December 23, 2012
"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever."
~ Neil Gaiman Like us on Facebook
Paul Richardson Says Farewell to NAD Ministerial
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The Irreverent Christian
Secret Monsters
Quotes: "The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. ~ G.K. Chesterton"
Events & news: NAD Educators meet on School Safety
It has been our honor serving and praying for you this year.  Our service to you has been activated and inspired by the Ultimate Servant, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

"But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men."   Philippians 2:7

NAD Leadership Team
From the NAD Ministerial Leadership team to the NAD Ministerial Family, may Christ's love and sacrificial service to the human race encourage you to continue serving Him in ministry.
Have a Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year!
Paul Richardson Paul Richardson,the Reconnecting Ministries Coordinator for the North American Division and Elder specialist for NAD Ministerial, has transitioned to the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic where he will serves as Operations Project Manager.
"Recently an opportunity came my way to join the staff of a healthcare organization that provides medical, dental, behavioral & pharmacy services to under-served populations in the states of Oregon & Washington," says Richardson.
"I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to be involved in Reconnecting Ministries since 1993, creating connections with our missing members and preparing congregations to receive those well who come back."  Read more...

CALLED, A Digital Magazine for Adventist Clergy A Digital Magazine for Adventist Clergy

The NAD Ministerial Department plans to launch a new digital magazine for Adventist clergy in North America in first quarter 2013. This electronic magazine will be available at no charge for all the pastors in the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist church to download on their iPad, Android, and Kindle Fire tablet devices according to Dave Gemmell, Associate Director of NAD Ministerial.

CALLED will delivery timely text articles, video, audio, and web interactivity. The new delivery system will replace the Pastor's DVD which has served pastors of the NAD for the past ten years. Gemmell anticipates that CALLED will get pastors the resources they need faster, and more economically. "With 60% of pastors currently owning iPads or other tablets, the time is right to make the move," says Gemmell. Read more...

It's a Sabbath morning and the small chapel at 5203 Manchester Drive in Temple Hills, Md., is packed. This is the inaugural meeting of the Arise church, the first Hispanic American church in the Potomac Conference and people have come from Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., to see what it is all about. Read More



by Rich DuBose

I believe I have finally identified what is missing among many who claim to follow Christ. For months I've had this nagging perception that much of what is called "Christian" is not really so. Yet, I haven't been able to identify why, until now. It troubles me greatly that instead of being known by their love, Christians are being more and more identified by what they hate! I keep hearing that Christians hate gay marriage; they hate abortion, liberal thinking and big government. Christians hate socialism, communism, and welfare. Christians hate socialized medicine, illegal immigration, and taxes. It is no secret that the opposing poles of morality and politically correct thinking have set our culture on edge. One can hardly speak about issues of the heart without being demonized or vilified by others. It is a corrosive environment that diminishes meaningful human relations and prevents heartfelt dialogue. And now, I think I know why. Read more and discuss on facebook...


Roger Hernandez cropped by Roger Hernandez


The sad, recent news of two well-known Adventist figures has had me thinking, reflecting and grieving.


First, a leader of a young-adult ministry with a well-publicized moral fall--A strong voice in the conservative wing of the church--it send ripples far and wide. The news of the fall reveals his struggle with secret monsters.


Then, we get news of the self-inflicted death of a former pastor/evangelist. I have never met him, but good friends of mine have benefited from his public evangelism at which he was very good. He left official Adventist ministry for a new approach. He may also have been dealing with secret monsters, in his case a mental health issue that compounded the situation.


They led me to reflect on my own ministry.  Read more and discuss on facebook...  

Juleun Johnson In the last issue of Best Practices for Adventist Ministry there was a marvelous article by Juleun Johnson about using fantasy football leagues as a vehicle to attract and disciple believers. I took the picture with the article from Juleun's Facebook page - but it was not a picture of Juleun, but of his father! I apologize to both of them. At left is a picture of Juleun.
 - Loren Seibold

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.Like us on Facebook
  ~ G.K. Chesterton

We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.
 ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man.  ~Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac

No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference.  It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left.  It is the nativity of our common Adam.
 ~Charles Lamb

Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink and swore his last oath.  Today, we are a pious and exemplary community.  Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever. 
~Mark Twain


NAD Educators meet on school safety

Infographic: Ministry Trends for 2013. Shared by Greg Hudson.

NAD Special Christmas events. Includes a video from Elder Jackson that you can share with your church.

Check out Rob Steed's ministry for Adventist Church leaders page. Excellent ideas and resources here.

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