January 2018 |
The Family’s Role in the Mission of the Church
Growing Disciples is the department’s theme for this year. This comprehensive notion has become one of the central activities promoted and advocated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and by every local congregation and family.
To ensure that individual families and the church family will continue to “grow disciples,” the directors for Family Ministries in the Union, Missions, and Conferences led the brethren in their respective territories in the following activities: Family Camp, Affirmation of Families, Family Fun Day, Couples Banquet/Retreat, Marriage Enrichment Seminar, Affirmation of Love, Parenting Seminar, Senior Citizens’ Seminar, Annual Celebration of Marriage and Family Sabbaths and Family Togetherness Week.
FM Leaders and Family Advocates in the 5 missions and 2 Conferences attended the Leadership Certification held in their territories in order to have a better understanding of God’s design for the family and become effective in their ministry to families in the church and in the community.
The result of becoming a disciple was manifested when families participated in sharing their faith through Family Evangelism, mission trips, Family Development Sessions (FDS +) for the 4Ps recipients in selected barangays, and other outreach activities focused on reaching families for Jesus.
ADVENTIST FAMILY CONFERENCE – “Families: Challenges and Hope in the 21st Century”, September 15-17, 2017
The conference held at Lipa Adventist Academy (1) provided information to church leaders of the current issues concerning families; (2) motivated the Area/District/Local Church Family Ministries leaders [and other church ministry leaders] to assist families, children, youth, and women in the church and in the community, who are facing various challenges which threaten their well-being; and (3) led attendees to gain inspiration to recognize the sovereignty of God to make everyone a victor over any crisis in the family.
The following topics were presented by committed and able resource speakers:
Arnelio A. Gabin: The Family’s Role in Substance Abuse Prevention
Miriam L. Andres: Thriving Marriages Today
Eleanor C. Castillo: Influence of Students’ Perceived Role
Bienvenido G. Mergal: Homosexuality and the Scripture
Carlos Mora: Guest Speaker
Norlin B. Cadapan: Parenting Children in a Digital World
Delba: B. de Chavez: Coping With Grief
Irelyn C. Gabin: Issues Impacting Women
Petronio M. Genebago: Single’s Heavenly Guide to Building a Happy Home
Orathai Chureson-Saw: Raising Children to Embrace God’s Gender and Design
RADIO PROGRAMS FOCUSED ON FAMILIES
Pr. Levi Perdon, director of Southern Luzon Mission Department of Family Ministries, shared Biblical Principles on Family Issues from Mondays to Fridays on Internet Radio HOPE 777. His program title is “#MAY FOREVER”.
Likewise, Pr. Ramil Rey, director of Palawan Adventist Mission Department of Family Ministries, goes on the air every Wednesday on 91.5 WOW FM for the segment “Gabay sa Pamilya.”
I praise God for the financial and moral support of Dr. Orathai Saw,
director of SSD Family Ministries, the funding and inspiration of the administrators of NPUC, Conferences and Missions; and the commitment of my counterparts.
To God alone be the glory for the things He has done!
Seventh-day Adventist beliefs are meant to permeate your whole life. Growing out of scriptures that paint a compelling portrait of God, you are invited to explore, experience and know the One who desires to make us whole.