Ministerial Meetings Focus on Church in the New Normal

On Monday, June 8, and Tuesday, June 9, 2020, Ontario Conference administrators hosted virtual ministerial meetings for pastors across the Conference, grouped by church size. The sessions offered pastors the opportunity to reflect on ministry in this challenging time, get updates on our Conference’s economic status and discuss strategies for reopening.

In his opening devotional, Ontario Conference president, Pastor Mansfield Edwards, acknowledged that our world is forever changed, and the way we do church must also change. A global pandemic has left us worshipping, working and learning from home since March. Another major shift has been the global outrage over racial injustice spurred by the death of George Floyd, a black American, at the hands of a white police officer, Derek Chauvin. Forever etched in our collective memory are his final words –“I can’t breathe.” As Edwards stated, “By beholding, there has been a lot of change, and these changes have brought individuals to be confronted by a reality of inequities and injustice around the world.”


"A Time for Compassion and Healing: Our Christ-Centered Mission"

A message from Ted N.C. Wilson, President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

In this time of pain and unrest across the United States, our hearts continue to go out in sympathy to all who have suffered, and especially to the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, whose lives ended tragically.

As Seventh-day Adventists, we stand together worldwide in condemning racism, bigotry, hatred, prejudice, and violence in all of its myriad forms. We know that God is a God of justice, who sees and knows all, and we look to Him to fulfill His Word when He says, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay” (Romans 12:19).


Ontario Conference George Floyd Press Release

Ontario Conference Response to Racially Influenced Deaths in the United States

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, We at Ontario Conference cannot remain silent in the face of such injustices as the recent, senseless killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbury and Breonna Taylor in the United States. In a time of crisis, the May 25 death of George Floyd was the latest example of a man’s inhumanity to a fellowman, resulting in a strong emotional response worldwide, including Ontario. In the aftermath of these devastating losses, we grieve with the Floyd, Arbury and Taylor families. We grieve with people around the world. We grieve with you. 

NAD Issues Response to Recent Deaths and Racial Turmoil in U.S.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America is responding to the tragic killings of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America is responding to the tragic killings of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, George Floyd in Minnesota, and other recent events that clearly document the racial divide destroying the quality of life for so many and the very fabric of our democratic society. As Christians we condemn such actions of hate and violence and call for justice to be served for the victims and their families.

Opportunity in Crisis: Maximizing Small Groups for Effective Inreach and Outreach

Insights from Pastor Ardison Bernardo, Mississauga Filipino & Faith Filipino Churches

If we look for them, we can find opportunities in even the most uncertain situations. For Ontario Conference churches during COVID-19, one such opportunity is the resurgence of small group ministries. Small groups can foster a stronger bond between church members sheltering in place and build a bridge to the post-pandemic church, which may feature smaller gatherings. More than just another program, they may provide members with a greater sense of Christian community than the corporate worship service.

One pastor who has long embraced small groups, which he calls LifeGroups, is Ardison Bernardo, pastor of Mississauga Filipino & Faith Filipino Churches since January 2018. After a few weeks of adjustment, on the 28th, the churches had their first combined Zoom meeting and have been successfully functioning as one unit, including their small group ministry. At Pastor Bernardo's churches, LifeGroup members are "members who are Living in Faith Everyday (L.I.F.E.) from witnessing into baptism to spiritual maturity into becoming a devoted and committed disciple-maker like Jesus."

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