December 15, 2008 – Miami, Florida, United States…[Libna Stevens/IAD]

Seventh-day Adventist representing Central America's membership of more than 800,000 will have the opportunity to dialogue with top church leaders from the Inter-American Division during a special live program called Facing the Issues, on Jan. 24, 2009, from Alajuela, Costa Rica.

The unscripted dialogue event will provide church members the opportunity to ask top church leaders questions and express their concerns and needs regarding the church.

“This is a matter of leadership identifying with members in an intimate way in order to understand how effective the strategic organization presented by leaders is within the membership,” says Pastor Balvin Braham organizer and assistant to the Inter-American Division president. “We want to grasp the vision the members have in order to motivate greater effectiveness in terms of leadership planning.”

Pastor Israel Leito, president of the church in Inter-America, will be the main host of the two-and-a-half hour program. Forty-two laypeople and young church members from Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Costa Rica will be represented.

Facing the Issues is an opportunity to meet with the church locally to allow the church to talk to us so that we can listen to the church and make adjustments in order to respond to the needs of the church,” says Pastor Leito.

Already, some 34 church members from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic participated in the first Facing the Issues webcast, held in Puerto Rico last month.

The second of six sessions, Facing the Issues in Central America, will be streamed live over the internet in Spanish from Central American Adventist University in Alajuela, Costa Rica, on Saturday, January 24, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. (Daylight's Saving Time or Miami Time).

To view the live webcast, log on to www.interamerica.org

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