NAD Evangelism Challenge
The church in North America today is faced with the challenge of low growth rate and plateaued or declining churches. The leadership of the church at the 2010 Annual Council recognized this and stated in a very succinct yet most apropos statement.
Adventists have a unique, if unfulfilled, challenge: "The Church's growth rate is simply not keeping pace with the world's burgeoning population. An honest evaluation of our current evangelistic impact on the world leads to the conclusion that unless there is a dramatic change we will not complete Heaven's assignment in this generation." (SDA Annual Council 2010)
The question, however, that is raised by this statement has not really been answered. Evangelism in North America continues to limp along and can only be described as anemic at best.
It is in this environment and to this challenge that NADEI focuses on providing training and inspiration for public and personal evangelism at the seminary and in the field through various evangelistic training events and direct evangelistic outreach series. One of these events is the Field School of Evangelism. Every year, NADEI organizes and directly engages in numerous Field Schools. This provides best practice training for the seminary students and models successful evangelism for the churches and local pastors.
Evangelism is not a focus of the church for the sake of the church. Evangelism is the focus of the church for the growth of the kingdom of God. Evangelism is about inviting lost people to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord so the church must once again take up the challenge of evangelism and experience the heart of God in love for lost people. There is still so much more that we can do to respond to this challenge. You are invited to engage with NADEI. Together we can begin the dramatic change required to complete heaven’s assignment.
-- By Errol McLean
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