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From Leader to Leader – Evangelism STILL works?

by César De León Ph.D LMFT, Ministerial Director for the North Pacific Union Conference

Just yesterday, the first annual Evange-Lead Conference, sponsored by the Oregon Conference and NPUC, concluded. It was very encouraging to fellowship with pastors, elders, deacons, chaplains, social workers and other Kingdom-building lay people that joined the engaging and stimulating dialogue regarding evangelism.

Dr. Roger Walter, Oregon Conference’s Outreach Director and lead pastor at the Adventist Community Church in Vancouver, Washington, in conjunction with the NPUC evangelism department created and hosted this conference with the hope that pastors, church leaders and lay people would come out to be part of the evangelism conversation. Dr. Walter has just published a compelling book, Evangelism Intelligence, that invites us, as the remnant movement, to be intelligent about how we continue to fulfill the mission and purpose of Christ’s remnant church. He shares, through his own personal ministry journey, how public evangelism has proven to be effective, especially when one integrates the reality that Adventist churches grow very differently from traditional evangelical churches. Dr. Walter has continued to budget generously for annual public evangelism through the years which has resulted in a consistent flow of new members joining his church family. Adventist Community Church in Vancouver, Washington, continues to be the fastest growing, non-Hispanic, church in the Oregon Conference. If you missed this year’s Evange-LEAD Conference, I highly recommend you read Evangelism Intelligence (2018, Flaming Arrow Publishers).

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Why Not Try This? – What Keeps Millennials In Church

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Source: NAD Ministerial

If you feel like the church in North America falls short when it comes to engaging teenagers and young adults, you’re not the only one.

The Fuller Youth Institute, a research institute in California that equips leaders in the church with best practices, conducted research to uncover what the biggest challenges facing the church in this area are. Continue Reading…

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From Beyond the Pulpit – Sufferer of E.B.S.

by Stan Hudson who served as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor for 38 years and is currently the Director of Creation Ministries at the North Pacific Union Conference

OK, I’m thinking it’s fairly official: I’m an old guy. There are fewer things I can think of that are more difficult to admit. I’m a sufferer of what I call “E.B.S.:” “Excessive Birthdays Syndrome.”

I’m part of the glorious generation’s kids, a baby boomer. Actually I’m an early one, part of the subgroup affectionately labeled as an “Ozzie and Harriet baby boomer.” That’s over against the real kids called “Brady Bunch baby boomers.” I have a Medicare card. I get “post-adult” discounts. Were I mentioned in a news article I’d likely be listed as elderly.

Sigh. Yes, I remember when JFK was shot. I remember watching the Beatles on Ed Sullivan (can they still get back together…please??). And I definitely remember my sixth grade teacher announcing emphatically that Jesus would come back within the year!

All water long gone under many bridges. So, now what? I’m near the end of my “career.” I can see retirement from here. Frankly, this is a question I ask myself: “What good am I now?”

A couple of days ago for morning worship God showed me this from Psalms 71:18:

‘Now also when I am old and grayheaded,
O God, do not forsake me,
Until I declare Your strength to this generation,
Your power to everyone who is to come.’

Maybe there is still things to accomplish, stories to share, wisdom (the only perk of aging?) to impart. In particular, I am more motivated than ever to be as useful to God as I know how. For all that He has done and continues to do for me and for those I care about, I am forever His servant. Even as a sufferer of E.B.S., a post-adult. My son has said that I lived “back in the day,” a sad truth. But maybe I can still be useful beneath gray hairs.

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Momentum – Home Bible Studies

by Fredy Reinosa, Pastor of the Hood River Seventh-day Adventist Church

Our program started in January of this year . We did a week of prayer at the church from and at the end of the week, we made an appeal for people to open their homes to have home Bible studies and invite their friends to meet one day a week for 9 weeks . We had 6 people offer their homes and start Bible studies there. I meet with the leaders of the small groups every other Sunday for training and visit their homes to support and encourage them. Every Sabbath one of the 6 groups share during 10 minutes about how about their week Bible study and invite people to attend. After 9 weeks , we had 2 weeks of reaping and sowing events at the church.

During the weeks leading to the reaping and sowing (we reap from our meetings at the small groups and we sow new interest for continued growing in small groups) event at the church we had several visitors in the 6 different homes. I was leading a group on Wednesday (the elders lead the other groups) and I got to know Victor and his wife Aracely , they are new in the church. They have been in the Hood River Church less than 2 years. Last year they invited a couple (Emma and Alberto) to the church and they were baptized. They always invite friends to church and to the small groups. During the meetings they invited Alberto and Emma’s parents and they also decided to be baptized. We had a total of around 30 visitors and former members who are attending church now and also small groups.

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Changed Lives – Gospel Long-Term Project

by Sergey Kuzmin, Pastor of the Russian-Ukrainian Federal Way Seventh-day Adventist Church

The program was prepared as part of the gospel long-term project to introduce people to Biblical end-time prophecies. Three families who belonged to a Pentecostal church visited the program. Their personal study of the Bible led them to believe that it was necessary to examine more closely the question of the Sabbath as the fourth commandment. They were opened to the influence of The Holy Spirit studying the Bible. Getting to know more about Daniel and Revelation prophesies they became convinced that the Sabbath is the true day of worship to God. Currently, communication with them continues in order to open to them other truths of the Bible.

Conducting Bible study programs among Russian speaking people is difficult because most are affiliated with a particular denomination, mostly Baptist and Pentecostal Churches. Thus, it is necessary to consider this fact, that these people have already accepted Christ as their personal Savior, and do not need an additional call to give their lives to the Lord. But the fact that many of them are willing to go beyond that level of understanding of the Bible, which was lacking in the churches of the Baptists and the Pentecostals, opens opportunities to preach the truth for the present time. Our new visitors questioned the stand of the church on temperance and the gift of prophecy as well. We pray that our loving Lord will continue to lead our new friends to steadily increase their knowledge and understanding the Adventist beliefs.

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Global Missions – How the “Me” in Ministry Died

by Troy Wallace, Walla Walla Theology Student

Before I came on the NPUC Mission Trip to Guatemala, I had never really done anything specifically evangelistic, especially a reaping meeting. Honestly, I was a little cynical when it came to “traditional” evangelism. But I thought this would be a great experience to get outside of America and see how God is working in other places. When we all arrived, we got the royal treatment, something I did not expect. The Guatemala Mission welcomed us with a big ceremony to show their support and gratitude for our being in Guatemala. Every pastor was enthusiastic to see that they had preachers to help with the campaigns. It’s incredible to see the level of dedication that some of these pastors have. Some are pastoring more than 12 churches at a time, equipping the saints in each church to run on its own. This was so refreshing to see, and I’m convinced it’s more Biblical then our pastor-centered churches in America. As we were paired up with our translators, I met mine. Ginardo is a humble man, only three years into the faith. His English wasn’t great, but I know God used him to reach others despite the hiccups in some of the messages. A couple of lessons I learned working with Ginardo:

  • Experience isn’t necessary to do God’s work
  • The Holy Spirit is doing things so far beyond our ability
  • How people respond to spiritual things is not indicative of the effect of the preaching.
  • Sometimes the people changed the most through the preaching are the preacher and the translator.
  • The bond you build with your translator is special

I was surprised at how kind and generous everyone in Guatemala is. As we deployed to our churches to preach, families would welcome us into their homes and feed us. What is moving in these experiences is often the families are very poor and have little to give. One of the stories I heard from a new friend and pastor, Abner, was the kindness of one of his hosts. They fed him a full and equal plate of food as the father of the house he visited. As he finished up his delicious meal he noticed that the father had only eaten one quarter of his plate. He overheard the father silently call to his kids to finish the plate, because that was all the food they had. This type of generosity is uncommon and heart-melting. The people here really know what it means to be family. Yes there is brokenness, but the community is tight, especially within the churches. People actually love each other and share with one another. Continue reading

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Upcoming Events – Is This Thing On? Facebook Live Event Goes to Walla Walla University

May 12 at 4 p.m. students from Walla Walla University (WWU) will dialogue with North American Division (NAD) leadership on the campus of WWU in College Place, Wash., during the 120-minute “Is This Thing On?” livestreamed conversation. Dan Jackson, NAD president; Alex Bryant, executive secretary; and Tom Evans, treasurer, will answer questions via the audience and social media during the program’s third Facebook Live event. Read More…

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Media & Adventist Benefits – That Christian Vlogger

MEET JUSTIN —

My name is Justin Khoe and I’m a digital missionary, married to the love of my life, an avid weightlifter and producer of That Christian Vlogger — A weekly YouTube show.

My goal is to create a space on YouTube where people from around the world can come together, be inspired, and fall more in love with Jesus.

I travel the world, sharing my experiences of “faith in the first person.”

 

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Advent Movements – Labrador

On April 16 the Upper Columbia Conference nominating and executive committees extended an invitation to Minervino “Minner” Labrador Jr. to serve as the new conference president. Labrador has accepted the call and will begin in June. Currently, he serves as the Southwestern Union Conference vice president of ministries and director of ministerial stewardship and men’s ministries. Read More…

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Why Not Try This? – LIKE Card

by Dustin Serns, Pastor of the Port Orchard Seventh-day Adventist Church
Source: NAD Ministerial

At the end of my first sermon in my new district, I gave everyone two “LIKE Card” Bookmarks.

LIKE is an acronym

·      List 5-10 people you’d like to see baptized.

·      Intercede for them daily.

·      Kindness shown through words and acts.

·      Encourage Bible study & decisions.

The members kept one card in their Bibles as a prayer list and handed in the other copy for the church leaders to pray for. It didn’t take long before we started seeing God answer.

The first name on Candy’s card was her husband Cliff. Throughout their 42 years of marriage, Cliff had shown Continue Reading…

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