Atlantic Caribbean Union

SBC Committee Members Participate in Orientation

SBC Committee Members Participate in Orientation
Communication Department, ATCU

Recently, the South Bahamas Conference (SBC) of Seventh-day Adventists held its fourth quadrennial session at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nassau, Bahamas. During this constituency meeting, delegates elected the administrators, departmental directors, and committee members who would administer the work of the Adventist church in the South Bahamas for the next four years. To facilitate efficiency of operation and successful corporate goal attainment, the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) hosted a one-day orientation for the members of the newly formed executive committee of SBC on Sunday, November 16, 2014, at the union headquarters in Nassau. Bahamas.

According to Pastor Peter Kerr, executive secretary of ATCU, the Adventist church recognizes the importance of training and developing its leaders.

“This orientation for the committee members of the South Bahamas Conference,” said Pastor Kerr, “highlights ATCU’s commitment to empowering its leaders for effective, Spirit-led service.”

The one-day orientation covered sessions entitled "Knowing Your Church and System of Governance" and "Best Financial Practices for the Seventh-day Adventist Church."

Pastor Leonard Johnson, president of ATCU, and Pastor Peter Kerr addressed the principles of church organization and governance while Elder Roderick Sands, treasurer of ATCU, presented information on the committee’s fiduciary responsibility.

The executive committee of the SBC is comprised of some 28 members which includes the three reelected administrators, Pastors Paul Scavella, president; Peter Joseph, executive secretary; and Melvin Lewis, treasurer; departmental directors; church pastors; and lay members.

Pastor Larry Green, youth director of SBC, remarked after participating in the session, "I am more equipped and have clear insight into my function on the committee."

Women’s ministries director, Mrs. Jacqueline Gibson, explained why the training was important to her.

"The sessions allowed me to understand my role as a new director and strengthens my resolve to propel the women’s ministries department of our local churches to a higher level of service to God."