Communicators Recognized For Outstanding work in EJC
Written by: Phillip E. L. Castell, Director, Communication, Public Affairs & Religious Liberty | Thursday, November 16, 2017
Four months after the Now is the Time Family & Health Evangelistic Campaign ended on July 15, 2017, the communication team responsible for the online streaming and video production at the meetings were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the success of the campaign at a special service at the East Jamaica Conference Headquarters on November 11, 2017.
The thirty six member production team whose efforts brought the messages of preacher and evangelist Dr. Newton Cleghorne into the homes of thousands of persons in Jamaica and around the world, were given a special certificate of recognition and provided with uniform shirts which identifies them as Communication Production Team members of the Conference going forward.
Noting that the performance of the team was exceptional and that the video production was professionally done, president of East Jamaica Conference, Dr. Eric Nathan, expressed appreciation to the team on behalf of the Conference. He commended the group of mostly young people for using their talents to assist with the spreading of the gospel during the recent series.
Communication Director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica Elder Nigel Coke said he was proud of the work of the team and noted that they executed well during the Now is the Time Campaign.
“Commendations to you. I am well pleased,” Coke said when he was asked to bring greetings to the group of communicators gathered in the board room of the East Jamaica Conference.
Members added to the church as a result of the campaign surged pass the five hundred mark weeks after the campaign ended as people were still able to view the messages which were posted on Youtube.
“Baptisms as a direct result of the Now is the Time Family & Health Campaign have now exceeded five hundred,” said Pastor Cunningham, Assistant to the President for Evangelism and the man who was heavily involved with the planning and organizing of the series. Cunningham offered the prayer of commitment on behalf of the team at the end of the service.
Over the five week period of the campaign from Jun 10 – Jul 15, 2017, the Conference’s YouTube channel recorded 206,603 views with over 3 million minutes of watch time. Facebook on the other hand recorded 209,500 video views with 418,200 minutes of watch time during the same period.
Nightly viewership during the Now is the Time Campaigned averaged over four thousand but viewership peaked on the night of July 4, 2017 when Facebook registered over six thousand persons online and showed a reach of over seventy three thousand when Evangelist Newton Cleghorne spoke on the topic “Showdown on Hagley Park Road.”
It was the first time in the history of the Conference that fifty two churches participated simultaneously in one evangelistic campaign and this was made possible through the live streaming efforts of the production team.
Subscription for the Conference’s two main social media platforms skyrocketed as well during the period with the number of followers on Facebook increasing by almost one thousand during the five week period, moving from four thousand four hundred and forty eight (4,448) to five thousand four hundred and seven (5,407).