Church leaders and laypersons of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) have been engaged in pre-meetings in preparation for the annual mid-year business meetings of the executive committee that will be held during May 16-17, 2023. More than 30 executive committee members will gather to vote on initiatives and projects that will strengthen the direction of the Adventist church in ATCU in fulfilling the gospel commission to reach more people for Christ.
These annual mid-year business meetings will provide the opportunity for executive committee members and board members to receive reports, vote policies, develop new plans and initiatives, and fellowship online with fellow church leaders and laypersons who are dedicated to the mission of sharing the gospel with others within the Atlantic Caribbean region.
This year, high on the agenda are the voting of an initiative called Mission Refocus Adopt-a-Territory/People Group which encourages all divisions, General Conference-attached union, and institutions to prayerfully consider what they can do to help high-priority mission areas beyond their own territories; strategizing to accomplish the mission of the church; receiving departmental reports; and policy review.
According to Dr. Cheryl Rolle, ATCU executive secretary, the mid-year meetings will be held under the theme “Let Him Lead the Way” which acknowledges that what has been accomplished as well as achieving future goals could only be done with God’s guidance. “Our dependence on God to sustain and guide our union is vital. So, while we discuss plans and vote initiatives, we will be taking the time throughout our meetings to ask God for His wisdom as we carry out His mission,” stated Dr. Rolle.
With a membership of 28,182, ATCU, which is headquartered in Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas, comprises four fields, namely, the Cayman Islands Conference, the North Bahamas Conference, the South Bahamas Conference, and the Turks and Caicos Islands Conference. In addition, Northern Caribbean University, which is in Mandeville, Jamaica, is jointly owned and operated by ATCU and the Jamaica Union.