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What Works for Me – The Art of Appeal

Best Practices Webinar with Shawn Boonstra from NAD Adventist on Vimeo.

On Tuesday, February 18, 2014, the NAD held a Ministerial Best Practices Webinar presentation by Shawn Boonstra entitled, “The Art of the Appeal”.

Description: Shawn discussed the art of working with an audience over time to create the best possible environment for a positive response to the gospel. He briefly touched on the history of the modern altar call, and discussed an important understanding how appeals work in the minds and hearts of hearers. He also discussed the difference between persuasion and appeal, as well as gave practical suggestions that help create a positive environment for response.

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What Works For Me In – Paperless Preaching

by Dan MartellaDanMartella
Source: NAD Ministerial

Through the years I have admired pastors who can preach without notes. I have marveled at their ability to deliver powerful, heartfelt, life-changing messages without having to be propped up by a stack of papers. Given my personal wiring, I sadly concluded that paperless preaching was forever beyond my reach.

Then one Friday afternoon as I reviewed my sermon notes, I suddenly realized that the message was so well written that I could remember it all – the sequence of introduction, points, stories, and applications. The next day when I stepped out of my pulpit and simply shared the message from my heart, something powerful happened – The freedom, the connection with my congregation, the interactivity, and the authenticity of the witness shared absolutely hooked me.

Let me share with you 10 points for paperless preaching that have worked well for me since that memorable Sabbath four years ago: Continure Reading

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What Works For Me – Top Articles of the Last 12 Months

If you missed them you might want to read them now. Here are the top 5 most viewed stories in the What Works For Me category during the past year. Please add your additional comments at the end of any of these posts–

  1. What Works For Me In… Improving the Nominating Committee Process
  2. What Works For Me in… Having a Useful Church Newsletter or e-newsletter
  3. What Works For Me in… Finding Sources of Sermon Illustrations
  4. What Works for Me in…Three Simple Steps For Overcoming Any Sin
  5. What Works for Me in…Tips for Hospital Visits

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H.K.W.H.T.A – Biblical Advice for Men

by Kirk Cameron

  1. The heart of the problem is a problem of the heart. Selfishness is the heart of problems in marriage.
  2. Without the Holy Spirit we are incapable. You can go to all the marriage seminars you want, learn all the techniques and tactics, etc. but none of those things will really be successful unless you let the Holy Spirit come into your heart.
  3. Instead of focusing on changing your spouse- their flaws or weaknesses- or the way(s) they’ve changed for the worse, focus on changing yourself. Give your spouse a new you.

For husbands, remember- “My Wife Rocks. Our marriage is worth fighting for. I will… spend time with her, study her, honor her, protect her, open up to her, pray with her.”

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What Works for Me in – Reconnecting Ministry

About a million people who once worshipped in an Adventist church in  North America have quit attending on a regular basis. There are a million unique stories why they left. The good news is, over 100,000 Adventists  have reconnected during the past five years! We coordinate that ministry in North America and encourage it worldwide through our training events, resources and coaching services. The Church can have all kinds of evangelistic initiatives to get new people in the front door, but if the back door is swinging wide open, we have a retention problem.  If this is true in your congregation, conference, union or division, let us help you with a ministry of friends reaching friends who have taken a break from active church attendance.  To find out more contact Paul Richardson  or  Click Here

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What Works for Me in…Three Simple Steps For Overcoming Any Sin

We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. – Romans 8:37

Whoever you are, whatever your struggles and temptations may be, sweet victory is yours for the taking.

Right now!

All you need do is appreciate, appropriate and act upon what already belongs to you in the person of Jesus Christ. You are guaranteed success in whatever battle you may be fighting, not because you are sufficient for the battle—you are not!—but because there are massively powerful provisions at your fingertips, in Christ.

Here are three simple steps that will release you from the grip of even the most besetting sin.

1. Name the Thing

Honesty is the precursor to victory.

Before God, and in your own conscience, call your sin exactly what it is. Cease all explanations and excuses. Just get on your knees and confess that this thing is absolutely opposed to God’s character, that it is hurting others and destroying you. Verbalizing the truth of the matter is vitally necessary. Doing so awakens a deeper sensitivity and places your heart in an honest position before God and before yourself.

Moses instructed Israel, “It shall be, when he is guilty in any of these matters, that he shall confess that he has sinned in that thing” (Leviticus 5:5).

Confess “that thing,” the specific “thing,” for exactly what it is, without reserve and without any kind of justification.

David gave us an example of total transparency before God:

I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,’ and You forgave the iniquity of my sin (Psalm 32:5).

Stop hiding!

Stop lying!

Stop explaining!

Simply tell the truth.

2. Decide and Act Against the Thing

There lies within you a God-given power to READ MORE

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What Works for Me in…Tips for Hospital Visits

What do you say or do when you visit someone in the hospital? How can you truly listen then point them to Jesus? Here are some tips from Pastor Miles Bankston, a pastor in the Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

I had to put together a quick and easy assessment tool for practical use while I was in a year of CPE for the US Army Chaplaincy. We had to come up with a way to get to the heart of the Spiritual Matter in 10 minutes of less in a hospital visit. This assessment tool forced me to really have some focused direction with a patient and I wish I would have had this while I was pastoring in TX. I use it all the time with people and they are not aware of it, but it helps me to keep on track and keep them on track. I offer it as a tool for any one of you pastors (elders or ministry workers) and hope it can benefit you in your ministry counseling.

THE FIVE F’s

  1. Facts- Can you tell me a little of the story that brought you here?
  2. Family- Can you tell me a little about your family. ( You want to know do they have family or a friend support system)
  3. Feeling- Can you tell me how you are feeling? (What is their primary emotion, anger, depression, grief, frustration, etc?)
  4. Faith- How does your faith help you or hurt you in times like this? ( You want to assess where their faith is, or do they practice their faith, Bible Reading, Prayer, Worship, where is their walk with God?)
  5. Future- Can you tell me what the future looks like down the road? ( You want to know do they have a future in site or does it look bleak and dark)

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What Works For Me In…Discount Orders

Purchase “Why I am a Sabbath-Keeping Christian” by Dan Jarrard at a discounted price. Only 80 cents each!

A long-time supporter of this ministry has been impressed of God’s Sweet Spirit to subsidize purchases of this book that are made for use in seminars, evangelistic meetings, and FREE material displays in church foyers.

To order CLICK HERE

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What Works For Me In…Year End Meeting Devotionals and Resourses

To listen to audio only versions of the devotional messages and view ministry resources/documents presented during the 2010 North American Division Year-end Meeting (November 4-8), please visit www.nadadventist.org.

Devotionals can be found on the main page of the web site under the title: 2010 Year-end Meeting devotionals.

Resources and documents shared by the various ministries can be found on the main page of the web site under the title: 2010 Year-end Meeting resources.

Enjoy!

George Johnson Jr. —Director
Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America | Communication

12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904
(301) 680-6057
email:
george.johnson@nad.adventist.org
website: www.nadadventist.org and www.adventistcommunicator.org

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What Works For Me In…A Different Kind of Labor

“There is need of a different kind of labor in our churches from what they have had. Those ministers who are inclined merely to preach, and not to visit and put forth personal effort, need to break up this habit by working earnestly in families. Let families invite in their neighbors, and then let the minister hold Bible readings with them, and become acquainted with them. There needs to be less preaching and more pastoral work done in our churches. Those who have no aptitude for this kind of labor, should educate themselves, and come more into harmony with Christ’s manner of working. Habit is not formed by one act alone, but is the result of a succession of actions. God’s workers are called upon to vary their labor; they should surprise the people and happily disappoint them by doing work that will be instructive, and that will interest the mind. There should be fewer sermons, and more educating.” {HM, Nov. 1, 1890}

Why not “kill two birds with one stone” – doing a “different kind of labor,” reviving personal ministry and prayer meetings. How? By holding prayer meetings in member’s homes using the method John Wesley developed for “class meetings.”

Guidelines for Wesley-style Class Meetings: These questions are designed for class meetings – small groups of one or two families and/or up to 15 people. In such meetings every person present was addressed and responded. Class meetings were held in homes as well as in church buildings. Class members were encouraged to share their faith and bring others who weren’t members to class meetings.

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