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Doing new things can be a real source of life, energy and opportunity. It can also be challenging. Departing from familiarity and tradition can result in feelings of fear and loss. On a personal level, innovation isn’t easy. It’s risky. It takes courage and faith to believe that God has called you to be a pioneer. But for those of you who know they are called, God wants to do a new thing through you.
In his 2017 book Mission Shift, Dr Kayle De Waal urges local Adventist churches to adopt a creative, intentional and relevant evangelistic strategy that meets the real needs of the community.
“Evangelism has traditionally been defined as the verbal proclamation of the good news of salvation. But this definition of evangelism is too restrictive and is ineffective in contemporary culture. In fact, such a definition fails to capture the richness of what the book of Acts portrays as evangelism. Luke described Christ and the disciples not merely as propositional evangelists, stating big things about God, but rather as situational evangelistic missionaries, responding to the contexts they faced with the gospel. Their evangelism was not merely the oral communication of some propositional truth, but the situational activities that aimed to bring about wholeness.”
Kayle De Waal, “Mission Shift” page 65.
An influential and innovative Seventh-day Adventist pioneer addresses the need for dedicated disciples “… who pray to God for wisdom, and who, under the guidance of God, can put new life into the old methods of labor and can invent new plans and new methods of awakening the interest of church members and reaching the men and women of the world.” – E. G. White, “Evangelism” 105.3
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