The Communication Department of Central Jamaica Conference concluded its 2017 workshops for Communication Secretaries and Pastors by recognizing six individuals for their remarkable contribution to the field of communication.
Former Director of Communication for Central Jamaica Conference (CJC) Pastor Kemar Douglas was recognized for his outstanding contribution to the development of the work in the department over the five years that he served as Director.
Meanwhile Mr. Hernel Latty of Bless TV, Mr. Michael Spence of Premier Entertainment Services, Mrs. Judith Cheese-Morris, who assist the Conference’s Communication Department with editorial work, Mr. Paul Beckford of the Kitson Town Church and Orphiel Brown of the Mandeville Church were recipients of awards for their outstanding contributions in Communication to their local churches and the conference.
Abel Marquez, Communication Director at the Inter-American Division (IAD) was the main presenter at both workshops, held from May 7-8, 2017, under the theme “Building Bridges . . . Transforming lives.”
He charged the Communication Secretaries and Pastors on “Telling their story in a changing world” using every available means.
“We have a very important message, the world needs to hear it, let us utilize every area of media and technology to share this message of God’s grace and love”, he said.
Abel also took time out to introduce the recently voted changes to the Adventist Identity Standards. In April of this year 2017, the Seventh-day Adventist Church voted to approve a new identity system during the Annual Spring Meetings, held at the Church’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Mr. Marquez challenged the group to be among the first to adopt the new Identity System.
Other presentations included, Crisis Communication by both Mr. Nigel Coke (on Sunday), Communication Director of the Jamaica Union and Pastor Damian Chambers (on Monday), Communication Director at CJC, Graphic Design and guidelines for preparing a PowerPoint by Ruth-Ann Brown (Sunday and Monday) and How to Take Great Photographs by Phillip Castell, Communication Director at East Jamaica Conference (on Sunday).
During the workshop on Sunday May 7, communicators were given 5 minutes to present a communication project that they consider to be unique and impactful. During that period, the following projects were presented:
- The Braeton Seventh-day Adventist Church presented their Mobile App that was launched on Sabbath, May 6, 2017. The presentation was done by Denesha Weir, Communication Secretary at Braeton Church and Joel Hyman, Developer of the App. The App is now available in the Google Play Store.
- Milbank Vitual, Communication Secretary at Northern Caribbean University Church shared information on a video ministry called Share IT that has been impacting social media for a few months now. Share IT presents a weekly recording of a gripping personal testimony that lasts 5 to 7 minutes. According to Vitual, the ministry was started by himself and 2 other friends who decided that they wanted to do something for Jesus with their talents. Vitual is a 3rd year Communication student at Northern Caribbean University.
- Orphiel Brown of the Mandeville Church shared tips and information about live video streaming. The Mandeville Church does live streaming each Sabbath and on other special occasions.
- Sherine Thompson of the Diamond Acres Church presented a Social Media Ministry initiative, #PostsForHope that is to provide guidelines and content that members of the church can share on social media. A weekly/bi-monthly theme is provided to guide social media posts using the hashtag #PostsForHope.
- Pastor Damian Chambers of CJC also presented a demo of the soon-to-be launched Online Giving Website for Central Jamaica Conference, called Give to the Lord. Through this website, members of the church locally and overseas will be able to make donations to the Conference and their local church using their credit card.
Over 100 Local Church Communicators attended the Workshop on Sunday May 7, 2017 at the Spanish Town Church and over 40 Pastors attended their workshop on Monday, May 8, 2017 in the CJC Board Room.