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.