European Pastors United to Make God Known
12 July 2012 St. Albans, United Kingdom [Miroslav Pujic, tedNEWS] The Trans-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (TED) based in St. Albans, United Kingdom, will hold the European Pastors’ Conference (EPC) from 21-26 August 2012 in Rogaska Slatina, Slovenia. This gathering of all the division’s pastors and their spouses will be for spiritual growth, further education, and fellowship. This type of event takes place every five years.
The meetings will use the theme “Making God Known in Europe”. The leaders of the church want to understand and plan how they can improve their methods of making God known in the postmodern culture of Europe. The theme is rooted in the biblical concept of the "Mission of God" which includes an emphasis on God wanting to be known as God among the nations and peoples of the world.
“This is an important element in the Plan of Salvation and is integrated with the cosmic Great Controversy between good and evil” says Dr Bertil Wiklander, TED president, and continues, “God wants relationship with his created beings and for that purpose he created the world and will heal and restore the world (see Revelation 21:1-5). Therefore, he has called the Church to make Him known. Making Him known in Europe is our great calling and challenge. By fulfilling the task of making God known in our countries we not only fulfill the calling God has given the Seventh-day Adventist Church at the end of time, but we are actually going to meet the needs of people in Europe”, concluded Wiklander.
Pastor Janos Kovacs-Biro, TED Ministerial Association Secretary outlines for us the purpose of this large conference:
First of all, it is a theological and professional upgrade for all pastors. The best theologians and practitioners will lecture and give presentations on how to be more effective in making God known and help local churches and church members to do the same.
Secondly, this is a place where many pastors can get new visions and ideas to improve their ministry.
Thirdly, this is the place where pastors and spouses meet their colleagues from 25 different countries for exchange of experiences, fellowship, prayer, encouragement and to worship together. It creates a deep sense of belonging to a large, international family of believers.
Fourthly, this is an ideal opportunity to re-focus the mission and sharpen our tools to make God known in Europe.
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This is going to be an extraordinary conference having excellent speakers such as Wintley Phipps, Mark Finley, Lowell Cooper, Dennis Meier, Derek Morris, Chris Oberg, Sigve Tonstad and many others presenting different topics under the theme “Making God Know in Europe”. We will worship together and praise God every morning and evening. The Sabbath will be very special, commencing with communion on Friday evening. For more information please see the programme on the TED website, www.ted-adventist.org. [tedNEWS]
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