The Biggest Effort

Doug Inglish (MN Conference)The biggest effort to bring the Adventist message to the Twin Cities is almost here. On February 27, 2015, Shawn Boonstra will begin meetings at the Minneapolis Convention Center, which will also be available to churches in greater Minnesota via live streaming. The event will not be streamed to metro area churches, since these congregations will be supporting the meetings directly. On March 29, 2015, Julio Chazaretta will begin his series, supported by the Spanish speaking churches of the metro area.

Almost every day, our office is receiving delivery of translation equipment, brochures, Bible Study guides, and other materials to be used in these meetings. Pastors from the area are meeting with leaders from the Voice of Prophecy and the ‘El Centinnela’ for planning sessions. Karen SV trainingTrained Bible Workers are conducting studies with interested families and sending out correspondence lessons around the Twin Cities and beyond. Volunteers are being organized to assist with ushering, translation equipment, registration, child care, camera operations, and many other vital activities. All over the Minnesota Conference, people are praying for souls to hear the gospel message.

All of this is only a fraction of what is going on to support the meetings. There is not enough space available to describe the breadth of activities that goes into an evangelism plan of this scale. And all of it, from negotiating with the parking garages to Shawn and Julio preparing their messages, is for one purpose: to grow the Kingdom of God. We are praying for at least 1,000 disciples to join us in our churches and for a total membership in our Conference of at least 10,000 by camp meeting. I don’t know if we will reach either goal, but I rejoice over every soul who chooses baptism, and I will praise God for leading all that we are ready to receive into the church.

South ViewJesus famously observed that the limit on the harvest of souls was not in the number of those who would accept the call, but in the number of those who will step forward to help. It’s the laborers who are few. If you are willing to volunteer to help gather in the harvest, please call our office. We can talk about what options there are for service, what kind of schedule works for you, and if necessary, what we can do to train you for service. God bless you all, and thank you for your sincere prayers.

Doug Inglish, Personal Ministries Director

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The Iron Range District Welcomes a New Pastor

Doug 1bPastor Douglas Todd Hardt has recently accepted a position as the new pastor of the Iron Range District effective June 1st, 2015. The Iron Range district now includes the Blackberry, Grand Rapids, Hibbing, International Falls, and Northome churches.

Pastor Hardt has been in ministry since 1995, serving in many and varied capacities in the Seventh-day Adventist church here and across the world. His ministry began in the Rocky Mountain Conference as an Associate Pastor in 1995. From there he has gone on to serve as Global Mission Coordinator in Euro-Asia Division, Secretary Treasurer in Georgia SDA Mission, Health and Children’s Ministries and Global Mission Director in Trans-European Division, Vice President of Administration in Minnesota Conference here in North American Division, President of the Armenia Mission in Euro-Asia Division and most recently he has been serving as the Director for Interfaith Studies and Culture at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. He is a graduate of both Union College and Andrews University.

Elder Hardt has lived and worked in many places, giving him a strong background in the global work of the Seventh-day Adventist church. He enjoys organizing projects, writing, teaching, preaching and cross-culture work, working with people across the board, and helping them to see Jesus Christ.

Doug, his wife Tatiana, and their children Nicole and Michael will be joining the Minnesota Conference team sometime in May. The Iron Range district is looking forward to welcoming this ministerial family. We strongly believe that Douglas Todd Hardt is a wonderful addition to our Minnesota team.

The conference family is delighted to welcome Pastor Hardt and his family on board.

Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration

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Pastor Tyson Kahler ordained as a Local Elder

Tyson Kahler (Pipestone pastor)On January 10, 2015, the members of the Pipestone Seventh-day Adventist church gathered for a very special service – the ordination of the District pastor, Pastor Tyson Kahler as a local Elder. The ordination of a licensed minister as a local Elder is the conference’s way of conferring authority on persons “to represent and speak for the church as ministers and Gospel workers”. Church Manual chapter 9

In many Christian churches, the position of a local church Elder is misunderstood. Even among Seventh-day Adventists, the thinking is that an elder is the most influential lay member in the local congregation. I would argue that ordination according to the New Testament is for service. An Elder leads the church and preaches the Word. The Elder is an overseer protecting the church from false teachers and false doctrines. The Elder visits the sick and leads out in prayers. Paul in 2 Corinthians 11: 28, reminds us that it is the Holy Spirit who places Elders in the congregation. They are, a) to be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock and b) to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. Acts 20:28 says that like Paul, Elders are to be “concerned about all the churches.” In 1 Timothy 3:5 Paul says they should know how to “take care of God’s church” Ministers, as Elders therefore, should not to be seen as or consider themselves as corporate executives or CEOs but they are to serve as “servant leaders.”

The Church Manual and NAD Working policy L 25 15, does exclude the following functions from the functions of a Licensed Minister: Organizing of a church, uniting churches, and ordaining local elders and deacons.

Congratulations Pastor and Mrs. Kahler, we pray Gods blessing on your new ministry. This ordination service was conducted by the Minnesota Conference Vice President Elder Brian Mungandi.

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Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration

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Minnesota Conference Installs a Pastor at Faith Church

Installation of Enock BigogoA pastoral installation program in an African congregation is a big deal. It is a worship service that celebrates the union between a new pastor and his congregation. Conducting an installation is like officiating at a wedding service, where the relationship between the pastor and the congregation is made public. This is a program that allows the congregation to recognize the spiritual leadership of the new pastor as he begins to serve the community of faith and the larger community.

On January 17, 2015 the members of Faith Church International and Light of Christ Company gathered as a district to witness the installation of their new pastor, Pastor Enock Bigogo. Pastor Enock Osorio Bigogo is a graduate of Andrews University (2013) and University of Eastern Africa Baraton Eldoret in Kenya (2007).

Bigogo is a native of Kenya, he worked in Uganda as a school Chaplain before coming to the USA for his Masters in Divinity studies. He comes from a predominately Seventh-day Adventist community with many family members involved in church work. He enjoys reading, music, preaching, youth ministry and evangelism.

Pastor Enock Bigogo was installed as the pastor at Faith Church International. He will be the pastor for Faith Church International and Light of Christ Company. The Minnesota Conference strongly believes that Enock Osorio Bigogo is a good fit for the Faith district. We welcome him to the Minnesota Conference Team.

The installation service was conducted by the President of the Minnesota Conference, Elder Justin Lyons.

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Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration

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Updates from the Minnesota Mission Trip to India

India Ladies with biblesGreetings to all,

“Happy Sabbath”, we greeted the congregation and told them that we had come to preach Jesus. I had been reading in Acts of the Apostles, where I believe Peter said that he had come “to preach Jesus and Him crucified”.

One night, Keith preached the Sabbath message to approximately 400 and there were several comments on how blessed they were from the message. Praise God. When the congregation was asked to stand to show their desire to follow Jesus in Sabbath worship, they all stood! Praise God.

The congregation has been very attentive each night and during the Sabbath talk, when it was just briefly talked about Christ’s death, they broke into clapping as if on cue. This also happens while we are watching the Jesus video when miracles are performed.

We also visited three groups of believers, one in a humble, humble three-sided church with a tin roof, which had many opportunities for the rain to come through, no doors, and it was smaller than my kitchen. The other two groups are meeting in homes but have bought land to build a church. It’s really nice to see the villagers taking initiative to build their own church.

We were asked if we would change rooms at the hotel, and when we saw the new room with windows and a view rather than a cement wall we were delighted.

Please pray for us, and the villagers. The last several nights while praying for the people, Keith and I have both had people come up for prayer, and while we are praying they are overcome by an evil spirit. I just keep praying and upholding Jesus’s name and ask Him to rebuke the devil and after a period of time (one or two minutes) they go back to a normal posture. Another lady shrieks during the service but a couple of times (if I’m sitting near her), I have put my hand on her and prayed quietly and she has quit.

There are many other things to vex and annoy! But God is in charge, and flexibility is the mode!

God bless you all,

From the land of color, spice, and a growing hunger for God’s word,

Barbara Christiansen

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Making Our World a Better Place

MWA cleaning HwyAn important lesson to teach our students is the importance of being a part of a community and taking responsibility for making our world a better place. So the summer of 2014, Maplewood Academy adopted a highway! Located 25 miles north of Hutchinson on Highway 15, our students are taking care of a beautiful 2 mile stretch in the country. In October 2014, on Maplewood’s Community Service Day, a group of students and staff cleaned the ditches, making the stretch look even better. Together our students are making an impact in our community and we are proud of them for their hard work.

Laura Cummings, Maplewood Academy Registrar

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