On Sept. 9, 2017, churches across the North American Division (NAD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church will collect a special offering to support the relief efforts of Adventist Community Services (ACS) after millions in Texas and Louisiana were impacted by the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Harvey.
When Minner Labrador Jr., D.Min., Vice President for Church Ministries and Ministerial Director at the Southwestern Union, realized that Hurricane Harvey, a storm of unprecedented magnitude, was a day away from making landfall in Texas, he knew he needed a plan to care for the caregivers—the pastors and teachers who would look to the needs of others above their own needs.
Longevity has changed the way Baby Boomers view the world and what they expect out of their retirement years. So how do you best prepare for retirement in these rapidly changing times?
When you are beginning a new pastorate, how do you identify who the leader of your church is? Here’s one way--
Wherever you may be in the North American Division, you can lend a hand to the people of Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
Here are some important best practices for your church’s next community health fair.
In this powerful sermon illustration, the what then question invites us to ponder the matters of beyond then.
On Monday, September 11, 2017, pastors are invited to attend the Pastors’ Summit on Abuse from noon to 4:30 eastern daylight time. Today I talked with several leaders at the North American Division to find out why they believe it is so important that pastors attend this event.
Questions and Answers about the Summit on Abuse being held September 11 & 12.
Abuse issues have been a huge issue in the news and in the church over the past number of years. Too many lives have been broken because of abuse. We MUST address this issue.
Suicide rates are highest in the summer months. Here are some ministry tools you can use to help a hurting friend.
Facebook has a whole set of tools that can help you save the lives of those dropping hints of their suicide plans in their FB posts.
At some point in your ministry you are going to have a boss that is crazy, bad or clueless. One veteran in ministry puts some names on these faces and shares some ideas how to cope.
As a pastor you are probably active in the volunteer placement process in your congregation. As your team begins to explore possible candidates for the position of worship leader, the following article may be helpful.
It’s not your parents’ offering plate anymore. What moved previous generations to give doesn’t necessarily move today’s generation. So what does it take to develop giving hearts today? Tom Evans and Lilya Wagner offer important clues.
Of all the issues busy pastors must deal with, religious liberty often ranks near the bottom. Barry W. Bussey tells us why religious liberty matters.
Here is a sermon illustration from the story of Forrest Gump that reminds us that we are wounded souls, that we are sinners in need of a Savior.
There is no one-size-fits-all in health ministry. We are working with individuals and communities that have their own specific needs and barriers. Our churches have their own individual list of available resources and talent. But every one of us is called to bear the message of hope, healing, and wholeness.
Fill your ministry tool box with skills that will make you effective in preventing abuse and ministering to abused people in your church at this upcoming NAD event.
One of the coolest parts of social media is that people give you explicit permission into their lives. Now use that permission to show that you value them.
The financial support of Adventist media ministries is essential to the fulfillment of our mission.
The Adventist potluck has never been about the food – it’s all about the glue!
There are three words every successful leader is destined to hear. They represent the nameless, faceless opposition that can distract, depress or demoralize you if you’re not careful. And those three words are …
When churches partner with community organizations to serve their people, ministry is synergized for great success.
What do you do when your six-year-old wants to be baptized? One dad tells his story--
Dakota Conference communication director Jacquie Biloff interviews Dakota pastors who serve as civilian chaplains for law enforcement, prisons and hospitals.
Every pastor has to deal with hateful, difficult people. Since you can’t change them, here are some insights to help change the way you deal with them.
Pastoral ministry can be a rewarding experience. It can also make you vulnerable to cynicism, exhaustion, and depression. So how can we stay positive and keep our hearts sensitive to God’s Spirit? Here are seven tips to help you hold it all together.
Baptismal services are both memorable and meaningful. They also carry some inherent risks. Here are some practical ways to reduce some of the hazards surrounding the use of the baptistery.
Retirement can be the beginning of a whole new and very satisfying season of ministry. Here are some practical ideas and pointers to consider –
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