H.K.W.H.T.A. (He Knows What He’s Talking About)
“The shepherd can never produce a sheep, but only sheep can give birth to a sheep. The assignment of the pastor has changed, [it is now] to train lay members and small group leaders.”
Artur Stele, President Euro-Asia Division of Seventh-day Adventists, which includes much of the former Soviet Union.
During the days of communism the Adventist church had to work underground to spread the truths about Jesus and His soon return. Pastor Stele suffered persecution while doing his compulsory service in the military. The pastor’s main role was to encourage the members. When communism fell there were hundreds of public evangelistic meetings, often held in former communist party halls, followed by large baptisms, often held in Olympic training swimming pools. It was a thrilling time, but it was difficult to retain and train the new members. Now it is becoming clear that the key role of the pastor in advancing God’s work is the training of lay members and small group leaders. This is making public evangelism far more effective and the churches far more healthy. H.K.W.H.T.A. (He Knows What He’s Talking About)