Atlantic Caribbean Union

Leaders Attend First ATCU Administrators’ Summit

Leaders Attend First ATCU Administrators’ Summit
By ATCU Communication Department

Recognizing that every field within its territory must be relevant in these rapidly changing times, the administration of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) brought together the officers of its four fields to take part in the first ATCU Administrators’ Summit on November 13 and 14, 2016, at Comfort Suites on Paradise Island, The Bahamas.

Field presidents, secretaries, and treasurers from the Cayman Islands Conference (CIC), the North and South Bahamas Conferences (NBC and SBC), and the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission (TCIM) received presentations on leadership, financial transparency, and safety and risk management.
In the area of leadership, guest presenter Dr. Lowell Cooper, retired general vice president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (GC), reminded the administrators that they had a ministry and not a job. “When I have a job, I think of what my work does for my career. When I have a ministry, I think of what my work does for others,” said Cooper. He also emphasized the positive impact effective training had on organizations and churches, pointing out that in addition to being trained for a specific job, individuals also need to be able to function in groups.
Paul Douglas, director of the General Conference Auditing Services (GCAS), provided information on the auditing process that all institutions within the Seventh-day Adventist Church must go through and underscored that the auditors of GCAS aim to help institutions develop, grow, and most importantly, be trusted.
Daisy Montes de Oca, customer representative, account executive of Adventist Risk Management, gave presentations on how to reduce risk in all areas of the church so that properties are safe for everyone who enters and uses them. “Prevention is most important,” admonished Daisy as she listed a number of preventive measures that churches and institutions can implement in order to have a more effective ministry with reduced risk.

The officers of ATCU also presented on topics related to their office. Dr. Leonard Johnson, president of ATCU, gave an overview of the current status of the union and outlined the union’s projections up to 2021 when it is expected that TCIM would transition to conference status and SBC would become two fields. “These projections are not made in order to split fields and create positions but to facilitate more effective management and better care of the members,” explained Johnson.
Pastor Peter Kerr, executive secretary of ATCU, spoke to the importance of care of members. “We must be intentional in caring for each member,” said Kerr. “We must not look at the member as a number but as a soul.” In addition, he reported on the ongoing process of the digitalization of the church registry with the Adventist Church Management System (ACMS), saying that ATCU is expected to be fully on ACMS by mid 2017.

Elder Roderick Sands, treasurer of ATCU, highlighted the importance of financial transparency, stressing that resource allocation must be aligned with the mission of the church. Sands indicated that evangelism must be priority, and this must be reflected in the field’s spending.

Dr. Johnson in his closing remarks challenged the officers to share the information received and to implement what was learnt.