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Strategy
Resources
LIFEdevelopment Coordinator's Job Description
Further Information

 

Strategy

Seventh-day Adventists have always been interested in reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Their emphasis on evangelism and witness has led to massive world-wide growth. Today there are around fourteen million Seventh-day Adventists throughout the world. However many of the traditional ways of spreading the Gospel have ceased to be effective in western society. Membership growth in the more affluent countries has slowed. New methods are necessary if the Gospel is to be understood and accepted by post-modern society.

LIFEdevelopment is a new, but long-term evangelistic strategy of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its purpose is to build bridges with people who may have no initial interest in organised religion. Visit LIFEdevelopment websiteIts primary focus is on encouraging friendships between Adventists and secular people and creating an atmosphere which allows unchurched people to discover for themselves, in their own time, what Christianity is all about. This strategy is being pioneered within the territory of the British Union Conference, which includes the United Kingdom and Ireland, but Adventist Church leaders in these countries are hoping that others will also catch the vision. In its first phase, entitled "Get Connected", LIFEdevelopment concentrates on making personal friendships, building small friendship groups, encouraging holistic small groups, forming LIFEdevelopment centres, and networking all of these together. The second phase uses a series of television programmes entitled "Evidence" and presented by Dwight Nelson. It is hoped that people befriended during the "Get Connected" phase will be able to watch these programmes their friends in small group settings, LIFEdevelpment centres, or even local churches. Dwight's talks focus on life issues such as stress, forgiveness, and hope, and provide a gentle introduction to Christianity. The third phase of the LIFEdevelpement uses another series of Dwight Nelson television programmes, entitled "Mind the Gap". These build on the "Evidence" lectures and will present the Gospel, in non-threatening terms, to those who are interested in getting more involved with Christianity. Some resources for the first three LIFEdevelopment phases are available at www.adventistresource.org.uk. Later phases will include training and "discipling" so that those who have found Christ for themselves can in turn become leaders and witnesses in the Church, and worship renewal so that our churches will become more relevant to the post-modern generation. In this way it is hoped that LIFEdevelpment will not be a programme in itself but will in fact become a cyclical process, a way of life and witness, leading people into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.

Resources    

LIFEdevelopment, as a process, does not require any resources apart from people. All that is necessary is a change of attitude and a positive desire to make friends with people and help them to find out about Jesus Christ. However a number of resources are being produced which may help to make this process easier. The first of these is a magazine entitled LIFE.info. The first pilot edition was distributed during the latter part of 2002 in order to get feedback from Adventist church members and the general public and since then LIFE.info magazines have be published every two months or so. You can download copies of any of the LIFE.info magazines which have been published so far on our LIFE.info Magazine page.

In March 2003 a pack of twelve videos was sent out to all Adventist churches throughout the UK and Ireland. More copies can be requested by registered LIFEdevelopment groups or by anyone thinking of starting a discussion group. Six "Lifestyle Magazine" videos will each contain four 30-minute programmes on a variety of different subjects, and six "Chasing Utopia" videos will each contain two one-hour videos aimed a youth discussion groups. The purpose of the videos is to provide a "discussion starter" to get people asking questions about life in general. Hopefully some of the discussions will lead on to ethical and religious matters, and eventually lead to a discussion of Christianity itself.

In preparation for the March 2004 satellite broadcasts Adventist churches and members were encouraged to install satellite receivers in their churches and homes. Many Adventist church buildings are equipped with satellite receivers and Adventist programming can be received around the clock on the Hope Channel.

LIFEdevelopment is also backed up by a website. The address is: <www.lifedevelopment.info> and the site is mainly used to let people know if there is a LIFEdevelopment group meeting near them.
 

LIFEdevelopment Coordinator's Job Description

1. The local church Ldi Co-ordinator should understand the basic concept of LIFEdevelopment. All you need to know about LIFEdevelopment is in the Ldi Handbook

2. The Ldi Co-ordinator should be a promoter of LIFEdevelopment in the local church.

  1. Work with the Personal Ministries Leader in promoting the use of the LIFE.info magazine. This is a great tool for making friends.
  2. Promote the use of the Ldi video resources available (some have already been distributed to local churches. Others are available at the ABC or from the LIFEdevelopment office, Stanborough Park, Watford, Herts.)
  3. Make sure Ldi posters are hung in appropriate places in your church.
  4. Make leaflets, invitation cards, handbooks available to all the members in your church.

3. Work with and encourage the pastor/elder in developing a LIFEdevelopment strategy for reaching unchurched people in your community.

4. Keep in touch with leaders of small groups in your church. Share stories/experiences of small groups with the local church and the Ldi Co-ordinators at Conference/Union level. Stories/experiences we share will encourage and motivate others.

5. In churches where a LIFEdevelopment centre has been established, co-ordinate special events for the centre with other church officers.

6. Pass on to church members information received from the LIFEdevelopment office and supply information to the LIFEdevelopment office on what is happening in your church/community.

7. Be aware of and if possible visit the LIFEdevelopment website on a regular basis. Also, be familiar with the LIFEdevelopment pages on the Church website at www.adventist.org.uk

8. If possible, be willing to have your name and email address listed on the LIFEdevelopment website, to serve as a contact point for interested members of the public. If you are not able to do this, work with the pastor/elder in appointing a person in your church as the website contact.

Further Information

LIFEdevelopment is co-ordinated by Pastor Eglan Brooks.
Telephone: 01923 672251
Email address

Read what former British Union Conference President Pastor Cecil Perry thinks about LIFEdevelopment in his introductory article, "Casting the Vision."

The Biblical foundation for LIFEdevelopment is outlined by Dr Jon L Dybdahl, Professor of World Mission at Andrews University Theological Seminary, Michigan, in an article entitled, "A Spiritual Vision for LIFEdevelopment". You can download this as a 34k MSWord document. Right click and select "Save Target as..." from the menu.

The background philosophy for LIFEdevelopment is explained clearly by Dr Jon Paulien, Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Andrews University Theological Seminary, Michigan.

Read what scientist Ben Clausen has to say about reaching secular people within the scientific community. His three criteria of Friendship, Honesty and Humility, and Integrity with Evidence, fit in well with the philosophy of LIFEdevelopment.

Prayer is an important factor in any form of witness and outreach. See what Mrs Heather Haworth has to say on Prayer - The Key to Success.

Find out How to Build a LIFEdevelopment Community in an article by "Small Groups" specialist Pastor David Cox.

Read what Pastor Dwight Nelson thinks about LIFEdevelopment in his article "Tipping Points". You can also download this as a 40k MSWord document. Right click and select "Save Target as..." from the menu.

South England Conference President Pastor Humphrey Walters has been researching different methods of evangelism for many years. Read his article on Friendship Evangelism, especially written for the LIFEdevelopment project. Also available as a 68k MSWord document. Right click and select "Save Target as..." from the menu.

For a history of how LIFEdevelopment has been promoted since its inception at the end of 2001 you can search for articles in our BUC News archives.

Part of the LIFEdevelopment process involves renewing worship in local churches. Read what Gary Wynne has to say about Multi-Sensory Worship and see if you can apply some of the principles that he outlines in your own church.

To get a visual idea of who was involved in the planning of LIFEdevelopment have a look at our photos of the Consultation Meeting which took place at the Stanborough Centre on Tuesday 13 November 2001, the launch of LIFEdevelopment at the BUC Workers' Meetings in Swanwick, from Sunday 10 to Wednesday 13 February 2002, and the Board Meeting on Monday 21 October 2002.

If you are interested in getting hold of equipment to view The Hope Channel's current programmes, see our satellite equipment page.

If there is still something about LIFEdevelopment that you don't understand, try our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you still have questions, please send them by email to Eglan Brooks:
Email address
We will send a reply and may include the question and answer on our FAQ page so that others can be helped as well.

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