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Faith of our Fathers (Back to the Pioneers)

And he said to me, “For two thousand three hundred days; then the sanctuary shall be cleansed.”(Daniel 8:14)

Introduction:
The Seventh-Day Adventist Church, though officially founded in 1863, the church has its root some 19 years earlier. In 1844 the Millerite movement anticipated the Second Coming of Christ on October 22 of that year.  A young Methodist (dis- fellowshipped by now) called Ellen White (as she would later be known) was part of this movement. Unfortunately, Christ did not return and thus the Great Disappointment was born. But the strange and yet, magnificent part of it was that out of this disappointment Adventism, namely the Seventh-Day Adventist Church was formed.  The obvious question is what happened in the interval?
What happened after 1844 and before 1863? Through effective and prayerful Bible study, the early Adventist were able to understand why Jesus did not
return.

Notice what Ellen White says: “Jesus did not come to the earth as the waiting, joyful company expected, to cleanse the sanctuary by purifying the earth by fire. I saw that they were correct in their reckoning of the prophetic periods; prophetic time closed in 1844, and Jesus entered the most holy place to cleanse the sanctuary at the ending of the days. Their mistake consisted in not understanding what the sanctuary was and the nature of its cleansing.”(Early Messages, p.243)

This is what Ellen White stated some time after the disappointment. But there was also a man called Hiram Edson, whom the Lord showed by vision what mistake they made. Only later to be confirmed scriptural by O.R.L. Crozier (see the Day-Star Extra; Saturday, February 7, 1846. The Sanctuary). After these findings in the Bible, many more teachings were added. Such as the state of the dead, the Sabbath, the Law of God, baptism, investigative judgment and many more (and even counsels on diet and food!).

The bottom-line is, our church was formed because our early pioneers ‘received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so’ (Acts 17:11).
The personnel of the Personal Ministries department believe that, if we (the church) go back to our pioneers and rediscover what they discovered, we might experience what they experienced, enlarge our faith, understand the identity of a Seventh-Day Adventist and most importantly work towards our salvation.

In conclusion, we hope that after one year, all the church members will join mother White in the following: “I was hungering and thirsting for full salvation, an entire conformity to the will of God. Day and night I was struggling to obtain this priceless treasure, that all the riches of the earth could not purchases”(Selected Messages, page 11).

Mission:
The mission of the 2016 Personal Ministries Department is to provide resources and to train the church members to unite their efforts with the ministers and church officers in the proclamation of the gospel of salvation in Christ.

Goal:
The goal of the department is to enlist each member in active service for the winning of souls for God.

Aim:
Our aim for this year is that the church creates a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. We intend to do this by first understanding why we are Seventh-Day Adventist. What makes us different from the other denominations? This question will be answered by studying what the pioneers discovered in the Bible. At the end of the year, every church member (who participates) should be able to do the following:
How to defend yourself as an individual
How to defend your faith
How to defend your Bible

Objectives
We exists to teach and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in response to the command of Jesus in the context of the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14:6-12.  Seeking to fulfill this mission the Personal Ministries Department continues to communicate the good news of salvation with the objective of winning, maintaining and preparing men, women, young people, boys and girls, in our territory to meet Jesus, and to design programs and resources to help the church in the fulfillment of the its mission.

Methods and activities
House to house evangelism
Distribution of literature
Bible studies
Organization and development of programs for the community service of the church, including the Dorcas Society
Organization and development of the annual ingathering campaign
Operating the correspondence Bible school
Cooperating with the Sabbath School Department in the organization and running of the Sabbath school classes
Cooperating with the local church pastor in the organization, administration and promotion of the small group ministries.


Department:

The Outreach coordinator
Phillip Dougan
The outreach coordinator: This person needs to have some leadership and organizational abilities. He or she represents all outreach activities on the church board. He or she chairs the outreach committee (which is made up of church members), which meets quarterly for planning, review, evaluation. The outreach coordinator doesn\'t do all of the outreach work, but encourages and motivates the members to do their jobs. The coordinator helps the personal ministries to schedule the outreach programs in the church calendar.

Biblical ministries leader
Emmanuel Bediako
Biblical ministries leader: This person is in charge of all Bible study contacts. He or she follows up all requests, assigns them, and makes sure that interests are visited. This person is also in charge of our phone ministry. There is opportunity for those wanting to request Bible study guides. The biblical ministries leader also assists in any evangelistic meetings and follow- up.

Literature ministries leader
Mark K. Thompson
Literature ministries leader: Literature ministries covers anything that has to do with the distribution of literature, including the Ingathering campaign. He or she also leads out in the magazine campaigns (Adventist Review etc.). If the church distributes literature in racks around town or from door to door, this leader is in charge. Our literature ministries leader does the work usually done by a personal ministries secretary, plus coordinating literature distributors.

Health ministries leader
Elder Eben Smith
Health ministries leader: All health outreach classes or health classes for church members are coordinated by our health ministries leader. These classes include: Breathe Free, cooking, weight control, stress control, first aid, physical fitness, bread baking, health runs, etc. The scheduling for our conference health booth is also done by our health ministries leader.

Data-interest ministries leader
Comfort v/d Geest
Data-interest ministries leader: This department is in control of keeping a current interest file for the church. We have the names of interests in a computer data base with a listing of what programs they have attended or are interested in. When we want to do a mailing to a certain group, we have the computer make labels. The data-interest ministries leader also plans a mass mailing to everyone on the list at least twice a year. The mailing has a special offer from the church.

Campus ministries leader
Kwaku Duah
Campus ministries leader: Our campus ministries department endeavors to help strengthen our own church members, but also develops training programs to touch the church and help other church members find the Lord.

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