Why Is the Ministerial Association Team Going to Oshkosh?

Why Is the Ministerial Association Team Going to Oshkosh?

You may be wondering why the Ministerial Association Team is going to Oshkosh. What do Pathfinders and the Ministerial Team have to do with each other? Doesn’t the Ministerial Team support and oversee pastors? Why do they need to go to the Camporee?

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Compassion & Baptism Two Great Blessings

Compassion & Baptism Two Great Blessings

Two of my favorite activities during the International Camporee are the Compassion Projects and the baptismal ceremony. These programs give meaning and purpose to the Camporee. Let’s begin with Compassion. Jesus lived a compassionate life. Compassion was an integral part of His ministry. He was compassion in the flesh. Everywhere He went He demonstrated a compassionate attitude toward others.

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NextGen Pastor Pin Collection for Chosen International Pathfinder Camporee

NextGen Pastor Pin Collection for Chosen International Pathfinder Camporee

The limited spinner pin collection of the North American Division Ministerial Association, which highlights the theme Chosenfor the International Pathfinder Camporee is coming to Oshkosh. The collection includes six luxury pins which will connect Pathfinders attending the Camporee with the mission and initiatives of the Adventist Church in North America.

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Harbingers of Hope

Harbingers of Hope

The key word in Revelation 14:6 is “gospel.”  Simply put, the gospel is “good news.”  If we are not careful, however, we can misrepresent the gospel to make it something other than that. This is not an exclusive challenge for Seventh-day Adventists, but it is a significant challenge for Adventists for several reasons. 

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Summer Camp as an act of evangelism

Summer Camp as an act of evangelism

Evangelism is the act of publicly sharing the good news of Jesus Christ by our words or actions. The Seventh-Day Adventist church holds strongly on public evangelism to the adult market, but what about the children? We have programs for kids such as Sabbath school, Vacation Bible School, day cares, summer camps, and even our Christian educational system. 

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Missionary Volunteers Needed

Missionary Volunteers Needed

Why would anyone leave the comfort of their home and venture into a place that is uncomfortable, hostile perhaps, and unfamiliar? There are a number of reasons for making this decision and ways that can give Pastors insight into recruiting and mobilizing missionary volunteers –even factors that strengthen local church growth.

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Seminary Students Experiencing and Supporting Adventist Education

Seminary Students Experiencing and Supporting Adventist Education

Approximately 3 years ago the seminary began to understand that there needed to be greater collaboration between Adventist pastors their church schools. In light of this Dr Jiri Moskala, the seminary dean, worked together with Dr Allan Walshe, the Discipleship and Religious Education Dept Chair, to create a new course concept to teach on this topic. 

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Volunteer Lay Pastors Are Vital to Our Mission! Part 1

Volunteer Lay Pastors Are Vital to Our Mission! Part 1

On the eve of the 2015 North American Division Year End Meetings I felt a bit hesitant and nervous. Pastor Dan Jackson, our Division President, had asked that we developed a bold missional vision for North America. Our team, in consultation with some of our Union and Conference leadership and several pastors, had a plan. During the days before the event we had spent a few hours making presentations to the Union presidents, and Union administrators, without a major pushback, but the next day was the day. 

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Remix Church

Remix Church

In this video lay pastor Gilbert Caraballo tells the story of how he started the Remix Church in South Lancaster, Massachusetts. Growing up in a church that had no young people, Gilbert started realizing that the church in general needed something for the youth and young adults beyond what it was already providing.

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Crafting Welcoming Statements for Seventh-day Adventist Churches

Crafting Welcoming Statements  for Seventh-day Adventist Churches

All too often local Adventist churches are exclusive and repellent. We close doors to people who do not think like us, look like us, or behave like us. We have cared more about being right than about being kind. We have confused acceptance with agreement. We have been too motivated by fear. We have turned away thirsty seekers of the free water of life. Here are some tools to help make welcoming statements for your church.

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'Queer Eye' and the Divine Gaze: Shame and Grace in 21st-Century Worship

'Queer Eye' and the Divine Gaze:  Shame and Grace in 21st-Century Worship

What can five gay TV personalities teach 21st-century Christians about grace? Before considering this question, perhaps we should ask another. What can one Samaritan teach 1st-century Jews about mercy? Quite a lot, it turns out. When questioned by an expert in Jewish law, Jesus answered with a parable about robbery, religion, and unlikely rescue on the road to Jericho (Luke 10:25-37).

Many early interpreters of this story had one thing in common: they equated Jesus with the Samaritan. And so from earliest times, the carrier of Jesus’ identity was a person from the margins, someone who was despised, excluded, and considered impure by those at the religious center.

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