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NAD Ministerial Fellowships With New Jersey Pastors
On February 21 and 22, Ivan Williams, Dave Gemmell, and Shawn Boonstra attended the New Jersey Conference Pastor’s meeting at Tranquil Valley Retreat Center. Ivan Williams spoke Tuesday morning about the Five Values of the pastor: Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, and Fellowship. He encouraged pastors to not only work hard but lead a balanced life so they can serve God over the long run. Tuesday afternoon Shawn Boonstra shared how his evangelism really began to prosper when he discovered that his primary role as an evangelist is to find people who were already under the conviction of the Holy Spirit rather than trying to do the convicting himself. Wednesday Dave Gemmell shared how pastors can begin to connect with the Millennial generation which he calls the technotribe.
Ivan Williams said: “I was extremely blessed to meet with a team of extraordinary pastors. These men work hard and play hard. It is exciting to see God bless their ministry.” Dave Gemmell observed “I was impressed by the fact that New Jersey had an 8 percent tithe gain in the heart of the recession. Something is up in New Jersey that the NAD needs to pay attention to.”  Shawn Boonstra said “having clear achievable goals had led New Jersey to grow almost a thousand members a year. Evangelism is clearly  the business of the church.  I can’t wait to see what is going to happen with dozen or so Caleb projects where new churches are planted in unreached populations groups.”
The future looks bright to Jose Cortez, President of New Jersey Conference. “ We’re getting busy preparing for New York Evangelism in 2013. We can’t wait to see what God is going to do.”