Atlantic Caribbean Union

Living as Dynamic Stewards in the 21st Century

Article By: John Wesley, Stewardship Director,
Cayman Island Conference

The Atlantic Caribbean Union concluded its stewardship congress on Sabbath afternoon, August 31, 2013 at the Grant's Town Seventh-day Adventist Church with guest presenters Dr. Erika Puni and Pastor Javier Mejia, stewardship ministries directors of the General Conference and the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, respectively.

Under the theme, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," the congress began on Wednesday, August 28, with a worship service at the Living Faith Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nassau, Bahamas. In his opening presentation entitled "Living as Stewards," Pastor Puni focused on the life of Job as an example of what it means to be a dynamic steward.

On Thursday, August 29, a workshop was held for pastors and local field stewardship directors, at the union's headquarters. At the sessions, Pastor Puni challenged the pastors and leaders of the church to rethink the way stewardship is presented. "We have to adapt new ways of packaging our stewardship ministry in our changing world," he said. Also presenting, was Pastor Javier Mejia, who explained the CGI or Comprehensive Growth Initiative, which is the stewardship plan for the Inter-American Division. The main purpose, explained pastor Mejia, is to encourage members to grow their faith through the forging of spiritual habits of faithful living.

The seminar concluded on Sabbath afternoon with two timely presentations by Pastor Puni: the "Theology of Tithe and Practice of Tithing in the Seventh-day Adventist Church," and the "Theology of Offerings and Giving in the Seventh-day Adventist Church." Pastor Edward St. Fluer, of the South Bahamas Conference, remarked that the seminar was much needed. "I am delighted to have participated in the meetings as it will help me in my personal relationship with God and in sharing the dynamics of stewardship to the members."

The congress was held for the benefit of all the members, pastors, and stewardship directors of the Atlantic Caribbean Union as well as members of the public. The South Bahamas Conference was the host conference.