Communication Seminar

Communication SeminarThe Minnesota Conference Communications Seminar brought together Church Communication Secretaries serving in our local churches, to learn new technology and the legal issues that can impact the church and its ministry. The seminar looked at changes in Christianity today, and how these changes can impact our organizations, and sharpens the way we communicate and delivery the everlasting gospel message. The seminar also looked at the changes in policies that govern and protect the church.

Church leaders who attended the meeting learned how ‘Church Connect’, a supporting North American Division website that has changed over the years, can now be customized to reflect the local church’s demographics and/or the local mission target. Church Connect will still provide all design, training, and website support.

Rosa Comm SemThe seminar presenters addressed the conventional thinking that social media is for young people, by addressing the trends and challenges in social media, and offering new perceptive as to how social media can be used for evangelism, promoting church events, having small chat groups etc.

This seminar focused on media in three phases. Phase 1 – Minnesota Conference communication program to promote the Communication Department as the church’ facilitator in the communication and proclamation of the message of Jesus Christ. Phase 2 will be during Camp Meeting, June12-20, learning how to use the lens of a camera to communicate the gospel. Phase 3 will be coming in August-September dealing with video production.

We have a unique opportunity here in Minnesota Conference to gives our church leaders knowledge and tools to help each individual church really focus on their local communications while at the same time showing how internet technology can be used to showcase the good we are doing here and proclaim it far and wide without leave our conference territory.

Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration

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The Rochester Church Welcomes a New Pastor

Bradley BoothWe are delighted to announce that Bradley Booth and his wife Maribel have accepted the pastoral position for the Rochester church. Bradley Booth is an educator and has worked in many schools, conferences, and universities in the United States. He has also worked in Thailand, West Africa, and Russia. He is a best-selling author, of which many of you may have met Bradley through his books “Bible Adventures.”

Booth comes to us from New York Conference. The Rochester Church is excited to have Pastor Bradley join their congregation as their new Pastor. The congregation is looking forward to Booth’s passion in sharing the love of Jesus. We believe that with Booth’s vast knowledge and experiences he will be able connect well with the church and also will be able to connect with the surrounding community. The Booth family loves this church and they are willing to minister to the youth and the old alike. We wish Bradley Booth and his family God’s blessing as he takes up the pastoral position in our Rochester church.

The Minnesota Conference welcomes the Booth family to Minnesota and to Rochester church in particular. Welcome to the team Booth. Let’s all keep our EYES on eternity.

Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration

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Eric Mokua Ondicho Ordained

_MG_6317Eric Mokua Ondicho, Pastor of the Kenyan Community Church in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota was ordained to the gospel ministry on April 4, 2015. Eric owes the growth of his faith to his dear mother, Ascar Nyabonyi Ongaro. Eric was baptized at age 12 and preached his first sermon at the age of 14.

Originally, Pastor Eric wanted to be an accountant. He had already completed his CPA when he received his call to the ministry. Consequently, he enrolled in Spicer Adventist University (India) to study theology. Eric is married to his college sweetheart, Damaris Kwamboka Nyaben, and they are blessed with 2 boys, Ammon and Papa Alvin.

Eric has served the church as a youth leader, deacon, elder, literature evangelist, church planter, church pastor and also as a District pastor. He has conducted several revivals and evangelistic meeting resulting in hundreds of souls being baptized. In 2014 he was in South India conducting evangelistic meetings and as a result of those meetings, 50 souls gave their lives to Christ.

Eric has focused his ministry on working with the community; building relationships with them and helping them build a relationship with Christ and the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He believes that it is a privilege to serve the Lord. It is a blessing to see souls brought into God’s kingdom as they wait for Christ’s Second coming.

Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration

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Feast-Keeping and The Faithful

Dr. Ron du Preez will be presenting a seminar on Feast-Keeping and The Faithful at the Red Wing SDA church, 4651 Hy 61 North, Red Wing, MN at 9:30am on May 30, 2015.

Dr. Ron du Preez currently ministers in the USA. He has served in administrative, pastoral and teaching roles in North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe, and is the author and/or main editor of over a dozen books. In addition to being a frequent speaker at camp meetings, youth conferences, and conventions, he enjoys healthy living, and spending time with his fun-loving, spirit-filled wife, Lynda.

The Itinerary for the seminar is as follows:

Schedule for the seminar:

FEAST-KEEPING AND THE FAITHFUL

Sabbath School: Messiah’s Method for Searching Scripture

Divine Service: “Feast, New Moon & Sabbath”

2:30-3:30 – Finding the Facts about Feasts

3:45-4:45 – Probing the Practice of Paul

5:00-6:00 – Shadows of the Savior

SUPPER at 6:15

7:30 VESPERS: The Sabbath: Sign of Shalom

We will be having potluck Haystacks for Sabbath dinner and a light supper potluck at 6:15pm.

Any questions contact Barbara Christiansen at 715-792-2527 or keithandbarb.christiansen@gmail.com

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NAD guidelines for Ben Carson’s campaign

As the 2016 United States election cycle begins, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is aware of the increased interest in the expected Presidential candidacy of Dr. Ben Carson.  Dr. Carson’s story is well known to most Adventists and he is a well-respected physician.  

The Adventist Church has a longstanding position of not supporting or opposing any candidate for elected office.  This position is based both on our historical position of separation of Church and State and the applicable federal law relating to Church’s tax-exempt status.

While individual church members are free to support or oppose any candidate for office as they see fit, it is crucial that the Church as an institution remain neutral on all candidates for office.  Care should be taken that the pulpit and all church property remain a neutral space when it comes to elections.  Church employees must also exercise extreme care not to express views in their denominational capacity about any candidate for office, including Dr. Carson.  

We also want to remind our church members, pastors and administrators of the Church’s official position on the separation of Church and State. The Church has worked diligently to protect the religious rights of all people of faith, no matter what their denominational affiliation.

We should therefore work to establish robust religious liberty for all and should not use our influence with political and civil leaders to either advance our faith or inhibit the faith of others. Adventists should take civic responsibilities seriously. We should participate in the voting process available to us when it is possible to do so in good conscience and should share the responsibility of building our communities. Adventists should not, however, become preoccupied with politics, or utilize the pulpit or our publications to advance political theories.

– From the official Seventh-day Adventist Church Statement, adopted by the Council of Interchurch/Interfaith Relations of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in March 2002.

As Church leaders you may be approached by your local or national media outlets to make comments on Dr. Carson’s candidacy, in particular as it relates to his membership in the Church.  Given the national implications of this issue, questions from the media are best handled at the NAD level.  Thus, please direct all reporters or inquiries regarding Dr. Carson or the 2016 presidential election to NAD Communications Director Dan Weber (dan.weber@nad.adventist.org) or Associate Director Julio Munoz (julio.munoz@nad.adventist.org). 

The Seventh-day Adventist Church values Dr. Carson as we do all members.  However, it is important for the church to maintain its long standing historical support for the separation of Church and State by not endorsing or opposing any candidate.