Vice president of the Inter-American Division (IAD) of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor James Daniel, says that as the church makes decisions for its future it must be grounded in its history.
Daniel was delivering the keynote address at the opening of the 5th quadrennial and 19th regular session of the Central Jamaica Conference (CJC) on June 13.
Using the theme ‘The Church Between the Already and Not Yet’, Daniel lamented that some members do not treat the church the way it ought to be treated because they do not know where it is coming from.
“In the early years our teaching was unpopular, our day of worship despised, members were persecuted and scorned. Many fought for and died for this cause. We ought to treat it with decency and dignity,” Daniel said.
He reminded the leaders that God will elevate whomever He wills. He charged those chosen for office and all who serve the church to carry on the legacy of evangelism the church is grounded in.
“Church today is a picnic compared to the struggles of the church of yesteryears. Our task is to finish with glory what was started in agony,” he said.
Also present at the opening were civic and religious leaders who addressed the delegates.
Recently installed president of the Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission (ATCU), Peter Kerr, in his greeting commended the CJC for its dedication stating that “you have worked together to make God look good.”
Speaking on behalf of Custos Rotulorum of St.Catherine, Jeffrey McKenzie, President of the Lay Magistrates' Association of Jamaica, St Catherine Chapter, Florizel Allen praised the church for its many fields of service stating “You are head and shoulders above all other denominations in Jamaica in terms of holistic ministry”.
Chairman of the Spanish Town Ministers Fraternal, Bishop Roy Johnson said he is convinced that Seventh-day Adventist leaders are men of God as he has found them never slothful in business and always fervent in spirit.
“The transparency you have displayed has resonated with a lot of observers,” Johnson said.
The quadrennial session is convened to receive reports from the officers and directors of departments and elect leaders to serve in the ensuing term among other business.