Laying plans for missionary outreach is the task of the General Conference Evangelism Department under the leadership of Elder Pablo Hunger, who is originally from Argentina and worked in Austria before coming to the United States with his family in 2002.
Under the leadership of Elder Joel Barnedo, who originally helped develop the canvassing program in the Philippines and is now working in the eastern United States, the General Conference Canvassing Department is challenged with training committed, talented Christians to carry the gospel in publications from door to door and from place to place.
Under the leadership of Sister Margie Seely, the General Conference Education Department supports the programs of formal education within the International Missionary Society around the world, inspiring teachers to put God first, no matter what subject is being taught, so their students will seek to use their talents and reach their potential in blessing others.
Elder Adalicio Fontes Souza comes to the General Conference Family Department from Brazil and is working in Portugal. The church has a huge responsibility and opportunity to share the power of the gospel with those who want the beauty, health, and happiness that the Creator originally intended for every individual and every family. The Family Department is tasked with training people to find and help others reach this high ideal.
Under the leadership of Stefano La Corte in Italy, the General Conference Good Samaritan Department has been receiving donations for those in need for more than twenty-five years, channeling it to individuals and small groups wherever they are in need. Projects include rebuilding homes and churches after disaster, establishing small trade projects, supporting schools, providing small infrastructure equipment for water and agriculture, and even purchasing land for subsistence farming.
Elder Morris Lowe, a medical professional from Canada, heads the General Conference Health/Medical Department. Health cannot be separated from the preaching of the gospel, for it takes a clear mind and health body to grasp spiritual things. At the same time, counsel that anyone can carry out, especially with one's diet, exercise, and the use of nature's benefits offered so freely by the Creator–good air, water, sunlight, etc., give people true wealth. I
Pastor Idel Suarez, Jr., born in Cuba and raised in the United States, served ten years as the General Conference President and is now the leader of the General Conference Ministerial Department. The department is charged with upholding the purity of the gospel of Jesus Christ at the source of training–the missionary schools–as well in publications and preaching.
Sister Raquel Orce is the Leader of the General Conference Publishing Assn. the department is responsible for periodicals issued by the General Conference (Sabbath School Lessons and the annual Readings for the Week of Prayer) for the benefit of the churches, fields, and unions worldwide.
"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!" Isa. 52:7.
All around the world, various churches, fields, and unions have invested time and means to create websites to reach out with the gospel message to those who find them on their digital instruments–computers, tablets, and phones.
Online streaming from the General Conference headquarters is part of the work of this department. The programs are also recorded and made available to searchers who wish to watch the videos themselves or share them with others. The department is working constantly to discover easier, better ways to reach out with every means possible.
Elder Jose Vicente Giner, leader of the General Conference Youth Department, who is from Spain and works in the Switzerland, has served other previous terms as leader of the Youth Department. He is well known worldwide in the church for his singing and musical composition. Young people love music, and often they have the opportunity to receive formal training, thus blessing the youth gatherings. This is an important part of appealing to the young people to turn from the siren calls that seek to lure them into sin and destruction.
"Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them." Eccl. 12:1
he church is God’s appointed agency for the salvation of men. It was organized for service, and its mission is to carry the gospel to the world. From the beginning it has been God’s plan that through His church shall be reflected to the world His fullness and His sufficiency.
The members of the church, those whom He has called out of darkness into His marvelous light, are to show forth His glory. The church is the repository of the riches of the grace of Christ; and through the church will eventually be made manifest, even to “the principalities and powers in heavenly places,” the final and full display of the love of God.
The church is God’s fortress, His city of refuge, which He holds in a revolted world. From the beginning, faithful souls have constituted the church on earth. In every age the Lord has had His watchmen, who have borne a faithful testimony to the generation in which they lived.
During ages of spiritual darkness the church of God has been as a city set on a hill. From age to age, through successive generations, the pure doctrines of heaven have been unfolding within its borders. Enfeebled and defective as it may appear, the church is the one object upon which God bestows in a special sense His supreme regard.
The Role of the Lord's Church
Was organized for service, and its mission is to carry the gospel to the world.
From the beginning it has been God’s plan that through His church shall be reflected to the world His fullness and His sufficiency.
The church is God’s fortress, His city of refuge, the pure doctrines of heaven have been unfolding within its borders.
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