London Ministers' Core Residential Conference
3rd May 2018
There was an array of gifted and diverse speakers at this year's Ministers' Core Residential. Held at the De Vere Denham Grove for two days commencing on Tuesday 1 May, it was a beneficial time not only for ministers to work, discuss and share together but to receive powerful and insightful messages to challenge, encourage and educate. With up to 50 ministers and lay members from the London region in attendance, these meetings paved the way for the annual Core of Adventism which will commence next week across greater London and some provincial churches.
The event sponsored by the London Ministers Council (LMC) under the leadership of Pastor David Burnett, like in the past sees an effective collaboration in preparation and planning between the LMC, London Area coordinators, and the BUC and SEC Evangelism departments. The symphony of planning between the various entities reflects the unity and single-minded mission that underpins the essence of The Core, which exists to reaffirm members and ministers, with the fundamental teachings of the Church.
The two-day event had as guest speakers, Dr Viriato Ferreira, who presently practices medicine in Portugal. Some of the thought-provoking topics he spoke on included, 'The Adventist Health Message, Beauty Relevance and Misconceptions', and 'The Church: Place of Healing or Courtroom'. Dr Keith Burton, a welcomed regular to these settings, who currently serves as the Director of the Center for Andrews-Muslim Relations at Oakwood University, spoke engagingly on an array of topics including 'Africa and God's Ecumenical Vision: Rethinking the Remnant', and 'Africa in Prophecy: Reinventing Babylon'.
Each of the presentations included opportunities for questions and group discussion in the round-tabled purpose-built seminar venue. Dr Edwin Alicea, Pastoral Care director for Florida Hospital, Orlando, was the third guest speaker. He shared through personal experiences the theology of suffering and the ministry of chaplaincy as a means of intervention.
Dr James Yansen Jr, was the fourth guest speaker. Currently serving as the pastor for the Faith Seventh-day Adventist church in Connecticut, he spoke on the theme of suffering, dealing with trauma and tragedy and explored theological perspectives within this context from the book of Lamentations.
Overall the meetings served a valuable teaching and learning experience for all who attended. Pastor Burnett, shared appreciation to all guest speakers and those who worked together to make the event possible ‒ the Core Planning Committee, the secretary being Pastor Maz Holness and the outgoing and incoming conveners of the committee, Pastor Eglan Brooks and Dr Kirk Thomas, both of whom were assisted by the untiring work of their secretary Kerrine Guthrie.
The Core meetings will now continue across the various churches in the ministerial fraternal of London, some provinces and the Scottish Mission during the following week.