SID Publishing Leaders Move Toward Certification
The Publishing Department of the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division (SID) had its second level of Academy of Publishing Leaders training school for local conference and union publishing directors in Boksburg, South Africa. Hopeson Bonya, SID field secretary, officially opened the meeting and gave an inspiring devotional. The training follows the SID’s initiative of embracing the apostle Paul’s evangelistic method in a newly introduced curriculum by the Publishing Department of the General Conference. The training requires 60 hours of classroom instruction before participants receive their certificates. More than 36 leaders attended the training. Subject to fulfilling all the course requirements, they will be the first certified publishing leaders in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
The three main subjects covered during the training were strategic planning, sales management, and church publishing policies. Howard F. Faigao, General Conference Publishing director, and the SID Publishing director were the main facilitators. Savie Maphosa, SID retirement administrator, presented a class on retirement policies, and Solomon Maphosa, SID secretary, presented a class on church policies and structure.
The students were challenged to craft strategic plans and return to their fields to implement those plans. In closing remarks, Faigao reminded leaders that 2014 is being set aside as the year of the literature evangelist by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He encouraged leaders to do all in their power to develop the work in their territories and scatter literature like never before through the power of the Holy Spirit, in harmony with the publishing theme for the quinquennium: “Bringing Hope into Every Home."
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From Bishop to Literature Evangelist
I was born in the southern part of Tanzania, in the Nanyumbu district. After completing my education, I became a lay evangelist in the Anglican Church and served in that position until 1982. Then I was chosen by the church to be trained as a bishop in the town of Lindi. Upon completion of my training, I was ordained to serve the church as a full-fledged bishop, and I was assigned to a parish.
One day we received a delegation of literature evangelists (LEs) at our workplace, and they sold a number of books to the senior bishop in charge of our parish. When he read the books, he was touched by their message, but he concluded that he must not read them anymore. So he decided to give me all the books he had purchased. Then I bought more books from the LEs and had a large supply of them.
I picked out the book titled The True Sabbath and read it with keen interest. It was then that I truly met the Lord of the Sabbath. I realized at once that not only had my beliefs been incorrect, but I was also leading other people into darkness. I discovered that many of my previous efforts were not in accordance with the truth of God’s Word.
To be completely honest, I
must say that if anyone had tried to preach to me, he or she would not have
succeeded in helping me. That is because I was certain
that I had been properly trained and knew everything. But the books preached to me and led me to Jesus Christ.
As a leader in the Anglican
Church I had baptized many people, performed wedding ceremonies, conducted
funerals, and shared God’s Word every Sunday. I had fulfilled all the duties of
an ordained minister enthusiastically, only now to realize that what I had
believed was incorrect.
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