Small conference makes a big impact

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Over the weekend, the South Australian Conference started their biggest ever-evangelistic campaign, “Mission 2011” in Adelaide. The Norwood Concert Hall filled as Pastor Gary Webster, director of the Institute of Public Evangelism for the South Pacific Division, presented “Ancient Mysteries, reveal the future”.

Mission 2011 was born in 2010, when Pastor Gary Webster contacted the South Australian Conference asking if they would like to have the Institute of Public Evangelism (IPE) run evangelistic campaigns in Adelaide.

The aim of the Church in South Australia is for 500 new members to be added to our Church by the end of 2011.

“We’re privileged to have eight programs running around the city of Adelaide,” said Pastor Andrew Kingston, president of the Seventh-day Adventist church in South Australia. “The six evangelists working with Pastor Webster who are part of the IPE, are a blessing to our church.”

The six evangelists from throughout Australia and New Zealand are simultaneously presenting a “full message” series across eight venues in Adelaide and some country areas.

“The program will give people who don’t know Jesus, hope,” said Pastor Gary Webster. “I know that our visitors like to hear the messages as they come straight from the Bible. It offers them solid truth that they can believe in.”

Adventist churches are supporting and staffing the venues nearest to them until the series finishes on June 12.

“Every minister and church has committed to “Mission 2011”, said Heather Slade, program manager. “The aim of the Church in South Australia is for 500 new members to be added to our Church by the end of 2011.”

Towards the end of last year, the then president, Pastor Garry Hodgkin and Heather Slade visited every church and explained the concept and vision for “Mission 2011”. By sharing the dream with every church, a solid foundation of commitment was laid for the evangelistic series.

In preparing for “Mission 2011”, the Conference invited Pastors Gary Webster and John Denne, as well as Johnny and Tina Wong, to equip church members in their endeavours to connect with the community and invite their non-Adventist friends.

“We want to use 2011 as a foundation to focus on mission,” said Pastor Andrew Kingston, president of the Seventh-day Adventist church in South Australia. “This year is about pubic evangelism. In 2012 the focus will be on the local church as the centre of evangelism. We don’t want to leave any stone unturned in sharing the gospel.”

“There are five churches involved at the Norwood Concert Hall. This gives everyone an opportunity to be involved,” said Christine Halim, venue manager and member of Adelaide City Church. “Greater involvement leads to ownership, so it’s rewarding when people are given a chance to serve and make an impact in changing the lives of those who don’t know Christ.”