Institute of Church Ministry

The Institute of Church Ministry (ICM) exists to empower local congregations for more successful evangelism in their communities. Established in 1986, the ICM fulfils a unique role in the South Pacific Division by providing consultancy services and training opportunities for local churches to help them organise effective evangelistic activities.
The ICM operates out of Avondale College


Institute of Church Ministry Seminars and Workshops

Most ICM seminars and workshops can be conducted during Sabbath or over one single weekend.

To request a seminar, you should:

  1. Contact the ICM office
  2. Discuss your plans and proposed dates, and
  3. Initiate a service request through your local conference.

Please note: travel to your church for the first visit is free. Churches are asked to contribute to the travel expenses of subsequent visits.

Living Proof is a video-based seminar that assists church members in witnessing to, and winning over, unchurched people within their personal networks. This seminar provides Adventists with a greater understanding of how to work for secular people. The seminar is eight hours long and various configurations are available to suit your local church’s needs.

The seminar can be run over a Sabbath day with morning, afternoon and evenings segments.

Open the Front Door of the Church is a weekend series that is made up of three parts that can be arranged in a variety of ways:

  1. How to reach secular people provides church goers with information about the characteristics of secular people and describes successful methods in reaching them.
  2. Turning your church inside out helps congregations understand how to change the focus of their church from inward to outward.
  3. Opening the front door of your church describes how to make your church “user friendly” for newcomers and visitors.

Creating a Welcoming Ministry in Your Church is a short seminar that assists churches in training volunteers for the essential ministry of greeting. The seminar can be delivered on Sabbath afternoons.

Working with Church Volunteers is a short seminar that provides local congregations with the know-how of recruiting, training, motivating and supporting volunteers for ministry in the local church. The seminar can be delivered on Sabbath afternoons.

Introducing Small Group Ministry in Your Local Church details the Biblical principles and practice of starting, training and supporting small group ministry in the local congregations. This seminar can be delivered in two segments: Sabbath morning and afternoon.

Live Long and Love It provides training in the use of the outreach seminar of the same name which is designed to attract the growing number of active seniors who are unchurched. This workshop can be delivered in two segments: Sabbath morning and afternoon.

 


Institute of Church Ministry Consultancy Services

The ICM offers a range of consultancy services to local congregations. Apart from the specific consultancy services listed here, consultancies are also available on request in areas of church planting, church building facilities, worship etc.

To request this service, you will need to:

  1. Contact the ICM office
  2. Discuss your plans and proposed dates, and
  3. Initiate a service request through your local conference.

Travel to your church for the first visit is free. Churches are asked to contribute to the travel expenses of subsequent visits.

Community Profile is central to the consultancy process offered by ICM. National Census data and local community demographic material are used to develop community profiles.

The profiles assist congregations gain a clear and realistic understanding of the needs that exist among the different people groups who live in the church’s surrounding area.

Churches receive a written report of the findings and recommendations for needs-related outreach ministries. Apart from the written report, churches can request for personal reports to be presented to their congregations.

The cost for a community profile is $100 (incl GST). Local conferences subsidise the cost on a 50/50% basis. If you request a personal report, your church might also need to contribute towards travel expense.

Catching the Vision is a practical consultancy that takes a local congregation through the steps of the envisioning process. At the end of this process, the congregation reaches conclusions about God’s will for their specific church and devises specific mission goals.

Refocusing your Church is a long-term consultancy that enables a local congregation to self-evaluate, formulate strategic goals and change, if necessary, to become part of the Great Commission model of evangelism. You can receive full details of this consultancy process by contacting the ICM director.