“Church is more than fancy hats and shiny shoes” says Adventist leader in Jamaica

President of the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventist, Pastor Glen Samuels, has challenged the church to make a difference in the lives of Jamaicans who are detached from society through “a glorious opportunity of mentoring the next generation.”

“The building of a better nation requires all hands on deck,” said Samuels. “The building of a better nation rests not in the pronouncements of Parliament. We must begin where we give birth to our sons and daughters. We must change the picture to be more responsible men and women because to a great extent, the breakdown of our home, the breakdown of social order lay at the root of the chaos we face.”

Samuels was addressing the annual Western Leadership Conference on Oct. 6, 2019, at the Seventh-day Adventist Conference Center in Mount Salem under the theme “Beyond the Ordinary: Building a better Nation, Mentoring the next Generation.”

Pastor Everett Brown (second from left), president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica greets Mayor of Montego Bay, Councilor Homer Davis before the start of the conference. (L-R) Pastor Dane Fletcher, Youth Director of the Jamaica Union Conference and Director of Public Prosecution, Ms. Paula Llewellyn. Photo: Nigel Coke/JAMU

“It is our conviction that church is more than fancy hats, black suits, or blue suits and shiny shoes,” Samuels continued.  “It’s our conviction that the real church takes place after we leave church.

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