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This article and attached document was used by the British Columbia Conference a few years ago.  It has been shared by Wayne Culmore, president.  Please feel free to use, adapt, change as you see fit.  

British Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Visioning & Planning Session


Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

Acts 20:28 (NASB)

We are God’s fellow workers; you are . . . God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me as a wise master builder I laid a foundation and another is building upon it. But let each man be careful how he builds upon it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:9-11 (NASB)

A church will not be more successful than its leaders. If the pastor(s) or other leaders fail to meet God’s high standards of godliness (holiness), authenticity, and spiritual maturity, the church will fail. (Romans 12; Phil 2, Eph 3)

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