October is Pastor’s Appreciation Month
The new administration of the Bermuda Conference wishes to express its appreciation to the 10 pastors who staff the churches of the Bermuda Conference.
Our Pastors serve in administrative and departmental roles, but are on the battlefield everyday and have the privilege of seeing lives touched and transformed by the grace of God. We are thankful for the gifted group of pastors in the Bermuda conference family who give spiritual leadership to our constituents and fellow citizens from Somerset to St. Georges.
As a new administrative team we are perusing excellent performance for the Lord in our pastors as we seek to reach every person, family and group in Bermuda with the distinctive, Christ-centered, global Seventh-day Adventist message of hope and wholeness.
The call to the gospel ministry is a divinely appointed ministry, which requires a personal response to the call of God, a personal relationship with God, and a personal daily baptism of spiritual power from God.
Ministers need many gifts to succeed in pastoral ministry: moral earnestness, leadership, intelligence, common sense, relational skills, and the ability to teach, and preach the Word of God. But, the power of the minister in appealing to the human heart is in proportion to his or her fellowship with God.
We are thankful for our pastors, and the pastor’s spouse and family. They need the prayers and support of the constituents they serve, as they labor to prepare a people to meet the Lord at His soon return.
As a new conference administration, we say thank you pastors, for what you-and your families mean to our conference and we hope that each church that you serve will value you as well. Tangible expressions of appreciation are certainly nice to receive. Everyone can and should express appreciation to their pastor in some special way. But please remember, that your greatest reward will be to hear from the lips of Jesus Himself, heaven’s well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.
In closing, as I reflect on my personal journey I give God thanks for each pastor who has positively impacted my life and ministry. From the day of my baptism, to my present position today, I am eternally grateful for the pastors that have influenced me in the Bermuda Mission, now Conference: Pastor Mack W. Wilson, Dr. Samuel Bulgin, Dr. Collin Dunbar,
and Elder Alvin Goulbourne
. I especially thank Dr. Edward Richardson
and Dr. Carlyle C. Simmons
who were instrumental in my preparation for ministry, and employment in the ministry. There are overseas pastors that have inspired me to be all that I can be as well. I thank God for the legacy of the late E.E. Cleveland
, and the personal friendship of the late Reginald O. Robinson. Dr. Gene Donaldson
is my friend and present mentor, but in a category all by himself, one who encouraged me to become a minister of the gospel. He is the none other than Pastor Albert Randolph Haig
, a legend, who is now resting in the grave from his labors.
If you have a Pastor who has impacted your life, be sure and say thank you to them. Pray for them as well; in particular, please pray for one of our former Pastors, Pastor Eugene Virgil
, who celebrated his 85th birthday on Thursday, October 16, 2014. He and his lovely wife Ann, have a special place in our hearts.
And while you are praying for your Pastor, please do not allow a single day to go by without praying for the new administration of this conference, and our families.
Blessings On You and Yours,
Elder Kenneth Manders, President