Southern New England Conference (SNEC) administration, pastors, church members, and a local self-supporting ministry are working together in mission to create a presence and connection in Worcester, MA.
Worcester is the first of four large cities that SNEC is targeting for evangelism in the next four years. This outreach tops the list of SNEC’s four-year goals and KPIs (key performance indicators).
Pastor Einar Rom (left in photo below), coordinator for pastors in central Massachusetts, has been facilitating planning sessions for Impact Worcester. Every Adventist church in the Southern New England Conference within a 10-mile radius of Worcester City Hall is participating.
“When we collaborate, we can do things that we cannot do on our own as independent churches,” said Rom. “There's strength in numbers, because of [combined] muscle power, people and material resources,” not to mention the energy that comes from a shared vision, Rom said.
Southern New England Conference administration and A Better Choice (ABC) health and Christian bookstore partnered with The Vegan Nest, an Adventist-run plant-based café and center of influence, to impact Worcester at the New England VegFest 2023.
“With a huge help from the Southern New England Conference, [we were] able to be a presenting sponsor, and that gave us a lot of influence,” said Nicole Broushet of the Vegan Nest, who was well-situated to spear-head the endeavor because of the Vegan Nest’s participation at the VegFest in previous years. Broushet arranged for a panel discussion including SNEC’s health ministry director, Tom Dombrowski. The ABC offered free literature and food sample giveaways after the panel discussion, in addition to having a booth in the vendor section next to the Vegan Nest. SNEC Community Service department created t-shirts for the team, and SNEC Medical Cadets also assisted.
“We had volunteers spread throughout this entire event who were getting names, e-mails and contact information so that we can take this information back to the churches," said Broushet. "We want to continue to find different ways to have sustained community engagement and truly labor together for Worcester."