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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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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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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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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Padres y Pastores, por Favor, Hagamos Espacio!

Padres y Pastores, por Favor, Hagamos Espacio!

Alrededor decinco añosatrás, 16 estudiantes de la AcademiaAdventistade South Lancaster, habían pedido ser bautizadosdurante una semana de oración.La ceremonia bautismal había comenzado  en la Iglesia Adventista de la Villa en South Lancaster, Massachusetts, cuando algo inimaginableaconteció.Nuestro hijo de 6 años, Joel, logró separarsede mi esposa Joanne, quién siempre lo cuida muy bien y lo mantenía al lado de ella,y corrió hacia la plataforma, y ​​comenzó a escalar tratando de meterse enel bautisterio.

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Do We Need Goals in Ministry?

Do We Need Goals in Ministry?

These are horror stories told in Adventist pastoral circles and they all have to do with goals and the fear some pastors minister with, of course, none of these happened in North America. These stories disgust me, and I feel very bad knowing that many of my colleagues suffered and some still suffer this type of abuse from some church leaders. I think this is madness, which hurts our missional movement.

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Goals, Small Groups and Baptism by Tony Anobile

Goals, Small Groups and Baptism by Tony Anobile

All of us recognize these verses in the Gospel of Matthew; they are the words of Jesus and the passage is called, “The Great Commission!” Many people have wisely said, “All the words that Jesus spoke are important.” He didn’t “wing it” or not give thought to what He was saying, how He was saying it, and in what order He was saying it.

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¿Por Qué Necesitamos Establecer Blancos o Metas?

¿Por Qué Necesitamos Establecer Blancos o Metas?

“En nuestra Asociación, si no alcanzábamos el blanco de bautismos nos amenazaban con que perderíamos nuestro empleo, y si no alcanzábamos el blanco de revistas que teníamos que vender, no los descontaban de nuestro salario…” “Por esa razón es que cuando nos pedían que estableciéramos un blanco o una meta de bautismos, siempre tratábamos de poner un blanco bajo que fuera fácil de alcanzar, una vez que lo alcanzábamos, no reportábamos mas y guardábamos esos números para el año siguiente…” “Había un compañero de nosotros que iba al cementerio y buscaba los nombres de los muertos en las tumbas y los reportaba como bautismos…”

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Objetivos, Grupos Pequeños y Bautismo

Objetivos, Grupos Pequeños y Bautismo

Todos nosotros reconocemos estos versículos en el evangelio de Mateo; son las palabras de Jesús, y el pasaje se llama "La gran comisión". Muchos han dicho sabiamente: "Todas las palabras que habló Jesús son importantes". No es algo que dijo al azar o sin pensar en lo que decía, cómo lo decía y en qué orden lo estaba diciendo.

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