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Best Practices for Adventist Evangelism - September 30, 2015
September 30, 2015
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My Visit with a Homeless Pastor
by Jose Cortes Jr.
Pastor Jose Cortes Jr
This past Thursday, I took the Metro from Silver Spring to Washington DC., together with two colleagues. Our purpose was to visit with a homeless man. Just as we walked out of the Gallery Place - Chinatown Metro Station, we could see the homeless. What a contrast! Just a few blocks away from the residences and halls of power, right by the steps of historical monuments, the very same streets which are regularly transited by the most influential and powerful in the world, are also the home to thousands who have nothing. According to a report by the Washington Post, there are over 11,000 homeless men, women, and children on the streets of the Washington Metropolitan area.

We walked the streets, as we looked for the homeless man, actually we were looking for a Homeless Pastor. Yes, Tim Madding, the Lead Pastor of the almost 1,000 member Beltsville Seventh-day Adventist Church, was homeless on the streets of DC, he had actually been homeless for six days, and we wanted to see him, pray with him, encourage him, and perhaps feed him.

I am sure that by now, you are asking: Why was the Senior Pastor of such a large Adventist church homeless? Doesn't the Potomac Conference pay its Pastors enough that they have to go live in the streets?
Resource Website for "Seven Days Without"
Pastor Tim Madding and the Beltsville Seventh-day Adventist Church believe that Jesus is calling the church to actively live out their faith by showing His love and compassion to others in practical ways. They have decided to live out Matthew 25:35-40 and take the love of God and the Compassion of Jesus to the next level in their community. Through this unprecedented seven part message series, Pastor Tim not only reveals the Christian heart in the life of Jesus but as an act of sympathy and to draw attention to a specific need in our community and world, he has chosen to live Seven Days Without a vital human need, each week.

The Beltsville Adventist Church has made this website available for its members, community, as well as for other churches across North America that would like to replicate the Seven Days Without series. Here you will be able to access the sermons (episodes), promos, small group lessons, ideas on How to Get Involved, and other resources which may be helpful as you work with your church to be the Eyes, Heart, Hands, and Feet of Jesus in your community.

Click here to access website: http://sevendayswithout.com

Like Facebook Page: Beltsville Seventh Day Adventist Church

Follow on Twitter: @TimMadding
Seven Days Without - Episode #1
Watch a moving presentation on homelessness and what the church can do about it, as Pastor Madding challenges the Beltsville Adventist Church to make a difference, like Jesus did, by caring for those in need (Matthew 25:35-40).
Seven Days Homeless Video Report
by Pastor Tim Madding
Watch a brief video report of Pastor Tim Madding's seven days homeless on the streets, parks, and shelters of Washington DC.
Seven Days Without - Episode #2
Pastor Tim returns to the Beltsville Adventist Church to preach, after spending an entire week homeless on the streets, parks, and shelters of Washington DC. Watch his emotional comeback and his new challenge for his church. After spending a week homeless, what else will he do to call his congregation to a greater life of love and compassion? What will he do next week?
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Best Practices for Adventist Evangelism is published by NAD Ministerial. 
Editor: José Cortés Jr.; Managing Editor: Dave Gemmell.; Media Assistant: Henry Juarez

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