Members from several of the English Ministries department churches of the Greater New York Conference gathered on Sabbath March 10, 2012 for their biannual ministries convention. The Theme for this convention was Pentecost, The Passion and The Power. 4 key highlights of the day deserve our attention.
First – A special panel started the day with special focus on Prayer. Dr. Carlyle Simmons, Executive Secretary of the Atlantic Union Conference, lead the panel in discussing the power of prayer and the prayer of faith. Dr Simmons encouraged all members to take part in the North American Divisions prayer initiative for 2012 as well as the General Conference’s 777 program. Praying at 7am and 7pm for 7 days a week.
Second – Dr. D. Kennedy, former Personal Ministries director in GNYC and current Pastor of the churches of the oranges was the keynote speaker. In his message, Kennedy challenged all to live in the “after” - that is: to live a changed and victorious live “after” the Holy Spirit has been poured out and received within us. Kennedy continues to highlight that many of us live in “before Pentecost” but God wants us to live “after Pentecost” and be a great witness for Jesus Christ.
Third - “Our afternoon symposium sought to address many of the significant issues and challenges found in our churches,” says Bancroft Daughma English Ministries Director. The symposium tackled the stark reality that many of our churches today are being split down the middle on issues such as worship style, leadership and involvement of women in leadership roles as well as involvement of young professionals in our church life. “I hope that our leaders, officers and members left with enough information to address the pertinent issues in their churches in a healthy way,” says Daughma.
Fourth - Delta Mu Chorale of the Greater New York Academy closed the evening with a gospel concert. Principal, Lillian Mitchell, announced and presented the First CD recording of the Delta Mu Chorale. Copies of this CD can be purchased by contacting the academy.
Rohann D. Wellington
Berean Church Pastor