by Pastor Abel Vergara | WMC Communication Director
November 21, 2023
In a pioneering move, the Western Mindanao Conference has officially endorsed a directive requiring all local churches within its jurisdiction to meticulously document and share their historical narratives on the WMC website. The comprehensive guidelines provided for crafting these church histories outline a structured approach, emphasizing key components to ensure a thorough and engaging account of each congregation’s journey.
The guidelines include an introduction to set the context, a detailed historical background of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, individual profiles for each local church, and a focus on key leaders and their contributions. The document encourages a narrative on congregation life, encompassing worship services, Sabbath School programs, and unique events or traditions. Additionally, it emphasizes the significance of documenting evangelism, missionary work, growth, and community involvement.
To enhance the narrative, historical photographs capturing pivotal moments and key individuals are encouraged, along with personal stories and testimonials from long-time members. The guidelines also highlight the importance of addressing challenges and triumphs, providing a holistic perspective on the journey of each church.
The directive places emphasis on denominational affiliation, explaining the relationship of local churches with the broader Seventh-day Adventist denomination and any connections with conferences or unions. Furthermore, the guidelines stress the inclusion of appendices containing relevant materials such as membership statistics, church bulletins, newsletters, and other pertinent documents.
The document concludes with a reminder to ensure thorough research, interviews with key members, and consultation of historical records to maintain accuracy and completeness. Additionally, writers are advised to consider the intended audience for the history, allowing for a tailored approach in both depth and style.
Underlining the collaborative nature of this initiative, the guidelines suggest acknowledging the contributions of individuals, organizations, or archives that have supported or provided information for the project. This inclusive approach aims to foster a sense of community and shared history among local churches within the Western Mindanao Conference.
photo by: SPUC