Many Seventh-day Adventist churches worldwide receive their primary pastoral leadership from local church elders in place of employed ministers. Therefore, the General Conference Ministerial Association is responsible for encouraging and training this vital group of laity leaders.
The Elder's Training department:
- Helps pastors, elders, deacons and deaconesses understand the biblical function of their roles in the local congregation.
- Motivates ministerial secretaries to organize and conduct seminars for training elders.
- Encourages unions and conferences to include elders in resource distribution plans--books, DVDs, study courses, etc.
- Asks conferences to include elders in some pastoral meetings to provide ongoing interaction between these pastor/elder teams.
- Provides incentives for pastors to train elders to become trainers of other church leaders.
- Trains elders for vital roles in local church administration, leadership, nurture, and evangelism.
- Provides resources to enhance the work of elders, deacons, and deaconesses.
The Ministerial Association is providing pastors and leaders of our church with the necessary resources for training and empowering of officers at the local congregation level where they serve as volunteers. The Elder’s Digest magazine, one of the three journals published by the Association, is printed quarterly with a collection of relevant articles with leadership strategies, didactic tools, health tips for elders, official Church statements, world news, sermon outlines, global initiatives of our Church, questions and answers, and other biblicly-sound topics for leaders.