Amidst torrential rains that saw some churches canceling up to 3 meeting nights for the week, 138 persons got baptized during Lay Preach-a-thon 2017 that ran between November 11-18.
Pastor Onel Montaque prepares to conduct a baptism at the Portmore Church. 17 persons were baptized in the Portmore Zone during Lay Preach-a-Thon | Credits: Andrew Johnson, CJC
Franklyn Brown, pastor of the Sydenham district of Churches prepares to baptize a young man at the Sydenham Church. | Credits: Whatsapp
Lay Preach-a-Thon is a one-week evangelistic programme organized by the Personal Ministries Department of Central Jamaica Conference as an extension to the Annual Week of Prayer. It has been held in November every year since 2013.
“Evangelism is not merely about baptisms,” said President Johnson, as he encouraged and thanked the Pastors for their efforts. “It [Evangelism] is about proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ via the various methods. There are times when there will be no baptisms; but preach the word just the same”, Johnson continued.
Over 50 one-week evangelistic programmes were carried out for the period, which saw 4 visiting pastors from South Eastern Conference, Florida preaching for the one week.
The four overseas pastors included George Fleurimond, Steve Gates, Nate Nyles and Eddy Guerrier, who presented for one week at the Gregory Park, Sydenham, St. Johns and May Pen Churches respectively.
Pastor George Fleurimond expressed, on behalf of the group, that they were delighted to experience evangelism in Jamaica and were blessed by the experience.
One of the aims of Lay Preach-a-Thon is to have at least one church within the 52-pastoral districts hosting a one-week evangelistic programme as an extension to the Annual Week of Prayer.
On the closing Sabbath afternoon, all churches within a district or zone were expected to join in one location where the actual ‘preach-a-thon’ takes place. The main feature is to have at least four speakers presenting one sermon along with a panel discussion on a previously chosen topic.
According to Pastor Nevail Barrett, Conference Secretary, and Personal Ministries Director, “We thank God for the result of preach-a-thon so far. The number of pastors who organized their districts for preach-a-thon was heart-warming. Had it not been for the rain, the result would have been overwhelming.” Barrett thanked the Pastors for their commitment and participation in the programme.
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