Our vision: To make disciples, multiply churches, and transform communities … through living as disciple-makers, apostolic witnesses, and prophetic missionaries.
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Our Church has developed many great resources. The best place to get these resources is directly from the department that has produced them. Please use the following links to find some great ideas and resources:
- General Conference Evangelism: great website launched by the GC to help our pastors and evangelists with evangelistic tools and sermons, including editable PowerPoint and Keynote presentations: www.gcevangelism.com
- Ministerial Association of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists exists to serve Jesus Christ and His global church by ministering to pastors, pastors’ families, local church leaders, administrators, departmental directors and ministerial association Secretaries: ministerialassociation.org
Other websites (recommended)
- Pastors.com is a place for Christian leaders to connect. They put together a flowing stream of content to nourish and enrich the lives and leadership of Pastors everywhere as well as a dynamic community where church leaders can draw encouragement and wisdom from one another: pastors.com
- Emotionally Healthy Spirituality website is a great place for resources that help pastors guide their churches to being emotionally healthy in their spirituality: www.emotionallyhealthy.org
- John 5:24 good news! is produced by Ed Gallagher: john524goodnews.org
Recommended Articles & Resources
- Healthy Adventist Churches – Guide. Booklet that describes a framework for our calling, vision, and mission. Includes many practical tools, tips, and recommendations for leaders. view/download (A4 PDF )
- Hands up, disciples – written by Ed Gallagher. A fresh look at New Testament teaching about what it means to follow Christ. A4 view–download
- Hands up, apostles – written by Ed Gallagher. Article that answers the questions, “What is an apostle? Is apostleship something for our own time? Could it ever apply to me? What about full-time pastors—could they be apostles?” Describes the Bible basis, and gives practical recommendations applying in everyday life. We recommend this article for all church members, for pastors, and for people who have recently come to know Christ. view/download (A4 pdf)
- Training disciples in everyday life – written by Ed Gallagher. Article that examines New Testament teaching about how to “make disciples”. view/download (A4 pdf)
- Divide and Conquer – Adventist Review article by Frederick Dana, March 26, 2009. Our present model of the role of the pastor is greatly different from both the early Christian church, and the early Adventist church. Could a return to our past fuel tremendous church growth? view/download (A4 pdf)
- The biblical role of the pastor – Ministry magazine article by S. Joseph Kidder, April 2009. A traditional view describes the pastor as a servant caregiver who looks after the congregation in every way. People and pastors generally expect pastors to be like this. A more recent view describes the pastor as a chief executive officer, who orchestrates the church into health and growth. Both of these views are weak theologically and biblically. The solution is clear—the pastor’s role description is found in the ministry of Jesus, which includes a solid focus on making disciples. view/download (A4 pdf)
Church Structures Option
Frustrated by the standard Nominating Committee process? Take a look at an option for fresh structures in the local church. This is an option only—almost certainly not for everyone! Approved by the Conference Executive Committee in 2014.
- (1) An introduction—Keynote presentation for Mac.
- (2) An introduction—PowerPoint presentation for Windows or Mac.
- (3) A 4-page description—PDF file that may be downloaded and printed out.