GC, NAD, Unions, Conferences Collaborate to Reach New York City
Left to right: Dan Jackson, North American Division president; and Ted Wilson, General Conference president; along with union and conference presidents and representatives discuss NY13 initiative with moderator Shawn Boonstra.
Every level of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is teaming up to participate in NY13, an evangelistic project to reach the people of New York City, and beyond, with the gospel of Jesus Christ. New York City has been chosen as the first of about 650 cities where the Adventist Church plans to hold evangelistic meetings over the next several years.
Shawn Boonstra, associate Ministerial director for evangelism in the North American Division, recently sat down with presidents and other representatives from the General Conference, North American Division, unions and conferences who have formed a strategy to reach New York City, the largest metro area bordering their territories of responsibility.
The conversation, a one-hour NY13 special program produced by the NY13 communication team was recorded for television in the Hope Channel studios in Silver Spring, Md. It will be shown on Hope Channel and 3ABN and as a promotional DVD throughout the division so that members will have a clear understanding of what NY13 is and what they can do to have a part in the massive initiative to offer the gift of grace and hope to the huge metropolis of NYC. The program will be broadcast on the Hope Channel this weekend. Click here to view the complete schedule below.
Stepping up to the challenge as presented by Ted N. C. Wilson, General Conference president; and Dan Jackson, North American Division president; were Donald King, president of the Atlantic Union; and Frank Bondurant, vice president for Ministry Development for the Columbia Union. Additionally presidents of the following conferences: Southern New England, Frank Tochterman; New Jersey, José H. Cortés; Northeastern, Trevor Baker; Allegheny East, Charles Cheatham; and Greater New York, G. Earl Knight. They discussed the whys, the hows and the historical significance of targeting New York City with the message of a personal Savior.
Why New York City?
Pastor Wilson answered Boonstra’s leading question, “Why target large urban centers and why New York City?” Wilson put it simply, “That’s where the most people are. Approximately 50 percent of people live in cities rather than the countryside. While on this Earth, Jesus went to where the people were. He wept for them. He did practical and good things for them.”
Jackson added, “God loves the cities. He loves the people who live there. It is our work to find people who are yearning for something better, so it is our goal to reach every major population center in the North American Division. New York is the first. Much will be learned from the NYC experience and that knowledge will help us focus efficiently on future initiatives.”
Ellen G. White, a Seventh-day Adventist church co-founder, wrote about NYC. She said, “Those who bear the burden of the work in Greater New York should have the help of the best workers that can be secured. Here let a center for God’s work be made, and let all that is done be a symbol of the work the Lord desires to see done in the world.”
A training school, community services, youth ministries and more relational activities and services will be widely implemented throughout the city prior to the evangelistic meetings slated for 2013. Guest evangelists from around the world have volunteered to simultaneously preach the gospel in neighborhoods of New York City. This strategy to reach the city is the first time that the General Conference, division, unions and conferences have worked closely together to accomplish a major initiative of this kind.
King continued, “New York City is the financial capital of the world with 20 million people. God wants His work to explode in NYC.”
Everyone can be involved in this initiative. You can:
• Become one of more than 5,000 prayer intercessors
• Give Bible studies
• Distribute literature
• Witness to others
• Make a financial contribution
If you are impressed to give of your time, talent or other means, contact your local pastor. Those wishing to make donations can visit the ny13.org Web site and click on the “Donate” link. You can also visit www.facebook.com/ny13.org for more information.
You are invited to join us on September 21-22, 2012, at the North Bronx Seventh-day Adventist Church in 3743 Bronxwood, Ave., Bronx, NY 10469 for a satellite evangelism/prayer rally that is geared toward preparing members for the meetings in 2013. Guest speakers include: Ted Wilson; Mark Finley, international speaker; and Carlton Byrd, Breath of Life speaker/director.
Watch the NY13 Program
For the Hope Channel
• Friday, May 4 at 7 p.m. ET
• Friday, May 4 at 10 p.m. ET
• Saturday, May 5 at 4 p.m. ET
• Saturday, May 5 at 11 p.m. ET
• Sunday, May 6 at 12 p.m. ET
• Sunday, May 6 at 9 p.m. ET
For the Hope Church Channel:
• Friday, May 4 at 5 p.m. ET
• Friday, May 4 at 8 p.m. ET
• Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m. ET
• Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m. ET