Church leaders congregate in Ormoc and Calbayog

By: Antonio C. Gobi, Jr.

Elders and wives, deacons, deaconesses and Integrated Evangelism Lifestyle (IEL) coordinators attended the conventions held in Ormoc City (Leyte and Biliran area) and Calbayog City (Samar area) on June 16 – 18, 2016 and June 30 – July 2, 2016 respectively.

With the theme “Nurturing Discipleship and Reclamation (NDR),” hundreds of church leaders flocked together to hear and be blessed with the new schemes and techniques of church witnessing and evangelizing which focus is on the Total Member Involvement (TMI). TMI premised on the participation and involvement of all church members in discipleship and nurturing prospects spiritually under the umbrella of the IEL program of the church.

Pr. Rudy Baloyo, the executive secretary of Southern Asia Pacific Division (SSD) presented a very remarkable and realistic view of nurturing discipleship for obtaining church growth. He urged everyone to adhere to NDR-IEL and TMI as the triad of evangelism. He highlighted that evangelism is the lifeblood of the church, and without these three, the church will die.

Dr. Ben Mergal, former professor of Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS) now Vice President of SSD Research Department and IEL coordinator, inspired church leaders to be faithful and to have the spirit of sacrifice despite the trials and difficulties they encountered in serving the Lord. “Let us break the spirit of division among us, let us unite and rally ourselves to be one in Mission, hope, faith and love,” he added.

Pastor Elmer Pagunsan, the ministerial secretary of Central Philippine Union Conference (CPUC) discussed the role of elders and deacons while Mrs. Mae Den Romanillos, the education director of East Visayan Conference (EVC) gave the insights of being an elder’s wife.

In addition, the meeting was very meaningful and very successful because it was well participated in cooperation with the EVC administrators and departmental directors headed by Pastor Samuel Salloman, president of EVC. Attendance on a Sabbath was more than 1,000 in Ormoc’s convention while in Calbayog was close to a thousand. These large number of attendees showed that a number of church members and goers were thirsty and eager to partake the bread of life shared by different speakers and lecturers.

“I am well-charged and energized by inspirational songs and sermons. It really inspires me to get involve in church ministries and with God’s help, I will implement this program to our church,” one leader said.

The seminar ended on Sabbath afternoon with a commitment service and giving of certificates.

Everybody enjoyed and was happy to bring with them as they go back to their respective churches the good experiences and testimonies to share upon with their members; for once again, they are longing to attend the great convention in Heaven.


Antonio C. Gobi, Jr. is the ministerial secretary, youth and communication director of East Visayan Conference (EVC).

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