Adventist Church launches membership reclamation initiative in EJC
Written by: Phillip E. L. Castell, Director, Communication, Public Affairs & Religious Liberty | Thursday, May 2, 2019
The Adventist Church in Jamaica and around the world is taking steps to reclaim missing members in a way it has never done before. This was revealed at the recent LTM Sabbath School Congress and School of Evangelism Graduation held on April 26 – 27 in Kingston where lay leaders, pastors and Church Administrators gathered for a special consecration, reconciliation and reclamation service at the Kencot SDA Church.
Before launching the new emphasis on membership reclamation, Pastor Samuel Telemaque, Sabbath School Director at the Inter-American Division, IAD, invited Pastor Adrian Cotterell, Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Director, JAMU, Pastor Carl Cunningham, Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Director, EJC and East Jamaica Conference President, Pastor Eric Nathan, to join him on the platform with all the pastors who were present in the church.
“Brothers and Sisters, this is an historical moment,” Telemaque said, as he addressed the church, flanked by Conference administrators and pastors on the platform. “In every Conference and in any Union where you want to implement change and you want to give the church a new direction, you always begin in the city and with the city church,” he continued. “We want every church in Jamaica to have a Home Coming Sabbath on September 7,” said Telemaque.
The IAD Sabbath School Director disclosed that there will be a massive home coming celebration across the Division on September 7, 2019 where it is estimated that one million former members will be reconciled to Christ and to the church on that day.
Pastor Telemaque, who spoke on behalf of the Inter-American Division Administrators, officially launched the ministry of reconciliation of all former members across the IAD territory and across Jamaica in the afternoon of April 27.
“Today, the Inter-American Division has chosen the East Jamaica Conference and the Jamaica Union to officially launch the ministry of reconciliation, that means going to the homes of all the former members to visit them, to begin to listen to them, to begin to empathize with them, to begin to apologize and to pray with them in preparation to restore them to church on September 7,” said Telemaque as he addressed the church which had his full attention.
“And so today, Dr. Nathan, Pastor Cotterell, Pastor Cunningham, on
behalf of the Inter-American Division, Elder Elie Henry, Elder Filiberto Verduzco, Dr. Leonard Johnson, we officially launch from the platform of the East Jamaica Conference in the Jamaica Union, this mission of reconciling and restoring all our former members in the Jamaica Union and Inter-American Division from the platform of the East Jamaica Conference.”
In his response to the declaration by Telemaque, EJC president, Pastor Eric Nathan said these are crucial days in earth’s history and every strategy that we can use to impact our membership will be gladly received.
“On behalf of the directors, Pastor Linton Williams and Elder Donmayne Gyles, East Jamaica accepts this great launch and this is going to change the way we do things,” added Nathan.
The top church pastor and administrator in EJC said work would begin with the Sabbath School teachers who would be asked to go back to their class records and work closely with their classes.
Pastor Telemaque emphasized that September 7, 2019 will be Home Coming Sabbath around the Inter-American Division for thousands of
former members and encouraged East Jamaica Conference to lead the way in searching for and invitingformer members to church on this day across Jamaica Union.