ATCU and SBC Train Members for Soul-Winning

ATCU and SBC Train Members for Soul-Winning
By John Garcia

The Ministerial Department of the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists (ATCU) headed by Pastor Leonard Johnson and the Ministerial Department of the South Bahamas Conference (SBC) directed by Pastor Paul Scavella organized and hosted a series of evangelism and leadership training sessions for the pastors and members of SBC in Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas during December 10 to 16, 2017.


The seven-day intensive program involved presentations from local and international church leaders such as Pastor John Bradshaw, director of It Is Written; Pastors Melchor Ferreyra and Samuel Telemaque from the Inter-American Division (IAD); Pastor Maxwell Berkel from the Curacao Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; Pastors Leonard Johnson, Peter Kerr, Kent Price, and Leonardo Rahming, and Elder Roderick Sands from ATCU; and Pastors Paul Scavella, Melvin Lewis, Lynden Williams, and Basil Sturrup from SBC.


Morning sessions were designed for pastors and conference directors, while evening sessions were planned for the entire church membership. Some of the presentation topics included “Maintaining a Relationship with God,” “The Ministry of Prayer,” “Maintaining a Passion for Evangelism,” and “Leadership Skills.”

The program was organized to prepare the membership for the
2019 Lord Transform Me reaping campaigns to be held in the territories of ATCU, namely, The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Pastor Johnson, also president of ATCU, emphasized that similar training events will be conducted in all the other territories during 2018.


“The Ministerial Department of ATCU is being intentional in equipping the leaders and lay members of the church to be effective evangelists,” said Johnson. “This is just the first of many more training sessions that will be held in all the fields of ATCU.”

Pastor Johnson not only serves as president and ministerial director of ATCU but also as associate ministerial director for the IAD, a position to which he was recently elected.

Immediately after engaging in some of the training sessions, pastors and elders met to plan for upcoming evangelistic campaigns and revivals that would be happening around SBC, and local church members expressed a renewed excitement in being involved in church ministry.

“Bradshaw’s presentations and sermons brought new light to my being involved in church mission, and I will take this new information and try to be more involved in evangelism,” said a local church elder.

During his stay in The Bahamas, Pastor John Bradshaw also took the opportunity to record an episode of It Is Written at sites of interests in New Providence. His programs can be viewed on Hope Channel and a few other stations in the region and around the world.





ATCU Observes 2018 as The Year of the Child and Adolescent

ATCU Observes 2018 as The Year of the Child and Adolescent
By Dawne Forbes

With the dawn of the New Year, the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) will join its 23 sister unions in the Inter-American Division (IAD) in observing 2018 as the Year of the Child and Adolescent. Under the theme The Talking Backpack, Adventist children and their friends in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands will learn about and practice 12 values that will help to strengthen their spiritual and moral development.
“For twelve months, our leaders will use strategies to instill in our children
values for eternity (VE), such as truthfulness, courtesy, respect, thankfulness, and punctuality among others,” said Dr. Cheryl Rolle, children’s and adolescent ministries director of ATCU. “Children will then be encouraged to practice the values and share what they have learned with their friends. Once a child satisfactorily completes the given assignments each month, he or she would earn the corresponding pin. The child would then attach the earned pin to a backpack, indicating to everyone his or her accomplishment.”
The exciting monthly activities are also designed to nurture the child’s and adolescent’s desire and ability for effective witnessing.
Talking Backpack is a program of missionary impact that will provide the opportunity for each child and young person involved to use the most effective means of evangelization based on personal, spiritual, and moral growth as a safe means of testifying,” explained Mrs. M. Dinorah Rivera, IAD children’s and adolescent ministries director and program organizer.
To ensure that your child or adolescent is a part of this amazing opportunity for spiritual growth and witnessing, you may contact the local conference/mission children’s and adolescent ministries director in the Cayman Islands at 345-949-2647; in Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas at 242-374-2051; in Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas at 242-341-4021; or in the Turks and Caicos Islands at 649-941-8735.



ATCU Provides Training for Its Pastors and Members

ATCU Provides Training for Its Pastors and Members
By Dawne Forbes

Evangelism  & Leadership Training

During the week of Sunday, December 10 through Saturday, December 16, 2017, the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) will conduct evangelism and leadership training sessions for pastors and lay members of the South Bahamas Conference (SBC). While the seminars are primarily for pastors, the joint plenary and worship sessions that will be held at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 10; at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, December 11, through Friday, December 15; and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 16 will be open to all members. You may view a complete schedule here.
Dr. Leonard Johnson, president of ATCU and the organizer of the event, explained that this training will take place in all fields (Cayman Islands Conference, North Bahamas Conference, and the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission) within the union by the end of summer 2018 to ensure that the members are properly prepared for the Lord Transform Me (LTM) reaping campaigns set to take place in ATCU in 2019.
Since 2015, the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD) has spearheaded an evangelistic endeavor known as “Lord Transform Me,” an initiative that calls for the membership of the 24 unions of the IAD to be involved in witnessing activities and major evangelistic campaigns annually. Each year, the IAD selects a union to be the site where evangelists from around the division would converge to conduct one-week reaping campaigns culminating in a grand baptismal service at the end of the week. In 2019, ATCU will be the host site for the LTM reaping campaigns.
“The goal of this training session,” said Dr. Johnson, “is to equip pastors and lay members with the necessary training, knowledge, and tools for evangelism; for in 2019, the ATCU will host the Lord Transform Me celebration when various speakers and translators from around the division will be proclaiming the gospel at 60 sites throughout the union for one week. On the final day of this week, it is our hope that one thousand baptisms would take place in the union.”
According to Dr. Johnson, pastors and members who participate will gain an understanding of their roles, calling, and God-given gifts and come to realize that God equips each one differently for His service. Dr. Johnson also indicated that by attending the open evening sessions, elders would be able to receive certification in Church Administration, thus fulfilling a mandate by the IAD that church elders should undergo 20 hours of training each year.
Among the presenters for the 7-day training event are Pastor John Bradshaw, speaker/director of “
It Is Written,” who will focus on Media Evangelism; Pastor Melchor Ferreyra, personal ministries director, IAD, who will discuss Small Group Evangelism and Involving Youth in Evangelism for Millennials; Pastor Samuel Telemaque, Sabbath School director, IAD, speaking on The Need for Prayer in the Life of the Believer and Member Conservation; and Pastor Maxwell Berkel of the Dutch Union in Curacao, addressing Leadership Skills and Relationships between Pastors.
Local presenters will be Dr. Leonard A. Johnson, Pastor Peter Kerr, Elder Roderick Sands, Pastor Kent Price, Pastor Paul A. Scavella, Pastor Peter Joseph, Pastor C. Melvin Lewis, Pastor Leonardo Rahming, Pastor T. Basil Sturrup, and Pastor Lynden Williams who will be presenting on topics from Preparing Biblical Sermons to Financial Management.
If you require further information about the upcoming seminars, you may contact Dr. Leonard A. Johnson or Pastor Peter Kerr of ATCU at 242-341-5153 or Pastors Paul Scavella, Peter Joseph, or T. Basil Sturrup of SBC at 242-341-4021.