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1 ELDERS TRAINING SEMINAR Based on the Elders Handbook Ministerial Association of the General Conference

2 The Elder and Church Growth Chapter 5

3 Evangelism Is the lifeblood of the church. Through evangelism the world church grows and spreads its influence around the globe. Through evangelism the local church calls men and women in its own community to join Christs remnant people. The Elder and Church Growth

4 World Church Growth The early church was dedicated to its mission of taking the gospel beyond its birthplace in Palestine. The early Adventist church began as a small, regionally based movement in North America. But in 1870, nine years after the organization of the church, the first Foreign Mission Society was formed. The Elder and Church Growth

5 World Church Growth Today, Adventists have a presence in over 209 of the worlds 231 countries. Insist that your Sabbath School continue to include a missions emphasis. Promote strongly the world missions offering. Encourage church members to give of themselves. The Elder and Church Growth

6 Involving the whole church Because all Christians are called to be Gods ministers, they all became evangelists in one way or another. Members must be involved in enlarging the congregation, not only for the sake of the lost, but for their own sakes. Local Church Growth

7 Two ways of doing evangelism: First, it publicly proclaims the gospel through evangelistic preaching, radio and television, the distribution of literature, etc. Second, and with greater impact, the gospel reach others through the personal relationships with members of the community. Local Church Growth

8 Elders participation Relieve pastors of some of their duties and free them to devote themselves exclusively to evangelism for a time. Active inactive members. In many congregation church attendance would double if inactive members could be reclaimed. Be involved in evangelistic follow-up. Local Church Growth

9 Preparing baptismal candidates Baptism is the symbol of entrance into the family of Gods church. Baptism should not take place until the candidate has been instructed, experienced conversion to Christ, and evidenced that conversion by a changed life. The Elder and Church Growth

10 Instruction Time spent in preparation. Include the major teachings and unique beliefs of the church. Prebaptismal instruction should include: personal reading and study, Bible studies, public meetings, baptismal classes, etc. All instructional avenues should be used. The Elder and Church Growth

11 Conversion Accept Jesus Christ into their lives as Lord and Saviour. Experience: repentance, confession, and forgiveness. Strengthen their faith in God. The Elder and Church Growth

12 Churchs Approval Final examination of candidates for baptism can be done before the entire church or a representative group such as elders, a committee, or church board. No person or group outside the congregation has authority to add or drop a name from the church. The church members must vote the acceptance of a new member. The Elder and Church Growth

13 Churchs Children Young children should be encouraged to commit their lives to Christ. There should be maturity and preparation before baptism. Prove to your children at the time of their baptism that they are important to the church. Baptism does not make children Christians; neither does it convert them. Child Guidance, 499 The Elder and Church Growth

14 Church Planting Do not be afraid to start a new church. More members will be involved in the work. A new congregation will be established in a new area. The best way to produce more fruit is to plant more trees. New churches revive inactive members more easily than do old churches. The Elder and Church Growth

15 Lost members The shepherd left the 99 sheep and went out searching for the one that was lost. Within your church fold, you too have sheep who are lost and need help in finding their way back. Reclaiming Missing Members

16 Why members drop out They are not challenged to use their gifts. The do not develop meaningful devotional life. Quarreled with a church members or moral problems. The church is cold, boring and unaccepting. Reclaiming Missing Members

17 Laying plans to reclaim missing members People chosen to visit missing members should be wisely chosen and carefully trained. Visiting missing members Approach them in a friendly, open, noncondemning manner.

18 Seven suggestions to guide your visit: 1.Ask questions tactfully 2.Listen attentively 3.Encourage confidence in Gods love 4.Respect confidences 5.Pray for them 6.Invite them back to church 7.Love them Visiting Missing Members

19 Adventist churches or Fishing boat A church that does not evangelize will fossilize. Spiritual Babies They need the support and love of the church family to provide special food to nourish their early spiritual development. Holding New Members

20 Stressful time They are often subject to demanding social changes. Their decision to follow Jesus will cause them to be rejected by family and friends. Dangerous time The first 18 – 24 months can be a real danger time for new members. They are prone to disillusionment and discouragement. Holding New Members

21 Four basic things you can do: 1. 1.Befriend them Introduce new members to other members. Chose a spiritual guardians. 2. Teach them Help them to discover their spiritual gifts. Help them to establish the Sabbath School habit. Holding New Members

22 3. Visit them Should be regularly visited to encourage them in their growth Involve them In the church activities. Holding New Members

23 The combined effect of the new members influence on old friends and the attractive example of a changed life make powerful soul winning tools. The Elder and Church Growth

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