Newsdesk this month is devoted to the five-year retrospectives from the specialized ministries through which Adventist members in the Pacific Union are nurturing discipleship and spiritual growth and reaching out to the communities of the Pacific Southwest.
Children’s Ministries has continued to grow and thrive in the Pacific Union Conference over the last five years. Numerous events and trainings have occurred in the seven conferences that comprise the union—both to support leaders and for children and youth as well.
The following are some of the highlights from the last five years.
In the fall of 2018, the Children’s Ministries directors and Family Ministry directors of the Pacific Union partnered with the North American Division to hold a leadership convention in San Jose, Calif., for Family and Children’s Ministries leaders. It was a blessed time for all attendees.
Hawai’i Conference Children’s Ministries participated in training programs from the Pacific Union, North American Division, and the General Conference. Sabbath School trainings were provided on the islands of O’ahu, Kaua’i, Maui, and the Big Island (Hawai’i) to ensure that Children’s Ministries personnel from each place received support and education. The trainings took place at camp, schools, churches, and the conference office. There was a training specifically for Spanish speakers as well. The Adventurer Family Retreat every year at Camp Waianae is an event many look forward to, and VBS participation continues to grow each year, resulting in baptisms by God’s grace.
Arizona Conference launched its AZSDAKids Ministry in 2016 and includes annual Children’s Ministries leadership trainings, a Vacation Bible School Expo, Children’s Sabbath School trainings, and the Junior Soccer League. By the grace of God, one family was baptized as a direct result of the kids’ soccer ministry. Children’s Ministries leaders in Arizona are excited about the North American Division’s Children’s Ministries certification that is being offered every year.
One great asset of Children’s Ministries is that ministry leaders from various conferences share a spirit of collaboration amongst each other and are regularly partnering and collaborating on projects to help and strengthen each other.
Overall, Pacific Union Conference Children’s Ministries is thankful for the hard work and dedication of all local church and conference ministry leaders who make this important work possible.