The Clergy and Educator Memorial Medallions: What Conferences Need To Know

The Clergy and Educator Memorial Medallions: What Conferences Need To Know

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. 

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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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NARLA Religious Liberty Summit

NARLA Religious Liberty Summit

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.” 

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Keep Your Lights On For Halloween

Keep Your Lights On For Halloween

Several years ago, on a Saturday right before Halloween, the members of the newly planted church that I pastored decided to do some outreach in our community. I wrote a pamphlet on the history of Halloween, its origin, and its practices.I ended with a stern appeal, telling people they

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Nike is right. Just do it!

Nike is right. Just do it!

I really like the Nike slogan-"Just do it." Simple, relevant, yet challenging. The "Just do it" statement is bold enough to challenge you for one thing only: action. Not words, not good intentions, not planning, but simple and raw action. If you are sitting for too long, stand up and move. 

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Statement from The NAD Ministerial Association on The GC Annual Council Vote on Compliance

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The 60% to 40% split vote in favor of the General Conference Administrative Committee’s recommended compliance document at annual council last Sunday in Battle Creek, MI created challenging times for pastors and members on both sides of the issue.  Some are rejoicing in the vote and others are hurting. Please allow our ministerial team to speak words of encouragement to specific groups who may be hurt and disappointed.

Pastors, it is no doubt these are challenging times to be a spiritual leader, and even though it appears we are at a crossroad in the Seventh day Adventist Church in North America, I’m still encouraged that we can stand on the promises of the Author and Finisher of our Faith.  I’m encouraged because we can act as Micah declared, to do justly, to love mercy and walk humbly with our God. I’m am also encouraged by your faithful witness to stand for right though the heavens fall. If you are not encouraged, I just want you to know you do not walk alone. We stand with you and more importantly the Creator God of the Universe will empty heaven just for you. – Ivan Williams

Women Clergy, I know we all are feeling the after effects of yesterday's meeting in Battle Creek. You are not alone - we are all in this together!  WE LOOK UP and find strength to get up!   "In God I have put my trust; I will not fear what man can do unto me.” “I will cast my burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain me.  He will never suffer the righteous to be moved.”  We have important work to do, and by God's grace we can confidently move forward knowing that we have been chosen and called by God.  Continue to be intentional about mentoring and increasing our numbers-We will expand the Kingdom! - Brenda Billingy

Pastors, There are millions of people in our cities, towns, and neighborhoods who need to experience the gospel through our lifestyle of compassion and our message of deliverance that sets them free today and offers them the hope of the second advent and the resurrection. This is not the time to walk away, we owe it to the God who called us to ministry and to the people in desperate need of a Savior, to gather our courage and continue to share the transforming love of God and the compassion of Jesus in practical ways. Our unprecedented church planting movement and our missional awakening across our territory cannot be quenched. More than ever before, this is a time for all hands, feet, and hearts on deck, male and female, young and old, together sharing Jesus with actions and words in North America. - Jose Cortes Jr.

Husbands and Children of Women Clergy, I can only imagine what you as a husband or child of a woman who has dedicated her life to God’s service, must be feeling the day after the General Conference Annual Council voted the compliance document. Though I believe that many Adventists within our division are deeply troubled by it, only God can understand the injury that you may have experienced and only He can heal the wounds that this may be causing you. Please know that you are being held up to God continually at this time in prayer. May the God of all comfort, comfort you in this present time. - Donna Jackson

Pastors, after yesterday’s GC council vote we don’t know what the future holds for the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. I’ve heard a variety of speculations. But in any future scenario, your pastoral leadership is needed now more than ever. Your people need a pastor. Your people need hope in Jesus. Your community needs to experience the grace of God. Don’t bolt. Instead, double down on your faith in Jesus.  –Dave Gemmell

Everyone, even though we the women clergy, who are affected the most by this decision, have largely been left out of the conversation, I thank God for the men of principle who continue to be our voice. I thank God for the hundreds of Holy Spirit empowered women clergy, who against all odds, are having an ever-widening circle of pastoral impact. We at NAD Ministerial are committed to equipping and supporting them as our numbers grow.  – Esther Knott 

NAD WOMEN CLERGY STATEMENT

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In anticipation of the upcoming General Conference Annual Council, many women of the church, and many women who serve the church, are sensing themselves to be powerless, and disrespected as partners in the membership and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Our presence and our voice are largely absent from this conversation, even though we note one of the proposed compliance subcommittees is clearly about us. As a group of approximately two hundred professional women clergy, we share the conviction that nothing ought to be about us, without us.

Additionally, we share a consensus of concern over proposals regarding governance that do not represent the heart of protestant faith, biblical fidelity or authentic Adventism; a document that advocates an overreach, if not abuse, of power that obviously misunderstands our unique governance system.

As professional clergy, we listen to, and pastor a North American Division membership concerned and troubled by this proposal. We appeal to our elected leaders (i.e. the following groups: General Conference Administrative Committee, General Conference and Division Officers, and the General Conference Executive Committee) for a careful assessment and even spiritual accountability of how this proposed compliance process represents best leadership practices for the Adventist Church. The proposed compliance committee process will take us far from our roots as a movement.

We remain in prayer for the Holy Spirit's guidance as we continue to uphold the mission of our church.

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 things.

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The Grand Collaboration

The Grand Collaboration

It is futile for any ministry or organization to work as a silo unto themselves. Working alone in the face of so many opportunities to benefit from others only hinders or stunts the super potential of the exponential. There are so many benefits to sharing, partnering and collaborating, and the North American Division Ministerial Association has decided to be intentional about collaborating. 

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New Professional Growth Policy for Pastors

New Professional Growth Policy for Pastors

The North American Division (NAD) Ministerial Association introduces a new professional growth policy for pastors at the NAD Year End Meetings in Columbia Maryland. This new policy, if adopted at the year end meetings, will provide structure for pastors to continually become more effective in ministry.

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2018 Women Clergy Conference

2018 Women Clergy Conference

The 2018 North American Division (NAD) Women Clergy Conference is slated to be held September 2-5, in Palm Springs, California. This inspirational gathering is designed for all female Adventist professional pastors and chaplains serving in the NAD. 

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