The Personal Ministries department strives to train people in the church to do two main things; reach others effectively and hold valuable training events. Many Saturday afternoons are devoted to carrying out workshops and programmes, in various churches and venues, training people to effectively share the Adventist faith.
This department is privileged to see people adopt different styles of ministry, especially as each person has a unique style of their own. They are able to see who works well in small groups, or behind the scenes or even in preaching positions; they aim to help people discover their own unique way of spreading their faith with others.
One initiative that the department launched, in 2012, is the ‘South England Conference School of Evangelism’, which provides evangelism training across many topics. The training year runs alongside the academic year and, on completion of the required modules, people receive certificates so that they can take their training, ideas and programmes back to their area and continue the work of the Conference at a local level.
The Adventist Development & Relief Agency (ADRA) is an element that is also associated with the Personal Ministries Department. ADRA is an organisation that seeks to identify and address social injustice and deprivation in developing countries. The agency’s work seeks to improve the quality of life of those in need. ADRA’s emergency management initiatives provide aid to disaster survivors. The Personal Ministries department works with the Director of ADRA UK to help local Personal Ministries Coordinators in their areas. For example, each church gets involved in collecting money, internally referred to as ‘Ingathering’, each year and some even become engaged in a sponsored ‘Fun Run’.
Some resources that are recommended by the department include; ‘Practical Guide to Personal Ministries’ – North American Division, a compilation of ideas. Please get in contact with the department for more information on resources and training programmes.
Links & Resources
Urban 2 Ministry Summit 2014
01 Welcome - Sermon - Dr Clifford Jones.mp3
02 Plenary - It's Too Small a Thing - Dr Gary Krause.mp3
03 Devotion - Dr Clifford Jones.mp3
04 'The New Athens' - Fulfilling the Mission of the Unknown God - Dr Kleber Goncalves.mp3
05 Seminar - Dr Kleber Goncalves.mp3
06 Sermon - Dr Clifford Jones.mp3
07 Devotion - Dr Clifford Jones.mp3
08 Plenary - Contextualisation of the Gospel - Dr Samuel Telemaque.mp3
Urban Ministry Summit Recordings 2014.zip
Description of Spiritual Gifts
Evangelism Style Assessment
Felt Needs Survey
How to Give Bible Studies
Incorporating New Disciples Into the Church
Leading a Person to Christ
Motivating Members to Witness
Post-Baptismal Bible Studies
Pre-Baptismal Bible Studies
Preparing the Church for Evangelism
Reaching the Community
Reaping the Harvest
Reclaiming Inactive Church Members
Relating to People Successfully
Sharing Jesus in the Workplace
Sharing Jesus with Family & Friends
Spiritual Gifts Assessment
Characteristics of a Vibrant Church
Training Workers for Christ
Witnessing Without Fear