“And the gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matt 24:14)
Adventist education has a strategic intent and purpose that differentiates it from educational systems that are in the business of producing students with sharp qualifications and degrees, and even wholesome characters. There is a continuous need for curricular realignment that equips our students to fulfill the ultimate purpose of Adventist education, and our church has made a provision to meet the needs of churches, schools and members. What is the ultimate purpose of Adventist education, how and when is it promoted, packaged, delivered, distributed and transmitted, and to whom?
Our ultimate and deliberate goal is to lead students to Christ so that they can fulfill the gospel imperative of taking the Advent message to all the world. We must then give them the means to do so. That process is continuous and uses education as an implementing tool, so that education is not an end in itself, but a means to an end. We are not merely teaching the Common Core of subjects to students but using education as a tool to advance ministry. Our purpose is clear, our target population intact, and our timing immediate. We now need a strategy to fit our purpose so that our curriculum delivers desired intent. We no longer only live in a physical and geographical world, but one that is globally connected through technological and social media that has constricted geography, economics, society and politics into a new reality of fluid national boundaries. We live in a world of the instantaneous, the rapid and the ready. Our curriculum, therefore, must respond to this new reality by adopting digital learning as part of a Common Core. The ministry of digital evangelism and discipleship is a must in schools and churches as we embed technological deliberately into our curriculum to equip students to digitally minister in a new era of reality. Only then, can the gospel of the kingdom be truly preached in all the world for a witness to all nations. “All the world”, then becomes all the accessible world. Our students can then reach the world with a message of salvation, having been taught the techniques of production and delivery through the spoken, written and technological world. The North American Digital Ministries Department is an ample resource. Click on it to revitalize your school and church with new ways of preaching, teaching and reaching. This is the practical intent and strategy of the Gospel Commission.