ATCU President Admonishes Ordinands to Visit Members

ATCU President Admonishes Ordinands to Visit Members
By ATCU Communication Department

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One of the most significant milestones in the development of any Seventh-day Adventist church is the ordination of individuals into pastoral ministry. The North Bahamas Conference (NBC), one of the fields of the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists (ATCU), celebrated the ordination of two of its ministers, Pastor Fritz Gerald François and Pastor Patrick Tyrill, during a ceremony held at the Shiloh Seventh-day Adventist Church in Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas on Sabbath, January 14, 2017.

Officiating and bringing the charge at this first-ever pastoral ordination service in the history of NBC was the president of ATCU, Pastor Leonard Johnson. Emphasizing the tremendous responsibility that comes with the call to pastoral ministry, Pastor Johnson presented a sermon entitled “Do Not Abuse the Privilege.”

“The power of the calling is in the person who is called,” said Johnson as he explained that it is the Holy Spirit that calls one to ministry. He expressed that the two major complaints from members reveal that they want pastors to preach the Word of God and to visit members’ homes.

“You want to be effective in ministry? Visit your members,” admonished Johnson. “Members want to know that you care.”

Pastor François has been working as a pastor in fields within ATCU for almost ten years; and during the ceremony, representatives of his congregations recognized him as a caring and dedicated pastor.

Pastor Tyrill was called from the Jamaica Union to pastor in The Bahamas and was commended for being passionate about ministry as well as for his dedication to the churches under his care.

The president of NBC, Pastor Henry R. Moncur, expressed excitement at being a part of this historic ceremony, stating that there would be more ordinations in NBC in the very near future.
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