The mission of the Personal Ministries department is to provide resources and train church members to unite their efforts with the ministry and church officers in the final proclamation of the gospel of salvation in Christ.
The aim of the department is to enlist every members in active soul-winning service for God. It was established as a major setting for soul winning activities in the Church. It exists to teach and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in response to the command of Jesus, in the context of the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14:6-12. Top honour this original purpose, the Personal Ministries Department continues to communicate the good news with the objective to win, hold, and train for Jesus Christ, men, women, youth, boys and girls.
The Family Ministries Department seeks to strengthen, inspire hope, and bring healing to marriages, families and individuals through the abundant love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.
Building healthy families for now and eternity!
Our Mission Statement:
The over-arching objective of the Department of Family Ministries is to strengthen the family as a discipling centre. The family was established by divine creation as the fundamental human institution and is the primary setting in which values are learned and the capacity for close relationships with God and with other human beings is developed. Family Ministries seeks to enable families to stretch toward divine ideals, while at the same time extending the good news of God’s saving grace and the promise of growth possible through the indwelling Spirit.
The Sabbath School is the primary religious education system of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and has four purposes:
- Study of the Scripture – the Bible.
- Community outreach
- World mission emphasis
The mission of the Sabbath School is to be a system of local church religious education that builds faith and practice. Based at the local church, Sabbath School builds faith through the study of the Scriptures and the doctrines and teachings of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It builds practice through the application of biblical principles of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to the individual lives of the Sabbath School members.
“… Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19, NIV)
Choose health, healing and wholeness – physically, mentally, spiritually. Then reach up, reach out and reach across!
“And Jesus went about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of disease and all manner of sickness among the people.” (Mat 4:23).
Adventist Philosophy of Health
In the first chapter of Genesis, God had already outlined an eating pattern for man. In Leviticus, God further details important health principles including food choices coupled with their religious emphasis, during His Chosen People’s sojourn in the Sinai Wilderness. His purpose was to teach principles of health and sanitation necessary for the three million people to travel in the desert. God sought to teach important lessons of healthful eating that directly affected the people’s body, mind and soul. Later, the Bible illustrated many examples where fasting exhibits man’s realization of sin (separation from God) and his need for repentance. At other times, fasting and prayer were used to plead with God for spiritual insights into His purposes.
The New Testament continues the theme that temperance and self-control were important in obtaining God’s special blessings for knowing His will and in making proper decisions for life. Self-control was seen as an important part of the Christian’s battle in enduring hardships, and in keeping one’s human nature under control. Over the centuries such teachings were lost, but by the mid-19th century a renewed interest and understanding of the relationship of health and cleanliness in the practices of the overall population was unraveled. In America and Europe new emphasis was placed on sanitation, cleanliness, food’s effect upon health, and how the uses of water, air, and exercise prevented and reduced disease.
The 20th century witnessed the explosion of health principles for reducing animal fats and adding high fiber and antioxidants to the diet resulting in a drastic reduction of meat and dairy products. This very teaching is basic to the Adventist teaching of eliminating flesh food, increasing daily use of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains and light to moderate use of dairy products. Today’s nutrition world would name this a lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet.
The mission of the Stewardship Department is to emphasize the Lordship of Jesus Christ, to enhance the integration of the gospel into the Christian lifestyle, to encourage faithful stewardship, and to facilitate the individual, corporate and leadership dimensions of stewardship as partnership with God.
The Vision of the Stewardship Department is to encourage God’s people to live a life of faithfulness to God.
- Encourage pastors to assist parishioners in laying a foundation for believing in and practicing Biblical Stewardship
- Keeping before the members a growing and consistent vision of Biblical Stewardship.
- Help Church leaders lead their members in a more integrated Christian walk.
- Structure for success: to increase the number of believers returning a faithful tithe
- To grow member faithfulness.
- To have worship centres that will bring glory to God.
Stewardship is: ‘all of me to all of God’
This department is headed by the church treasurer and oversees all financial affairs of the church.
The Youth department believes in the Salvation of our youth and in challenging them to be of Service to God and other people. Therefore, our mission can be summarised in two words: SALVATION and SERVICE.
- Lead youth to understand their individual worth by helping them discover their spiritual gifts and abilities.
- Equip and empower youth for a life of service within God’s church and community.
- Ensure the integration of youth into all aspects of church life and leadership, making them full participants in the mission of the church.
- Achieve a balanced ministry by incorporating the Biblical dynamics of fellowship, nurture, worship, and mission
- Relate effective ministry to the needs of youth
- Conduct ongoing research to discover areas that need attention in the ever-changing youth culture
- Seek divince guidance in God’s Word
YOUTH MINISTRIES comprises four levels:
These are children who are 6-9 years of age. The Adventurer club offers the following Achievement Classes:
Busy Bee – 6 year olds, Grade 1
Sun Beam – 7 year olds, Grade 2
Builder – 8 year olds, Grade 3
Helping Hand – 9 year olds, Grade 4
These are young people who are 10-15 years of age.
The Pathfinder club offers the following Achievement Classes:
Friend – 10 year olds, Grade 5
Companion – 11 year olds, Grade 6
Explorer – 12 year olds, Grade 7
Ranger – 13 year olds, Grade 8
Voyager – 14 year olds, Grade 9
Guide – 15 year olds, Grade 10
This is a new club that caters for the needs of youth who are 16-21 years of age.
4. SENIOR YOUTH
This ministry nurtures youth from ages 22 to 30+.
The senior youth level offers youth two essential programmes that equip them for service to the church and the world:
THE MASTER GUIDE and THE YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARD.