Theme “Stronger United: Many Voices, One Vision” Permeates Training and Networking Event
More than 600 Seventh-day Adventist ministry leaders gathered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, January 13-16, 2019, for the “Stronger United: Many Voices, One Vision” Adventist Ministries Convention (AMC). Conference, union, and division ministry partners came together to inspire, educate, and renew church ministry leaders across the North American Division (NAD) through daily devotionals, music, church resource exhibits, TED Talk-style presentations, breakout sessions, and awards given to individuals for ministry achievement.
- Ron and Karen Flowers (center), former directors of General Conference Family Ministries, accept a special lifetime achievement award presented by NAD Family Ministries directors Claudio (right) and Pamela Consuegra on January 15, 2019. [Photo: Dan Weber]
- G. Alexander Bryant delivers the opening keynote address at the 2019 Adventist Ministries Convention (AMC). [Photo: Pieter Damsteegt]
- Denise Josiah sings during the 2019 Adventist Ministries Convention (AMC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States. [Photo: Pieter Damsteegt]
NAD ministry directors hosted cooperative breakout sessions that were planned, according to AMC organizers, to “ensure that the spirit of collaboration is evident in each of the NAD core values through the breakout sessions.” Regardless of the ministry they represent, attendees were encouraged to join breakout sessions they felt would help them discover “best practices relevant for their ministry.”
The eight core-value concentrations included (1) alignment within the church — connecting effectively within our diverse church family; (2) community outreach and evangelism — connecting with our communities, sharing hope and wholeness; (3) digital ministries — the gateway to transformation evangelism; (4) education for discipleship — every youth and adult learning, growing, and becoming more like Christ; (5) freedom of conscience — protecting the rights and freedoms of society’s most vulnerable and overlooked; (6) healthy leadership and management — God’s stewards insisting on personal and church-wide excellence; (7) revival and transformation — connecting with God through public and personal worship; and (8) stewardship — inspiring God’s people to fund the message of hope and wholeness.