God asks the church to be a community of
people sharing a common purpose and fellowship, continually growing in
faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God. Paul describes the church
as Christ’s “body” (Ephesians 1:22).
The church is a kingdom
of priests set free to minister for Christ. Our priesthood is to each
other within the church and to the world. Every Christian believer is
called to ministry and, in baptism, ordained for ministry (Ephesians
4:11-12). You should view your work for the church as a ministry to
which God has called you; it is His will operating in your life.
supplies each person in the church with the resources for
ministry—scripture, spiritual power, God’s character, and spiritual
gifts. You are equipped for your ministry by gifts received from the
Holy Spirit. These spiritual gifts are special abilities given to make
your ministry effective and build up the body of Christ.
Duties of the Interest / Prospect Care Coordinator
Whether you are prospect care coordinator or work as interest coordinator in your church, the duties are the same:
1. Gather names. Systematically
get the name of every person who visits on Sabbath, attends a seminar
or group, phones or writes for information, requests prayer, contacts
the media ministries or gets a missionary magazine. Double check each
name to sort out church members and discover previous involvement.
2. Make contacts. Use
the telephone to contact each person. Did they get the information or
help they wanted? How did it meet their expectations? How did they
happen to know about the program? What motivated them to attend, call
or write? The local church prospect care coordinator is an official
field representative for each and every Adventist program, and this is
how you help the church provide better “customer service” to the
3. Listen for needs. A prospect care
coordinator must develop good listening skills. If you are a good
listener, people will feel free to share their stories with you. As you
listen, your mind learns to sort the information given by each person
into workable categories: religious background, present spiritual
condition, emotional, family, health and economic needs.
4. Establish readiness. The
contacts made by the prospect care coordinator are called “evaluation
interviews” because the purpose of the conversation is to find out how
we can minister to the person. Is there a pressing social or physical
need that must be met? What is his attitude toward the message and
activities of the Adventist Church? Will he accept a visit? Is he ready
to enter into serious Bible study or participate in Christian
fellowship? What can your church do for this person?
readiness of an individual is coded on the following scale: “A” means
they are ready for a visit by a pastor and will probably attend church
or evangelistic meetings; “B+” means they are ready for Bible studies,
either one-to-one or in a small group; “B-” means they are ready to
take a Bible correspondence course; “C” means they want more literature
on a particular question or help with a particular problem, but are not
ready for Bible study. The names of those with no interest are file
5. Make referrals. As you listen to
each person, a nurturing plan made especially for them begins to form.
This is the next step after your conversation to keep them growing in
their spiritual journey. Is there a particular piece of literature they
should have? Is there a specific person who should visit them? Is there
a seminar or small group they should attend? Is there a tape they
should hear or a video they should see? In each interview you have only
a few minutes to create this plan while they talk, so it is essential
that you have quick information and a good supply of materials right at
hand. You will need a listing of resources that can meet emotional,
economic, health and spiritual needs.
6. Maintain the list. The
work of the prospect care coordinator will require some clerical
organization to keep names in a prospect list. They must be coded so
that specialized mailings can be sent to those with various interests
and needs. Additional clerical help may be needed. A computer would be
more efficient in larger churches. It is essential that every name kept
on the list be sent a missionary magazine subscription and mailings
from your church about seminars, etc.
Responsibilities in the Local Church, by the Church Resources Consortium, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventist Church. Copyright © 1997, Revised 2002.