Public Evangelism Resources
Find out what's happening in evangelism across the Division. Sit down in the school of evangelism with experienced evangelists. Let them teach you in a few minutes what took them years to learn on their own. There's just no such thing as too much evangelism!
Different at the Expense of God’s Love? I have been in some places, in which I almost felt as if I had to apologize for talking about God’s love. I’ve been told that God’s love is the soft food, the milk, the spiritual baby food but I am not a baby, I’ve been in this church for 42 years, and every time I hear a preacher or anyone say “GOD LOVES YOU” I get this feeling all over.
Truth that is not Afraid of Innovation! Truth and Innovation are not enemies, I would even venture to say that Truth and Innovation must be best friends, and more so for people who are passionate about Reaching, Retaining, and Reclaiming North America with a lifestyle and a message of Compassion, Hope, and Wholeness. I say this for the following reasons:
Rules for the Digital Road Many hail social media as the next great frontier for outreach, and perhaps they're right. Twitter and Facebook, after all, provide the ability to touch peoples' lives immediately, constantly and personally, from anywhere on the planet. Can you witness on Facebook? Yes, you can ... but there are some important keys to remember.
Compassion and the Christmas Season Yes I know, it is clear that Jesus was not born on December 25, and that does not mean Adventists cannot practice Compassion during the Christmas Season. Compassion must be a lifestyle that permeates every waking hour, every day of the year, including this Holiday Season.
A Conspiracy in North America (Part 2) I envision the day when our church will be known for our Compassion and Love for humanity rather than for the things we oppose. The day when this happens we will be in great historic company, we’ll be in the company of Jesus. Jesus was known for loving people of all walks of life and backgrounds, as He walked this earth.
Is Your Church Visitor Friendly? A church employee experiences what it’s like to be a visitor Why it took a move far from home for a church employee to realize how easily it would be to stop going to church and what we should be doing to welcome guests and new members. How is this affecting our church membership?
Two $50,000.00 Grants for Transformational Evangelism Distributed The North American Division Transformational Evangelism Committee recently awarded two grants of $50,000.00, One was received by the Dallas City Temple, the other went to a combined cluster of 22 Spanish Churches in the Atlanta Metro Area.
Evangelism Shark Tank - Over $120,000.00 Given Out for Innovative Evangelism Initiatives Over $120,000.00 were distributed to the 15 brave, innovative, passionate about outreach Pastors and Finalists of the Evangelism Shark Tank, during the CALLED Ministerial Convention in Austin. The finalists had been chosen from a very large group of applicants prior to the Convention. Each night of the convention, 5 Pastors, from across the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, presented their innovative and compassionate Transformational Evangelism initiatives to a ballroom filled with colleagues and family members, including Conference and Union Presidents, and North American Division leaders, who came to support them.
Young Adults & College Students ONLY - COMPASSION Austin - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM) College Students and Young Adults, attending the CALLED Ministerial Convention will have the extraordinary opportunity to extend the Love of God and the Compassion of Jesus, as we partner with the River City Youth Foundation in Austin to be the Eyes, Heart, Hands, and Feet of Jesus to Elementary, Middle School, and High School students during their Summer Camp, next Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM. The Compassion Service opportunities include: (1) Mentoring students for half a day, (2) Working with students on technology projects, outdoor recreation, sports, (3) Preparing lunch for students, (4) Painting, cleaning, and gardening on the Summer Camp grounds.
Evangelism Shark Tank Finalists The five Evangelism Shark Tank Judges met last week, on June 17, and selected the 15 Finalists. They expressed certain level of anxiety at having to pick only 15 initiatives among so many great ones. The group composed by Kumar Dixit, Roger Hernandez, Sung Kwon, Tara VinCross, and Jesse Wilson, prayed and worked together, looking at the objectives and creativeness of the different initiatives, and voted. The 15 Finalists and the dates for their presentations are:
Get Out and Venture Outside the Walls I get the impression that Jesus was a very likable fellow. When reading the Gospels, Jesus does not strike me as someone whom people feared. On the contrary, He was known for transforming lives as He walked the earth: at the wedding, on the road, at the pool. He did not scare people, He attracted people because He loved them and they sensed He loved them. The helpless children, the outcast Samaritan woman, the blind Bartimaeus, the wealthy Zacchaeus, the influential Nicodemus; Jesus’ appeal went beyond culture, generation, gender, and socio-economics. How did He do it? It was definitely not by scaring people. His broad appeal had much to do with His love and compassion. What Jesus did during His earthly ministry, He wants to replicate through us today. How do we do it?
Memorial Day Message Memorial Day gives us the opportunity to remember those who have given their lives in service for our nation; the selfless men and women, whom through their ultimate sacrifice, have helped to secure our personal and spiritual freedom, as well as an unparalleled way of life. It is because of them that we are able to live without terror, worship without fear, give without restraint, and serve without limit.
Planting More SEEDS It has been 19 years since the first SEEDS Church Planting Conference was held on the campus of Andrews University in June of 1996. SEEDS was initiated in response to an alarming trend in the North American Division. New churches were not being planted and 1995 actually saw a net loss of six churches throughout the NAD. Adventism proudly identifies itself as a movement. This nomenclature is hard to justify when the tide is going in the wrong direction.
Who Can the Church Love? The ministry of Jesus was a ministry of inclusion, not exclusion, and that makes perfect sense. After all, what would be the point of dying for people and then excluding them from experiencing God’s love and the opportunity of accepting His grace? Doing that would be inconsistent, not smart, and perhaps a waste of Jesus’ time on earth and of His ultimate sacrifice on the cross. It is simple and Jesus knew it, you cannot save people by excluding them. Jesus was crystal clear, if He was going to have a shot at saving humanity, they needed to see His love for them. That’s why He came and dwelt amongst us and became one of us.
Best Practices for Adventist Evangelism - April 24, 2015 A Lifestyle of Compassion is Real Evangelism - by Jose Cortes Jr. People loved Jesus as He ministered on this earth! Men, women, and children of all walks of life, including some Pharisees, followed Him non-stop, forcing Him to find deserted places late at night to pray. He could not get away from them. Whenever Jesus was visible there were crowds around Him. People could not get enough of Him, they wanted to connect with Him, see Him, hear Him, and touch Him. In several occasions the disciples had to ask the question: what are we going to do with the crowd?
Global Mission Report: $360,000.00 Distributed Among 50 New Church Plants Our North American Division Global Mission Committee met on April 14 and approved the funding of 50 Church Plants across North America. The total amount of $360,000.00 ($260,000.00 from General Conference and $100,000.00 from North American Division) will be distributed among these 50 churches, in the upcoming weeks.
Best Practices for Adventist Evangelism - March 18, 2015 I have been in some places, in which I almost felt as if I had to apologize for talking about God's love. I've been told that God's love is the soft food, the milk, the spiritual baby food but I am not a baby, I've been in this church for 42 years, and every time I hear a preacher or anyone say "GOD LOVES YOU" I get this feeling all over, my heart beats faster, my joy skyrockets, and my brain awakes to the deep thought that I am a sinner, I am messed up, yet GOD LOVES ME.
More Compassion in San Antonio by Armando Miranda Jr. Two years ago, as pastor Gary Blanchard and myself started working at the Youth Department of the Texas Conference, a vision for mission started to flourish under the expectations of the upcoming General Conference Session of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. We realized that there were some areas we wanted to emphasize and as we met with different members of the team at the Conference to prepare for GC San Antonio, we knew that the task at hand was huge.
Everything! A few days ago, I walked into our Division President’s office with a question: “What would you like to see happen in North America, when it comes to Evangelism?” His answer was quick, sharp, and brief. He replied: “EVERYTHING.” Pastor Jackson’s reply has stayed with me since that day and I would like for it to stay with you, “EVERYTHING.”
Forever Relevant At the age of forty-three, I find myself standing on that bridge that spans between youth and age. From that vantage point, I have a message for those who are at the beginning of their preaching careers: don't build your ministry on being cool. Not that there's anything wrong with it, and you certainly don't want to be altogether uncool. Just don't make it the foundation of your ministry.
The First Thing You Do at a New Church "What do I do first At my new church?" The conference letter came to confirm what on the phone was a shock and an instant-prayer request. “Dear Pastor Gaitan you are being assigned to a new district...” My heart was beating faster than usual because it was going to be my first experience as a Lead Pastor. Then the question popped in my mind, "On what should I spend my energies the first year in my new assignment?"
Current Experiences in Personal Evangelism I truly believe that our members need some way to come into contact with the community so they can express their spiritual interest in people. I believe that this approach is one effective and simple way to do this. It disarms people’s prejudice because they are expecting to have to say ‘I have my church’. But when you ask them to pray—it is very difficult for Christians to turn it down. It leavens the community with a positive picture of Seventh-day Adventists. I try and make sure they know who we are. This simple approach also presupposes that God is already at work in the community, trying to lead people higher in their spiritual journey - a premise that has been validated time and again.
Answering the Ultimate Question To feed my curiosity, I've subscribed to Discover and other pop science magazines for years. This month's edition pictured an aging Mona Lisa on the cover, and one of the featured articles was titled, "Immortality Within a Decade?" It spoke of biological tinkering and suggested that we may be within striking distance of halting the aging process because of what we've learned from species that age far less quickly than we do. One species of jellyfish, it noted, is actually able to reverse aging and return to its polyp stage. Apart from the notion that sinful human beings will be able to conquer death by their own efforts, the story seized my attention for another reason: the lead sentence. "The yearning for immortality dates back at least to ancient times," the authors state.
NY13 Begins Health Outreach with Let's Move Day The best evangelists and ministers know that that the most successful way to reach souls for Christ is not only to preach to them but rather to follow what has become known as “Christ’s Method”, delineated in the book Ministry of Healing, p. 143: “Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Savior mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, ‘Follow Me’”