Lake Region Conference
Lake Region Conference
of Seventh-day Adventists
of Seventh-day Adventists

 

Ministerial & Evangelism

 
Famous Murray
Director
The Ministerial Department provides the local congregation with pastoral resources. The department director and associate minister to the individual pastor in the role of a pastor’s pastor to help enhance their ability to serve. The department’s goals are to provide an atmosphere so pastors may be used of God as dynamic channels for the Holy Spirit, and to offer opportunities for them to improve skills through numerous seminars as well as continuing education.

The Pastor—The pastor has been appointed to be the spiritual leader of the local congregation by the conference committee. It is the pastor’s function to coordinate all the evangelism activities that present the gospel message of Jesus Christ to the community. By sermons, visitation, counseling, and earnest prayers in behalf of those in need, the pastor sets the example for church members and leads the way by inspiring the members to be a truly caring, soul-winning body of people.

The pastor’s highest work is to develop the local church into a training center for Christian service. It is important that the pastor find ways to involve each member in some phase of church activity so that everyone possible can participate in the joy of being a part of the team.

Literature Evangelism/Publishing—One of the best ways to reach people with the gospel message is with the printed page. Opportunity is provided for those who have a special desire to reach out to their friends and neighbors through the printed page and serve as literature evangelists.

A literature evangelist is a church worker who sells books and periodicals published by the denomination such as The Bible Story, Bedtime Stories, Vibrant Life, etc. They earn a living while witnessing for Jesus. Ellen White said, “More than one thousand will soon be converted in one day, most of whom will trace their first convictions to the reading of our publications.”—Colporteur Ministry, p. 151.

During the summer, academy- and college-age students can earn money to help pay their school tuition by being part of the MagaBook program. These young people work as teams in different areas in Lake Region selling Adventist magazines and books door-to-door. They also give the people they meet, free of charge, a small book that will help them learn to know their Savior better.

Many people are looking for hope in the wrong areas of life. Through our beautiful books and publications, thousands have found Jesus. Many times literature evangelism is the only way these people can be contacted with the gospel message God has given us.

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