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October 8, 2020

The Most Effective Evangelist in the World

Who is the most effective evangelist in the world? When I ask that question, I usually get the same predictable answers: Doug Batchelor, Carlton Bird, Mark Finley, Alejandro Bullón, Dwight Nelson, Kenneth Cox, etc. When I ask how people come to the Lord and the church, I get wildly different answers. What percentage of people come to the Lord and into church fellowship as the result of one of the following approaches? 

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Two Ethnically Diverse Churches Worship Together

Two pastors of ethnically-diverse churches who became close friends decided to bring their churches together in a joint worship. Aware of COVID-19 pandemic regulations, the attending believers registered ahead for the worship service, and more than 300 of them gathered for the unique worship experience.

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Why Millennials Aren't Watching Your Streamed Worship Services

Keeping young people engaged with church has always been a challenge for church leaders. And in this digital season of ministry, it has become even harder. Barna has produced a five part video serious about how to attract, engage and retain younger generations during the pandemic. Watch the series and read more about how to reach out during these times.

Northwest Photo Contest

We are excited to announce that our photo contest is back. We're collecting photos for 2021. As a reminder, our team selects Images of Creation from all over the Northwest. Winning entries are featured in print and online. The deadline to submit your photos this year is Nov. 11. Take a few moments to share the images you've captured of God's incredible beauty and wonder.

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Bible Readings for October

This month, October, our Northwest Adventists team has put together a list of Bible readings on trusting in God's timing. We know social media can be a drag with depressing news. However, if you want these inspirations to daily show up in your feeds, consider subscribing to our NWAdventists accounts — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — for daily inspiration.

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enditnow

This year, the "enditnow" Virtual Summit on Abuse, to be held Nov. 13 (English) and 14 (Spanish), will provide a greater emphasis on providing church leaders, pastors, seminary students, and schools administrators and teachers. It will provide practical tools to help victims of domestic and intimate partner violence, receive the help they need in a safe, effective and nonjudgmental manner.

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Free Communication Conference

The Society of Adventist Communicators convention is going virtual for 2020. Whether you're a communication professional, freelancer, student, teacher, pastor or local church volunteer, the convention will have something for you. Join on Oct. 14–15 at 5 p.m. EDT for engaging keynotes, breakout sessions and digital networking opportunities. The event is free, and all are encouraged to attend.

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Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week
Spirit Fall, near Carson, Washington Credit: John T. Dale
View a gallery of the Photo of the Week winners

Depression, Anxiety and Suicide Among Pastors

If you know someone who struggles with depression, anxiety or other mental health issues or someone who has given thought to ending his/her life, please share and explore these thoughts. By creating awareness, we can help to prevent suicide among pastors and others in need of hope and help.

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Appreciate the Pastor

Why is it so important for us to support our local church leaders? Because local congregations are the heart of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church. Global councils and constituencies vote this or that policy, which only matters in terms how it benefits local churches. Everything the denominational hierarchy does (let’s call it what it is) has value only to the extent that local churches are blessed. It's all about the local church — led by dedicated pastors worthy of your highest respect and warmest affection.

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