Every five years, Seventh-day Adventists convene a General Conference Session to conduct the business of the church. Delegates from around the world converge on a host city for the 10-day event of information, instruction, and inspiration, which usually attracts upwards of 100,000 people. In 2020, the General Conference Session will take place in Indianapolis, the “Circle City” in the center of Indiana, the state that calls itself the “Crossroads of America.” Indianapolis, the capital of the state of Indiana, is a fascinating mid-western city of moderate winters and bearable summers, and has hosted a General Conference Session before.

The Lake Region Conference is excited that the 2020 General Conference Session will be held within its territory. To prepare the metropolitan Indianapolis area for GC2020, the Lake Region Conference has launched a coordinating program of evangelism and discipleship called Impact Indiana. Intended to actively engage all Lake Region Conference area churches to impact Hoosiers for Christ leading up to, during, and beyond the GC Session, Impact Indiana will bring revitalization to churches as members are mobilized for mission and ministry.

To date, several church growth initiatives have already occurred. Acutely aware that without the Holy Spirit’s aid attempts to reach people for Christ will fail, area churches have come together regularly to pray and fast for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. An unprecedented spirit of unity and collaboration is permeating our churches, whose pastors meet weekly to plan and execute the church growth initiatives. Students from Oakwood University have already descended on the city, distributing religious literature and giving Bible studies, and an array of training events have taken place and are ongoing. Impact Indiana will have a significant presence at Black Expo, a mega cultural event in Indianapolis that will run from July 19-21, 2019.

Dr. Abraham Jules will be the featured evangelist at a 2-week evangelistic reaping initiative in Indianapolis, July 27-August 10.  A world-renowned evangelist from New York City, Jules preached at a rally on March 16, 2019, challenging members to share Christ with their family and friends.  “The Pathway of Hope Revival” will take place at the Northwest Middle School, located at  5525 W 34, Indianapolis. Dr. Carlton Byrd and the Breath of Life team will hold a major campaign in the city next year.

Impact Indiana intends to partner in significant ways with Ignite Indiana, the church growth program of the Indiana Conference. Ignite Indiana and Impact Indiana will sponsor an evangelistic meeting just prior to the GC Session at which Elder Ted Wilson, president of the General Conference, will preach.   Another joint venture of the Indiana and Lake Region conferences will be a massive “Your Best Pathway to Health” Clinic that will provide free medical and dental care to those in need.   Hundreds of volunteers from around the country will provide the manpower for the clinic, which will take place next spring.

It may sound like a cliché, but Impact Indiana will have a major impact on Indianapolis. The Holy Spirit is already moving, and miracles are occurring. Church members are engaged and enthusiastic, and expect to see hundreds if not thousands accept Jesus Christ and join the Seventh-day Adventist church. Thank you for supporting the Impact Indiana program with your prayers, well wishes, and resources.

R. Clifford Jones


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