26 Jan 2019 | CARU Communications
under the caption 'Summit of Emerging Evangelists 2019' (SEE 2019), the Caribbean Union Conference's Evangelism Department concluded its much anticipated Evangelism Summit, at its office over the period Jan 18-20, 2019.
Several young evangelists representing all Union territories were in attendance at the intensive weekend event which began with registration and greetings. The Summit's focus was to share and promote areas where attendees and other participants could improve and enhance their public evangelism ministries in the Adventist Church. Each entity of the Caribbean union was represented among the thirty-five (35) young ministers and ministry workers on site. These were apportioned as follows: Guyana Conference (4), Grenada conference (4), East Caribbean Conference (2), North Caribbean Conference (2), Tobago Mission (6), St. Lucia (3), South Leeward Mission (3), SVG Mission (3), Suriname Mission (2) and the South Caribbean Conference(6).
This event was unique as the programme was streamed online allowing others not able to be physically present, due to space limitations, to be part of the programme. The event was available via the Union's Facebook, Website and Youtube Channel and over 100 persons followed, many sharing how blessed they were.
There were several varied presentations on topics such as The Evangelist and his grammar, Preparing for field evangelism, Home visitation (Getting it right) and Conservation and Prayer in Evangelism. Presentations, messages and devotionals included leaders from the Inter American Division, Pastor Samuel Telemaque and the Caribbean Union's own President, Executive Secretary and Treasurer, Dr Kern Tobias, Pastor Johnson Frederick and Ps Bertie Henry respectively. Other presenters included Sis Rhonda Morgan, Lecturer in Literature at the SVG community College and wife of Dr.Claudius Morgan, Dr Clinton Lewis - President of Grenada Conference and Pastor David Beckles - Past President of the East Caribbean Conference. The Union's Evangelism Coordinator, Dr Claudius Morgan made several short focus presentations and ensured the smooth and timely execution of the programme.
The event held over a three day period featured presentations from pastors and ministry workers who shared from their combined wealth of experience in gospel ministry. It's a blessing from our Heavenly Father, that within the Union, we can draw on the wealth of over 100 collective years of gospel ministry! Among the various ministers present, the Summit's feedback was extremely positive.
Pastor Llowel Ottley, District Pastor and Communication Director of the Tobago Mission described the summit as 'really excellent', 'giving ministers the background of why we do, what we do' while 'providing tools to implement and grow our ministry'. He was very impressed with the range of presentations.
Pastor Wayne Jeffrey of the Matelot, Toco, Far North East District in Trinidad, indicated that the 'information given was very relevant for young and emerging evangelist' and would 'greatly enhance his ministry' while 'providing impact for what ministerial workers do'. He also indicated that it speaks to the 'culture of ministry' at various levels of the church.
Pastor Keith McDonald of the Central Leeward District in St. Vincent ( SVG Mission) commented that the summit was very informative and he truly learned a lot. Also that the information provided truly 'helps to make each a better evangelist'. While all was presentation was well received the presentations by Sis Morgan and Pastor Telemaque were for him the most impactful.
Tobago South West One District pastor, Pastor Paul McKenzie described the programme as 'extremely enlightening' and very much of a 'revival for ministers', and along with Pastor Keith McDonald greatly 'appreciated' the presentations by Sis Morgan and Pastor Telemaque.
Pastor Kevon James district pastor of the Upper Demerara West indicated all were 'great and phenomenal presentations'.
The programme was brought to a memorable close with a rousing closing rendition of 'Never Part Again' after closing remarks from the Union President and Union's Evangelism Coordinator. The Union's Evangelism Coordinator, Dr Claudius morgan must be commended for this effort. Resources from this event will be posted to a new service on the Caribbean Union's Website as CARU'S School of Evangelism.
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