Don’t Plant a Church for the Wrong Reason!

Don’t Plant a Church for the Wrong Reason!

The Adventist Church across North America has placed a great amount of emphasis and resources in planting churches. Nearly 600 mission groups - that’s how we call our new church plants - have been launched since 2015 till today in the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and the islands of Guam and Micronesia. Several of those new churches have been planted in the Rocky Mountain Conference.

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My First Church Revitalization Experience

My First Church Revitalization Experience

“You are going to be the Associate Pastor for the Arlington, Falls Church, and Manassas Spanish Churches, in Northern Virginia. Although you will serve all three, your main responsibility will be at the Manassas Spanish Church.” Those were the marching orders from my Hispanic Coordinator, Pastor Ruben Ramos, right after my return from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.

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An Interview on Church Growth and Revitalization

An Interview on Church Growth and Revitalization

In this video, Pastor Bill McClendon and Pastor Paulo Macena are interviewed by Pastor Jose Cortes Jr. McClendon is the former Lead pastor of Ellicott City church in the Chesapeake Conference, and he talks about how the church grew from fifty members to more than two hundred members in only four years. 

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Tres cualidades de un discípulo auténtico

Tres cualidades de un discípulo auténtico

Cristo es quien nos llama a ser sus discípulos y es quien promete conducirnos por ese sendero. Así siempre lo ha hecho y lo hará. Durante sus años de ministerio público Jesús invirtió mucho tiempo de definir claramente como es un discípulo y como es el crecimiento de un discípulo. De forma intencional Cristo dio definiciones de lo que es un discípulo para marcar un camino de principios y una ruta clara a seguir para todos aquellos que respondamos a su llamado. 

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Padres y Pastores, por Favor, Hagamos Espacio!

Padres y Pastores, por Favor, Hagamos Espacio!

Alrededor decinco añosatrás, 16 estudiantes de la AcademiaAdventistade South Lancaster, habían pedido ser bautizadosdurante una semana de oración.La ceremonia bautismal había comenzado  en la Iglesia Adventista de la Villa en South Lancaster, Massachusetts, cuando algo inimaginableaconteció.Nuestro hijo de 6 años, Joel, logró separarsede mi esposa Joanne, quién siempre lo cuida muy bien y lo mantenía al lado de ella,y corrió hacia la plataforma, y ​​comenzó a escalar tratando de meterse enel bautisterio.

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Gen-Z Pastor Class

Gen-Z Pastor Class

Generation Z (Gen Z) could not be more different than previous generations. Widely regarded as describing those born in 1995 and beyond, Gen Zs’ oldest members are now in high school and college, and have ambitious plans for their education, their careers and their lives. While they define themselves in digital terms, Gen Z also craves an environment where they can share with and co-create their spiritual life with their peers. These traits offer pastors greater opportunities to connect with these generations.

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Do We Need Goals in Ministry?

Do We Need Goals in Ministry?

These are horror stories told in Adventist pastoral circles and they all have to do with goals and the fear some pastors minister with, of course, none of these happened in North America. These stories disgust me, and I feel very bad knowing that many of my colleagues suffered and some still suffer this type of abuse from some church leaders. I think this is madness, which hurts our missional movement.

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Goals, Small Groups and Baptism by Tony Anobile

Goals, Small Groups and Baptism by Tony Anobile

All of us recognize these verses in the Gospel of Matthew; they are the words of Jesus and the passage is called, “The Great Commission!” Many people have wisely said, “All the words that Jesus spoke are important.” He didn’t “wing it” or not give thought to what He was saying, how He was saying it, and in what order He was saying it.

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The Sending in Christian Worship

The Sending in Christian Worship

When worship is viewed as a conversation between God and God’s people, planning how the conversation ends should have as much intentionality as how it began. The final thoughts and parting words offer an opportunity to empower those leaving the place of worship to incorporate the conversation that took place into their daily lives.

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When God Calls You to Move

When God Calls You to Move

Saying goodbye to my church in Bolingbrook was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. I even repeatedly told God and other people that I did not want to leave. However, I knew that this church belonged to God, and He was taking care of it long before I got there. It was time for God to take me to the next part of my story.

You may have gone through this experience in the past, or you may face this type of a change in the future. The following are five things I learned from this part of my journey that you may find helpful in your own journey.

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