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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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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Church as We Know It Is Over. Here’s What’s Next.

Church as We Know It Is Over.  Here’s What’s Next.

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. 

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Responding to the New Zealand Mosque Massacre

Responding to the New Zealand Mosque Massacre

Following the news of the massacre of Muslim worshipers in New Zealand last week, we (Gerald and Gaby) reached to our Muslim neighbors and a local mosque. This is what happened. If there is a Muslim community near you, or if you know a Muslim contact them. Meet with them individually or as a church.

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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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