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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
The family has gathered. Clusters of people are scattered throughout the house, visiting with each other. The cooks have been doing their job in the kitchen. The wonderful aromas have been drifting through the house. And now it is time to eat.
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?
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.
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.
As a minister, one of the most awesome opportunities we have is to preach the words of life to thirsty people. So, it behooves us to do all we can to speak in a way that draws the heart toward Jesus, facilitates conviction, and moves the listener to action.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 Gospel
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.
The purpose of these initiatives is not to intrude in the work that you are doing locally, but to ask for your cooperation in building a grand collaboration of effort and spirit for mission throughout this vast territory.
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.
In this video Pastor Hiram Rester presents the message One More. He starts telling the story of Janelle Guzman a woman who was pulled from the rubble of Ground Zero after September 11 terrorists attacks. She was under the rubble for 26 hours when she was finally rescued.
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.