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Seventh-day Adventist Christian Education in Jamaica Contributes Significantly to National Development
Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 8:15:04 PM


 President 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.

President 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.

“If 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.

“Many 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.

He 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

“There 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.

“The 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.

While 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 Jamaica.

“One 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.

 

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