10th October 2018
Almost a hundred delegates took their seats in the Crieff Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday, 7 October 2018, for the 10th Triennial Business Session of the Scottish Mission.The delegates met in order to look back at the past three years of ministry in Scotland, and then to also project the next three years in their minds.
The theme for the next three years: “It’s time to be Devoted, Daring, Decisive. Working together to make Him known in Scotland.”
At important events like these, you are likely to see important dignitaries as well. The church welcomed Councillor Dennis Melloy, provost of the county of Perth and Kinross.
Other guests included Pastor Patrick Johnson, Pastor Ian Sweeney, Mr Earl Ramharacksingh, Pastor Eglan Brooks, Pastor Richard Daly, Pastor John Surridge, Pastor Paul Lockham and Pastor Jacques Venter. With such a handful of pastoral visitors, the work of the session was made easier, and the pastoral staff of the Scottish Mission know they have the support of a good team of individuals.
Pastor Paul Tompkins, president of the church in Scotland made it clear that the Scottish mission is growing, and that the members and staff are all looking for better ways to improve the service and ministry of the church as a whole in Scotland. Pastor Tompkins is grateful for the skills and commitment of his entire staff in the Scottish Mission and emphasized that the church in Scotland is working hard to attempt to achieve at least half of another ministerial budget over the next triennium. The President’s Report can be seen here.
Many useful discussions and questions followed the reports from the different sponsors who served Scotland in various ways in the past three years. The calendar in Scotland for 2015 – 2018 was a busy one, and Scottish members heard the highlights of events in every department and there is promise for more meaningful events to come.