Lay Ministry Training Events


**The Sabbath School Training (November 6) and Lay Ministry Training (November 7) scheduled at the Conference office will be re-scheduled for 2022 (date TBA). The Ministerial Department is committed to providing additional training venues in the future as opportunity and comfort levels increase.


November 6, 2021





Sabbath School Training

November 6, 2021; 3:00 pm - 5:30 pM

**The Sabbath School Training (November 6)scheduled at the Conference office will be re-scheduled for 2022 (date TBA)

November 7, 2021




Lay Ministry Training

November 7, 2021; 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

**Lay Ministry Training (November 7) scheduled at the Conference office will be re-scheduled for 2022 (date TBA)

Seminar Descriptions



Presenters - Debbie Hill and Marion Parson

Is it possible to have a dynamic Children’s Sabbath School in a small church, despite limited resources, materials, and classroom space? The answer is yes, especially when you are God’s willing partner in ministering to His children.


Presenter - Mandy Macomb

Ready, Set, Teach! We will breakdown the Primary and Junior quarterly step by step and plan a Sabbath School together! We will also look at available on-line resources while learning how to incorporate those into our weekly lesson plans, gather ideas from other Primary and Junior Sabbath School teachers, and round out our time together with a healthy Q&A session.

Tracking Discipleship: 0-18

Presenter - David Quilatan

48. You get 48 days a year to teach a Sabbath School at your local church. Depending on how long your class is, you have anywhere between 48 - 96 hours of time with your students at your church. So how can you make the most of your time with your students during your Sabbath School time? The answer is: Intentionality. In this 2 hour seminar on Children and Youth Ministry, you’ll learn important philosophy of ministry, and practical and intentional ways to structure, teach, and engage your young people at your church. Because you get a chance to see what the future of your church will look like when you disciple your young people well.


Presenter - Pastor Matthew Lucio

So many Sabbath School classes are full of side-tracks, tired talking points, and lack of stimulating conversation. This seminar is about what it takes to make Sabbath School a thought provoking and meaningful part of our Sabbath worship.


Seminar Descriptions



Media Ministry

Presenter - Pastor Matthew Lucio

Churches with an online ministry tended to handle the COVID crisis much better than those who didn’t. It’s not too late for your church to be present online. This seminar will address strategy, gear, training, and ways you can help your church leaders get on board with the paradigm shift of digital ministry.


Prayer Ministry

Presenter - Linda Tuthill

We will look at what prayer is. If the main purpose of prayer is to fulfill my wish list, I may think what’s the use and be tempted to quit. We will discuss why we pray and how to pray. “Prayer is the breath of the soul” (Messages to Young People, p.12). Come join us as we learn how to breathe more deeply in our communion with our Savior.


Bible Studies





     Presenters - Pastor Gabriel Bardan & Pastor Josh Voigt

LIVING AS SALT : Introducing Jesus to a Skeptical Generation

This seminar helps understand and navigate a complex and everchanging world, and provides knowledge and tools to introduce Jesus to a post-modern, skeptical or secular society, without watering down the everlasting gospel which was entrusted us to proclaim. “Lessons must be given to humanity in the language of humanity” (DA 34).


JOY OF HOLINESS: A Biblical Framework for Discipleship

To share the everlasting gospel with a broken world, the heart must be filled with an overflowing joy, which can only be obtained as a genuine disciple of Christ. This seminar links four Bible stories into a framework for a discipleship path. Join us as we search from the Scriptures how to help one grow from the ruin and degradation of sin to the joy of holiness. 


Adventist Community Services

Presenter - Pastor Ralph Shelton

Adventist Community Services (ACS) is the official community outreach ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist church in North America. ACS is a holistic ministry whose mission is to serve communities in Christ’ name. This session will show how each person or church can: A) Better prepare the individual or church community for a disaster, B) Highlight the ACS trainings available to individuals, C) How to start a local ACS in their community. This seminar will include practical examples, giveaways, and handouts.



Presenter - Pete Braman

The ministry of an elder is a high calling to servant leadership. What does the Bible say about the role and function of an elder? The ministry of an elder can have a significant impact on the direction, mission, and growth of a church. We will pray together, learn together, and encourage one another during this special time together.


Small Groups

Presenter - Pastor Frendell Reyes

Everything lasting in church is learned through small groups. The most powerful experiences and relationships are realized through small groups. This seminar will teach you the how and why of small group ministry. You will be inspired, motivated and informed on how to establish the most important relationships in your life through small group ministry.



Presenter - Pastor David Oceguera

The sermon is more than showing how much you know about a passage in the Bible. The sermon is like a journey that a congregation takes through the text into the presence of God. In this preaching seminar you will learn how to choose a passage, how to structure your sermon, and where to find resources to help you research your topic, and finally how to make it fit together.



 Presenter - Pastor Gabriel Bardan

THE OPEN DOOR – Starting a Successful Health Ministry

By promoting whole-person wellbeing, health ministry is often the first and the simplest way to demonstrate the love of God for your community. Moreover, health ministry is the “right arm” that opens many “doors” and builds a good reputation for the local church. This seminar shares resources and strategies to start a successful health ministry with your local, limited resources, no matter the size of your church.

Deacons and Deaconesses

Presenter - Pastor Ira Bartolome

What is the Biblical role of a Deacon or Deaconess? We will explore the role, function, and significance of this vital church ministry. As we provide a foundation for servant leadership, we will invite discussion and feedback on how your church embraces this role.


Discipleship and Apprenticeship

Presenter - Pastor Andres Flores

This seminar will explore the basics of how to develop a culture of discipleship in the local church. We will explore apprenticeship as a basic building block of relational discipleship and how church leaders can establish disciple-making in every aspect of church life.