Hi! I'm Marcos :D
I'm an Adventist Pastor in the Western Australia Conference, and I have a vision.
That vision is simple: I want every Adventist church in the world to be the best version of itself that it can be.
This picture of the future is based on two beliefs. First, that the story of Adventism is beautiful, unique and needs to be told to the entire world. It's a story about God - who he is and what he is really like - that can change lives. And there is no other faith-community on this planet that can tell this story with the beauty and clarity that the local Adventist church has.
But the second belief is this: the local Adventist church is failing.
I know this because just over a decade ago, I was a typical teen who was eager to get away from church. I was uninterested, rebellious and disconnected from the whole thing. And the weird part is, it had nothing to do with what the church believed.
So why was I done with church? The simplest answer I can come up with is this one: The church was an interruption.
In other words, I saw my life as an unfolding story and every weekend that story got interrupted by this thing called church that had little to nothing to do with the real world. It was like I got sucked into a vortex and came out in a different planet. Then, when the Sabbath was over, I would be allowed to go back to the world I actually lived in. And because that weekend had nothing to do with my real world, I saw it as an interruption. God was nice. The people were nice (some of them anyways) and the food was good. But I eventually got tired of being interrupted by this irrelevant thing called church. So I checked out.
And I'm not the only one. And teens aren't the only ones. A whole generation is checking out. In his book, "Everyone Welcome", Adventist pastor Roger Hernandez writes:
Why think about an interruption? It's better to focus on what matters and ignore what doesn't, and this is exactly how emerging generations are reacting to church. And the worst part is that we can't even hold on to the few people we manage to reach.
So here's my point: I have found that most of the youth who leave our churches are not doing so because they want to go and enjoy the pleasures of sin. I have also found that many people who never go to church aren't absent because they want to be anti-God rebels. Instead, what I have found is that - like me - they see church as an interruption to their story. It's irrelevant, disconnected and provides no value to their lives, so they stay away.
So what are we supposed to do about all this?
The good news is that the answer is really simple. All we have to do is one thing. We have to care. We have to care so much that we dig, search, ask, explore, knock and pursue a way forward. If we, as a church, can learn to care we will have removed 80% of the obstacle to reaching today's generations.
And that's where this website comes in. The purpose of PomoPastor.com is to resource local SDA churches with the aim of helping every local church become the best version of itself that it can be. On this website you will find blogs, podcasts, sermons, eBooks, tools and courses to help you in your journey toward becoming a fully optimized church that makes a difference in peoples lives. Click here to get started!
The local Adventist church has a story to tell. Let's optimize it to tell that story.