Over Sixty Graduate from EJC’s School of Evangelism
Written by: Phillip E. L. Castell, Director, Communication, Public Affairs & religious Liberty | Thursday, May 2, 2019
More than sixty members across East Jamaica Conference (EJC) graduated from the EJC School of Evangelism over the week-end signaling their readiness to begin making an impact in evangelism in their church and community.
The students, who started their course in October 2018, were engaged in three months of study and discipleship for mission, which ended in December 2019. All were integrally involved in the Conference’s Mission 2019 evangelistic initiative that swept across the constituency during the first three months of 2019.
In addressing the graduates on Friday evening, president of EJC, Pastor Eric Nathan, said the objective of the School of Evangelism is ministry and mission and was upbeat in his expectation for those who had just sharpened their skills with the training they had just received from the school.
“As of this week-end, we expect to see the church abuzz with members who will be able to practically demonstrate the things they have learnt,” the president said.
In his address to the School of Evangelism graduates on Friday evening, Pastor Samuel Telemaque, Sabbath School Director, Inter-America Division (IAD), reminded the group that God is calling them to a unique ministry of reconciliation which focuses on reclaiming to the church and to Christ, those who once walked with the Lord.
“This initiative, the ministry of reconciliation, is not something that comes from the General Conference or from the Division, it is an initiate of God,” Telemaque told the church, in tones that conveyed both the importance and urgency of the matter.
In the afternoon of April 27, church leaders, pastors and church members turned out to witness and share in the EJC School of Evangelism Graduation and LTM Appreciation & Awards Ceremony which was held at the Kencot SDA Church in Kingston.
Principal of the EJC School of Evangelism, Pastor Carl Cunningham, spoke glowingly of the impact that the school has made in the Conference and across Jamaica.
“This EJC School of Evangelism is becoming a signally historic institution,” said Cunningham at the start of the graduation exercise held in the afternoon of April 27, 2019.
“This is the tenth graduation exercise of the school since we established it on the tenth of May 2011 and every year, we put out a batch of students who have been working assiduously to become professional in
what they are doing. For our lay people, we need to have ongoing training so that everyone can be equipped,” Cunningham said.
This year for the first time, medical evangelism courses were included in EJC School of Evangelism curriculum, which resulted in students being exposed to medical missionary training while they learnt courses such as :- Principles of Evangelism; Discipleship and Bible Counseling; Sabbath School Leadership & Teaching and Personal Bible Counselling and Discipleship.
On recognizing the benefit of equipping students of evangelism with health and medical missionary training, Pastor Cunningham suggested that visitation teams should ensure that experience in the area of health and medical ministry be included in their teams.
“There should be no team doing visitations that does not have the medical missionary combination with someone being able to assist with physical healing and prevention of diseases,” said Cunningham.
Pastor Leonard Steele, Health Ministries Director, EJC and training partner for the health and medical missionary portion of the course, said it was a wonderful experience being a part of the training team this year.
“I know that the church will be better off,” said Steele, in reference to the partnership between the health ministry and evangelism in the
School of Evangelism this year.
The EJC Health director disclosed that some of the topics that were covered this year included Massage Therapy; Health Evangelism; Cooking classes and God’s Health Laws which are the eight laws of health.
The students, dressed in blue graduation gowns with blue and white tunic, were presented by pastors Cunningham and Steele to Pastor Adrian Cotterell, Personal Ministries Director, JAMU, and Samuel Telemaque who charged them to be diligent students of the word and to be partners with God in their ministry.
The official launch of the reclamation initiative was done during the EJC School of Evangelism Graduation exercise which saw over sixty lay members receiving certificates of completion of courses geared towards preparing them for greater service in the work of the Lord.