The Other Side of the Cheese: My Response to Dr. Dwight Nelson’s Sermon on Ending “Ethnically Separate Conferences”
This article was supposed to be about the other side of the Young Adult Ministries Initiative. Part One dealt with our responsibility to our young adults-those things we want to put in place to bring our young adults into full partnership with those of us who are older, as we all seek to fulfill the gospel commission. Part Two was to be about those things that we shall ask from our young adults. This Young Adult Initiative cannot be one-sided. It cannot just be about what the church can do for young adults. But it must also be about what the Lord asks young adults-and everyone else-to do for His church.
To finish the work that God has given to us will take all of us and we shall need our young adults to be a part of that in ways that we have not invited them to be involved in the past.
I shall get back to that soon. But today I want to respond to a very important issue that has been raised of late. It began with a sermon a few weeks ago by Dr. Dwight Nelson, the long-time Senior Pastor of he Pioneer Memorial SDA Church on the campus of Andrews University. He preached a sermon on ending what he called “ethnically separate conferences.” Whether he intended it to be taken that way or not, it was interpreted as being a call to end regional conferences-a stance that Dr. Nelson (and others, such as Dr. Jan Paulsen, when he was President of the General Conference) has taken previously.
That was followed by a forum on the campus of Andrews University that addressed the issue of our current structure, where we have what are called […]