Next Generation Pastor Part I

Next Generation Pastor Part I

When I woke up that cold November morning in our sixth-floor apartment in Madrid, Spain, I felt different. I had always wanted to be a doctor. Whenever someone would ask, “What do you want to do with your life or what are you going to do when you grow up?” I would always reply: “A missionary doctor.” Now, overnight, at age 15, all the sudden, the vision for my life had changed. That morning during family worship I announced to my family that I, no longer would be a Missionary Doctor, I felt that God wanted me to be a pastor. My father, who is a pastor, was super excited to hear my announcement, and so was my mother. My brother, who had also grown up with the vision of becoming a medical doctor exclaimed, “I guess, only one person in this family will make lots of money.” He is a pediatrician today!

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Growing Young

Growing Young

In this presentation Kara Powell presents how our churches can continue to grow young, and how we can be more effective when it comes to reaching teenagers, young adults and their families with the gospel. Pastors and leaders must define reality of what is happening to young people and with our churches today. Powell spent four years studying 250 churches that aren't shrinking or aging but are growing in involving and retaining young people (ages 15-29), which brings overall vitality to the whole church.

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SOS, my neighbor is a Muslim!

SOS, my neighbor is a Muslim!

The days of going across the seas to exotic and faraway lands to meet Muslims are over… Islam represents one quarter of the world (23%) and Muslims are everywhere. Chances are that one of your kid’s doctor is a Muslim, that in the last week you drove with a Muslim Uber driver, or that a new restaurant is about to appear in your neighborhood that has halal sign for clean meat.

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You Welcomed Me

You Welcomed Me

In this video, Pastor Joseph Khabbaz tells how his church, through the young adults’ ministries, has been serving and blessing the Muslim community in the Washington area. Through their ministry and acts of compassion, they have been successfully reaching several Muslim families.

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A Missionary in Your Backyard

A Missionary in Your Backyard

I love international mission trips. I enjoy traveling to another country, meeting people different from me, learning a new culture, and meeting a community’s needs—while at the same time fulfilling Jesus’ mandate to be His witness “in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). 

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Acts of Mercy

Acts of Mercy

Thousands of people try to cross the southern borders of our country every day in search of a better future. Full of hope, they decide to risk their lives, crossing the waters of Rio Bravo or the arid desert where coyotes bring them to the harsh reality of their new lives. These families, that are processed as "child refugees" by ICE, are released on American soil and attempt to initiate their dream life without knowing where to go, without proper hygienic conditions, and restricted access to food.

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Reaching Refugee Families

Reaching Refugee Families

For the past three years, church members have been serving refugee families who have been uprooted from their homes and are now learning to adjust to a new culture, a new language, and a new way of doing things here in the United States. Sligo Church volunteers simply want to show Christian love to people who so desperately need to know they are warmly received here in their new community.

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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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