May 28, 2019 | Miami, Florida, United States | Libna Stevens/IAD
Seventh-day Adventist pastors all across the Inter-American Division will be addressed during an online evangelism summit on June 4, 2019. The summit will focus on next year’s vision to expand the growth of the church as the quinquennium, or five-year-period, comes to a close.
“This online evangelism summit will allow us to create an understanding among pastors in terms of where we are headed in church growth and retention of members,” said Pastor Balvin Braham, assistant to the Inter-American Division (IAD) president for evangelism. The intention is to mobilize and inspire the more than 3,200 church and district pastors to maximize their potential in organizing and equipping members to be involved in soul-winning and retention, explained Braham.
“The intent is also about members as an important source in reaching out to people in the community and bringing relief to existing social issues,” said Braham. It’s about the image of the church in the community as well.
According to Braham ,the church in Inter-America is on track to reach one million baptized members for the 2015-2020 period. So far, more than 787,000 new members have joined from July 2015 to March 2019. “Uniting efforts to finish off strong next year will be highlighted during the one-day summit,” he added.
The one-day event will touch on the spiritual dynamics in church growth, the numeric dynamics of how the church in Inter-America has grown over the past eight years, the relational dynamics between evangelism and financing the mission, the role of the pastor and the laity, attaining discipleship goals, reviewing best practices in achieving baptismal goals and more.
The evangelism summit will begin June 4, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Miami Time, with a lunch break from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The program will be carried in English, Spanish and French at webcast.interamerica.org.
Questions during the live program can be sent to 2019.interamerica.org (only during the online event.)