The Seventh-day Adventist Church is growing rapidly across the world. This was evidenced at the 2015 General Conference Session. The world church, during the business meeting at the GC Session, approved an unprecedented 35 new union conferences. These union conferences are mostly located in Africa, Central America, and South America. “The high number of new unions is unprecedented in the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is a reflection of the church growing with breakneck speed around the world.” Said G. T. Ng, the Executive Secretary of the General Conference.[i]
One morning, July 16, I looked at our conference membership on eAdventist.org, and noticed that our membership is 9,351! We are growing and we praise the Lord! Having said, that I am sobered by the fact that we are not growing as fast as we should. Our membership  was only 0.17% compared to the Minnesota population.[ii]
I am not pessimistic or bemoaning the lack of growth! Christian writers over the years have done studies looking at church growth problems and spiritual conditions in our generation. I know that we as a church have preached the Laodicean message loud and clear. All I am saying is that as we read the Bible, we see that God expects us, His church to a.)”Come follow me”, b.) “Go make disciples”, and c.) “Sin no more”. He wants us to be the light and the salt of the world [in our local communities]. We must revolutionize our thinking, we must share our personal testimonies, we must actively participate in the church’s mission, and we must continue preparing people for the kingdom.
Just in case you feel overwhelmed as you seek to be part of the work in Minnesota conference, may I say, “Seek the Lord’s help”? God will communicate to you plans for soul winning. As a conference, let us seek the Lord and we will discover waste lands in our communities that need to be worked.
Remember now that God’s call to us is follow Him where He is already working.
Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Savior 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.” – Ellen G White, Ministry of Healing 143
[ii] Randy Harmdierks, communication seminar 2015
Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration
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