Being Audited Have you ever been audited? Every year, the work that I am responsible for goes through an audit. Those conducting the audit are looking to confirm that the decisions I have made are accurate and appropriate. These people that are reviewing my actions are very nice and cordial. They are not necessarily looking to find fault with my choices; however if they do (they usually find something to bring to my attention), they will share with me a better and more appropriate way to handle my actions.
Trimester Groups - Part One Trimester Groups, (also known as Missional Groups and/or Free Market Groups) are at the heart of reaching the lost. When we look at the method that Jesus used in reaching out to others we find that Ministry of Healing, page 143, states: “Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, ’Follow Me.’”
Do You Feel Trapped in Debt? Are you familiar with this expression, “I owe, I owe, so off to work I go?” Do you feel you are trapped in debt? Have you overspent? If you have answered positively to these questions then you probably would like to somehow change your answers. Here are a few suggestions to consider.
Accountability Groups Accountability Groups can easily be supported from scripture. In the very beginning after Cain took his brother’s life, God asked him, “Where is Abel, your brother?” and Cain answered, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” (Gen 4:9). The answer to Cain’s question is a resounding “yes;” we do have a responsibility in encouraging and lifting up one another in the Christian walk.
Reaching Out at the Seminary The North American Division Evangelism Institute (NADEI) is located in the Seminary building on the campus of Andrews University. Students from around the world come to the Seminary to acquire various theological degrees. Many of these students come with their families and have made huge sacrifices to be here. Often they have very limited resources.
Small Groups Small Groups have been around for a long time. God Himself is a Small Group of Three. Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, encouraged Moses to organize Israel into small groups. Jesus had a small group of twelve, through the Reformation years there were small groups, and today many churches flourish because they became involved in small groups ministries.
Church Planting In 1995, for the first time in more than 50 years, the North American Division (NAD) closed more churches than it opened. Unfortunately, this was not an anomaly. Beginning in 1990, the five-year average increase of churches opening was only18.8. Between 1985 and 1989, the average had been 47.2 churches per year.