Ministerial Graduate "Exchange"

I have discovered that keeping up correspondence with ministerial graduates is not only interesting but profitable to them and to us at the college.

By T. HOUSEL JEMISON, Head of Bible Department, Washington Missionary College

I have discovered that keeping up correspondence with ministerial graduates is not only interesting but profitable to them and to us at the college. For two years Mrs. Jemison and I conducted what we call our "Exchange" letter while at Pacific Union College. This was sent to the students who finished the ministerial curriculum during the preceding three years. The "Exchange" was made up of excerpts from the letters that these men wrote to us. It was our original intention to make it a one-page mimeographed letter, but during the months the response grew so large the last "Exchange" totaled four pages. The men and their families in the field were interested to know what their friends and former schoolmates were doing in the Lord's work, and they gained inspiration as they had opportunity to pass on to one an­other their experiences and news about their work.

It is also valuable for the students who are still in school to have these many letters com­ing in, telling of experiences and enclosing handbills and many other items of interest. This close contact, maintained with real situ­ations, did more to create interest in prepara­tion for the field than most of the ordinary in­centives we could offer in the classroom. For instance, a student who finished his college work in December left in January to enter the work. He reported that among other duties he had to preach six sermons during his third week in the field. Such a report coming straight from the field offered a genuine challenge to the men in school to make as full preparation as possible for the time when they could soon be in a similar situation.

Along with the "Exchange" we sent out an eight-page 5"x 8" publication called the "View." The "View" contained poems, stories, sermon illustrations, sermon suggestions, and quotations usable in evangelism, pastoral preaching, and young people's work. Each issue deals with one general topic, such as "Prayer," "The Bible," "The Second Advent," "Thanks­giving." We have received encouraging re­ports of the use that has been made of the "View."

Advertisement - Digital Discipleship (300x250)

Ministry reserves the right to approve, disapprove, and delete comments at our discretion and will not be able to respond to inquiries about these comments. Please ensure that your words are respectful, courteous, and relevant.

comments powered by Disqus

By T. HOUSEL JEMISON, Head of Bible Department, Washington Missionary College

December 1949

Download PDF
Ministry Cover

More Articles In This Issue

Early Undercover Radio Activities

Perhaps only those who were intimately connected with our early denominational broadcasting can fully appreciate the full historical significance of the radio workshops recently held in Takoma Park and Saint Louis under the direction of Paul Wickman, secre­tary of the General Conference Radio Depart­ment.

"Your Story-Hour" Broadcast

About two years ago Mr. and Mrs. Jay Clymer conceived the idea of a story hour each Sabbath afternoon for the benefit of the neglected children in neighboring communi­ties.

Recent Religious Developments in America

From time to time, however, reports reach us that there seems to be a springtime of reli­gion in Russia. In the scant news that trickles through the iron curtain one realizes that the people are athirst for the Word of God.

Chapel Building in Mission Lands

In five years we completed and dedicated very nearly a hundred new Seventh-day Adventist church buildings in the British West Indies Union.

Efforts Among Catholics

The conclusion to this two-part series on how to approach efforts among Catholics.

Reasons Why Apocrypha Is Rejected

The third part of our look at the Scriptures.

Evangelism Class in Japan

Evangelism in Japan has entered a new and promising era.

The Evangelistic Choir

Our monthly music column.

Closer Coordination Needed

Close coordination between the minister and a diligent colporteur evangelist can bring fruitful results in soulsaving.

A Ministerial Portrait

What are the essentials of a Spirit-filled minister of God?

Opera Chair Pew-Seats

I took over the pastorship of the lovely little Baldwin Park, California, church re­cently. The building was quite new, and I found that the congregation were still using tem­porary folding chairs.

Evangelism in Denmark

A report from Denmark.

A Plea for Self-sacrificing Service

Presentation at Boulder Medical Council, April, 1949.

Day of Resurrection of Christ (Concluded)

What day did Jesus rise from the dead?

Forward in Inter-America

Reports from our world secretaries.

Voice of Prophecy Rallies

Two major Voice of Prophecy rallies have recently been held in the Southern Asia Di­vision—one at Calcutta and the other at Bom­bay. Sufficient time has now elapsed to enable us to evaluate such gatherings.

Auspicious Omens of a New Epoch

Editorial keynotes for L.E. Froom.

Pictures in Evangelism

There can be no doubt, pictures are effi­cient means of conveying thought. A sig­nificant picture, well chosen and presented at the correct moment, will induce thoughts and create lasting impressions capable of re­casting an individual's thinking.

"High Up—Near Heaven"

In one of the Washington, D.C. newspapers (the "Times-Herald" of August 8, 1949) there appeared a noteworthy description of Takoma Park in the series "Washington—How She's Grown. We here reprint that article.

View All Issue Contents

Digital delivery

If you're a print subscriber, we'll complement your print copy of Ministry with an electronic version.

Sign up
Advertisement - Southern Adv Univ 180x150 - Animated

Trending

Recent issues

See All
Advertisement - NAD Stewardship (160x600)