After his meeting with the pastors, Jackson visited Wisconsin Academy Bible classes where he shared a bit about himself and his background before taking questions from the class. | Photo credit: Greg Edge
Ministerial director Adam Case said, “I was blessed as he shared observations from his own ministry. These lessons illustrated the importance of keeping God first and that we need to focus on being who God called us to be.”
Following his presentation, Jackson spent a couple hours holding a Q&A session with the pastors. “We asked some fair and tough questions,” said Portage District pastor Justin Spady, who came away from the meeting appreciating the fact that although some of us may hold differences of opinion on issues, we can still have the love of Jesus in our hearts for each other and have a focused desire to save souls. “That in itself is a testament to the power of Jesus,” said Spady.
“I feel encouraged that our church continues to be dedicated to the Great Commission,” said Titus Naftanaila, pastor of the Madison East District.
“Two things stuck with me from Jackson’s presentation,” said pastor Carlos Ancheta, of the Fox Valley District, “God doesn’t quit! And God never gives up!”
“Having our North American Division president share from his heart in an open and transparent way was a unique privilege for our pastoral team,” said Mike Edge, Wisconsin Conference president. “We heard and felt his love for this Church, his passion to keep the Church focused on the 28 fundamental beliefs, and keep prominent the mission of reaching souls for Jesus Christ.”
After his meeting with the pastors, Jackson visited Wisconsin Academy Bible classes where he shared a bit about himself and his background before taking questions from the class. Students asked a variety of questions, such as: “Do you like your job?” “How did you become NAD president?” “What is the most disappointing thing your kids do?” “Is there a balance between liberal and conservative?” “What do you think about worship styles?” “What happens if a church or conference wants to believe something different than the rest of the church?” “Were you ever in Pathfinders?”
Several students expressed how much they appreciated Jackson’s openness, humor, and straight answers that didn’t beat around the bush.