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Strategic Imperatives

Our strategic imperatives are the areas of growth needs that must be addressed in our churches and institutions to strengthen the spiritual life of the members, engage all members in service to fulfill the mission of the organization and win souls for Christ, and coordinate ministries and departmental approaches to influence the faithfulness of all members.
1. Equip Adventist Pastors and Elders with appropriate skills and competencies to organize their members to effectively connect and share with others to build strong social relationships, increase the membership of their congregations annually and consolidate all members through appropriate methods, and eliminate or significantly reduce the active and inactive classifications whereby the members of the church become active and faithful disciples of Christ. [Assistant to the President for Evangelism] 2. Nurture Pastors and Elders to grow spiritually, faithfully attend to the needs of their families, and each member of their congregation, build strong collegiality among themselves and provide training and motivation that enable them to remain committed leaders of the to Church. Equip them as well to train their members to remain loyal to the doctrinal beliefs of the Church. [Ministerial Association] 3. Nurture and retain all members of the faith through intentionally organized bible study programs especially those made available through the Sabbath School Ministries and other needs based bible study initiatives. [Sabbath School] 4
4. Affirm and Cultivate where necessary, the spirit of faithfulness in each member, to consider returning tithe and offering faithfully as an integral part of their transformed life in Christ that must be lived. Utilizing their talents and spiritual gifts to connect and share with others must likewise be strongly emphasized and nurtured. [Stewardship] 5. Every member of the church must live a transformed life in Christ and be an instrument for the saving of souls. They must be equipped to determine social and spiritual needs both within and outside the Church and be trained to connect and share with others. There skills and competencies in lay preaching, lay bible work, bible instruction and lay witnessing they must influence others to Christ and disciple them not only to remain within the faith but to share their faith with others as well. [Personal Ministries
6. Educate and encourage students in Adventist educational institutions to know and understand the doctrinal beliefs of the church, accept Christ as their Savior and participate in leading others to the faith and to support them in maintaining their faith. [Education] 7. Guide Adventist students and professionals who are studying and or working at nonAdventist Universities to know and understand the doctrinal beliefs of the church, accept Christ as their Savior and participate in leading others to the faith and to support them in maintaining their faith. [Public Campus Ministries] 8. Nurture the youth of the Church to develop a personal relationship with the Lord, wisely and biblically evaluate current trends, embrace wholesome social relationships within the Church, train them to connect with Non-Seventh-day Adventists and influence them to develop and maintain relationships with the Lord and membership in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. [Youth Ministries] 9. Assist members in developing strong spirituality within their biological and church families, train them to reach other Non-Adventist families with the gospel of Christ, provide inspirational messages to encourage both Adventist and Non-Adventist families to live and share their faith in Christ and to maintain strong family cohesion. [Family Ministries] 10. Devise means to educate the members of the Church to appreciate and embrace the ministry of Ellen White in the SDA Church and to study her writings and make personal applications as well as to connect and share with others important message from her writings that will nurture and build faith in Christ, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and the mission of the Church. [Spirit of Prophecy] 11. Develop and nurture interest of members of the Church to utilize all available media; print,
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digital and all other forms of mobile devices to share the gospel. Direct them on how to access available content information to share their faith and influence others to Christ. Provide them the appropriate training to explore, learn, connect and share. [Communication] 12. Equip members to establish Adventist presence in un-entered territories within the Division is a priority for evangelizing people in unreached territories, primarily in the large cities. [Global Mission] 13. Organize and nurture the ladies of the Church to grow their relationship with the Lord, develop strong social relationships with others both within and outside the Church through effective connect and share initiatives, and to train them to reap and disciple others through intentional initiatives. [Women Ministries] 14. Organize and nurture the children of the Church to grow their relationship with the Lord, develop strong social relationships with others both within and outside the Church through effective connect and share initiatives, and to train them to reap and disciple others through intentional initiatives. [Children Ministries] 15. Impaired physical and mental health is a great issue both within and outside the Church. By helping members to develop trust and confidence in the Lord, determine what are their state of social, spiritual, mental and physical wellbeing and addressing deficiencies and helping others also along similar lines, thy will become God’s channel to help others find the path to health and happiness in Christ. [Health Ministries] 16. To distribute Adventist beliefs, lifestyle and practices through the printed pages has been a primary missiological approach of the Church since 1848. It has contributed to the exponential growth Adventism around the world. To motivate Colporteurs to develop and live a transformed live in Christ, organize them to fulfill special connect and share initiatives and train them for effective participation in such initiatives, will continue and increase the membership growth of the Church and pass on the legacy of the church to succeeding generations. [Publishing Ministry] 17. Both man made and natural disasters have been prevalent and inevitable in our Division territory. Poverty and social inequality are likewise characteristic features that we must be addressed. There must be organized and trained groups of volunteers within the church who are able to connect and share with governments and NGOs to address felt needs and also to share on the faith on a faith basis as appropriate. By addressing developmental and social needs, these volunteer Adventists must point the beneficiaries to Christ. There must be such initiatives in place that the members are trained to deliver in order to guide both beneficiaries and donors to a saving relationship with Christ. [ADRA] 6
18. Very often it appears that some civic, community and business leaders are quarantined and cannot be reached by those who carry the gospel. While it is true that many of the members may not be effective in reaching them through issues of proximity and social visibility, there are those within the church who, by virtue of their visibility are able to reach them. There should be initiatives of the church to recruit and train such volunteers to be able to connect and share with them on a social level as well as spiritually. [Religious Liberty] 19. Impaired physical and mental health is a great issue both within and outside the Church. Effective Adventist health care institutions help all of their employees and volunteers to develop a strong relationship with the Lord, connect with their patients socially, emotionally and spiritually and share compassion with them. They also address deficiencies and help them to find the path to health and happiness in Christ. [Health Institutions}

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