There will be no turning Back - JAMU Hosts successful ACMS Training
Written by: Phillip E. L. Castell, Director, Communication, Public Affairs & Religious Liberty | Friday, September 14, 2018
Hundreds of Church Clerks, Elders and church leaders across Jamaica were given critical information and instructions on how to use the Adventist Church Management System (ACMS) Software which is designed to help churches keep accurate records of their church members.
The training was organized by the Jamaica Union Conference Secretariat, headed by Pastor Meric Walker, Executive Secretary, JAMU, and was streamed live by the Communication Production Team of East Jamaica Conference.
President of the SDA Church in Jamaica, Pastor Everett Brown who led out in the devotion prior to the training, noted that one of the great challenges facing the church was accurately accounting for our church members.
“We are seeking to put in place structures to ensure accurate membership in the church,” Brown said as he addressed nearly one hundred elders, church clerks and church administrators gathered
at the East Jamaica Conference Board Room with many others tuned in at different locations across the country.
Pastor Walker agreed and also noted that the time had come to put our best efforts forward as we seek to account for our members through better record keeping.
“We believe the time has come to utilize all the strategies and to use the media to strategize to communicate and to train,” said Dr. Walker. “It is critical to have local data which can help to make important decision to impact ministry,” he added.
Three presentations where made during the day the first of which was captioned ‘The roles and responsibilities of the church clerk,’ conducted by Pastor Meric Walker.
The second was captioned ‘The Taking and the Preservation of Minutes’, and this was presented by Mrs. Doreen Grant, Associate Secretary, JAMU.
“It is very important to keep records and store them properly,” said Grant. “This is one of the vital duties of the church clerk. “We know that our church clerks are not paid, and it is a volunteer position in the church, but it is a lot of work,” Grant confessed. According to Doreen Grant, records are to be accurate, timely and retrievable if they are to be of benefit to the church.
Adventist Church Management System
The main presentation was made by Pastor Fernando Salazar of the Inter-America Division (IAD) which was entitled ‘Introduction of the Adventist Church Management System.’
Salizar, who spoke to his audience with the aid of Spanish – English translator Dr. Keisha Barwise, said the Inter-American Division is the largest Division in the World Church and accounted for 28% of the church’s membership worldwide.
The IAD speaker disclosed that Jamaica was recently welcomed officially to the World wide ACMS system which is designed to streamline the membership challenge being faced by the church.
During his presentation he disclosed that a YouTube Channel had been created to assist church clerks to quickly learn how to use the ACMS and invited participants to go to the channel and watch the presentation on adding members to the system. Describing the ease of use of the system, Doreen Grant said once the information is uploaded and clerks begin to use the system, they will wonder why they didn't do this earlier.
Walker, who has ultimate responsibility for the implementation of the ACMS in JAMU, was glad that Jamaica was making good strides towards improving record keeping of our membership. He was confident that we were heading in the right direction and encouraged church clerks to get their church membership uploaded unto the system.
“There will be no turning back. We have now been uploaded and in. This is how we will be going forward,” he added.
Walker thanked the team of technicians and Administrators at EJC and the executive secretaries and their teams around the fields for joining and participating in this successful training and hinted that there will
be other trainings like this going forward in the not too distant future.
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