by Pedro Trinidad
Source: NAD Ministerial
Lately I have been compiling a list of resources that can help pastors and church administrators to be more efficient. I get e-mails all the time from different ministries with resources that are supposed to lighten the load church leaders carry. Here are a few of the resources you may find helpful in your ministry. As a disclaimer, I have not used all of these tools – some just don’t fit my current context – but they sound so cool that I hope to use them sometime in the future. Some are free. Some are not. So here we go – Read More
By Marvin Wray, Pastor of the Napa Community Church
Source: NAD Ministerial
I certainly have a unique privilege in talking about this challenge since my conference president just happens to be a member of my church. Just prior to my arrival, he was also the pastor of this congregation, which certainly gives us some very special connecting points. But let’s take a look at this relationship from a broader perspective.
There are some basic approaches to providing pastoral care to your conference leadership team – especially the president. There have been times when I was in the conference headquarters and have taken the opportunity to step into his office, talk for a few minutes and include a time of prayer. I think this is particularly meaningful when you know there are crisis issues or perhaps when a constituency session is near. Read More
Why do so many young people leave the church? Young people who grew up in good homes, with loving Christian parents. Young people who learned about the love of Jesus. Young people who went to Christian schools and went on short term mission trips. Young people who had good youth pastors who showed interest in them. Young people who volunteered in different ministries within the church during their teenage years. Why? Here is one perspective by Jon Nielson called 3 Common Traits of Youth Who Don’t Leave the Church.
Nick Jones is a follower of Jesus, husband, father and, oh yeah, a pastor of the Gateway and SonRise Christian Fellowship churches in the Oregon Conference. This Walla Walla University theology graduate is also suffering through testicular cancer and the related chemotherapy. Recently a number of pastors and other individuals in the conference got their hair shaved in a show of support for Nick. You can watch a video of them getting “Nicked for Nick” online. Nick is also contributing blog posts about his journey. If you or someone you know has been touched by cancer, you will understand his perspectives. Perhaps you will even want to join those who are keeping him and others in prayer for recovery.
Over the 2013/2014 school year there were 10 Walla Walla University students who participated in the Theology Student Mentoring Program. These are their stories:
Over this last year I have been involved in several ministries. There are two that stand out to me as being the most notable. The first is my working with a young individual out of WWVA who (prior to meeting me) expressed a desire to be baptized. My goal was to help facilitate this desire by meeting with him regularly and going through materials to prepare him not only for baptism, but also for the Christian life that follows. We have made progress in this endeavor and I hope to continue and finish it this summer when he will become baptized.
The second ministry is that I have been working with a young individual who has grown up in a very much non-Christian home and lifestyle. My goal was to have regular Bible studies with this individual, in hopes that the Hoy Spirit would be able to do His work in any amount possible. l am proud to say that the goal was not only achieved, but surpassed! This young individual has expressed the desire to become baptized!
Both of these ministries have been a blessing to me, as I was able to see the Holy Spirit working on the “front lines”, and I am very happy for the decisions that were made to follow Christ. This experience has certainly been a blessing and an honor, and I have gained extremely valuable experience for my future work in ministerial capacities.
This year as I’ve been working the Pastoral Mentoring Program, there have been several experiences that have really stood out to me. Continue reading
by Seth Pierce, Pastor for the Puyallup Seventh-day Adventist Church
Source: Best Practices for Adventist Ministry
One of the greatest tools in building an online platform, as well as finding a place for the sermon leftovers that didn’t make the final cut, is a blog. While many people are familiar with blogs, and even have one, the truth is, like the book of Leviticus, many start but never finish. Maybe we crank out one or two theological manifestos or post a sermon — but the appeal diminishes easily among all the other stuff we have to get to but don’t.
However, the value of a well-crafted blog, is worth the effort. It allows another connection point within your congregation and even expands it to other avenues beyond your membership as people an share your thoughts with their friends. A well-focused blog can open professional doors for you — including paid speaking and writing opportunities. The one I maintain on my website, though in sore need of updating, has garnered speaking engagements both domestic and international and is a great way to connect with others around the world.
So what are a few helpful tips for maintaining a blog? Continue Reading…
Read the stories below from 8 different Walla Walla University Student who participated in the WWU Student Mentoring Program.
Mentor: Pastor Jeff Kinne, College Place Village Church
Pastor-Student Mentoring Program
This last year of ministry has held much variety and many constructive challenges for me. Besides the usual routine work that is part of the program, such as church member visitation, staff and board meetings, Bible studies, and helping with the Collegiate Sabbath School, I have also been involved in several other ministries as well, including ministering through music in church services and other occasions, occasional preaching, and a youtube ministry. Pastor Jeff Kinne, my mentor has provided me with plenty of pastoral wisdom through our weekly conversations and I believe his mentoring has helped me develop a ministry style that is effective, but suits my personality as well. The Youtube ministry started with a discussion at staff meeting about how we could use more electronic avenues for notifying people about Village Church events and spreading the gospel to a wider range of people. Pastor Kinne assigned me the task of checking into it and, after some networking and meetings, we decided to venture out with this new approach. We have posted both devotional videos and promotional videos for Village Church events on the channel and through the process, I have gained many pointers on how do better handle a Youtube ministry. It has been a learning experience for me and we hope for further development in the future.
Besides this new ministry, I have mostly been engaged in Bible studies, preaching, and visitation. The Bible studies were generated through a mass mail-out of Bible study request cards In Walla Walla. Then Village Church’s Bible Work Coordinator, Jon Jerinette, assigned different people to delivering the studies and asking If people wanted personal Bible studies with church members. I delivered several studies and was able to schedule a couple studies in people’s homes, Meeting people who were interested in finding a deeper bond with Christ and sharing messages from the Bible with them has blessed me spiritually, has sharpened my communication skills, and has aided my knowledge of the Bible. I can also see the helpful Influence it has had on the Bible study interests; they appear strengthened and comforted to be able to study with someone who shares their Interest in spiritual things.
My preaching has mostly consisted of sermons for the early service at Village Church once every other month. But I have also had the opportunity to preach at several other smaller churches In the valley that are in need of guest speakers. The regular exposure to preaching in a church setting has been very helpful in developing both my delivery and sermon-crafting skills. Through a variety of pursuits and opportunities, this year has provided a great deal of education and growth for me as a developing minister and I hope to continue this trend through the summer and next school year.
Pastor Mentoring Program
A Closer Glimpse
I have had the privilege to work with Continue reading
“That will never work here because we are a different culture.”
“But have we ever tried some of the things they are doing that are working?”
“Well, maybe not, but I’m sure in a secular, affluent, materialistic, post-modern society that the things they do in Mexico and Peru and other places will never work.”
I was convinced once again, through my conversation with another self-fulfilling prophet of failure, that the greatest barrier to reaching American society with the Seventh-day Adventist message and movement is not in the minds of pre-Adventists but in the minds of some Adventists!
Since I’ve had the privilege of traveling to many parts of the world where the Adventist movement is growing rapidly, I have collected ideas and experimented with them back home in the US. Where they are used with flexibility they work here, too!
As this post is published I’m in Peru with 85 Americans, preaching in 52 sites throughout the city of Trujillo. Besides helping with soul winning I hope we are training soul winners for back home that have the faith to believe that God will use them to make a difference on both continents.
I will share (below) some of my sketchy notes about key lessons learned from several parts of the world. I encourage you to experiment with some of these ideas, or others you have picked up from Continue reading
“Our job is not to make secular people spiritual but to go after the secular people God is making spiritual. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:13-15 that spiritual things are spiritually discerned. God gets there first, then we are sent to connect the dots, to help them find what they’re already looking for. Desire of Ages page 349 tells us Jesus’ disciples ministered with Him, looking for interested hearers. They were not trying to interest the hearers but to find those God had already made interested. God wakes up the heart and then sends in the messenger (see Acts 2, 8, and 10) and God knew what message is needed to appeal to hearts at end of time, the Three Angels Message of Revelation 14:6-12.”
– Shawn Boonstra, International Evangelist and Director/Speaker for It Is Written Television Program. Winning people to Jesus and the Adventist movement has been Shawn’s passion ever since he surrendered his heart to Jesus almost two decades ago. He is currently in Rome, Italy, preaching to people that God has already made interested and hungry for His message. He Knows What He’s Talking About (H.K.W.H.T.A.)
“Is this an April Fools’ Joke?”
The man on the other end of the phone had identified himself as working at the General Conference before asking “Would you be open to considering a call to oversee our Adventist work in Cambodia?”
“No, this isn’t a joke.”
“I’m so sorry. If you knew some of my friends you’d understand why I’m a little skeptical on the first day of April.” After asking the man a few more questions I promised to pray about it and talk with my family before we talked again the next week.
Since my wife has often told me that she does not have the spiritual gift of “missionary” I suspected that she would immediately say “no.”
When we talked together you can imagine my surprise when she listened carefully, asked a few questions of her own, and then responded, “Well, if you really believe that this is what God wants you to do then I would be willing to…”