Normally, statistics bore me but these ones just jumped off the page. I wanted to ring the conference presidents. It was awe-inspiring stuff. Look what God had done this year.
Imagine being able to go to the president of North NSW Conference and say, “Over half your annual church baptisms come from one area of ministry”? What if you could say that, in fact, three out of four baptisms came from this area of ministry in 2015. Then to show the consistency, it was one out of every two in 2014 and three out of every five in 2013. Wouldn’t you want to pour your resources into a proven approach?
The home, the church and the Adventist school working together maximise our opportunities for kingdom growth and nurtured faith.
As one school principal passionately shared with me: “Schools are actually making a difference in mission. The young people learning music, studying Encounter, joining baptismal classes ARE THE FUTURE of the Church and without them the CHURCH HAS NO FUTURE!”
The home, the church and the Adventist school working together maximise our opportunities for kingdom growth and nurtured faith. I am just so grateful that I have been blessed to be part of this core sector of kingdom growth and would love to see many more of our church members benefit from actively supporting Adventist education and the Adventist Church with their own children in attendance.
Dr David McClintock is associate director of education for the South Pacific Division.