Atlantic Caribbean Union

ATCU Holds Mid-year Meetings, Symposium

ATCU Holds Mid-year Meetings, Symposium Judith Robinson, TCIM/Communication Department, ATCU

With joy and a sense of gratitude to God, members of the executive committee of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) and guests gathered at the Breezes Hotel, Cable Beach, Nassau, Bahamas for the union’s mid-year meetings and continued education in leadership and professional development from Sunday, June 1 to Thursday, June 5, 2014.
The daily devotional segments set the tone for the business sessions as the committee members sang, prayed, read God’s Word, and heard His Word proclaimed. As noted by Pastor Peter Kerr, ATCU executive secretary, the meetings provided committee members with an opportunity to pray, plan, and further prepare for the continued proclamation of the gospel in the Atlantic Caribbean region.

2015 - the Year of the Pastor
It was no coincidence that the theme for the meetings was “Pastors According to My Heart.” Pastor Leonard Johnson, ATCU president and meeting chairman, stated that the meeting’s theme was chosen as a result of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD) declaring 2015 as the Year of the Pastor, an initiative that was adopted by the ATCU committee members.

New Personal Ministries Director Voted
Additionally, Pastor Andrew Burrows was voted to serve as personal ministries director of the union effective immediately. Pastor Burrows, the communication, stewardship, and youth director for ATCU, was formerly the associate personal ministries director. He replaces Pastor Al Powell who, earlier this year, accepted a call to serve as president of the Columbain Islands Mission.
Evangelism Report
The evangelistic report highlighted the work of the pastors and laity of all the fields within the union for the first five months of the year. Committee members and guests gave praise and thanks to God for the more than 400 souls that were baptised in the union during this time.
Each of the field leaders then presented plans for continued evangelism for the remainder of the year. It was reported that all the fields in the union will be conducting a major evangelsitic thrust in the four main cities of ATCU: Nassau in the South Bahamas Conference; George Town in the Cayman Islands Conference; Freeport in the North Bahamas Conference; and Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission.

Leadership Training and Professional Development
At the conclusion of the committee meetings on Tuesday, June 3, the mid-year activities transitioned into the two-day annual leadership and professional development seminars. The main presenters were Pastor Orville Parchment, special assistant to the president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and Pastor Gamaliel Flórez, education director of the IAD. Some of the topics discussed were “Ingredients of Spiritual Leadership;” “Leadership in Time of Rejection and Failure;” and “Key Elements in Effective Seventh-day Adventist Administration.”

A Time to Celebrate
Committee members also attended the much anticipated fourth annual union symposium which was held on Wednesday evening, June 4 at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nassau. During this time, the wider membership got the opportunity to view the praise reports from the four fields of the union and NCU.
Elder Roderick Sands, treasurer of ATCU, shared with the membership that all four of the fields within the union showed a positive growth in tithe when compared to the same time last year.
Dr. Parchment presented an inspirational charge to encourage and challenge the leadership and membership as they prepare for the second half of 2014.