Highlights

An Interview with Pastor Furman Fordham – Sabbath School Department

An Interview with Pastor Furman Fordham
by Shirley Scott
Director Sabbath School and Women’s Ministry
When Oakwood was considering going from a college to a university, there were a lot of things that had to be considered. One was the fact that they would have to offer more degree programs, having more professors with PhDs, etc. It took a lot of work and everyone needed to be on board. There were meetings to establish where the school was, what were its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, what was working and what was not? Did the institution have a mission and if so, did the mission drive the decisions? I learned a lot about strategic planning and the importance of setting goals that accomplish your mission. It was only natural that upon becoming the Interim Director of Sabbath School, I wanted to do an assessment of where South Central was in respect to Sabbath School. There was a lot of talk about the decline in attendance for various reasons and this made it incumbent upon me to evaluate the health of our Sabbath School in South Central.

The Center for Creative Ministries reported that Adventist churches are nearly twice as likely as other faiths in America to have a regular Sabbath School or similar religious education programs for children and adults. Report states that more than 99% of Adventist local churches have Sabbath School each week, while only 53% of the local congregations of all religions have Sunday School or a similar program each week.  This is a major strength of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America.

Their research also shows that the better the attendance at the religious education program, the more likely a congregation is to grow. This, […]

By |December 17th, 2014|Categories: Highlights|0 Comments

Response to the Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Etc., Cases – “We Have to Talk”

In our staff meeting just before Thanksgiving, I promised that there would be a response from my office on the Michael Brown case. That promise came as a result of a question from some of the young adults on our staff. They believe, as I do, that the Seventh-day Adventist Church has a responsibility to get involved not only in preparing men and women for a better life in heaven, but also to do as much as we can to make life the lives of individuals better on earth now. My wife’s illness and the Thanksgiving holidays delayed my response.

Subsequent to that time, a grand jury declined in New York to indict the police officer whose chokehold ended the life of Eric Garner. My colleague, Dr. Daniel Honore, President, Northeastern Conference, wrote a powerful letter to his constituents, asking for the responsible involvement of his Pastors and constituents in addressing what certainly appears at first glance to be an injustice. I affirm his leadership in this area on this issue.

I am not an expert on any of the cases that arrested the attention of our nation of late. One of the things that I have learned in this responsibility is that it is all too easy to judge something or someone from afar, without having all the facts-I have had that happen to me and I know I have been guilty of doing that to others in my life as well.

But there are at least three common and dismaying things that are true of the cases Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin:

All the victims were black

All of victims died at the hands of authority figures who were not black

Each of those responsible for the […]

By |December 8th, 2014|Categories: Highlights, President's Blog|0 Comments

Sabbath School Produces Kingdom Builders

By |August 25th, 2014|Categories: Highlights|0 Comments

MEN’S MINISTRIES CERTIFICATION PROGRAM IN SOUTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE

The first of its kind!

The Family Life Department of the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist church has developed a Certification Training Program for the Men’s Ministries leaders in the local church. The South Central Conference Men’s Ministries department facilitated the first Certification Training for its leaders, May 30 – June 1, 2014, at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. Pastor Melvin Preston, Family Life Director for the South Atlantic Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, conducted the training. Pastor Benjamin Jones, Ministerial Director for the South Central Conference and Dr. Trevor Fraser of Oakwood University, assisted him.

The attendees had to complete 10 modules of instruction that dealt with different areas of Men’s Ministries. It was an intensive curriculum, which started Friday evening and ended Sunday morning. In addition to the weekend instruction, each attendee has to participate in an independent learning track of 2 ½ hours, which entails reading books and DVD/Video viewing. After they have completed all of the requirements they will receive the Basic Adventist Men’s Certification. They will be equipped to do an advanced work within their churches. In addition, some of the graduates will be utilized as Conference trainers for other leaders in the different geographical areas of this Conference.

We are excited about the future of Men’s Ministries in South Central. We are now getting ready to go to the next level of preparing our men for Kingdom building.

By |June 15th, 2014|Categories: Highlights|0 Comments

Sharing God by Serving Others

It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others. – Ephesians 2:10 Living Bible (TLB)
We never really understand the beauty of a desert, the pain of poverty or the joy of service until we’ve made the journey to see, smell and experience them.

Now we have.

We, the South Central Conference Mission Team, spent three and one half days at the Holbrook Indian School in Holbrook, Arizona.

Our team – comprised of 23 eighth grade students and 14 adults from 7 of the 10 schools in the South Central Conference – prepared a garden area for planting, dug trenches for drain pipes, cleared wind strewn debris, assisted in cafeteria duty, engaged in rigorous games of basketball with the athletic Native American boys, enjoyed a tea party with beautiful  Native American girls, and made memories that will last a lifetime.

This is our team’s second mission experience at Holbrook Indian School and the previous trip inspired our students to be more conscious of the advantages they are blessed with, including caring families. Their interaction with the Navaho students caused them to have a deeper respect for those of different cultures. They visited the classrooms and noted that Indian students learn the same way American students do. They study from the same textbooks and write the same prompts.

This year our students have enjoyed the new found friendships, the chance to be in nature, and the benefits of manual labor.

The provocative presentations each evening during the “Jesus Loves Pajamas” meetings have given the students a deeper sense of God’s love for them and the need to let others know of […]

By |June 3rd, 2014|Categories: Highlights|0 Comments

Recent Actions Made by the Executive Committee

A. Accepting Retirement Via Accelerated Retirement:

Elder R.P. Broussard

Elder A. Maycock

Elder R.L. Patterson

Elder S. Simms

Dr. Craig Newborn

 

B. Pastoral Reassignments:

Elder Darron George, Vicksburg/Port Gibson, MS to Birmingham Hillsview

Elder Roscoe Shields, Jr., Columbus/W Point, MS to Vicksburg/Port Gibson

Elder Marshall Johnson, Jackson Berean, to Columbus/West Point

Elder James Owens, Memphis Longview, to Jackson Berean

Elder Alex Horton, Birmingham Ephesus, to Memphis Longview

Elder Benjamin Jones, Ministerial, to Birmingham Ephesus (as Interim Pastor)

           

Moves Affecting Part-time/ District Lay Associate Pastors (DLAP’s):

Elder Melvin Warfield to Gallatin (he was formerly the Interim Pastor)

Pastor Edward Williams to North Cheatham County

Pastor Thiea Brown to work with Selma/Thomasville, Alabama

 

Moves Effective January 1, 2015

The resignation of Elder Chester Readus, Moss Point/Beaumont, MS

Elder Alexander Lampkin, Knoxville College Hill, to Florence/Courtland, AL

Elder Cleveland Hobdy, Assoc Chattanooga Orchard Park, to Knoxville College Hill

 

By |April 28th, 2014|Categories: Highlights|0 Comments

2014 PRAYER SUMMIT – Righteousness by Faith

March 7-9, 2014

Prayer Ministry experience and spiritual uplift attitude are alive and doing well in SCC 50. So, excitement filled the air as we checked in. The environs of Shocca Springs, Talledega provided the quietude of a ready retreat for the 250 plus people seeking a respite. The charming little paradise of prayer was the center of attraction on Friday, March 7, and all roads led to this place where Pastor Metard Solamon, Pastor of Moncon English and French SDA Churches in Canada would speak.   Elder Roy Rugless, South Central Conference Prayer Director poured his effort into creating “A Prayer Summit to be remembered,” and President Dana Edmond gave full support to this venture. As that Friday faded into sunset and heaven touched earth with rest, voices of a praise team who led the congregation in lifting praises to God as all sang lustily, as if one voice.

God is our Rock, Hope of Salvation, A strong Deliverer In Him will I always trust…

The opening song was the theme song:   … I humble myself and I begin to worship…for what He’s done for me…redeemed and set me free…and because , just because He’s God … the victory He’s won. The opening prayer implore… “blessing on this encampment, may thy glory fill this house” so that a revival can be made.  

The facilitator, Metard Solamon, introduced his subject, Powerful Good News with the thought that, “You are here for a reason! Nothing is impossible with God, and the Holy Spirit can empower our lives.” The Holy Spirit is to influence every aspect of our lives so that we will keep on being filled. Be filled with His Holy Spirit. “Though at times things may seem out of […]

By |April 28th, 2014|Categories: Highlights|0 Comments

Intersections in the Lives of Children

Check this link out from Adventist Risk Management on Intersecting in the Lives of Children

By |April 22nd, 2014|Categories: Highlights|0 Comments

Super Youth Day

By |March 17th, 2014|Categories: Highlights|0 Comments

South Central Prayer Ministries Organizes Collaborative Prayer Conference

Read about the collaboration our Prayer Ministry team experienced with JAMU in the Central Jamaica Conference: http://www.centralja.org/node/1057

By |February 21st, 2014|Categories: Highlights|0 Comments