Leaders on the Bench
GRAND-BASSAM, COTE D’IVOIRE
Leaders on the Bench
[Photo: Ps. Ted Wilson]
Pastor Ted Wilson led the General Conference administration team to a leadership training from July 3 to 4, 2018 in Grand-Bassam, a seaside resort of Côte d’Ivoire. The seminar brought together the West-Central Africa Division (WAD) department directors, the Unions, Conferences and Missions leaders.
we expect a new beginning after the workshop of Grand-Bassam. The challenges that the Church in West-Central Africa is facing led Pastor Elie Weick, WAD President, to invite Church leaders for a recycling.
Pastor Ted Wilson, President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and his two colleagues arrived on Sunday, July 1st, 2018 at around 10 pm at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny International Airport in Port-Bouet. The three WAD leaders welcomed them under the cheerful sound of the Adventist Youth fanfare. This warm welcome allowed the procession to travel to Grand Bassam where members of the local Adventist community were waiting.
During the opening ceremony of this Leadership Seminar and in the presence of the local authorities, the representative of the King of Mossou, Manan Moses B., made Pastor Ted a dignitary of the kingdom.
The training could now start. Pastor Wilson urged the gathered church leaders to work in unity and association, led by the Holy Spirit so as to foster a team spirit in order to achieve the Mission. He did not fail to review recent topics that are not very good for our Division. He said, «From now on I will have my ears and eyes tense towards this Division and I will personally see to it that everything is well coordinated».
Pastor Ted also held a press conference in the presence of journalists and talked about the issues of his meeting with the spiritual leaders of the Division. As an informed missionary, he did not fail to pray for these media representatives and their respective families.
As far as the finances are concerned, the Treasurer of the General Conference, Dr. Juan R Prestol-Puesán shared a new way of managing the business of the Church of God. He emphasized on a life of consecration in the church’s financial management. There are indeed some difficulties, such as: «Cybercrime, devaluation, lack of discipline in the decisions, the negligence of the auditors’ recommendations, the lack of communication between the entities ...» But these challenges must be addressed. Elder Juan offers the following solutions: «Make plans, be disciplined, avoid distractions, be humble, have a life of sincere prayer, be transparent and honest. «
According to the WAD President, Pastor Elie Weick, this meeting, which is the first of its kind in our Division, should instill individual questioning and awareness of each leader. «We thank God for this meeting because the more we sit and talk, the closer we get to each other, we share and encourage each other. Nobody can engage in this task alone, we need cohesion and I thank God that our leaders have come. «
Present at this training, Pastor Bediako, former Executive Secretary of the General Conference and retired Pastor, made the trip to encourage, give new directions and share his experience with his young colleagues in service. Besides the General Conference Executive Secretary, Pastor G.T. Ng was present.
This two-day meeting took up the challenges facing our leaders and ended with a sacrament ceremony giving everyone the opportunity to make a fresh start with a new vision to complete the work of the Lord. Lord. Given the results of this meeting, it was decided that every year, all the leaders get together to make an evaluation of their activities or the traditional meetings.