The Seventh-day Adventist Ministerial Association of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists exists to serve the global church in its proclamation of the everlasting gospel and in its divine mission to prepare a people to meet their soon-coming Lord. The Association aims to accomplish this mission through its ministry to pastors, pastors' families, local church elders/company leaders, and Seventh-day Adventist Ministerial Association secretaries.
Statement of Purposes
The Association affirms the importance of the local church in the completion of Christ's commission. To assist its pastors in fufilling this task, the Association serves them in the following areas:
- Proclamation. Keeping the pastors ever-conscious that their first calling is for the proclamation of the Word to the church and the world, presenting Jesus as Saviour and Lord to all people regardless of race, gender, nationality, tribe, or economic status.
- Personal growth. Encouraging pastors in their personal growth, fostering a vibrant relationship with God that yields a strong sense of self-worth and pastoral mission.
- Professional growth. Promoting the professional growth of pastors in the study and practice of ministry, representing their interests at the General Conference, and enhancing the image of the pastoral ministry so as to attract qualified persons and keep them in its ranks.
- Church growth. Enabling pastors to nurture their congregations so they may be centers of loving concern, dynamic evangelism, and the presence of the living Lord.
To Pastors' Families:
The Association recognizes that in today's complex world, ministry is no longer the concern of the pastor alone. The pastor's spouse and children are involved in and affected by the person and the practice of the ministry. Therefore, the Association encourages the fulfillment of a family ministry and provides necessary support and resources to spouses who choose to serve as paraprofessionals in a team ministry.
To Local Church Elders/Company Leaders:
The Association recognizes the biblical role of the local church elder, particularly in view of the ever-increasing demands on the church pastor and the need for lay involvement in the governance and ministry of the congregation. Therefore, the Association aims to nurture, train, motivate, and equip the local church elders in their leadership role as they serve their congregations and assist their pastors in soul-winning.
To Ministerial Secretaries:
The Association functions through the division ministerial secretaries and, with them, serves ministerial leaders at other levels. The Association provides training and resources as needed and as possible to help Ministerial Secretaries fulfil their role as:
- Pastors' Pastor: caring for the needs of pastors and their families and representing their interests at the appropriate administrative level.
- Coordinator of church growth and evangelism in their areas of service.