IN WHAT was considered by some to be a historic and symbolic event, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Central Jamaica ordained 12 pastors to continue the fulfilment of the gospel commission of Matthew 20:19 - "Go ye, therefore, and preach".
In his message to the 12 witnessed by thousands of members from across Jamaica, president of the Adventist Church in Jamaica, Pastor Everett Brown, admonished them that ministry is a holy calling and not for the faint-hearted.
"Today, my fellow pastors, I would like to remind you of your calling. You are called by God to serve as ministers of the Gospel," said Pastor Brown.
"When we reflect on this special call, we cannot help but talk about our service to God, our service to His Church and humanity in general. We must see Jesus Christ as our frame of reference, as our example, our ideal, as the source, the fountain from which we will draw as we are called, motivated and inspired to do ministry."
'living the gospel'
The Service of Ordination, which took place at Camp Verley, Spring Village, St Catherine, recently, climaxed four days of the annual Camp Meeting and Lay Institute under the theme 'Living the Gospel'.
"Ministry in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica is not for the faint of heart," continued Brown. "Those whom you love and care for may not demonstrate Christian charity, but love them as you love yourself, forgive as you expect God to forgive you. Ministry in the Church can become so overwhelming that you compromise on your relationships with your family, your wife, your children and your friends.
Our quest to achieve set goals and to do well can cause us to lose sight of who we are. We are frail men and women subject to temptations and have failed and can fall."