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CHURCH OF GOD (Seventh Day) MISSION & VISION STATEMENT
December 31, 2014
BOARD MEMBERS, MINISTRIES And Their COMMITTEE MEMBERS
December 31, 2014
 
 
  The Church of God (Seventh Day) Jamaica Conference grew out of the effort of Elder James Murray of Trinidad who, on the request of one Sis. Hannah Smith visited Jamaica on June 14, 1930. Sis. Smith's home, which was then situated at 29 Long Mountain Road, now Mountain View Avenue, was the first venue for prayer meetings and Bible Studies. As this evangelical work intensified it was a matter of time before the trappings of the early church body emerged.  
 
 

Precursor

The Church of God (Seventh Day) exists to make disciples of men from all nations, edifying and equipping them for service in the establishment of the Kingdom of God. The Great Commission (Matt.28:18-20) is the main point of reference with special emphasis on the promise made by Jesus that he would be with his followers to the end of the age. The Great Commission places a significant level of responsibility on the Church and to that extent the question of accountability naturally arises. The responsibility to fulfill this mission is shared. This is substantiated by the fact that in the Church, God by His Spirit has bestowed gifts, which are for the work of the ministry, the edifying of the Body and for the perfecting of the saints. There are diversities of gifts, there are diversities of ministries and there are diversities of effects. These all function in one Body, there are different abilities, different functions, different responsibilities but one Body. The gifts are compared with members of the human body. No member of the human body is insignificant. In fact the scriptures inform that those members that seem less honourable are the objects of special attention so that they may improve in honour or comeliness.

The priority therefore is the overall appearance and functionality of the body as a whole. Ministries and departments are established in the Church to provide opportunities for the utilization of gifts, for the well-being of the Body. They have different responsibilities, different programmes, different committees but they are a part of one Body. Individual ministries/departments operate for the common good of the Body (the Church). Each is significant and has an important role to play and none is better than the other.


LICENSE AND CREDENTIAL COMMITTEE


The License and Credential Committee is one of the oldest institutions in the church. It processes applications for qualified persons, who are desirous of serving as credential ministers, and accepts recommendations from ministers for appointments to the Ministry.

Credential ministers are appointed to vacant posts only after they have fulfilled various professional, pastoral, social and church obligations and received favourable reviews from the Executive Board.

Members of the church may be appointed ministers pursuant to a series of procedures, which start with an assessment of the candidate’s stewardship by the local pastor and end with induction in the office in question, in General Convention by the Executive Board.


MUSIC MINISTRY


Clap your hands, take out your dancing shoes and get ready for a foot stomping, Holy Ghost rocking time when you come to our church. We give real meaning to the injunction, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord…” Music in its most expressive forms – dance, instrumental and songs- has always been a part of our history. Delivered in charismatic Jamaican style yet tempered by holy moderation, music forms a part of any assembly of our brethren and ranges anywhere from the Island Reggae genre to European classical hymns.

By no means an attempt to detract from its spontaneity but on the contrary, as a way of harnessing this special gift of God, the Music Ministry is regulated by a board of seven persons, some musicians and singers in their own rights. Eight years old, it exists to attain a high level of gospel music and singing throughout the conference, so that our members can learn to appreciate the importance of spreading the gospel and ministering to the world at large, through these forms.

So the next time your feet, hands and heart tingle, pay us a visit and make your soul swizzle.

N.B Better come early for Praise and Worship – that’s the joint!


WOMEN’S FRATERNITY


From time immemorial, women have played a pivotal role in Christian Ministry. They have helped to pioneer the formation of the Church of God (Seventh Day) in Jamaica and continue to be active participants in the building of the monumental organisation it is today. Sisters Borrel, Coward, Madden and McCauley to name a few, have distinguished themselves as women of integrity and fortitude and have bequeathed a rich inheritance to twenty first century women of all ages.

The National Women’s Fraternity (NWF) operates in that tradition of excellence by “providing spiritual and social support” for women of varying backgrounds, whether they are members or non-members.

For the past nine years, the NWF has held a National Exhibition every two years, displaying some of the finest wares of local fraternities and staged a major drama production, “Many Rivers to Cross”, for which the NWF has received several credits.

The Fraternity functions largely within an ethos of voluntarism, community spiritedness and charity. It has worked with the Spanish Town Infirmary and other health care facilities. Sounds like serious work uhh? But the women of the NWF also know how to let down their hair and have fun. In 2002, the NWF in collaboration with the Children’s Ministry, organized a Cruise in Ocho Rios and are planning to organize a variety of other social activities throughout this year.


NATIONAL MEN’S FELLOWSHIP


The National Men’s Fellowship is akin to the Women’s Fraternity, although it was recently formed in the church. The mission of this male centric organization is to “facilitate the development of Godly men as fathers, husbands and brothers, addressing the needs and issues relevant to men within the church and its environs.”

The NMF steers an elaborate campaign, which seeks to:

·         Provide effective witness of the saving grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to men in the church environs

·         Inspire and facilitate spiritual, emotional and personal growth among brothers in the church

·         Enhance the spiritual development of our brothers and to encourage greater levels of participation in individual and corporate church activities

·         Display sober and responsible leadership initiative in the church

·         Promote and encourage the academic development of our brothers and to create a scholarship programme that will help individuals with finances and/or educational materials in selected areas of study

·         Develop a greater sense of unity and integration amongst our brothers through seminars, workshops and leisure activities

·         Foster an environment conducive to productivity and economic activity, and where possible provide professional and/or financial assistance to aid in the accomplishment of economic objectives

·         Identify and address the needs of the brothers in our denomination

·         Provide exposure to activities designed to enhance social graces and etiquette

Implement other objectives that may be considered essential to the mission of the Fellowship.


CHURCH COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT


Audio Visual aides, computer technologies, the radio, television and print media all combine to form the driving force for the Church Communication Department (CCD). With the explosion in the Information Age in the last century, interest in and the use of communication tools have heightened. These cutting edge devices provide the church with endless opportunities to promulgate the gospel of Jesus and interact with the church’s publics, affiliates and members, through relatively quick and cost effective means.

Formed in April 2001, the CCD has already begun to tap into the limitless pool of computer resources by ongoing work on this web page and its efforts in arranging occasional media coverage of church’s national events.

Answers From the Word, the new radio programme, aired on KLAS FM 89 from 5 to 5:30 a.m., has been creating an even wider promotional and evangelical outlet for the church since the inception of the programme in November 2002. Plans to utilize local cable networks and commercial radio stations will hopefully take to a new high in the near future.

In the meantime, the CCD fosters constant and meaningful interaction among departments, churches, the Executive Board and other functionaries through exhibitions, correspondence and liaison officers island-wide.

As part of its routine activities, the CCD monitors feedback from its publics through statistical data collection, e-mail, telephone calls and letters.

So now that you’ve heard,
Spread the word
Tell everyone the
Church of God (Seventh Day) is here to serve

Read about it
Never doubt it
Check out a church near you today,
We’re sure you’ll like it

Drop us a line
Or tune in to our radio programme that special time

Keep the communication flowing
'cause we will be happy to know our light is glowing.


 
THE COUNSELING MINISTRY


The Church is fully aware that in addition to meeting the spiritual needs of its members and persons in the church environs, it should cater to their emotional, psychological and social needs.  Based on this consciousness, a Counseling Ministry has been established to do that, as well as provide Bible-centred confidential beneficial, professional Counseling services.

The Counseling Ministry fulfils its mission through:

  • Orientation which involves sensitizing individuals to the range of services the ministry provides
  • Problem identification and definition through the development and implementation of appropriate Counseling procedures.
  • Implementation of preventive Counseling with special emphasis on:

-          Family Life

-          Marital Crises/Conflict Management

-          Spiritual Needs

-          Career and Personal Development

-          Personal Problems

-          Other related areas

  • Implementation of interactive Counseling through:

-          Prayerful Bible-centred guidance

-          Individual Counseling

-          Group Counseling

-          Family Counseling

-          Consultation

-          Referrals

The Counseling Ministry hosts a special Family Sabbath in February annually. Pastor Donville Bell heads the Counseling Ministry. 

There are other departments/committees of the Church conference whose work is seasonal.  They are the Budget Committee, which promotes the national budget for the conference and the Convention Committee, which spearheads the planning for General Conventions.


THE FAITHFUL YOUTH CHALLENGERS DEPARTMENT


The Faithful Youth Challengers (FYC) Department is at the core of the church’s youth movement. A prototype of the Denver youth ministry, it has been built on the pillars of creativity, integrity, courage and vibrancy, which have conditioned the psyche of the more than 1000 members it represents. Back in the 1970s when the department was formed, it heralded a revolutionary approach in many aspects of Church Ministry, breaking new grounds for innovative programmes that would enhance the image and mission of the conference.

Today, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, the FYC Department is still a pacesetter, championing the cause of young people, bridging generation gaps and providing social and spiritual enrichment.

One of the most striking features of this dynamic department is its role in equipping young men and women for some of the noblest positions in the church. The present conference chairman was a former director of the FYC Department. The immediate past Vice Chairman and a few of the members of the Executive Board were also instrumental in advancing the work of the Department. Further a field, dozens of men and women who were discipled in the FYC Department in Jamaica have pioneered similar youth movements in various parts of
North America and the Caribbean. Of particular significance, are the collective feats, which have been achieved by both the Denver and Jamaican FYC Departments, through exchange programmes and joint initiatives.

Every year, the FYC Department inspires and excites its members through a range of programmes which include:

 National Quiz Competition – a year-long activity that provides mental stimulation to participants through ongoing contests mainly about Bible knowledge.

 Youth Congress – a truly refreshing four-day conference, in which hundreds of young people meet to worship, plan and discuss youth related issues. One of the highlights of this event is the Awards Ceremony, which honours Faithful Youth Challengers and other members who have rendered outstanding service to the Department.

 Youth Camp – undoubtedly one of the most-anticipated times of the Summer holidays, when the youth and young at heart get down and have a blast in adrenalin pumping, fun-filled activities. Did we mention that the camp’s devotions are the best?

 Choir Ministry – a delightful opportunity for motivation and exposure awaits young people of all ages, who are desirous of sharing their musical talents with the Challengers Mass Choir.

 Insight of Glory Concert – an extravagant display of the musical talents of young people in an evening of sheer praise and celebration.

 Youth Evangelism Month (October) – a time speciall
y set aside for the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the discipling of young converts, through crusades across Jamaica.

These programmes are not an end in themselves as the department is always evolving and responding to new realities and demands.


THE NATIONAL WELFARE MINISTRY



From time immemorial, women have played a pivotal role in Christian Ministry. They have helped to pioneer the formation of the Church of God (Seventh Day) in Jamaica and continue to be active participants in the building of the monumental organisation it is today. Sisters Borrel, Coward, Madden and McCauley to name a few, have distinguished themselves as women of integrity and fortitude and have bequeathed a rich inheritance to twenty first century women of all ages.

The National Womens Fraternity (NWF) operates in that tradition of excellence by “providing spiritual and social support” for women of varying backgrounds, whether they are members or non-members.

For the past nine years, the NWF has held a National Exhibition every two years, displaying some of the finest wares of local fraternities and staged a major drama production, “Many Rivers to Cross”, for which the NWF has received several credits.

The Fraternity functions largely within an ethos of voluntarism, community spiritedness and charity. It has worked with the Spanish Town Infirmary and other health care facilities. Sounds like serious work uhh? But the women of the NWF also know how to let down their hair and have fun. In 2002, the NWF in collaboration with the Children’s Ministry, organized a Cruise in Ocho Rios and are planning to organize a variety of other social activities throughout this year.



THE MINISTERIAL COUNCIL JAMAICA CONFERENCE



The Ministerial Council Jamaica Conference (MCJC) is a legally convened assembly of dedicated ministers of the Word and theological experts, who study and formulate the Church’s official doctrines and principles, as well as maintain biblical and professional standards in the ministry.  The MCJC, which was commissioned in November 2001 at a Workers’ Retreat in Manchester and later launched in August 2002, is a member of the International Ministerial Council.  All pastors, evangelists and missionaries of the Church of God (Seventh Day) Jamaica Conference are members of the MCJC and they meet in specially convened workshops throughout the year. From their ranks has been drawn a team of officers who are committed to the proper functioning of the MCJC. The names of the present officers and their responsibilities are as follows: 

1. Pastor Donville Bell – Acting President

2. Pastor Clinton Thompson – Secretary

3. Pastor Herbert Nelson

4. Pastor Karl Francis

These officers of the MCJC are committed to: 

  • Ensuring continued systematic study of the Bible for common understanding
  • Encouraging increased self-confidence of council members and by extension the church
  • Promoting unity within the church body
  • Developing a biblical approach to formulating the church’s position on doctrinal matters
  • Facilitating forums for expression of all ministers at the highest level
  • Establishing a solid foundation for defending the church’s position on doctrinal matters.
  • Assisting council members maintain biblical and professional standards in ministry.


FINANCIAL INVESTMENT COMMITTEE



The mandate of the Financial Investment Committee is to establish projects which will generate the required financial resources to adequately meet the needs of the church and create an appreciable level of employment within the organization. 

Established in 2001, the Financial Investment Committee has engaged in and promoted micro-business projects for members in areas such as farming, chicken rearing and the sale of hosiery.

Sister Yvonne Crawford heads the Financial Investment Committee.



NATIONAL EVANGELISM TEAM



The National Evangelism Team (NET) stands ready and resolute to parade the banner of the gospel of Jesus Christ and His Kingdom, through evangelical outreach. In the last few years, NET has used tent crusades, seminars, street meetings, house-to house visits and church planting to realize its goals. The results have been manifested in the continued Christian conversion of non-believers all over the island and Grand Cayman, causing a steady growth in church membership.

An Island Coordinator who provides leadership, direction and motivation for his committee, which consists of an Assistant Island Coordinator, Treasurer, Secretary and Zone officers, spearheads NET.

For easy interaction with the various churches in the conference, NET relates directly to local pastors and evangelists, who themselves are encouraged to plan evangelical efforts in their own communities. Quarterly reports from these officers to NET also ensure that targets are pursued and gaps filled.

In order to remain relevant to current needs, NET conducts on-going evaluation of its work and develops new strategies in consultation with the Executive Board. Equally important are funds for its programmes. Therefore, NET welcomes donations of whatever amount from partners, affiliates, individuals and organizations that share its vision.



OTHER DEPARTMENTS

There are other departments/committees of the Church conference whose work is seasonal.  They are the Budget Committee, which promotes the national budget for the conference and the Convention Committee, which spearheads the planning for General Conventions.



If you are led to contribute to any of the ministries or programmes of our church, you may write a cheque payable to:

The Church of God (Seventh Day) Jamaica Conference

or contact us at

The Church of God (Seventh Day) Jamaica Conference
65 Carawina Drive, Pembrook Hall, Kingston 20

or call us at
765-8442/8464

or email us at
info@cog7dayjamaica.org



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