Mission as discipleship

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As I write, I am attending a Bible conference for our ministers scattered across the island nations of the Pacific. It is being held at the beautiful new campus of Fulton College (Fiji). I have just been to lunch and was chatting with three women who are full-time ministers—Sarah, Melissa and Kendra. We were sharing some of the challenges of ministry—the joys as well as the things that confront us.

I want to tell you I was so proud of these committed, talented women. Their eyes lit up as we talked about being engaged in the service of the Lord. They are indeed servants [ministers] of the Lord and of the Church. They, along with so many others, are making a difference and are actively engaged in fulfilling the mission that Christ Himself gave us.

It is the greatest joy on earth to be a disciple of Jesus, and we need to let everyone know and give them the opportunity to be a disciple with us.

Discipleship is the very core of our mission. Presently, Avondale College is conducting research commissioned by the Division on how we assess our effectiveness in making disciples (click HERE). Over the next few weeks someone may be in contact with your church to ask some questions that will give us data important to the outcome of the research. If you are contacted please help as much as you can so that we may know how to make sound strategies and plans as we move forward.

To all of you—Sarah, Melissa, Kendra and everyone committed to responding to the commission of Jesus to be and to make disciples—I say blessings on you. It is the greatest joy on earth to be a disciple of Jesus, and we need to let everyone know and give them the opportunity to be a disciple with us.
 


Dr Barry Oliver is president of the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.