Atlantic Caribbean Union

A Concluding Look at Self-Supporting and Independent Ministries

A Concluding Look at Self-Supporting and Independent Ministries

It is my hope that we see the difference between self-supporting and independent ministries. As noted, there are some independent ministries that give cause for concern for the church. On the other hand, self-supporting ministries work very closely with the church, assisting in various ways to advance the mission of the church. It would be a blessing if we could find ways to have all independent ministries work in harmony with the church instead of opposing it. However, I wish to note again three international independent ministries that are of concern to the church are Hope International, Remnant Ministries (based in Australia) and Hartland Institute.

Efforts to Reach Independent Ministries

In 1998, based on concerns raised by then General Conference president, Robert S. Folkenberg, a committee was formed to meet with these groups and engage in dialogue with the view of settling differences and working together. Note the appeal as recorded in Ministry Magazine, August 2000: “We appeal, in all sincerity and Christian love, to Hope International and associates to hear the counsel of the Church they claim to love. It is time for the spirit of condemnation and rebellion to be set aside, allowing the reconciling blood of Christ to bring unity among His people.”

We recognize that within our union territory there exit various ministries -radio, school, health and the like. Without pretense, we know that there are some that work closely with the church, whereas others continue to condemn the church and its leaders. However, this latter approach is not Christ-like. It is not likely to achieve much. As noted in 2000, we observe today that, “there is serious need for revival and reformation in God's Remnant Church... The Church is not perfect, but there is wisdom in listening to its advice.”

An Appeal to Work Together

I join our local field leaders in calling upon those ministries that are working independently of the church’s guidelines to accept the authority of the church. Also, I appeal to leaders to do all that is possible to dialogue, listen and encourage unity where possible. To ensure that we are aware of some of the various self-supporting ministries that exist, I share the following:

Self-supporting Ministries

Outpost Centers International

Amazing Facts

Association of Adventist Women

Association of Seventh-day Adventist

Association of Seventh-day Adventist Librarians (ASDAL)

Generation of Youth for Christ (GYC), formerly known as the General Youth Conference

Weimar Institute

Adventist Youth Ministry Movement (AYMM)

Ouachita Hills Ministries (website)

Quiet Hour Ministries (formerly The Quiet Hour)

Quiet Moments

Amazing Discoveries

White Horse Media

Morning Song Music Group

Loma Linda Broadcasting Network

Maranatha Volunteers International

Project Patch

Adventist Frontier Missions

Your Story Hour

CHIP Health

More Abundant Life Phipps

Hope on Fire

Church Pond TV

Lifestyle Magazine

Voice of Prophecy

It Is Written


Problem ones

Hope International

Remnant Ministries (based in Australia)

Hartland Institute (based in USA)

The Forerunner Chronicles

Of course there are hundreds of these. Finally, I encourage support for the various evangelistic thrusts in your area. Union Communication Director, Pastor Andrew Burrows, shared the following a few weeks ago:

Cayman Islands Conference

The Message of Hope Campaign begins on Sunday evening, November 9, 2014, at the George Town Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grand Cayman.

According to Dr. Erika Puni, stewardship ministries director for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and speaker for the series, the focus is twofold: firstly, to invite persons who are being studied with to make a decision to follow Jesus through baptism and become disciples of Christ; and secondly, to provide an opportunity for church members to nurture and build their faith in Christ.

North Bahamas Conference

Evangelist Claudius Morgan of the Caribbean Union Conference will proclaim the gospel to the residents in Freeport, Grand Bahama, at the Good News Gospel Explosion beginning this weekend, September 6th.

South Bahamas Conference

The major evangelistic initiative for the South Bahamas Conference (SBC) for September is themed "Mission to the City: The Nassau Experience.”

According to the coordinators, NP-14, as it is referred to, “is an effort to share Jesus' love and the hope of His soon return through a holistic approach using various events including an evangelistic campaign. The campaign will be held in the city of Nassau, which is the largest city in the union territory.

International evangelist, Pastor Peter Joseph, who also serves as the executive secretary for SBC, and the dynamic team members along with a 200-voice choir will deliver powerful services to impact the lives of everyone in attendance. The meetings will commence on this Saturday evening, September 6, 2014, and will be held at the "big tent" located at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Center.

Turks and Caicos Islands Mission

The Turks and Caicos Islands Mission (TCIM) will engage in evangelistic outreach in most of the districts across the mission. These include the following youth and church crusades:

1) The "Jesus Loves Apps" youth evangelistic series with guest speaker Pastor Geovanni Franklyn from the Northeast Jamaica Conference is currently under way at the Blue Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church in Providenciales.

2) The Filidelfia Church crusade is scheduled for September 5-20, 2014, with a guest evangelist, Pastor Luis Torres, from the Dominican Republic.

3) The Ebenezer Church crusade in Grand Turk will be held during September 6-27, 2014, with a guest evangelist, Pastor Jude Bien Aime Joseph, from Haiti.

4) The Antioch Church crusade in Grand Turk will be conducted during October 5-25, 2014, with local lay evangelist Elder Patrick Gilroy Jarrett.

5) The Ephesus Church crusade in Providenciales will take place during October 2014 with Pastor Wilson Isnord.

6) The Five Cays Church crusade in Providenciales during October 2014 will feature local lay evangelist Elder Osias Joseph.

7) The Blue Hills Church crusade in Providenciales that will be held during October 2014 will involve the laity of the church.

8) The Maranatha Church crusade in South Caicos during November 2014 will feature Pastor Roy Lindsay.