It was a revolution – something that had never happened before. The presidential theme for 2015 is: “Moving From Fellowship … To Membership … To Discipleship!” The Discipleship part is where the Seventh-day Adventist church in general has fallen.
We are good with bringing members into the church, but we are not so good at keeping them. Keeping in harmony with the President’s theme, a “Discipleship” training workshop was organized under the auspices of the Men’s Ministries department. It was held, February 7-8, 2015, in the Bradford, Cleveland, Brooks Leadership Center, at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. Dr. John Tolson, CEO of Tolson Ministries was the facilitator. Tolson’s philosophy is the same as Christ’s; REPRODUCE. “Go and make (reproduce) other disciples.” We were given the guidelines of how to make that happen and as a result, men will grow in their personal relationship with God, their families, and other relationships, as well as develop a passion to disciple other men. However, discipleship is not limited to men only. Every Christian is to make disciples. The plan is for the men in this Conference to take the lead as they should, and then pass it on to the others; women and youth. It was a one day workshop that was repeated the following day. It was well attended, including pastors who are committed to making this happen in their churches.
We are planning a level 2 training event with Dr. Melvin Santos this summer, which will include ladies. When our members become fully equipped, South Central will explode with baptisms; bringing people to Christ and finishing the work in this Conference. Kindly keep us in prayer.
Submitted by Pastor Roy Rugless