||The Atlantic Union Conference Executive Committee at its February 16, 2012 meeting approved in principle a proposal for the development of an evangelistic and gospel medical missionary training school. The Northeast Evangelism Training School (NETS) is envisioned as a non-accredited, non-higher education diploma pastoral and lay training institute conducted on the campus of Atlantic Union College (though a separate program from AUC) to equip each student (pastors & lay persons) to become an effective soul-winning witness for Jesus.
NETS will offer
short-term intensives for pastors during each calendar year by the most outstanding soul winners and church growth specialists in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. NETS will offer a six- and nine-month evangelistic medical missionary training course for lay people with mentoring and “hands on” practice.
The cost of operating NETS will be fairly low since most of the instructors will be contract teachers and/or current church employees. A business plan, including a marketing/enrollment plan is being developed to ascertain financial feasibility.
NETS will be governed by the Atlantic Union Conference in cooperation and consultation with the North American Division and the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Eventually, it would have the possibility of expanding into a world-class, international, city evangelistic training school and lay training medical missionary center.
As Jesus said 2000 years ago, it is time to launch out into the deep and cast out the NETS!
Donald G. King, President, Atlantic Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Members, Executive Committee of the Atlantic Union Conference