Evangelism will continue to be a top priority for the Seventh-day Adventist Church across the Inter-American Division (IAD), just like it has been for the nearly 100 years since the church was established. The renewed commitment of spreading the gospel to all people groups in urban and rural communities came as church leaders vowed to intensify evangelism efforts in the life of the church during the next five years as Inter-America’s Mid-Year Executive Committee concluded its business meetings last week.
“God has sustained this church in Inter-America through the years and we must continue to emphasize the love and the hope provided through Christ, as we advance in fulfilling His mission here in our territory,” said Pastor Elie Henry, president of the church in Inter-America.
Committing to “I Will Go”
Pastor Henry encouraged church leaders to fully commit to ensuring that every leader and member in each region engages in the I Will Go mission initiatives and activities. I Will Go, which has been in motion since November, focuses on strengthening evangelism, education and service to the community.
“We must walk in humility and responsibility with great determination in preaching that Jesus is coming very soon,” he said. The reminder came as Pastor Henry spoke on key significant decisions taken that will see a new team of dozens of IAD department heads, division institution administrators and union mission administrators accomplishing the mission through 2025.
Pastor Henry clarified that the church in Inter-America took the decision to elect its top leaders in April since the church’s General Conference (GC) Session has been postponed several times due to the pandemic. The GC Executive Committee recently authorized world divisions to appoint officers, field secretaries, department directors as well as administrators of union missions.
“Thank you for your commitment and for dedicating your entire lives to the service of the Lord,” said Pastor Henry as he addressed the leaders who will retire from active service in the coming days. “The church must move ahead without stopping,” Pastor Henry said. He invited leaders and members at every level of the church to pray for God’s leading to finish the task at hand.
Mission to the Upper Class
Executive committee members voted to establish a special committee that will coordinate a program to evangelize people of the upper class starting at the division level in collaboration with each union and local field in the territory. “’The Mission to the Upper Class Committee’ shall provide concepts, guidance, counsel, methodology, resources, and training to the fields for successful implementation of the mission,” read the voted statement. The role of the committee includes establishing specific evangelistic objectives to reach the upper class, determine specific initiatives and its target groups, outline strategies to equip persons to execute the initiatives, evaluation and specific functions of all involved.
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