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Is anyone answering your church telephone?

It is essential to have someone answer your telephones especially on Sabbath.  When people have found your website or telephone number, this is the time when people may inquire for spiritual direction, desire driving directions to your church, or inquire about community resources.  The Barna Group, in their article “Most Churches Did Not Answer The Phone,” researched a random sample of 3400 Protestant churches, and found 55% of these churches did not answer the phones, or even had a answering service.   As a result, Barna noted, “instant communication has become second-nature in our world, with cell phones, instant messaging, and other high tech means of facilitating immediate contact with others, organizations that seemingly defy people to penetrate their fortress quickly become an after-thought in people’s lives. Busy schedules, competitiveness and questions about the user-friendly quotient of churches make it increasingly unlikely that consumers - especially those who are not connected or only marginally associated with a church - will endure the frustration of difficult communication to pursue a church. If ministry is based on relationships and interaction, then many churches might find it easier to penetrate the community if they were more accessible to the people who are showing an interest in the church." The Barna Group of Ventura, California www.barna.org

1.    Does anyone answer your church telephone?
2.    Do you have an answering service for your church telephone?
3.    Is your church in the phone book?  (Yellow pages, White pages)
4.    Does your church have a website, blog, or facebook address?



WestPoint “Connecting with Christ”

Innovative Strategies for Outreach, Discipleship, & Fellowship
April 8 – 11, 2012 San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport, San Mateo, CA

WestPoint’s focus will be three days of speakers and seminars designed to inspire and strengthen God’s call to connect your community with Christ.  Meeting in the heart of the Silicon Valley, you have access to leaders from Facebook and Google to guide you towards the ways these two global-reach technologies can impact your local church’s mission. 
Click Here for more information


Reconnecting Ministry – Connecting former Adventists with Adventist friends and churches

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


2012 Women Clergy Conference!

The North American Division is sponsoring its first ever of its kind Women Clergy Conference April 23-26, 2012 in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Women clergy from all over North America have been invited to attend this “invitation only” event with the NAD leadership team. The Conference theme is Connect . Discover . Empower.
 
There are approximately 107 women serving as pastors in the North American Division. They scattered across 34 conferences. Plus there are women who serve as chaplains in hospitals, jails, the military, and on university campuses. This group represents less than 3% of the more than 4,000 pastors who serve in the NAD.  Read More >>



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Calendar Highlights

Andrews University Theological Seminary Career Fair
March 12

Ministerial Directors Meeting (for those who attend the career Fair)
March 13, 9am-12pm

Ministerial Directors Webinar
February 21 at 1:30 pm est

Westpointe of Evangelism
April 8-11

NAD Ministerial Women Clergy Conference
April 23-26

7th International Religious Liberty Association
April 24-26

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Joseph Bates (one of his favorite sayings)


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