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Ministerial Association

Greetings and Welcome to the Ministerial Association Department.  

 


Dr. Ronald. Stone
(Ministerial                Association Secretary)

The Seventh-day Adventist Ministerial Association of the Trans Pacific Union exists to serve the church in its proclamation of the everlasting gospel and in its divine mission to prepare people to meet their soon-coming Lord. The Association aims to accomplish this mission through its ministry to pastors, pastors' families, local church elders/company leaders. It does this through the Ministerial Association Secretaries of the local Missions as it bridges between them and the General Conference/SPD Ministerial Associations.

PURPOSE:

The purpose of the Ministerial Association Department is to assist, equip, coach, and empower pastors, elders, deacons
and deaconesses in the TPUM to make disciples and nurture them for the kingdom of God. 

GOALS:

a). To promote the vision of the TPUM for  2015-2020

b). To assist the local missions in implementing the harvest cycle of evangelism and natural church development principles.

c). To provide training and resources for the pastors and elders in the area of pastoral leadership and administration, theological and biblical thinking, preaching
and practical evangelism.

d). To provide training for the deacons and deaconesses in their respective field of duties.

d). To work closely with the theology department at Fulton College to ensure that the students are informed of the current issues and expectations in the ministry
and are trained accordingly.

CHALLENGES:

a). Spirituality and Ethics- Pastors spend more time on the computer then feeding from the Word. Young ministers need to be more sensitive to the culture that they are working in. They need to learn to know the protocol in traditional functions. Avoid inappropriate behaviour to opposite sex.

Solution: Organize training in godliness and spiritual formation

b). Biblical/Theological – Pastors are not preaching form the Word and some of the sermons do not address the needs of the Church members. There is too much human philosophy in the interpretation of the Bible.    

Solution: Train our Ministers on expository preaching and helping them to be more rigorous and analytical in biblical/theological thinking.

c). Practical/Evangelism – There is a lack of missionary-oriented spirit among our Pastors. Secularism and materialism have also occupied their time in the ministry. In the past 10 years, there are very few graduates who are interested in running public evangelism and much worst involve in any form of evangelism.

Solution: Encourage our ministers to be more missionary oriented mind and to be active

In leading people to Christ. Motivate Pastors to involve all members in disciple making. Sharpen their ministry skills through workshops and continuing education. Continue to implement and monitor the success of the internship program. 

d). Pastoral leadership (in/dis)ability – intentional mentoring/internship programs

e). Tools –There is a need for electronic tools that could help the pastors to do in-depth study.

Solution: Continue to provide pastors with Electronic Bible software to help them with

their studies. This tool should help the Pastors, ministers, and elders to be more original in their preaching, get deeper in their personal devotion, and rigorous in their private Bible studies.  Books on improving pastoral ministry will also be sent out.

FUTURE DIRECTIONS:

  1. Continue to uphold and implement the current strategic plan of the TPU but at the same time find new ways on how to help our pastors and elders to be more vibrant while living their hope in Jesus and transforming the Pacific. 
  2. Organize empowerment program for the Pastors
  3. The Training for deacons and deaconesses will begin in July 2015 and will be conducted for all the local missions by the end of 2016. The main purpose of this training is to help them focus more on discipleship rather than just caring for the church property. 
  4. Intentionally and strategically implement the Internship program to suit each local mission’s own unique situation.
  5. There will be continuation and encouragement for each minister to put more emphasis on practical theology.
  6. There is a need to continue the assistance provided to pastors and elders to be more biblical in their preaching.
  7. Financial assistance is also planned to enable ministers to purchase laptops and data projectors.



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