Church leader declares the need for spiritual overhaul at Convention 2018
Written by: Sophia Dormer, Communication Secretary | Thursday, February 8, 2018
Members and delegates from over seventy churches that make up the districts in Zones 1-3 converged at the Hagley Park Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sabbath January 27, for the first Convention of the year which was held under the theme “Emphasizing the Transformation.” It was the first Convention that had so many churches joining the event via livestream as twenty five churches logged on via the internet to hear church leaders share the vision of the church for evangelism for the coming year.
In welcoming everyone to the Holy convocation, President of East Jamaica Conference, Pastor Eric Nathan, reminded the packed church of the reason we have convention.
“Convention is a time for celebration, fellowship and reflection of how good God has been to us in yester year,” said Nathan. “Convention is a time for projection. It is a time when we share the vision of East Jamaica Conference and when we invite the constituency to share in the mission of the church,” said Pastor Nathan.
“God who promised he will never leave us, is the same yesterday and today and we can be assured of his leadership in our lives for years to come,” said the top church leader in the Conference.
Speaker for the divine hour, President of JAMU, Pastor Everett Brown, said it can’t be business as usual and encouraged the church to be transformed in their spiritual lives.
“We need a spiritual overhaul. It can’t be business as usual. We can’t just come to convention after convention and return to our churches year after year and we are at the same level spiritually.”
The chief leader used the story of young king Josiah in 2 Chronicles 34 v 29-33 as the backdrop for his message. Young Josiah’s leadership, said Brown, began at a time when his people had descended at the lowest spiritually, but the young king was determined to reconstruct Gods house.
The convention programme was strategically organized to include praise and worship with melodious singing and testimonies to encourage the members to remain faithful to God. Sis. Mickellia Dunkley testified that she had to make a decision because of her new found faith as she was working at a place that makes alcohol. She resigned her job and waited on the Lord who provided a better one for her.
Pastor Carl Cunningham, Assistant to the president in the area of evangelism and training, reported that 1,957 persons where baptized into the church in 2017. He commended the church for their efforts but told the congregation that for 2018 he wanted to see 3000 souls.
A special presentation was made to Elder Noel Jumpp for being the leading lay-evangelist in JAMU having consistently baptized over 150 souls each year. Sister Denise Campbell of NCU was present to promote the value of a Christian education, and the need for the church to support its university.
It was a proud moment for the administrators of the Conference as Treasurer, Elder Donmayne Gyles declared the launch of the East Jamaica Conference Payment Platform open. This platform Gyles said was created based on the many calls from members around the world for an easier way to contribute to the work of God. Members can now go to the East Jamaica Conference website at www.ejcsda.com and click on the “Donate” at the very top of the webpage or click on the “Give Online” button on the left hand side of the page below the “Latest News” section of the page.
The convention extended into the afternoon with Secretary of East Jamaica Conference Pastor Linton Williams, introducing the zone leaders for zones 1-3. The leaders then gave their reports and introduced the pastors and their wives in each district. The Treasures, CWD and Good Samaritan report was also presented. The highlight of the afternoon was the presentation to Sis Shurnette Miller, a non- Adventist who attends the Constitution Hill SDA Church, for collecting over Twenty Five Thousand dollars in harvest ingathering toping the pastorial district.
The evening ended with the Administration and Directors fielding questions from members who may have had concerns about what is happening in the Conference.
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