Category Archives: Small Groups

Lifelong Learning- Outstanding Video Presentations

In January at the NAD Ministries Convention in Myrtle Beach, SC, there were a number of outstanding presentations. Here are two outstanding presentations that are worth watching.

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Why Not Try This?… Schedule a Youth Baptismal Sabbath

We set dates for weddings, graduations, sporting events and special times with a loved one. So why not set one for youth baptisms? When we set a date for baptism we show that we realize it is an important step in walking with Jesus and we are more likely to give serious attention to preparing for this special event.

In the North Pacific Union, the first Sabbaths in May and December are “Youth Baptismal Sabbath.” (Alternate dates can be set locally.) Why have two baptismal dates in a year? By having two baptismal dates a year there will be many more who are baptized. When a person is baptized they usually think of friends they want to see make the same decision. If there is another baptism already scheduled within the next six months they are often more focused in their outreach efforts. At many baptismal services some watching make a decision for baptism and need to be invited to prepare to be baptized within the next six months or sooner. Some people are ripe for making a decision for baptism now that weren’t six months ago.

As a spiritual leader of young people you have an incredible privilege and responsibility. You can help the young people in your circle of influence catch a vision of what Jesus has planned for their lives and to invite them to take important steps in that direction. One word spoken, one invitation made, one personal testimony shared, one verse of God’s word read can be the turning point in an entire life. Continue reading

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“Living the Hope” Free Soul Winning Resources Now Available Online

Looking for a great new 16 part reaping series? “Living With Hope” is now available FREE online (and later on the NAD Pastors DVD #16) at www.LivingWithHopeSeminar.com. This 16-part Bible seminar sharing fundamental Seventh-day Adventist beliefs is a complete evangelistic toolkit including:

  • Sermon manuscripts & outlines
  • Editable sermon slides
  • Participant handouts
  • Marketing materials
  • Event manual
  • Evangelism training handbook

The topics covered are

  1. The Bible
  2. Trinity/God
  3. Salvation
  4. The Great Controversy
  5. The Second Coming Continue reading

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“A Light In Every City, Town and Village” SEEDS 2009

This summer’s Seeds Conference at Andrews University promises to be one of the best ever. Scheduled for June 8-13, 2009. Areas of focus include the following–

 Faith . . . Where God’s Power Prevails | Bigger, Bolder Vision | Group and Cell Reunion | Worship
Intro to Church Planting | Basic Church Planting | Church Planter Xchange | House Church Summit    Simple Witnessing | World Religions in NAD | Evangelism | re:frame for postmodern | Leadership     Coaching | Church Plant Movement | Group-Cell Intensive I | Kids in Discipleship | Growth Groups

Check out the website info at http://www.nadei.org/article.php?id=150 and go or send someone if possible.

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What Works for Me in… Preparing Young People for Baptism- Marcy Perry

Editor’s Note- Marcy Perry, an Earliteen Sabbath School Leader, Pathfinder Staff member, wife, mom, and member of the Meadow Glade Seventh-day Adventist Church (OR Conf) has helped prepare more than twenty young people for baptism in the past six weeks (that right, WEEKS!). How has a lay member done it? 

Four key factors- 

  1. God impressed her with the need
  2. Her pastor empowered her (He said “Go for it!”)
  3. Her church member friends helped her with three carefully planned retreat weekends at her home; one for Sixth Grade Girls, another for Seventh/Eighth Grade Boys, and the third for Sixth Grade Boys
  4. She drew on resources and inspiration from www.YouthBaptismalSabbath.org

At first she talked to the young people about having a baptismal class but school, homework, sports, field trips, music tours and other items kept conflicting with the plans. Most of these young people had been around Adventist beliefs for years but had just not been brought to a decision to unite with the Adventist movement. That’s when the idea for a retreat weekend was born.

At the first retreat fourteen girls signed up. Continue reading

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Media & Adventist Benefits- Happy Wal-Mart Employees and Ministry Placement

From the article “FLY ON THE WALL; UNDERCOVER AT WAL-MART” by Charles Platt in The New York Post, February 7, 2009 

“…If Wal-Mart was such an exploiter of the working poor, why were the working poor so eager to be exploited? And after they were hired, why did they seem so happy to be there? Anytime I shopped at the store, blue-clad Walmartians encouraged me to “Have a nice day” with the sincerity of the pope issuing a benediction….” 

“On average, anyone walking into Wal-Mart is likely to spend more than $200,000 at the store during the rest of his life. Therefore, any clueless employee who alienates that customer will cost the store around a quarter-million dollars. Continue reading

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Lifelong Learning- “The Radical Prayer” Study Groups

More than 600 study groups have formed in the 30 days following the NAD Ministries Convention in January using The Radical Prayer DVD resource and study guides! PRAISE THE LORD!!

Bulk orders to conferences are $4 per DVD set. Call for details: 407-488-4018

A free 6-part DVD series (retail value $9.99) along with study guides and sermon manuscripts are ONLY available free for any pastor or lay leader in the NAD who commit to hold a Radical Prayer series in their church.

Individual pastors who wish to order: Go to www.theradicalprayer.com and click on CONTACT. Fill out your name and address and request The Radical Prayer resource materials offered as part of Share the Hope 2009.

“May you be blessed as you respond to the appeal of Jesus.” Derek Morris

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Florida Conference Experiments with “Simple Church” House Churches

From the Adventist Review December 11, 2008 pp. 26-28

“To meet the challenge of sharing the gospel message in a state where 86 percent of the population does not attend a typical church on a given weekend, the Florida Conference executive committee recently approved collaboration with LIFE Training Institute on a lay-led church-planting network called Simple Church. LIFE is an Orlando-based lay training program owned by ASI.

“Instead of meeting in elaborate church buildings, attendees of Simple Church-designated a company under the umbrella of the Florida Conference church-gather in home-based environments. This is reminiscent of the apostle Paul, who often sent greetings to house churches in his letters…”

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Changed Lives: “Hi – I’m Allen, Alcoholic/Addict”

From NPUC Changed Lives

Hi. I’m Allen, alcoholic/addict. Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most. Can’t remember much – that’s why I have to read this stuff to you off these pages. Besides, I’d be tempted to omit things if they weren’t staring me in the face.

Evil? I was the epitome of evil. Went online and ran a background check. Printer ran out of ink after seven pages. I’m not talking ancient history here – I’m talking six or seven years ago. Whatever I was in to, I couldn’t get enough. I was a first class glutton.

Money? I couldn’t get enough. Everything had a price – as much as traffic would bear. I wouldn’t even answer the phone unless there was something in it for me. I had to have things. Good things. The best of things. Fancy house. State of the art computer. Motorcycles. Guns – dozens of them, even though I wasn’t allowed to own them because of prior felonies. New 4×4 truck. Read More

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Why Not Try This? …Check Out The New MOMENTUM! Website

Can you imagine a group of Adventist farmers arguing over which is most important- harvesting vs. planting, growing food vs. feeding people, praying for a good crop vs. getting out in the field to pick some produce? And all the while fields are waiting to be planted, cultivated, reaped and brought to market.

Can you imagine a group of Adventist believers arguing over which is most important- public evangelism vs. friendship evangelism, doctrines vs. Jesus, the need for more prayer vs. the need for more outreach, etc.

I’ve discovered in my ministry that all of these are false dichotomies. They are not either/or but both/and. We need it all! Farming takes an entire harvest cycle, and soul winning does too.

What does it take to integrate two harvest cycles a year into our churches, schools and Adventist institutions? Continue reading

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