Council on Ministry Updates

Council on Ministry Updates

By Gordon Lawton


The Council on Ministry has had two meetings since Conference and a third is scheduled for mid-January. No, we are not spending a lot of money. These gatherings have been done via the internet. Each one- to two-hour virtual meeting allows everyone to be home in their own bed that night.

There’s still a need for meetings where people are actually present, but much can be done with video and audio over the internet. Actually, in the last couple of years, we “Skyped” in a member who could not be present in person because of work responsibilities.

Topics discussed have included fundraising by the seminary students, Pastors Conference in the spring, the 2013 Institute on SDB Polity, the Director of Pastoral Services’ activities, and an application to the Seminary Education Program.

Pastor Keith McCall has been admitted into the SDB Seminary Education Program. He is the pastor of the Edgewater, Fla., SDB Church and began taking courses at Columbia International University’s Seminary in the fall. He is a self-employed contractor and family man. Keith will participate in the distance program where some of his classes will be on-line exclusively, and others will include an intensive component on campus in Columbia, S.C. His plan is to complete the degree in five years.


Pastors Conference is coming April 23-27, 2013. Encourage your pastor to attend this time of learning and fellowship. Special guest will be Dr. Ralph Mackintosh, SDB General Conference President and illusionist. (See

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