NEC AND TED BUILD STRONGER TIES
19th January 2017
In a first meeting of its kind, officers and directors of the Trans-European Division (TED) travelled to Birmingham in the English midlands to meet with the worker force of the North England Conference (NEC). The meeting, on Tuesday, 17 January, was at the invitation of NEC President, Pastor Richard Jackson.The meetings, held at the Windsor Street Adventist church, aimed to help ministers develop the vision of working synergistically within their own ranks, within churches and within church departments. TED staff equally benefitted from mixing and listening to pastors from what is the second largest Conference within the TED territory.
Pastor Raafat Kamal, TED President, shared the opening worship. In it he reminded staff that the real work of God happens at the local level by individuals working together. That fact was illustrated as Conference sponsors and directors outlined their plans for the next four years.
The Ministerial Wives sponsor, Angela Jackson, wife of the Conference President said that the pastors' wives would undertake more mission yet at the same time develop spirituality, and work to develop Team PK. A joint effort would be made to help Pastor's Kids to grow as a team loving God. Lungani Sibanda, the new Conference Communication director, stated that his job was to demystify the concept of the NEC for our members by helping the Conference vision and the work of the directors to become more visible to members to allow great team work.
Such an event is not just about understanding the vision of working together. Old friends met for the first time in years and shared joys and sadnesses. Audrey Andersson,TED Executive Secretary, greeted Peter Jeynes from Newcastle with the words, "I hear about good things happening in your church", signalling the idea that our Division administrators know what is going on in the far-flung parts of our Conference and also care about what happens in the North England Conference. Happy words of God's continuing care were shared between the pastor and executive secretary.
The networking continued as the following words were heard, "The last time I saw you…", "Are you available to preach in my church?" and "When is the next Pastors' meeting across the Division, the last event was so beneficial?" Most significantly, TED directors and their counterparts could be seen in active discussions as they shared lunch together.
Synergy requires a two-way transfer. Resources and ideas were shared from the Division, new resources were shared from the Conference for the Division officers to use and pass on to aid in performing God's work.
Thus Torben Bergland, TED Health Ministries director, highlighted that teams of pastors working together was not just an efficient way to work but also helped foster better mental health for the pastoral team.
Rose Gomez, a Bible worker working in the Manchester area pointed out an excellent resource she and others have been using as a Discipleship tool which could well be highlighted at forthcoming Division training events.
Pastor Adam Ramdin, Conference Youth director, showed a trailer for a new video series designed to teach members about the Reformation in 52 weekly episodes. Resources, both from TED and NEC were shared encouraging ministers to be actively involved in witness connected to the 27 January release of the Desmond Doss film, Hacksaw Ridge.
For Kamal, the day highlighted the importance of teams working together for mission across organisational levels and departments, and especially "the important emphasis that we are pursuing to focus on the local church and the needs of our 1350 communities within our Division."
In his closing remarks Kamal pointed out that questions, remarks and resource ideas would be taken home to St Albans to help improve methods and communication between Conference and Division. In a faint echo of President John F Kennedy's words the gathering were encouraged by the words, "It's not what the TED can do for you, it's also what you as pastors can do with us to God's glory."