of the Jamaica Union of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Everett Brown was the
Plenary Speaker for the recent KG Vaz Lecture Series held as part of the NCU
2016 Homecoming celebrations.
of the Jamaica Union of Seventh-day Adventist, Pastor Everett Brown, has said
that since the birth of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica, the Church
has contributed, and continues to contribute to the development of the nation
through Seventh-day Adventist Christian Education. He was speaking at the KG
Vaz Lecture Series held on Northern Caribbean University’s Main Campus, last Thursday;
as part of 2016 Homecoming celebrations. Pastor Brown, who the Plenary Speaker,
spoke on the theme, Adventist ministry in Jamaica:
Changes, Future, and Relevance.
one must single out a ministry that the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica
has used in a positive way to impact the Jamaican society…Christian Education
is that ministry. The mission strategy of the Church in Jamaica is heavily
skewed in the direction of Christian Education. Seventh-day Adventist
Educational institutions in Jamaica are used not only to train workers and
advance the mission of the church, but to educate and empower the wider
populous of the Jamaican society.
young men and women, including myself, have been liberated from the darkness of
ignorance and poverty to occupy places of prominence in this nation
contributing to the development of human capital and the nation, by Seventh-day
Adventist Education ministry in Jamaica,” he expressed.
went on to say that change has always been a fact of life, and the Seventh-day
Adventist Church in Jamaica has had to adapt to the changing times in order to
remain relevant in today’s society
was a time in Jamaica when Seventh- day Adventist clergy stayed in the
periphery. Today, Seventh-day Adventist clergy, Seventh-day Adventist teachers
[and] Seventh-day Adventist professionals are encouraged and sought after to
participate in national planning and development.
Church has grasped the opportunity to utilize modern technologies to become more
efficient and effective…print media, radio [and] television have been…as we
evolve…used as tools to serve our people,” Pastor Brown expressed.
acknowledging the need to adapt, Pastor Brown cautioned against secularism which
he said is one of the greatest threat to Seventh-day Adventist ministry in
of the greatest threat to Adventist ministry in Jamaica is secularism. Secularism
has found its way into the thought processes of the men and women who serve on
our committees, who provide leadership for our church [and those] who pray and
worship in the pews. And as a church we must remain focussed on mission;
focussed on that which we have been called to do,” Pastor Brown warned.