The Personal Ministries Department of the Central Jamaica Conference (CJC) launched a Lay Workers Archive during a Lay Evangelism Summit on Sunday February 4, 2018 at the Willowdene Group of School’s Auditorium in St. Catherine.
The Lay Evangelism Summit focused on the development and empowerment of the Laity in CJC under the theme, “Renewing the Zeal, Restoring the passion.”
The summit is the first of its kind to be organized by the Personal Ministries Department of CJC and saw a turnout of over 270 persons (including Lay Preachers, Bible Counsellors, Training officers, Personal Ministries leaders, and Interest Coordinators), from churches within the three parishes of Central Jamaica Conference.
The major highlight of the summit was the launch of a Lay Workers Archive by Pastor Nevail Barrett, Executive Secretary and Personal Ministries Director of the CJC.
According to Pastor Barrett, “Lay Workers, Bible Counsellors and Training officers play a vital role in discipleship and evangelism in CJC.” “Based on their invaluable contributions, we want them to be more accessible to churches both locally and internationally.”
“Furthermore”, Barret said, “we establish the Lay Workers Archive, because we want persons to know that these preachers, bible counsellors and trainers are legitimate and are available to accept speaking and evangelistic engagements when needed.”
Meanwhile Lay Preacher, Paul Newton applauded the Conference for this timely move.
“I have been a Lay Preacher for many years” said Newton, “and I feel very appreciated, as this archive is just what we need to motivate others to become involved in the mission and do their best for the master.”
The archive features three categories of the laity: Lay Preachers, Bible Workers and Training Officers. These categories consist of men and women from the three parishes within the Central Jamaica Conference—Clarendon, Manchester, and St. Catherine. The archive will also include a profile picture and bio and contact data for each person.
Pastor Adrian Cotterell, Personal Ministries Director the Jamaica Union Conference offered the prayer of dedication for the archive, and he also commended the Personal Ministries department for the initiative.
Pastor Cotterell was also the main speaker at the summit and charged the Laity to have a burden for soul. “Men and women who are captive to the Holy Spirit will have a burden for souls and will make the sacrifices necessary to save men and women,” he said.
Eleven (11) outstanding federation officers from the three parishes who have served the Personal Ministries Department were also awarded for their outstanding efforts in the Department.
The awardees are as follows: Dale Lounds, Clarence Williams, Lavern Angus and Donovan Thomas from St. Catherine; Christine Watts Knott, Ivy Romeo- Brown and Barbara Burnett from Clarendon and Heather Stewart, Josein Marshall, Dexter Pusey and Odette Francis-Wright from Manchester.
Other presentations included the devotional charge from Pastor Levi Johnson, President CJC, “The Passion of a successful Lay Preacher, by Veteran Evangelist Elder Fitz Henry, and Seventh-day Adventist Preaching” by Pastor Obed Babb, Assistant Pastor of NCU church.
Dexter Pusey, Lay Preacher and Training Officer gave the closing charge. He also commended the Personal Ministries Department on behalf of the Lay Workers of CJC.
Visit https://centralja.org/ministries/personal-ministries/lay-workers-archive to view archive.