Summit Seeks Educational Pathway for Pastoral Ministry
A strategic summit entitled “Pathways to Effective Pastoral Ministry” seeking to create a clearly marked educational path to the ministry for pastoral candidates convened on the campus of Andrews University September 6-8.
The primary motivation for convening the summit was demographic data that shows that more than 450 Adventist pastors across North America are currently eligible for retirement. With hundreds more joining their ranks every year, a shortage of qualified pastors looms ahead.
The diverse group of thought leaders from across the North American Division gathered to discuss the need for a comprehensive plan for the recruitment and development of effective pastors across the territory.
A recent study by the Adventist World Church Headquarters revealed that while two-thirds of North American Adventist pastors have graduate degrees, 7 percent of pastors have not yet completed a college undergraduate degree. Many pastors have attended unaccredited Bible training schools that provide lay training with an emphasis on traditional evangelism, typically lasting less than half a year. Additionally, the study showed that three in five pastors expressed a need for ongoing in-service training.
The group attending the summit was comprised of administrators, ministerial leaders, pastors and educators to make recommendations that would be presented at the North American Division Year-end Meetings.
Some recommendations included:
• The formation of a pastoral council to address pastoral development
• To establish a council of educators and ministerial leaders to coordinate learning outcomes of ministerial students
• A task force to develop a strategy for pastoral recruitment
The recommendations made at the summit have no formal authority, but will be passed on to the appropriate bodies which can take action.
Breath of Life Television Ministry to Celebrate 40th Anniversary
The year 2014 is a special one for the Breath of Life (BOL) Television Ministries, launched by Elder Walter Arties in 1974. After 40 years of public evangelistic campaigns and weekly television broadcasts, Breath of Life has birthed 13 churches and baptized over 20,000 individuals!
To commemorate the 40 Year Anniversary of BOL, former Speakers/Directors Elders Walter Arties, C. D. Brooks and Walter L. Pearson will all be present in Huntsville, Ala., along with current Speaker/Director Dr. Carlton P. Byrd, at the Oakwood University Church the weekend of November 7-8, to celebrate God’s blessings on this ministry.
Presently, BOL is aired on multiple television networks including the Hope Channel, Three Angels Broadcasting Network, the Word Network, and other local television stations in select U.S. markets. MORE
Ahora Disponible en Español: "Acerca de Cristo Como la Única Cabeza de la Iglesia Una Declaración del Seminario Teológico Adventista del Séptimo Día” (Statement on Headship Now Available in Spanish)
The Andrews University Theological Seminary recently released a Statement on Headship reaffirming Christ as the Head of the Church, and cautioning against the misuse of authority and the teaching of male headship. This document has now been translated into Spanish. LÉELA AQUÍ
Doctors from Loma Linda University Health have been named as "Top Doctors"
More than a quarter of the physicians listed on Inland Empire magazine’s “Top Doctors” edition took their medical school and/or specialty training at Loma Linda University School of Medicine or are currently on the faculty. MORE
Let's Move Day, September 21, Part of the National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Childhood obesity is considered one of the most urgent health issues
in the country, with nearly one-third of all American children classified as overweight or obese. With a long history of health emphasis, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America is joining the nation through the Adventists InStep for Life initiative in an effort to ensure that our children grow up to live long and healthy lives, free of diseases that are linked to obesity such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Parents can make simple choices to improve family health, such as providing healthy meals that include fresh fruits and vegetables, and encouraging a healthy lifestyle that promotes enough exercise and sleep.
To help the cause, Adventist churches, schools and hospitals across the U.S. and Canada are hosting the InStep for Life "Let's Move Day" (Sept. 21), and "Let's Move Week" (Sept. 21-27). Resources, including recorded Webinars, posters, sample news release, videos, and other promotional items are available. MORE
Children's Sabbath, October 4
For the past 10 years, the NAD has celebrated Children's Sabbath, which is scheduled for October 4, this year. This day provides a great "excuse" to invite neighbors, friends, and inactive members to bring their children.
Start planning now for October 4, or for a different Sabbath if necessary. Help is available at the Kid's Ministry Ideas website
. The more planning and promotion done, the more impact it will have.
Without children, a church will usually die as aging members die or become confined to nursing homes. A church that is "too small" to have a children's Sabbath school is too small not
to have someone selected to be ready at a moment's notice with an age-appropriate Sabbath school when visiting children arrive. Potential members are often lost to a church forever when there is nothing available for their children, and regular members are embarrassed to invite friends who have children to attend. The NAD Children's Ministries Department supplies many resources free of charge or for very low cost. Contact them
if you need assistance.
A New Look for the Washington Conference Website
Check it out at the same URL as before. It's searchable, screen-size-responsive, and action-oriented. All the new features are currently explained on the home page
GAiN Conference Re-envisioned
The GAiN (Global Adventist Internet Network) Conference, originally slated to be held in the West Africa Division (WAD), February 11-15, 2015, has been re-envisioned, and instead, will become "GAiN Online" for the same dates. The change is due to challenged travel budgets for 2015 which are being saved by many in various divisions to attend the 2015 GC Session in San Antonio, Texas. In addition, the increasing threat of the Ebola virus in WAD and other regions forces many to consider the no-travel option. More information about how to register and receive the GAiN Online Conference will be available later.
Timely enditnow Anti-Abuse Resources Still Available
Recent news videos of former professional running back Ray Rice knocking his now-wife to the floor of an elevator rendering her unconscious, and stories of actors' and other athletes' problems with domestic violence, have drawn renewed attention to the subject of abuse.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America has launched an all-out war against violence of any kind. Recently, an enditnowcampaign kit was sent to all pastors in the division, to assist in launching a campaign on enditnow Awareness Sabbath, which was August 23. The kit contains the following to teach more about abuse and how to deal with it:
• No More Excuses by Mable Dunbar and Colin Dunbar
• Child Protection Resource Guide
• enditnow DVD
• Breaking the Silence Brochure
If your church has not yet sponsored this emphasis, it is not too late. You can order your own kit online from AdventSource (or call 402-486-8800).
Still more resources in English, Spanish and French, including a suggested sermon, "Freedom in Relationships" with an accompanying children's story, PowerPoint presentation, and more, can be downloaded FREE from the NAD Women's Ministries website as well as at the NAD Special Days web page under August and at www.enditnownorthamerica.org/.
|To enditnow: Break the Silence
"Why She Stays, When She Leaves," presented by Dr. Mable Dunbar at the 2014 Summit on Abuse
"Anyone can be abused, and anyone can be abusive," says Mable Dunbar, Ph.D., L/P.C. She is founder, president and CEO of Women's Healing and Empowerment Network, established not just for safety, but for healing.
Dr. Dunbar believes that the majority of people who have not been abused have little or no idea what it's like to feel totally worthless, totally ashamed, totally hopeless and totally powerless in the way that an abuse victim feels. They do not understand how the whole process of abuse gradually deteriorates a person little by little, piece by piece.
In this presentation she discusses what we can do to help a victim find safety, and who is most effective in helping a victim escape an abusive relationship. Become informed so that you will be prepared to help someone suffering from abuse.
Adventist Radio Station, WGTS FM 91.9 "The Story Project" Tells Effects of Programming
Due to various circumstances in Bonnie's life, she became homeless. Then she contracted pneumonia and had to be hospitalized. During all these low times in her life, she listened to WGTS 91.9 which covers a wide area of the Washington, D. C. area. The Christian programming brought her hope and peace. Overall, she was able to have a stronger relationship with God and is thankful for WGTS 91.9 for being an inspiration to her life. WATCH THE VIDEO
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