Story by Visitor Staff
During today’s Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee meeting, members voted a tithe reversion of $400,000 to the conferences for mission and evangelism. The union executive officers presented each conference president or treasurer a check for $50,000.
Emmanuel Asiedu, Columbia Union Conference treasurer, says the funds come from a tithe increase in 2017 “due to the faithfulness of our constituent churches.” He adds that he hopes the funds will be “used to expand the kingdom of God through the mission and priorities of our conferences.”
Historia de Terry Forde
Las puertas del elevador se estaban empezando a cerrar cuando entré al vestíbulo de un edificio de oficinas. Podía ver la cara del joven mensajero que estaba llevando un paquete mientras las puertas se cerraban; cuando alzó la mirada y me vio, instintivamente puso su pie entre las puertas y evitó que se cerraran.
Story by Elizabeth Long
IBM Watson Health™ has named Kettering Adventist HealthCare's Kettering Medical Center and Sycamore Medical Center as two of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals. Formerly known as Truven Health Analytics® 100 Top Hospitals, this study spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data.
Editorial by Frank Bondurant
I opened my Bible this morning to Luke 2:49. These are the first recorded public words spoken by Jesus: “‘Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?’” (NKJV). He said these words when He was 12 years old, and then, 21 years later, in one of His last prayers, He said in John 17:4: “‘I have finished the work You gave me to do’” (NKJV). Like bookends, these statements frame a well-lived, purpose-driven life. Jesus clearly understood and completed the mission the Father gave Him.
Story by Jerry Woods
WGTS 91.9 listeners recently answered the call to help children in poverty with the station’s recent “Days of Compassion” event. WGTS, a Christian radio station based on the campus of Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Md., teamed up with a team from ShareMedia representing Compassion to encourage listeners to sponsor Compassion kids from countries around the world. When it was all said and done, listeners had taken care of over 860 children.
Story by Michele Joseph
The single most effective evangelistic methodology under heaven is planting churches,” says Rubén Ramos, the Columbia Union’s vice president for Multilingual Ministries, quoting from C. Peter Wagner’s book Church Planting for a Greater Harvest: A Comprehensive Guide. Here are some tips Ramos and Peter Casillas, who most recently served as associate director for pastoral ministries in evangelism and church planting and volunteer lay pastors in Potomac Conference, say any leader can use in their ministries:
Story by Michele Joseph
The Bible gives a specifc command: multiply, says Peter Casillas, most recently the associate director for pastoral ministries in evangelism and church planting and volunteer lay pastors in Potomac Conference.
However, as a church gets bigger, it is easy to go into institutional mode.
“Church planting reminds us to come back to the movement and not stick with the institution,” he says. “Church planting is ... like blood to the body. It’s the moving dynamic action of the body. If you kill church planting, you kill the movement.”
For that reason, he believes every church should get “pregnant.”