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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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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I Shall Be in the City

I Shall Be in the City

Did you know there are over 58 cities or conglomerates with 1 million or more people in the North American Division territory? Perhaps, if I called some of these out, you would recognize them: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C, Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Las Vegas, Virginia Beach, Calgary, and Louisville among others, many others, there are 58 of them, with over 1 million people.Why are these cities and urban conglomerates such a big deal?

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A Conspiracy in North America

A Conspiracy in North America

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. 

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It Should Not Be an Option

It Should Not Be an Option

There is no substitute for proclamation! If we want people to learn about Jesus’ love and His grace offered freely to each one of us, sinners, we must not only show them with our actions but also tell them with our words. If we want people to understand the plan of redemption, and Jesus’ command to love others, as well as the hope of His Second Coming and a resurrection, we must tell them about these. 

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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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