Over 900 new believers were empowered and equipped for evangelism at the recently held New Believers Training on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Camp Verley, St. Catherine.
The inaugural event was organized to furnish new believers with a clear understanding of the doctrines taught by the Seventh-day Adventist church and to train them to become effective witnesses.
Each new believer received a special package containing, the book “So you want to be a successful soul winner” (which gives them steps to follow when witnessing).
A set of the Basic Bible study Doctrines ( a fourteen-part lesson study on the fundamental beliefs of the church); this they are to first study and complete and then engage others in doing the same , and many other useful resources.
Several presentations were also done that looked at specific areas that would further develop the new believer’s witnessing ability. These were: How to be an effective witness, House to House visitation, How to gain decision, The role of the church in mission and Stewardship and the new believer.
Discipleship coordinators were also coached as to their responsibilities and functions. While new believers between 8- 14 years were taught how to engage in witnessing and given a copy of the book “ I’m a lamb feed me.
Prayer Ministries Coordinator, CJC, Ruth Walcott is convinced this investment will lower the attrition rate in the church.
“When a new believer has confidence in what they believe, they will own the church and want to stay, she continued “they become more actively involved in the life of the church and will be inspired to invite others to share in their experience.
During the testimony segment, Nicholas Martin, a new convert shared his testimony about accepting the Sabbath while attending a different denomination.
“I began keeping the sabbath at home and prayed for someone to explain it to me then one day I met upon a lady who gave me a track on the sabbath, Martin said.
“I ran back to her and asked her how I could get someone to study with me and was referred to a pastor who did just that,” he said.
After several weeks of studying the bible together, he was baptized and is now a member of the Coleyville church.
Martin encouraged the other new members to join the band and go in search of souls.
“There could be many others who might be keeping the sabbath at home as I did and need someone to explain the process, and many others in the situations that we have been saved from lets go get them,” he said.
The event culminated with eleven new believers being recognized for leading others to give their hearts to God.