ATCU Officers Participate in First IAD Online Executive Committee Meeting

ATCU Officers Participate in First IAD Online Executive Committee Meeting
ATCU Communication Department

On May 3, 2016, the Inter-American Division (IAD) blazed a new trail in the Seventh-day Adventist world church as it became the first division within the denomination to conduct a division-wide executive committee meeting online.

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Committee members from the IAD’s twenty-four administrative fields, from as far north as Mexico all the way south to Colombia, connected to the headquarters of the IAD in Miami via interactive video conferencing at 10:00 A.M. to examine and discuss programs and plans of the Adventist church within Inter-America. In less than six hours, committee members were able to complete the 65-item agenda.

Dr. Israel Leito, president of IAD, opened the meeting, welcoming the almost 100 committee members connected from around the IAD. As Dr. Gerson Santos, associate secretary of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, presented his devotional thought for the meeting, he expressed that having such meetings online not only has economic benefits, but families do not have to be separated from each other because of travel. “At the end of this meeting, everyone will be able to go home to their families,” said Dr. Santos.

Joining in from the headquarters of the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists (ATCU), representing the Adventist churches in The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands, were the union’s president, Dr. Leonard Johnson; secretary, Pastor Peter Kerr; treasurer, Elder Roderick Sands; and the rotating lay member, Elder Andrew McFall.

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“The church is moving very quickly in embracing technology and using it to efficiently execute the work that God has placed us here to do,” expressed Dr. Johnson.

The officers and staff of ATCU, like the leadership of the IAD, are committed to economy, efficiency, and accountability as they administer the work of God’s church. Consequently, union officers also have been preparing to conduct union committee meetings in this fashion. Technical infrastructure and equipment presently are being sourced to make this a reality within the coming months.