ATCU Adopts New IAD Publishing Policy

ATCU Adopts New IAD Publishing Policy
Communication Department, ATCU

At its year-end meetings held during November 11 – 12, 2013, in Nassau, Bahamas, the executive committee of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) voted to adopt the new publishing policy of the Inter-American Division (IAD).

The policy sets forth the objectives of the Inter-American Division Publishing System, a group of integrated elements that work together to fulfill the mission of the church through missionary publications, both for the church and the general public. The policy describes, too, the relationship among the elements – pastors, literature evangelists, student literature evangelists, the local church, the local field and union Publishing Ministry department, publishing houses and their branches within the division territory, and the IAD Publishing Ministry department – and how each will function to efficiently proclaim the everlasting gospel and edify the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Inter-American region.

In commenting on the new policy, executive secretary and publishing director, Pastor Peter Kerr said, “With the adoption of this new policy, it is anticipated that
the colporteur ministry will be revived in our territory and a new zeal awakened for literature evangelism.”



Also voted was the program “Impact 2014” which will involve the mass distribution of the missionary book of the year
Beyond Imagination, a publication that examines some of the wonders of the universe and life on this earth as well as the phenomena of the human existence. Through this endeavour, members of ATCU will share the gospel through the printed word, reaching some persons that the preacher probably never would.

Another initiative voted was “2014 - The Year of Non-Formal Education.” Next year will be devoted to the non-formal education and training of the laity and pastors. In addition, members will be reading the book
Education by Ellen G. White.

While the committee members had assembled to discuss the business of the Adventist church in the Atlantic Caribbean region, they also spent time in prayer and the reading of God’s word.

Setting the spiritual tone for the meetings was Pastor Leon B. Wellington, vice-president of the IAD. In his devotional charge on the opening morning, Pastor Wellington reminded the church leaders, committee members, and invitees that the Seventh-day Adventist Church belongs to God. Referencing Matthew 16:18, he said that the church is built on the rock, Jesus Christ.

"The church belongs to God and not us. He is the owner," Pastor Wellington emphasized. Challenging the leaders, he further explained that because God's church is a holy entity, the people who lead and administer must also be holy.


On each of the two days, the meeting concluded with prayer and the reading of the Bible chapter of the day from
Revived By His Word, the Bible reading plan of the Adventist world church developed to encourage its members to read God’s word.

The executive committee meetings are held twice per year - at mid-year and year-end. The next set of meetings is scheduled for May 2014.