‘As long as you remain alive you should be improving,’ says Bowers at Elders Certification Service
Written by: Phillip E. L. Castell, Director, Communication, Public Affairs & Religious Liberty | Friday, June 1, 2018
Over sixty elders in East Jamaica Conference successfully completed the IAD Elders Certification Course and was awarded with their certificates at a special certification service at the Constant Spring SDA Church on May 26, 2018.
EJC Elders Association president, Elder Vermont Murray, said that upon assuming leadership of the Association in 2017, the new Administration was tasked with preparing elders for certification. “For many months, the association struggled with this apparent elusive activity,” Murray said, “but as the New Year 2018 dawned, and as the new date for the IAD certification drew nearer, light began to shine, the mystery started to unfold, and the journey began.”
Murray shared that at its core, the certification program was geared at establishing the elders in the solid principles of the Word of God and the Spirit of Prophecy. “Certification holds the body of elders accountable for following the prescribed paths of knowledge in the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy and the guidelines of the church,” Murray said as he gave an overview of the course at the certification program.
Ministerial director, Pastor Cedric McAnuff commended Murray for his leadership in getting the elders on
board and for keeping the momentum going during the three months of reading and preparation leading up to this point.
Pastor Astor Bowers, Ministerial Secretary at JAMU, was the guest speaker for the event and lauded the elders for making the decision to be a part of the certification process.
Bowers shared that the Inter-American Division (IAD) for this quinquennium, made the decision that all our elders should be certified by 2020 so that they can offer more effective service.
Bowers acknowledged that there was resistance from some elders who did not want to participate in the elders training program because they had been serving for many years but encouraged those elders to get on board.
“As long as we remain alive, we should be improving,” Bowers said, adding that none of us know everything.
The JAMU Ministerial Director used 2 Timothy 2:1 in his exhortation to the elders and reminded them to be faithful in their duties to God.
“Faithfulness doesn’t work for the accolades of men nor seek reward financial gain or reward,” Bowers said, “but it includes the idea of being dependable.”