Kameron Devasher is the Sabbath School and Personal Ministries director for the Michigan Conference. He began his pastoral ministry in 2000 having graduated with a bachelor's degree in Religious Education from Southern Adventist University. He was ordained to the gospel ministry in 2007 and completed his master's degree in Religion with an emphasis in Evangelism in 2010. He has served the Lord in Idaho, Florida and Maryland, and, since 2011, has worked here in the Michigan Conference. After pastoring the Muskegon, Fremont, and Kalamazoo churches, Elder DeVasher was asked to serve as director of Sabbath School and Personal Ministries in 2018. He has a deep passion for the end-time message entrusted to the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and is committed to training and equipping church members for effective soul-winning service. His wife of 15 years, Emilie, and he have three children; Henry (12), Edward (10), and Molly (8).
Mark Howard is the Associate Director of the Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Department. He is an ordained minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and has served in Michigan since 2003. He and his wife of 36 years, Stephanie, are the parents of two wonderful adult children, Caleb and Anneliese, who are still working on completing their degrees. Mark and Stephanie both share a passion for soulwinning and evangelism, and are laboring earnestly by God’s grace to hasten the second coming of Jesus.
Stephanie Howard is the administrative assistant for the Sabbath School, Personal Ministries, and Evangelism department.
Annual Discipleship Plans
The Michigan Conference is committed to proclaiming the everlasting gospel in the context of the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14. Following Jesus’ method, our aim is to Grow Michigan churches through a five-stage evangelistic process that includes: (1) preparing the soil of the heart with friendship and compassionate service, (2) planting the seeds of God’s Word with literature, (3) cultivating spiritual interests with Bible studies, (4) harvesting decisions for Christ and the truth with public evangelistic meetings, and (5) preserving new members with ongoing discipleship.
This comprehensive evangelistic strategy is reflected in the Seventh-day Adventist Church Manual, which states that the primary concern of every church board is to “ensure that there is an active, ongoing discipleship plan in place, which includes both spiritual nurture and outreach ministries.” To this end, every church in the Michigan Conference is required to complete a comprehensive Discipleship Plan for the upcoming year.
While every church should regularly hold public evangelism meetings, in 2023 a conference-wide public evangelistic effort is being coordinated to bolster the work of soul-winning across our field. Opening night of Discovering Revelation is Monday, October 2 with some 70 participating churches across the state of Michigan. Click here for all information relating to this series.
Other Helpful Resources
Local Church Evaluation Tool This resource is invaluable in helping local leaders assess the evangelistic health of their church. After being completed by church leaders (pastor, elders, and church board), the results can be the basis of important conversations about soul-winning labor, budget priorities, and many other issues related to church growth.
Evangelism FAQ Evangelism FAQ is a training series addressing many common fears and misconceptions about soul-winning generally and public evangelism specifically. Each video is only 3-5 minutes long and includes accompanying study guides, making this an ideal resource for use in the Sabbath School mission program, Personal Ministries features of the worship service, or outreach and leadership training.
Department Ministry Plans Each department of the local church should have a clear understanding of its purpose and well-defined plan for how it contribute to the church's soul-winning mission. This folder contains downloadable plans for a dozen different departments, such as elders, deacons, Sabbath School, Personal Ministries, Adventist Community Services, Men's and Women's Ministries, and more.
Event Planning Tools This folder contains two downloadable resources to help you plan church ministry events: a Calendar of Events form and Event Planning Worksheet. While the Calendar of Events form is a simple document to help you organize the various ministry events in the local church, the Event Planning Worksheet helps each department estimate what a proposed event will entail before it is held and to evaluate its success afterward.
Curb Appeal Materials What is the first impression your church gives to visitors? What can be done to improve your church's "curb appeal"? This helpful resource was produced by the North American Division to help local churches assess and improve they impression they make on the community and visitors.
Disciples Software Tutorial Many churches in Michigan use the Disciples software for tracking Bible study interests and evangelism event attendance. This PDF is a quick start guide to the Disciples system.
End-Time Messages from Jesus End-Time Messages from Jesus is a series of public evangelistic presentations developed by the Ministerial Association of the General Conference. Each presentation is available to download in Word, PowerPoint, Keynote files.