GOD'S PEOPLE within our larger communities continue to grow and change simultaneously as technology in today's world evolves. One way of meeting these growth demands is by upgrading our website here at the conference and amongst our churches. The SDA church collectively is deploying innovative solutions to meet the growing needs.
Visit us anytime online to find relevant and up-to-date information to help guide and serve you better. We encourage you to stay connected with the church and its ministries not only on this website, but also via the many ministry events held throughout the year.
With our updated web presence, you can fill out prayer request cards, register and pay for ministry events, and continue to give your tithes and offering electronically. We are thus streamlining processes while simultaneously giving you access to your own records. It enables us to better share information with you pertaining to ministries and allows us to effectively connect each ministry to other ministries laterally, while efficiently requesting assistance from leadership as needed.
It is our sincere desire to see our members grow spiritually, for as you grow individually so our church matures collectively.
Seeding the SEEDS
“He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him”. Psalm 126:6
In the year 2015, the Southern New England Conference launched Compassion Boston evangelistic project in the greater Boston area. While the main goal was to reach the many individuals in that area who are unchurched, it was also to engage, train, empower, equip and to excite the passion for church planting among the churches and members in the greater Boston area.
What began in 2015 as the new push for church planting has yielded tremendous results. Between 2015 and 2019, there have been seventeen church plants at the Southern New England Conference and seven are projected to be planted in 2019. As part of the activities to train, equip, empower, recharge, re-energize the church members and to continue the promotion of church planting in the Southern New England Conference, the Evangelism Department of the conference put together and sponsored SEEDs Church Planting Summit on April 26-28, 2019 at the Sturbridge Hotel and Conference center in Sturbridge MA.
The conference was planned in collaboration with the North America Division Evangelism Institute housed at the SDA Theological Seminary at Andrews University, MI. Anthony WagenerSmith, the Associate Director of the NAD Evangelism Institute put together five presenters from across the North America Division who shared spirit-filled, power-packed presentations that charged participants who attended the conference. The topics included, “House of the Prodigals”, by Harold Altamirano, Five Major Components for a New Plant”, by Anthony WagenerSmith, “Los Plantios de Iglesias deven crecer I”, by Victor Jaeger, “Principles of Personal and Friendship Evangelism”, by David Klinedinst, “Planting Adventist Churches”, by Sergio Quevedo, and “Porque Plantar Iglesias?”, by Enoc Calderon. Although the main presentations were done in both English and Spanish, participants were from all the various language groups; English, Spanish, Portugues, Cape Verdean, Haitian, and Ghanaian churches served by the Southern New England Conference.
Reflecting on the focus of the SEEDS Conference, Pastor David M Dennis, the Southern New England Conference president stated, “Church planting is about being Christlike followers to reproduce ourselves as individuals, as well as church bodies. Church is not about showing up at a town or a building just on a Sabbath day, but to show up in these communities where the churches are located every day of the week and showing them what Christ is really about; His compassion, His hope and His desire for our future, to be with Him.” Participants who attended the SEEDS conference expressed excitement, energized and empowered to go back to their various communities and make a difference by engaging their churches for church planting. Echoing the sentiments and the excitement of the participants to engage their communities, Anthony WagenerSmith, the Associate Director of the NAD Evangelism Institute, noted, “I am excited to see the enthusiasm of the participants and the reviving desire to go back to their communities to share the love of Christ as taught at this SEEDS conference”. Additionally, Dr. Trevor Forbes, the Atlantic Union Personal Ministries Director, commented, “I thought the weekend was very inspiring and energizing and the program was well put together”.
Jesus is coming soon! However, there is more work to be done. The church of God must, therefore, use cutting-edge approaches that are biblical and tested to share the love of Jesus Christ to this dying world. Over time our church has engaged in church planting that focuses on buildings, converging at one place and serving those who have already accepted Christ while myriad others who are unchurched are left at the whims and caprice of the evil one. These church buildings then become the focal point; draining the church of its financial resources instead of using the finances to promote the mission of the church. Would house churches be the solution? Having smaller house churches to impact their communities and coming together once a quarter or so to a rental facility to celebrate what the Lord is doing with those house churches in their communities. In that way worship will be about sharing what the Lord is doing, how many souls have been brought to Christ, and about individual testimonies.
The mandate in Luke 10:2 is to “pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” From this passage four facts emerge (a) Christ is the Lord of the harvest, (b) It is His harvest, (c) He is the one to approach in prayer about providing the laborers, and (d) He is the sender who thrusts workers into the fields. Let us, therefore, in prayer, approach the Lord of harvest and He will thrust us into the harvest with the tools and the needed skills.
John K. Amoah, DMin, CFLE
SNEC, Ministerial/Evangelism Director