Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists
- This Month's Issue
In his recently published book, The Anabaptist Remnant, Andy Weaver, an Amish-turned-Adventist who now leads Ohio Conference’s West Salem Mission, shares
his personal testimony in depth.
When three families shared personal struggles on social media, the prayer and support they received helped to turn their pain into purpose. Find out why they believe prayerful authenticity online can be a blessing and a witness, and why, thanks to social media, you never have to walk alone.
For many people, the internet and social media are platforms to show an idealized version of themselves and rack up likes, hearts and emojis. But when Jessica Sims and other members bravely shared their struggles with the realities of life, they found meaningful connections, heartfelt prayers, much-needed support and opportunities to witness.
People love Jesus because Jesus loved people," said José Cortes Jr. at the Columbia Union Conference's Transformational Evangelism event. "Our problem isn’t with our message… But we need members who are filled with the love of God and the compassion of Jesus."
"You have people coming each week and sharing their most precious non-renewable resource each week--Time.. Everything [in the church service] should be done with planning and purpose," says Emil Peeler, senior pastor at the Capitol Hill church in Washington, D.C.
Talking to pastors at the Columbia Union Conference's Transformational Evangelism event, Bill McClendon said, "You aren’t the one to do all the work of ministry, you’re called to lead an organization of believers and charge them to do ministry for the Lord."
"We are living in a post-modern post Christian society," said Carlton Byrd at the Columbia Union Conference's Transformational Evangelism event. "The trends are going to continue downward even though we can make statistics look however we want to look."
Please don’t let a whole group leave the church because you don’t accommodate how they worship. It is a principle, not a preference, said Elizabeth Talbot the Columbia Union Conference's Transformational Evangelism event.
"It is God who works, who transforms the heart," said Pastor Tim Madding at Columbia Union Conference's Transformational Evangelism Conference. "We just want to not make it difficult and help them make their next step."
Why don’t we talk about the ethics of how we do evangelism? Pastor Cesar Gonzalez shares his thoughts on this topic.