in his desire to make the church disappear from this earth.
In this eHuddle video from 2017, Pastor Laffit Cortes and Pastor Morris Thompson speak on the power of small groups to take a church to the next levels of evangelism. Pastor Cortes starts off by encouraging church leaders to redefine their definition of love to be more than just polite, but by personally investing in the other members of one’s church family. He lists the main objectives of small groups given to us by Ellen G. White, which are spiritual growth, Bible study, and evangelism.
When babies are born they don’t know everything, neither can they do everything! They need help. The same happens with spiritual babies after their new birth, the baptism.
I learned this the hard way, one night, a few days after my son Jose Cortes III was born
Five years ago, as 16 students of the South Lancaster Academy, who had requested baptism during that week of prayer, were about to be baptized at the fully packed Village Adventist Church in South Lancaster, Massachusetts, something unimaginable happened.
The softball game between Pastors and Youth is a tradition at Greater New York Conference Hispanic Campmeeting. I was the new Youth Ministries Director and I love baseball, so I was ready to play! I remember I wore my jersey, the one my wife had given to me, with my last name, CORTES, on the back and a big #1, remember it was a gift from my wife.
A frustrated pastor called me not long ago, he was crying and said, "my church board just voted another Evangelistic Meeting for this year, just like we did last year, $20,000.00 to pay mostly for flyers and a guest speaker to hold meetings for four weeks.
During the 2017 ehuddle in Orlando, Florida John Boston, former pastor of the Columbus Central Seventh-Day Adventist Church in the Allegheny West Conference, spoke on church identity and the importance of reaching the communities surrounding our churches. Boston is now an Evangelist for the North New South Wales Conference in Australia.
Over the past several months an army of mission focused lay evangelists have embarked on a multi-year, commitment to evangelize one of the most influential cities on the planet – Boston, MA. Our Greater Boston area churches are working together in their sphere of influence and in their strength for one common effort – Compassion Boston.
“I won’t be coming to church anymore,” Dr. Hyveth Williams, Professor of Homiletics, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, declared to her pastor, Dr. Throstur Thordarson. “I feel the Lord has called me to do more than just sit in a church.
My wife and I have hosted two boys from an orphanage in Latvia over the past Christmas and summer. We discovered that these boys enjoy bowling. The younger boy (age 5 the first time he came) has some trouble getting the ball down the lane to hit any of the pins.
It is time to lead, follow, collaborate, and venture into 2016 as an active part of the Church that proclaims the hope for a better future by blessing people in the present.
I envision the day when our church will be known for our Compassion and Love for humanity rather than for the things we oppose. The day when this happens we will be in great historic company, we’ll be in the company of Jesus. Jesus was known for loving people of all walks of life and backgrounds, as He walked this earth.
What if our Adventist Churches across North America began a conspiracy? What if we decided in harmony with all the other churches across Bermuda, Canada, United States and the islands of Guam and Micronesia that we are going to love our cities like Jesus did?