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Inter-America Launches Second Territory-Wide Church Elder Certification Program

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Inter-America launched the beginning of its special certification program for thousands of local church elders across the Inter-American Division (IAD) territory, during an online event from Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico, on Feb. 16, 2019.

The two-and-half-hour online session is part of the comprehensive certification training program aimed at equipping church elders to better nurture and disciple members throughout the more than 22,000 churches and congregations across the IAD.

IAD President Pastor Elie Henry challenges church elders across the territory to double their efforts in discipleship in their local congregations. Photo by Libna Stevens/IAD

Coined as Every Elder Involved, the initiative is on its second of three levels of training and development skills program focused on empowering and providing tools to church elders on discipling others.

IAD President Pastor Elie Henry challenged the more than 2,000 at the Chiapas Convention Center and online viewers to double their efforts in discipling and motivating more members to be involved in the mission of the church.

“To be effective in discipling others you must first seek God with all your heart,” said Pastor Henry as he quoted Jeremiah 29:13. “You as church leaders in the church must build a daily relationship with God, take the mission call of making disciples seriously and take the time to nurture, to feed the members and new members in the church.”

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