5th December 2018
The GO Scotland training weekend followed on the heels of the recent Scottish Mission Session, and embraced the theme “It’s Time, to be Devoted, Daring and Decisive, working together to make Him known in Scotland” The group which attended was intergenerational and united in the desire to help the church move forward in mission and witness.
Dr Kirk Thomas, evangelism and church growth director from the British Union was the main speaker, assisted by Pastors Rory and Ivana Mendez from the Scottish Mission. Pastor Rory was leading out as the newly elected Personal Ministries sponsor and together he and Dr Thomas shared resources and ideas relating to church growth and mission. Dr Paul Tompkins led the group in an examination of Nurture and Retention, which is a key priority of the world-wide Seventh-day Adventist church.
The attendees included a group of ten students who met with Pastor Gabriel Perea, the new Scottish Mission student ministries sponsor, to look at ways of beginning student groups on campuses within Scotland. This will be actively followed up in 2019 as one of the key focus areas within the Scottish Mission as we continue to support our students in both keeping and sharing their faith.
The weekend was characterised by prayer, fellowship and worship and one of the staff of the Scripture Union centre at Lendrick Muir, commented that she loved listening to the singing each day. This was led by musicians from the Scottish Mission and enhanced by the group Testify, from Edinburgh, who came and shared their musical talents throughout the Sabbath, and this was very much appreciated by all.
This was the second annual GO Scotland training weekend and plans are already in hand for a further programme next year. At that time reports will also be heard from this year’s group who went away with ideas for projects to be carried out in their local church districts. We look forward to hearing about these and other plans to share the everlasting gospel, and the three angels’ messages throughout Scotland.