Potomac Constituents Focus on Church Mission
“We need to stay focused on defeating the enemy,” said Bill Miller, Potomac Conference president, at the Potomac Conference Corporation’s Second Quinquennial Constituency meeting at Sligo church in Takoma Park, Md. “[We’re] reclaiming God’s kingdom, finding new resources to plant churches and schools and continue supporting and growing our congregations and classrooms. The greatest resource we have is God, and He has given us each other to be about His business and fulfilling His mission.”
Story by Tiffany Doss/ Photos by Tony Ventouris, Anciet City Photograph
Miller’s report echoed the tone of the meeting, in which nearly 700 delegates gathered to discuss the church business. They also voted for all officers and vice presidents to continue in office.
After his detailed report of Potomac’s budget and finances, Dave VandeVere, vice president for finances, opened the floor for any questions delegates had in regard to the conference’s budget and future plans. “God has called us to dedicate ourselves to the purpose of bringing His kingdom here,” said VandeVere. “How inadequate our financial resources can seem for the challenge, but we trust in God’s promises as highlighted by the pen of inspiration in Patriarch and Prophets: ‘Let none waste time in deploring the scantiness of … visible resources. The outward appearance may be unpromising, but energy and trust in God will develop resources. The gift[s] brought to Him with thanksgiving and with prayer for His blessing, He will multiply'” (p. 243).
While the meeting focused on happenings between 2010 and 2014, administration focused on God’s calling to passionately continue His work. “Our goal is that each church and school radiates the hope and wholeness of a spiritually maturing and numerically growing healthy body,” said John Cress, vice president for pastoral ministries. “This means that we will continue to identify, train and empower pastors and teachers as servant leaders to build healthy, disciple-making churches and schools.”
Jorge Ramirez says administration will also look for ways to improve systems dealing with statistical information and ways to better serve employees and supply them with the necessary resources.
Keith Hallam, vice president for education, added, “An important factor in moving forward is having a mindset of growth. In our children and schools, that means growth in academic ability, physical and social well-being, character development and, most importantly, spiritual health.”
Miller added that Potomac members are privileged to pray the Lord’s prayer. “Your kingdom come—we each long for that day. The day Jesus will return, the day tears will be wiped away. We long for the day when all will be made right and the enemy of the church will be destroyed and God’s eternal kingdom is eternally established.”
Pictured: Delegates voted, with strong approval and support, for the following leaders to continue in office: John Cress, vice president for pastoral ministries; Jorge Ramirez, vice president for administration; William “Bill” Miller, president; Dave VandeVere, vice president for finance; and Keith Hallam, vice president for education.