“A crisis situation like we are facing right now is an opportunity to call people to an understanding of who Chrit is and that He is the answer to the problems we face,” said Adventist World Church President Pastor Ted N.C. Wilson, as he addressed thousands of church administrators, institutional leaders, department heads and pastors today, on day two of Inter-America’s annual Segment Leadership Development (SeLD) Conference. “Energize church members in total member involvement, helping them to truly understand how they can be part of God’s amazing proclamation.”
“The difficult tense situation about human relations, difficulties that we face all over the world whether racial difficulties, socio-economic difficulties, educational difficulties, tribal difficulties, every one of us is called to show dignity to human beings,” said Pastor Wilson.
The fallout of COVID-19 is going to be unbelievable, stated Pastor Wilson, but “God is going to guide us and bring what is important to the forefront to keep in mind the Three Angels’ Message and point people who need Jesus.”
Clear in the mission
In order to be effective in the organization, leaders must be clear in their purpose in the mission, especially while facing strange things like the coronavirus affecting the entire world, said Pastor Wilson. He shared simple, heartfelt advice for Inter-American leaders to continue steadfast in leading in times of emergency.
“Do what’s right as a leader, walk humbly with your God, and lean on the Lord completely,” he said after quoting Micah 6:8. Pastor Wilson reminded leaders to pray earnestly every day for wisdom, seek counsel from the Bible and the writings of Ellen G. White, one of the Adventist Church’s co-founders, and be aware, awake, and understanding of what is going on. “You have to focus on the actual problem and the ultimate goal, and understand that God wants to work through you to glorify His name through you.”