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?