Atlantic Caribbean Union

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.