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7:30 am
8:30 am
9:30 am
12:30 pm
2:00 pm
6:00 pm
Session 1
Session 2
Lunch (Provided by NAD Ministerial)
Session 3
Dinner (on your own) & Networking

8:30 am
11:30 pm
12:30 pm
2:00 pm
3:30 pm
6:00 pm
Session 4
Session 5
Lunch (Provided by NAD Ministerial)
Session 5 - continuation
Session 6
Dinner (on your own) & Networking

WEDNESDAY, February 20
8:30 am
11:00 am
11:30 am
Session 7
Lunch (Provided by NAD Ministerial)

Please note:
  • Lunches will be provided by the NAD
  • Breakfast and dinner on your own


I. Welcome & prayer time
II. From the President’s Office
III. Objectives of the ehuddle
IV. Opening Challenge: Where Are We?
V. Visioning around tables
Ivan Williams & Ricardo Graham
Ken Denslow
Jose Cortes Jr.
Alex Bryant
Voted Definition of Evangelism in North America
“Reach, Retain, and Reclaim the people of North America with Jesus’ Mission and Message of Compassion, Hope, and Wholeness”.



I. Presentations
Ivan Williams & Ed Schmidt

Kara Powell

Allan Martin
Daron Pratt
Jose Cortes Jr.
II. Visioning around tables
Five Voted Outcomes of Evangelism - Outcome #2
12. Fostering Acceptance, Access, and Spiritual Safety in all our Churches

Conversation Starters:
A   Making it easy for people to come in and very hard to leave
B   People of all walks of life feel must feel safe in our churches
C   Intentional education of our membership on relational evangelism (how to genuinely treat non-Adventist friends, potential members and people who will never become members)
D   Make baptism process more accessible, followed by strong discipleship experience (Biblical baptism vs tradition)
E   Affirm and carry out the baptism of children who have made a decision to follow Jesus
F   Strong electronic presence (website, social media, apps, phone)
G   Churches accessible to community (visible signage, telephones, directions)
H   Consistency in the name and branding (Example: Seventh-day Adventist Church - Silver Spring Campus)
I   Relevance and more accessible to North American born, including second and third generation immigrants (including Jewish)
J   Embracing of various immigrant waves (Muslim, Hindu, refugees)



I. Prayer Time

II. Presentations
Jose Cortes Jr. &Ivan Williams

Esther Knott

Kathy Perno
Joseph Khabbaz
Chef Chew
Sean Wycliffe
Yammy Bazan
Roy Ice

III. Visioning around tables
Five Voted Outcomes of Evangelism in North America - Outcome #1
1.Engagement of ALL Members in Evangelism/Mission

Conversation Starters:
A   Evangelism a lifestyle, not an event
B   Contextualized evangelism, relating to the needs of the people
C   Compassion - Ministry of Christ (collaboration of church ministries, schools, hospitals & other institutions)
D   Engagement of our Adventist students and hospital employees
E   Empowering well equipped lay leadership (volunteer lay pastors)
F   Small Groups as an outreach ministry
G   Provide special opportunities for local church elders to baptize individuals whom they have led to Christ and will lead through discipleship (in accordance with Church Manual and with the proper authorization of the Conference President)



I. Prayer Time

II. Presentations
Jose Cortes Jr. & Ivan Williams Sr.

Dave Gemmell

Wayne Krause

North New South Wales Team, Australia
Tom Evans
Boris Jovinov
Rome Ulia
Jack Ryder
Ashley Smith

Abdiel del Toro
III. Visioning around tables - 20
Five Voted Outcomes of Evangelism in North America - Outcome #3
3.Intentional Discipleship of all Members

Conversation Starters:
A   More emphasis on the work of the Holy Spirit
B   Develop an intentional discipleship path for the newly baptized and existing members
C   Adopt Small Groups, one of the best methods for discipleship and soul winning
D   Teach and live out 28 Fundamental Beliefs as gifts from God for a better life for humanity, not just a list that needs to be checked prior to baptism.
E   Help our members to see the importance of prayer, praise, Bible study, and a lifestyle of witnessing
F   Develop vocational witness competencies whereby our members share the gospel effectively within their workplace and spheres of influence (relational evangelism)



I. Presentations
Jose Cortes Jr. & Ivan Williams Sr.

Mike Tucker & Peter Casillas

Southern New England Conference Team
David Dennis
Milton Marquez
David Bracetti
Gilbert Caraballo

Sergio Quevedo



II. Prayer Time

III. Presentations
Jose Cortes Jr. & Ivan Williams Sr.

Phillip Baptiste

Tim Gillespie & Rick Anderson

III. Visioning around tables -20
Five Voted Outcomes of Evangelism in North America - Outcome #4
4. Multiplication of Community-Based Church Planting

Conversation Starters:
A   Become a church planting movement again (increase church plants by 6% per year, Goal: 1 church per 25,000 population in NAD)
B   Emphasis on community church plants (DNA of grace and service, not transplanting of members and churches which can be harmful to the growth process)
C   Multi-site model (one church in several campuses)
D   Adopt Volunteer Lay Pastor model (either to plant churches or to pastor smaller churches, which would free up the budget for full-time pastors to plant churches)
E   Equip pastors in Church Planting prior to ordination
F   Include and strengthen Church Planting in the curriculums of Religion departments and the Seminary and North American Division Evangelism Institute
G   Appoint a Church Planting Director/Coordinator at the Conference/Union to support church planting in North America?
H   Create tool (metrics) to follow up on rate of survival of newly planted churches (first five years?)
I    Launch Urban Centers of Influence in 58 largest cities/conglomerates of people with over 1 million population



I. Presentations

Jose Cortes Jr. & Ivan Williams Sr.

John Boston
Donette Blake
Dan Serns
Michael Kelly
III. Visioning around tables

Five Voted Outcomes of Evangelism - Outcome #5
5. Every year provide multiple opportunities for people to make decisions to follow Jesus through baptism and membership

Conversation Starters:
A   Give freedom to pastors to utilize different and creative proclamation methods
B   Incarnational lifestyle must be embedded and become “a must” prior, during, and after proclamation effort
C   Use funding to reach the community through fulfillment of felt needs, and make every Sabbath worship an evangelistic experience (invitation to accept Jesus at every service - altar calls, decision cards, “joins us after the service”, and others)
D   Utilize Sundays, and other days, as special days for evangelism (when and where applicable)
E   Use homes, gyms, community service centers, and locations accessible to people for proclamation evangelism
F   Plan short evangelism/decision events after long-term and continued community outreach (this will help people to make decisions and encourage church members)
G   Use of known Christians musicians, who may attract the people we are seeking to reach during proclamation efforts
H   Create tool (metrics) to follow up on retention of the newly baptized (first five years?)



I. Prayer Time

II. Presentations

Jose Cortes Jr. & Ivan Williams Sr.

Ken Denslow

Ralph Ringer
Gabriela Phillips
Ron Pickell

Private Screeming of Church Revitalization Documentary Panel
Paul Kim


Bill McClendon
Hiram Rester
Tim Gillespie
John Boston
Roger Hernandez
Brad Cauley
III. Visioning around tables

6. Reconnect plateaued and dying churches with contextualized mission resulting in revitalization.

Dan Jackson
IV. Closing Challenge

December 13, 2018

Dear Teammates in Ministry:

This is your invitation to our 2019 ehuddle (North American Division Evangelism Visioning and Leadership Team), in San Diego, California from Monday, February 18 to Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

As we look across North America we are more convinced than ever that the mission to reach people with “the distinctive Christ-centered, Seventh-day Adventist message of Hope and Wholeness” must be our one priority. In order to be effective in reaching others in these rapidly changing times, we must not only have a united vision, but also an ongoing and active conversation, which empowers our members, churches, pastors, and institutions to reach people in different ways according to their contexts.

During the 2019 ehuddle, we will deal specifically with the subjects of church revitalization, growing younger churches, and ministering to large unreached people groups in our Division.

In the past several Conference Presidents requested that we open the ehuddle to pastors. We’ve listened and would like to once again extend the invitation to 3 pastors per Conference. There is one condition, they cannot come alone, they must accompany their Conference President or Ministerial/Evangelism Director.
The ehuddle will be live streamed via our North American Division Facebook Page to make it available to Conferences who wish to take advantage of this missional equipping opportunity for pastors, as well as church leaders and members who will enjoy learning from the stories and principles shared. We have heard some are planning their pastors’ meetings during the ehuddle to watch the presentations and discuss mission around the tables as a team.

A huddle is a team meeting which takes place on the field, in the midst of action. It is a moment for planning, communicating, exchanging ideas, strategizing, and calling the next play. It happens often, and the objective is always winning.

We would like to see our NAD Team (churches, pastors, schools, conferences, unions, hospitals, media ministries, colleges and universities) collaborating together, learning from each other to reach our territory with a lifestyle and a message of compassionate Hope, and Wholeness. We are praying that the Holy Spirit will give us the wisdom, passion and power to continue to take evangelism, in its different expressions, to new heights in North America.

Thank you so much for giving top priority to this very important matter!

Your brother in Christ,

Daniel R. Jackson, President
North American Division

Click the image below to read/download the follow up letter with all of the pertinent information on attending this year's ehuddle.

The ehuddle is the North American Division Evangelism Visioning and Leadership Team. 

Attendance is by Invitation Only. Division Officers and Departmental Directors and Associates, Union and Conference Presidents, Ministerial, Evangelism, Church Planting, Ethnic Ministries Directors, Associates, and Coordinators are officially invited. Media Ministries Directors, Adventist Health / Universities Vice Presidents for Mission / Deans of Schools of Religion are also invited. The invitation is also extended to up to three Pastors/Volunteer Lay Pastors per Conference, as long as they attend together with Conference President, Ministerial/Evangelism Director.