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November 30, 2010
"I asked God for strength that I might achieve. I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health that I might do greater things. I was given infirmity that I might do better things.

I asked for riches that I might be happy. I was given poverty that I might be wise.

I asked for power that I might have the praise of men. I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. I was given life that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for. Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered. I am, among all men, most richly blessed."


Pitfalls of a Church Plant, part 2
Media: Dan Serns on Transforming Your Church
Reading for Pastors: Leadership like monk, architect, diplomat
Quotes: "Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom."
News & ideas: Too much social media?
Events: NAD Adventist Ministries Convention cancelled!
Roger HernandezPitfalls of a church plant:
Five People to Attract
by Roger Hernandez, Oregon Conference
Planting a church can be one of the best experiences a pastor can have.  Earlier I told you about five types of people to avoid; here five that should be in every church planter's wish list.
  • Prayer Warriors: We speak, read, talk, preach, teach, argue, and worry about prayer, yet few actually do it consistently! Remember, you are not running a business, but engaging in a war, and prayer is not the preparation for that war, prayer is the war. 
  • Heart Warmers:  Since "90 percent of all people who visit a church make up their mind about coming back before the pastor gets up to speak!" (Barna Research 1994) these people are one of the most important elements in your congregation. Most churches think of themselves as "warm and friendly", but in many of them you can skate down the aisle. 
  • Rescuers: More than just seeing outsiders as lost, unconverted, heathens, non-Adventists, or unbelievers, they see them as "the people that God misses the most". They are willing to sacrifice personal taste, preference and parking space to make church a more inviting place. 
  • Tireless: It takes 110% commitment to plant a church; these will give you 150%.  Jose Rojas says churches are comprised of three types of people: the tired, the tiresome, and the tireless. Recruit the latter, pray for the former, and avoid the one in the middle!
  • Discerners: They have the God-given gift of detecting problems in the body, even before others notice something is wrong. Churches have been traditionally one of the organizations that are most resistant to evaluation, so, listen to these people!  If they sense something is amiss, pay attention.
Four recommendations:
  • Have a clear vision.  A clear vision can do two things: Exclude the uncommitted and attract winners.
  • Have a concise, written description and expectations of the leaders that you or someone can teach to them. Nothing is worse than a manual without instruction.
  • Have a yearly retreat with leaders, both present and potential.  There is something that happens in a well planned leadership retreat weekend that can bring positive results year-round.
  • Have patience.  You don't just want more people, you want the right people. Remember, the first 200 people will determine the next 800 people.
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Featured Media
 Bible Graphics StudioHave you got all of your graphics ready for your countless Christmas programs yet? If not, you may wish to reach back into the Pastor's DVD archives for Bible Graphics Studio. There is a PowerPoint template as well as a few video clips of Mary and Joseph walking in the night. If you can't immediately find your copy of Bible Graphics Studio you can download the video clips from the NAD Church Resource Center's Vimeo site. Also check out Pastor's DVD volume one for a great graphics package on the incarnation entitled "Let it Be".

Reach North America Newsletter
REACH North America is the renamed newsletter produced by the North American Division for Evangelism and Outreach. This edition announces the details of NET 2011 featuring Ron Clouzet, Field Secretary for NADEI.  Here you can find links to resources for Prophecies Decoded; including information about the pre-NET Day of Prayer and Reformation slated for January 8.  Also in the newsletter you can find information about Hope Channel up-links,  satellite dish sales, and Adventist Preaching.

Transforming Your Church is a new series of online video tutorials designed to be viewed by church boards and leadership teams. Dan Serns, Senior Pastor of Richardson Seventh-day Adventist Church leads out in 14 short segments designed to be viewed and discussed by church boards. His goal is to equip lay leaders to lead thier congregations to be all that they can be in their unique mission contexts. 

Reading for Pastors

Three types of leadership needed to build a successful organization: Monk, Architect, Diplomat. Quote: "Leadership is an act of liberation, not control."

Is traditional church music dead? Not only is the trend away from organ music, but organists are getting harder to find. Quote: "There aren't enough organists to fill all of the open church positions.... Many smaller churches search in vain for months. Some decide it's easier - and cheaper - to use canned music or a praise band of guitarists and keyboardists than it is to find an organist. "

Do you have a tough time delegating? Three reasons why it is so hard to do - but why it's important that you do it anyway!

Video, with Mark Driscoll, on young leaders: Quote: "... and are we really Father, Son, and Holy Bible, scared of the Holy Spirit, not sure what do do with Him, except that He wrote the Bible and since then he's kinda been on vacation?"

What poisons a team? Four things to watch out for.

What's God's perfect will? What's perfect for you may not be perfect for God. Quote: "God's will for you is to become everything He dreamed you to be so that you might glorify Him the way He deserves to be. And that doesn't necessarily happen through easy circumstances or perfect conditions."

The founders of Covington, KY's Creation Science Museum want to now build a Noah's ark, "to lend credence to
the biblical account of a catastrophic flood and to dispel doubts that Noah could have fit two of every kind of animal onto a 500-foot-long ark.
" (A few have identified another motive. "Along with this ark, I anticipate that there is going to be a
rainbow. And at the end of that rainbow is a pot of gold."

Should Christians insist on using the word "Christmas" instead of "holiday" - even when the usage is for purely materialistic reasons? Quote: "What's funny to me is that very little of this [controversy] has anything to do with Christmas. So to me, as a Christian pastor, the idea of a Christmas Village simply reinforces the worst aspects of the overcommercialism of the holiday."

Don't waste your time debating with atheists, says this commentator. Quote: "The debate is useless for one simple reason: most atheists do not have a clue what religion is about."
To the Point

Thanks to Carolyn Winchell for passing along this collection of quotes on freedom:


Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

 - William Pit The Younger 1783

When we lose the right to be different, we lose the right to be free.

 - Charles Evans Hughes

Freedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter much. That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of its substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order.

- Robert Jackson 1943

To be out of harmony with one's surroundings is of course a misfortune, but it is not always a misfortune to be avoided at all costs. Where the environment is stupid or prejudiced or cruel, it is a sign of merit to be out of harmony with it.

 - Bertrand Russell 1930

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison... the only house in a slave state in which a free man can abide with honor.
 - Henry David Thoreau

If mankind minus one were of one opinion, then mankind is no more justified in silencing the one than the one - if he had the power - would be justified in silencing mankind.

  - John Stuart Mill

News, Ideas & Reminders

  • The 2010 Southern Union Evangelism Council, December 6 at 7:00 pm - December 9 at 11:00 am at The Plaza Resort & Spa at Daytona Beach, Florida.1-800-874-7420 for reservations. Our featured speakers will be Mark Finley, Ron Clouzet, Carlton Byrd, Charles Byrd, Tony Moore, Mike Porter, Joe Cirigliano. Ralph Henderson will be featured musician this year.
  • From Aileen Andres Sox: "A comment on the Andrews Study Bible - I LOVE it! Between the user friendly layout, voluminous notes that I trust as an Adventist, and handy references right with the text under the section headings, I'm just reveling in using it. Perhaps the fact that I have now purchased four of them (pastor's appreciation gift, my own, for my mother and sister) will best tell you how I feel. And the NKJV which I haven't had much exposure to is a wonderful marriage between the KJV and modern English."
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GYC 2010. Dec 29, 2010 - Jan 2, 2011, Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. "No Turning Back" is the theme for the 9th annual GYC conference - four days packed with spirit-filled messages, inspiring Bible study, fervent prayer, solemn worship and awesome fellowship. The theme is taken from Luke 9:61-62, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God." Phone: 734-418-2857. For more information, email:

Spiritual Renaissance Retreat. Dec 30, 2010 - Jan 2, 2011, Monterey Hyatt Regency, . Begin the new year refreshed, challenged and inspired. Designed for singles, couples and families. Speakers include: Norman and Heather Knight, Lonnie Melashenko, Robert Melashenko, Roy Ice, Terry Newmyer, David Newman, Helen Pearson and Michael Pearson. Programming for children at the same time as seminars. Phone: 707-965-7106. For more information, email:

NAD Adventist Ministries Convention. Jan 9, 2011 - Jan 12, 2011, This event has been postponed until 2012. For more information, email:

Andrews University Music & Worship Conference. Mar 24, 2011 - Mar 26, 2011, Andrews University, 100 US 31 Highway, Berrien Springs, MI 49104. The eighth annual Andrews University Music and Worship Conference. If you're interested in exploring worship and worship music in ways that are theologically profound, practical, and inspiring, you will definitely want to join us. Sponsored by the NAD Church Resource Center and Andrews University's Department of Music, Department of Christian Ministry and Center for Youth Evangelism. Phone: 800-968-8428 x4 or 269-471-8352. For more information, email:

United Youth Congress 2011 - iServe. Apr 6, 2011 - Apr 9, 2011, Orange County Convention Center, 9860 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819. Youth, young adults, youth leaders and parents/chaperones are invited to attend. We will have inspiring worship, training seminars, service projects in the community, an evening at Universal Studios, Saturday night concert, recreation, and much more! This package includes hotel and meals. For those who do not want hotel and meals, click here. For Sabbath Only, click here. Phone: 800-732-7587. For more information, email:

STANDOUT. Apr 15, 2011 - Apr 17, 2011, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI. STANDOUT is a spiritual retreat for high school students, hosted on the campus of Andrews University. Throughout two days of spiritual exercises and group activities, we'll challenge you to tap into the amazing power of God so that you will STANDOUT and set your faith in motion! Phone: 269-471-6372. For more information, email:
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