NPUC Regional Churches Take Major Soul Winning Initiatives

Reported by Alphonso McCarthy, VP for Multi-cultural and African-American work, North Pacific Union Conference

The Regional churches of the North Pacific Union Conference have laid active soul winning plans for 2008-2009. The work in our Union includes:

  • Pastors – 13
  • Churches/Congregations – 12
  • Bible Studies – 650
  • Reaping Meetings – 38
  • Baptism Goal – 515

Here is a list by conference and church:

Alaska Conference 2008/2009

 

Anchorage Community

Reaping Meeting – March 8-15 – 9 Baptisms

Three Week Fall Reaping Meeting – Sept. 13-Oct. 4 – Evangelist- Corlis Blake goal:  70 Baptisms

Youth Revival-November 2008

Two Week Winter Reaping Meeting – November/December Pastor Errol Staddart – Goal 11 Baptisms

On-going Evangelistic Programs: 

Women’s Bible Class

Youth Bible Studies-30 attending – goal 10 Baptisms

Men’s outreach Bible and Literature Program – goal:  7 Baptisms

Community Outreach:  Pantry Ministry – feed 40 families weekly –  goal 5 baptisms

 

Oregon Conference2008/2009

 

Sharon SDA Church

Evangelistic Crusade – May 23-June 14 – Dr. Raiford Woods & Pastor David King

Reaping Meeting – September 3-6 – Dr. Ron Smith

Week of Prayer – Sept.  21-27 – Pastor Roger Hernandez

Community Outreach – Sept.  4-Nov. 20 – Dave Ramsey “Financial Peace University)

2009

Evangelistic Crusade – April 5-25 – Pastor/Evangelist – Joseph Grider

Youth Evangelistic Crusade/Concert – August 2-5 – Minister Fred, Youth Evangelist

 

Your Bible Speaks

Church Preparation

Visitation Program/Bible Studies

Evangelism

Community Outreach

YBS has a number of new families who are attending the church.  The Pastor and Bible Workers will work closely with these new families as well as other members preparing them to give Bible studies, how to witness door to door, and how to mentor members once they join the church.  Member Training was one of the areas identified in the Personal Ministries Planning Session held earlier this month.

Visitation: Missing members Outreach Program (Reclaiming Ministry).

Sick and shut-in Ministry

Community questionnaire to ascertain the needs of individuals and families surrounding the church

Bible Studies

Evangelism: Provide training for members related to “Friendship Evangelism” in light of a Commission Culture.  Long-term Goal is to operate as an Evangelistic Center

Begin a “Discover Bible School” or other Bible Study Programs where members can become involved in giving bible studies to friends, family, neighbors and community.

Hold a “Reaping Evangelistic Meeting” in October 2008.  Evangelist is scheduled.

Hold special interest seminars/workshops on a monthly basis in the areas of health, family life, and finances before and after meetings.

Community Involvement.

Community Out-Reach  Day – September-Community businesses, health organizations and

Church partnership, health screenings will be available.

Reaping Meeting – October 5-17- Pastor Sherwin Jack

Fall and Spring Weeks of Prayer

200 Active Bible Studies – conducted by 4 Bible Workers (full time stipends) and members

100  Baptisms

Spring Reaping Meeting  – April-May

200 Bible Studies

50 Baptisms

 

Upper Columbia2008/2009

 

Pasco Ephesus Church

Peru Mission Trip

Share Him evangelistic series conducted by lay people.  18 Baptisms.

Claim a Block:  Spend 1 month per block, praying, going house to house getting acquainted and  doing what ever is needed.  2 people have been baptized as a result.

Youth Ministries:  80 member youth group, only 7 SDA, 20 intense Bible studies.  We will baptize 20 at the end of August.

September An after school program will begin, that includes computer training, English/Spanish learning, counseling, games.

Evangelistic:  Focus is on sowing, so with the above programs we will hold 4 week evangelism campaign in April 2009.

 

Spokane East Central

*Information Not Available

 

Washington Conference

 

Office of Regional Affairs Goal for the  7 Washington Conference Regional Churches: To baptize 100 souls each year

Hire 1 full time Bible Worker to train laity on how to give Bible studies

 

Breath of Life

Goal is to reach 50 souls

  • 5 Aspects
  • 1. Prayer & making contacts

  Each member will give out cards with Bible Studies times and dates

2.     Bible Studies

  Each member/family will seek out a time to study with the contact

  • 3. Revival Weekends

We want to capitalize on these weekends by baptizing those we are studying with and also those who may come and make a decision for Christ.

  • 4. Reaching Out To Visitors

Each Sabbath names of visitors are submitted to the Host at the church entrance and they are given a gift on the spot.  A letter from the Pastor will be sent out to all visitors inviting them back and sharing our different ministries.  Members will seek to interact with visitors and if there are any immediate needs that can be met will be offered.

  • 5. Media & Worship

Services will go out on the net and hopefully the radio in the future so that we can use our worship as a witness of the goodness of God.

 

Emerald City

*Information not available

 

Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Group

Outreach Activities:

June – A Premarital Preparation Inventory – Byron Dulan, facilitator “Are You Fit To Be Tied”

July – “The Pyramid in Your Kitchen” – Gwen Cason, Instructor

July/August – Vacation Bible School

August – Church in the Park/Vegetarian Cooking Seminar- Nessy Pittau, Registered Dietician

The Happy Family Crusade – September 20 – October 18 – Pastor David Churu

The focus is to reach the Kenyan Community.  The crusade will consist of the following:

  • 1. Biblical Preaching regarding family related issues
  • 2. 2. Happy Family Bible Lessons
  • 3. 3. Gary Smalley videos.

We will be working with Urban Youth Impact to make 80 contacts.  Increase Bible Studies from 6 to 30 studies.  Two full-time Bible workers are needed during September and October to initiate and develop relationships with interests.  One will stay after the crusade to work with new believers and those still in the valley of decision.  Baptize 20 souls and maintain them by having Health and Family Life Seminars.

A follow-up crusade is scheduled for the week of November 8-15 – Pastor David Churu 

 

Love of Life

*Information not available

 

Maranatha

 

Goal:  25 baptisms for 2008

 

15 Bible Studies in progress

9 request for Baptism

Over 400 individuals contacted thru community contacts

March 1-15 meeting – 3 Baptisms

Marriage Seminar – contacted 125/45 attended.

April 25-26 – Youth Weekend – Baptized 2

Goal 25 Bible Studies/ Baptism Goal:12

Pre Evangelistic Effort

21 days of Prayer and Fasting – January 9-31

Health Emphasis February 22 – 28 –  Guest Speaker

March 1 – 21st–  Evangelistic Series -Speaker – Pastor Wally Lyder

April 2-25 – Youth Revival Series

Tuesday Follow-up Evangelism Class will continue.

August 29-20 – Back to School Youth Evangelistic Weekend Goal 10-12 Baptisms

November 14 – Maranatha Spiritual Revival Weekend

December 20th Community Christmas Outreach

Goals:  contact 116 – Baptize:  11

 

Open Bible Fellowship

Sowing/Discipleship

Monthly Special Emphasis Days-with Eangelistic Focus each month in Sabbath Service.

Small Group Ministry & Evangelism

Year round evangelistic small groups, training jointly with Mt. Tahoma, Fall, 2008.

Goal:    Begin with 2 small groups (of 10 members).  To grow to 30people in 1 year.  Studies with 30 non-Adventists by members.

Vacation Bible School  – outreach to reach children in community.

Bible Work Ministry

Part time Bible Worker (who will receive stipend)  give Bible Studies and oversee lay Bible Workers who will work in harmony with the small groups.

Lay Bible Worker team of 3 people who will study with 3-4 persons individually each week – 25 studies on year.

2 Reaping Meetings per year

2 Week Meeting in late April/early May at Open Bible Fellowship

 Major Evangelistic Meeting in Fall Oct/Nov joint with Mt. Tahoma

Small Groups:  Begin with 2, goal to multiply to 4 in 1 year.

Bible Studies:  50 Studies

Baptisms:  25 Baptisms 

 

Mount Tahoma

Evangelism Priorities:

To establish a culture of evangelism and discipleship at the local church-so that evangelism and discipleship will be the weekly focus of the members of the church-sowing, reaping, discipleship all in the context of relationships.  The key conponents to this will be

Prayer & Intercession

Soul Winning Small Groups – ongoing year around

Worship Service Evangelism

Bible Worker Ministry

Youth Evangelism

Evangelism through Technology

Literature evangelism-through students in summer, as well as Bible Studies, SDA  Books and periodicals in all other phases of our evangelistic plan.

Quarterly Reaping Emphasis – 2 short meetings of 1-2 3weeks and one Major 3-week Crusade meeting.

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