Hundreds of Seventh-day Adventist leaders from across all levels of the church throughout the Inter-American Division were called on to continue rising to serve faithfully and effectively, as the 4th Annual Segment Leadership Development (SeLD) Conference concluded Thursday, July 9.
Nearly 3,000 administrators, department directors, institutional leaders, church pastors and elders connected via the Zoom video platform in what became a historic online leadership training event meant to empower leaders to sharpen their decision-making skills as they oversee church organizations focused on the mission amid the pandemic crisis and beyond.
“We have a lot to worry about these days for our [IAD] institutions, our members, our churches, and our church organizations, but we have a mission to fulfill,” said Pastor Elie Henry, president of the church in Inter-America. “We may be worried as to how we can find the means, the strength, or the health to advance and move forward at this time, but we have been reminded to rely on God for He has called us to accomplish the task.”
Trust in God
Just as the Adventist world church launched its strategic plan coined as I Will Go this week, Pastor Henry encouraged church leaders to align their leadership efforts with the mission plan as they engage employees and church members in the task of preaching, teaching and serving the community across Inter-America.
“Go with the assurance that God is with you wherever you go,” he said. “Trust in God, be strong, be of good courage and do not fear.
Pastor Henry challenged the leadership to utilize the training, skills and knowledge they received during this year’s SeLD training conference, share it with those they manage and oversee, relying on the narrative found throughout the bible sharing the gospel everywhere they can. “Wherever God places us, is where we can do something extraordinary for Him.”