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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
Chef GW Chew, founder of the The Veg Hub, a vegan restaurant ministry in Oakland California shares the secrets of how to create a Center of Influence in an urban context. He presents something amazing that God has been doing in Oakland.Read More
It’s not your parents’ offering plate anymore! Member giving behaviors and practices are changing. Here are some tools to help pastors stay on the cutting edge of leadership when it comes to giving.Read More
Last Friday, after hearing about the shootings in New Zealand, I knew I had to go visit the nearby mosque in Northridge, California, to extend condolences on behalf of the Adventist Church and myself.Read More
In a few days Christianity and the world at large will celebrate and acknowledge a holiday, which commemorates perhaps the most significant event in the history of this earth, the death and the resurrection of Jesus. Many refer to it as Easter.Read More
When we look at the heart of the gospel, we must look at it from a perspective of relationship building. In this video Pastor Franklin talks about the importance of reallyconnecting with the community. He says that connecting with the community is not an appendage to the GospelRead More
Whatever ideals we might ascribe to God’s nature (perfect love, justice, mercy, and wisdom), we also often project our own temperamental, judgmental, impatient, and impotent qualities. Inevitably, we don’t see God as God is, we see God as we are.
Except this seems only half true. We readily imagine that God exhibits our worst tendencies. But we are less apt to perceive our best impulses and character traits as reflecting divine nature.Read More
The Seventh-day Adventist Church recognizes the sacrifices and dedication of its employees and seeks to demonstrate its appreciation in a variety of ways. One way the church expresses appreciation after the death of a pastor or educator is with a Seventh-day Adventist Clergy or Educator Memorial Medallion.Read More
Every church you’ve ever attended, or that you drive by on your way to a Sunday sporting event, was built on a physical attendance model that is location-centric.
As a result,church leaders and pastors have spent time every week encouraging, inviting and pleading with people to come to a specific place at a specific time on Sundays.Read More
The May 17-20 NARLA Religious Liberty Summit includes an exceptional opportunity we think local pastors and conference ministry directors will want to take advantage of. Not only are we offering our traditional religious liberty advocacy training, domestic and international issues briefings, and legislative and judicial updates, but this year we are hosting the U.S. Department of Justice’s timely workshop “Protecting Places of Worship Through Education and Dialogue.”Read More