The Missing Churches
In Ohio there are 34 (39%) of the 88 counties that have no Seventh-day Adventist churches in them. Those dark counties are the counties shown in white.
In Ohio we are retreating (closing churches) when we should be advancing and expanding into these counties that do not have a Seventh-day Adventist church located in them.
The sixteen year period from 2000 to 2016 there was a net decline of 58 (-1.4%) members.
The purpose of this web sight is to call attention to what has been a lack of effort to reach out to these dark counties to establish a community of believers in them. There is an ample number of the population in these counties that have no church affiliation to bring to them the Three Angels Message.
My Proposal to reach these Dark Counties begins with a
School of Evangelists:
Establish a school of evangelism to train full time workers and have the graduates sent into those counties to bring to them the good news of salvation. We have been privileged and entrusted to give the last final message before Jesus returns to take us home to heaven. There are many who are waiting to learn of the Three Angels Message, how long must we keep them waiting?
This is not a new or novel idea: Luke 10:1 & 17 KJV "After these things the Lord appointed sent them two by two ahead of himbefore his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. . . . And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name." They certainly had been given training before being sent out. Note, this verses indicate the seventy were a preparation for His coming at a later time. That seems to be a good president for us today. Work the desired county before bringing in the evangelist/minister to complete the work that was begun by the evangelistic team.
The proposed training school will be a post high school certificate program to train young evangelists to go to these counties where there are no established Seventh-day Adventist churches. The focus of their work will be seek out souls from the large group that have no church home and invite them to become a part of the family of Jesus. A winning combination is combining the wisdom of the older members along with the energy of the young is needed in our churches today. We must use every resource in the church and move out because we have a message to be given - it will be given - with or without us.
It should be noted that Mount Vernon Academy (now closed) was one of the first school to train workers for this new church. It would be the ideal place for a New School for training evangelists.
The Seventh-day Adventist church was established with the labor and with much sacrifice of our pioneers. The pioneer Elder J. N. Loughborough was only seventeen when he entered into the ministry. Many were quite young when they started out to build a new church. They traveled far and wide with this new message. We are in need of a rebirth of the same Spirit that guided our early leaders - it is coming as promised in Joel 2:28.
Will you become a modern pioneer?
Contact me for more information and discuss this proposal. James C Opicka ---- firstname.lastname@example.org Your thoughts are important to me about the information on this page.
Statistics source: www.documents.adventistarchives.org/Statistics/ASR/ASR2016.pdf