Leaders encourage them to imitate the church pioneers’ total surrender.
Published on: 07-08-2023
The Bi-Union Spirit of Prophecy (SOP) and Publishing Ministries Leadership Seminar, held from June 28 to July 2 at Indonesia Adventist University in Bandung, concluded with a renewed commitment from around 200 publishing leaders and administrators from across the country. During the five-day convention, leaders encouraged delegates to carry on the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s mission, building on the pioneers who began their work in Indonesia 134 years ago.
Roger Caderma, president of the Southern Asia-Pacific Division of the Adventist Church, exhorted the attendees to wholly devote their talents, time, and resources to the gospel mission. He reminded delegates of the early missionaries’ sacrifices, especially the literature evangelists who founded the Adventist presence in Indonesia in 1889. Their passion and unshakable commitment acted as a rallying cry for today’s publishing executives and administrators.
“Not everyone is called to be an administrator, or a teacher, or an evangelist, but everyone has a place in the vast work field of God’s mission,” Caderma said.
The Bi-Union SOP and Publishing Ministries Leadership Seminar provided an opportunity for participants to reflect on the enduring legacy of Adventist literature evangelism in Indonesia. Delegates praised those who came before them for relentlessly disseminating Adventist material and spreading the message of hope. The convention served as a reminder that they must continue their pioneering efforts and spread the Adventist message to every corner of the country.
The delegates reiterated their commitment to continuing the gospel movement in Indonesia, inspired by the sacrifices of the past. The conference emphasized the significance of effective publishing tactics, the use of current technologies, and engagement with varied audiences to share a message of hope and salvation.
The seminar also emphasized the importance of expanding on the work of early missionaries. Attendees received practical knowledge and insights to help them improve their leadership skills in the publishing ministry. Workshops, lectures, and panel discussions focused on techniques, efficient distribution routes, and the utilization of digital platforms to reach a larger audience.
“The seminar acted as a call to service for the delegates, reminding them that they are an important component of the Adventist mission in Indonesia,” organizers said. “Delegates play an important role in spreading the message of hope, faith, and love to the people of Indonesia through their work in publishing ministries…. With a strong commitment to service and an emphasis on innovation, these leaders are poised to maintain the gospel momentum in Indonesia, ensuring that the pioneering initiatives of the past are carried forward with passion and purpose,” they said.