Guilty Bystander

Do you know what a “wall flower” is? Someone, at a party who spends most of his or her time standing and watching, rather than participating. In the online world, “lurkers” are the folks who go into chat rooms or on discussion boards on the internet and just read what everybody was talking about, but … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: Releasing Into Ministry

As mentioned in last Friday’s further study section, twelve months is a good length of time to plan ahead. Depending on what witnessing and evangelism program you are planning, specific time frames will vary with different goal strategies and priorities. However, there are some general points to consider. Document what you aim to achieve throughout … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Our Great Healer

Elsa V. Malig-on Three-year-old Jenny never missed the morning and evening worships in our village. So when she didn’t attend one morning, I missed her. “Where is Jenny?” I asked “She’s sick, teacher!” one boy answered. After worship I went to check on Jenny and found her lying in her family’s one-room house, writhing with … [Click to read more …]

Want to Get Away?

In the United States, we have an airline, called Southwest, who ask on their commercials, “Want to get away?” In each commercial someone will find themselves in an embarrassing situation, where they would gladly fly to the other side of the world and hide under a rock. The airline then suggests getting on their plane … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Bringing Harmony Through Involvement

There is a phenomenon that is sometimes difficult to explain but can best be described as “circular influence.” Concerning harmony and involvement, circular influence goes like this: by getting people involved you promote harmony, which in turn encourages people to become involved, which in turn promotes harmony. You can see the circular influence principle at … [Click to read more …]

09: Releasing into Ministry – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

“Mel, I’m going to throw these bossy lesson guides into the trash. They aren’t helping me a bit!” “What? That’s a ridiculous thing for a Sabbath school teacher to say. I think these lessons are great.” “But they’re written like a set of management lessons to give to managers at work.”  “Except the work is on a … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Spiritual Growth Through Ministry Involvement

Spiritual growth comes only as we connect with Jesus. It cannot be produced by human beings simply performing specific tasks, even witnessing and evangelism tasks. A church cannot “program” spirituality into its members. However, it is a great truth that as believers respond to God’s call to be disciples, their personal walk with the Lord … [Click to read more …]

09: Releasing Into Ministry – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Key Thought : All church members have a field of labor where they may utilize their spiritual gifts in ministry.   [Teaching Plan for Releasing Into Ministry May 28, 2012]  1. Have a volunteer read Matthew 7:17-20. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is. … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Matching the Laborers With the Harvest


When people show an interest in learning more about God and His church, we must choose carefully the ones who will be given this witnessing task. In a multicultural society, we would do well to assign someone of the same nationality and language as the inquirer and possibly someone of a similar age group. Furthermore, … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Risking for Success

Members of Seventh-day Adventist churches have tremendous ministry potential. Many are enthusiastic about involvement in their church’s evangelism strategies, however those in leadership are sometimes reticent to let them get involved. Behind this “only professionals can do it” mind-set is the fear that church members may do or say something wrong, causing people to turn … [Click to read more …]