by Jose Cortes Jr.
We should not venture into 2016 without renewing our commitment to be the people of hope, compassion, and wholeness to our families, neighborhoods, cities, and nations in our territory. The year 2016 could be a turning point in Adventist Evangelism in North America if we decide that we will intentionally collaborate, partner, and invest in loving people in our communities across the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and the islands of Guam and Micronesia, all together at the same time.
Under the direction of our North American Division President, Pastor Dan Jackson, and in collaboration with our Leadership Team, Unions, Conferences, Church Pastors and leaders, we have worked on several missional initiatives which will encourage us in our calling for 2016 and beyond. The objective is to help our churches in North America to work together in the mission, involving all of our members, and allowing people in our communities to realize how much God loves them and how important they are to us Adventists.
These missional initiatives are not intrusive, they are not meant to replace the great plans our local churches already have in place. These initiatives can be central or complementary; they can be the plan or be the help to enhance the plan that is already in place. They are great opportunities for our North American Church to unite and get inspired to do what Jesus does best, and that is, to love people. We pray they will be the launching pad to a paradigm shift in Adventist culture and lifestyle.
If we work together and receive the blessing of the Holy Spirit, 2016 can be a year unlike any other before, a turning point in Adventism for North America. 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.
Pastor Jose Cortes Jr., is an Associate Ministerial Director and Leads Evangelism for the Adventist Church in North America.
by Jose Cortes Jr.