I remember many, many years ago, when I was a young boy, involved in Junior Missionary Volunteer society (JMV) that our aim was “The advent message to all the world in this generation” Back then we felt (I still feel the same) that God called this church to invite people of every nation, tribe, and language into God’s kingdom. (At that point, the phrase of every tribe and language is what made sense.) I still believe that we were organized as a church for that specific mission. I hope to keep that calling vivid; it will and should always be the intent of our ministry.
In my reading of the Bible, I have noticed that God’s mission is to bring people from every nation, tribe, and language. Minnesota Conference MUST remain mission oriented, we MUST keep our members witnessing and advancing the kingdom and we MUST keep our EYES on eternity – that is the battle cry! We cannot rest till we have a church planted in every town, county, and in every locality and people group.
We, as a conference MUST be willing to recognize the growth pattern in our midst. The church is now one big family, we have Anglo, African-American, African, Korean, Russian, Hispanics and many others – 9, 450 members strong! We are seeing new groups, companies, men and women joining our churches. As a Conference, we are making sure the work force reflects and embraces this diversity. Diversity should not be an issue in a global family. We must be willing to diversify, to do ministry outside the box, and as new members and people groups come into our churches we should welcome them with open arms (we have a church by this name, don’t we?)
I will admit I am always challenged by apostle Paul’s thinking (by the way I named my second son Paul). Paul says there is “no distinction . . . neither male nor female . . . you [all] are heirs according to the promise.” (Romans 10; Galatians 3) Now I am not naïve. I know that as the family gets bigger, we need more food, more land, and more housing. Maybe like the Jerusalem church, we need to think about new strategies and new structures that utilizes more “men [and women] of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task.” Acts 6:3. I know that the world church is right now faced with a challenging situation as a result of growth. The family growing larger on our watch. As the Minnesota family gets larger and larger, the challenges of administration becomes more complex, are we going to shrink from the challenge? No! The administration is saying we will face the challenge, we will focus our EYES on eternity. We are planning big, we want to go forward, “with our young and old, with our sons and daughters, and with our flocks and herds, because we all must observe the Lord’s festival.”” Exodus 10:9. Let’s keep our EYES on eternity.
Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration
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