PERSONAL MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT

SABBATH SCHOOL & PERSONAL MINISTRIES

Personal Ministries is a facet of the church whose origin can be traced to the beginning of Seventh-day Adventist® history in the 1860s. It endeavors to inspire, motivate, equip, train, and mobilize all members for dynamic Christian service with the conviction that “The church of Christ is organized for service” (Ministry of Healing, p. 148) and “Every son and daughter of God is called to be a missionary; we are called to the service of God and our fellow men” (The Ministry of Healing, p. 395).

The mission of Personal Ministries is to provide resources and train church members to unite their efforts with the ministry and church officers in the final proclamation of the gospel of salvation in Christ. The aim of the department is to enlist every member in active soul-winning service for God.

The Personal Ministries Department was established as a major setting for soul winning activities in the Church. It exists to teach and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in response to the command of Jesus, in the con- text of the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14:6-12. To honor this origi- nal purpose, the Personal Ministries Department continues to communicate the good news with the objective to win, hold, and train for Jesus Christ, men, women, youth, boys and girls, in all the world, and to design programs and re- sources to help those areas of the world where church growth is limited.

The local church Personal Ministries Department has historically specialized in certain soul winning methods, although they are in no way limited to these:

  • Door-to-door evangelism
  • Distribution of literature
  • Giving personal Bible studies
  • Lay preaching
  • Organizing and running the Community Service program of the church, including the Dorcas Society
  • Organzing and running the annual Ingathering program
  • Managing local church Bible Correspondence Schools
  • Cooperating with the Sabbath School Department in organizing and running Sabbath School Action Units.
  • Cooperating with the local church pastor in the organization and management of small group ministries