Tenth Anniversary President’s Message
Rev. Dwarka Ramphal Ph.D.
“Ministry For Life” is the theme for NMM as we try to influence the world to become a better place through preaching the gospel and practicing the teachings of Christ. Since our inception in 2008 we have been actively involved in church and parachurch ministries in the United States and around the world through the grace afforded us by Christ, through his Spirit, the traditions of the church and the examples of the early saints. Our witness encompassed work in local churches, conferences, global interaction, social justice, financial assistance for churches and educational pursuits.
LOCAL CHURCHES: At present we have New Millennium churches in Dunn and Greenville, North Carolina and partnerships with churches around North Carolina, New York and internationally. The local New Millennium churches are in their formative stages and are relatively small. The opportunities are available to anyone who wants to help to mold a future ministry that is bible based, Christ centered and fully intercultural. The emphasis for the next few years will be on building and establishing the NMM churches. Greenville is looking for a building and the Dunn church has the land and a small building. It will be looking towards a more adequate multipurpose building.
ORDINATION AND TRAINING have been highlights of this ministry. Whereas over the past ten years we have ordained over 25 ministers, some have fallen by the wayside. Concurrent with the actual ordination which takes place officially at the Saturday night of our annual conference, we offer a variety of coaching, training and seminars/ conferences suitable for the training of ministers. Very soon we hope to embark on a one year program to prepare individuals for ordination. It will meet on the last Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The rest of the work will be completed on-line. More information will be available later. For application for ordination, fill out the forms available on our website (newmillenniumministries.com) and mail them to the president, Dr. Dwarka Ramphal. The references should be notarized and mailed also. A background check is required for all applicants and a formal interview with the ordination committee will be scheduled. The applicant must also organize and present a formal presentation (such as a sermon). Over the past years, NMM has offered several scholarships for students attending M.Div. and Ph.D. programs at Campbell and Regent Universities.
ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Our first annual conference started in 2008 with a one day meeting and dinner. From there it blossomed into a weekend of relaxation, spiritual renewal, mental refreshment, emotional rejuvenation and general reconstruction of wholesomeness. Over the years, our annual conferences were held at the Beach Colony Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Preaching, teaching, singing, worship, prayer, fellowship, games and activities have all been part of our annual conferences and excellence in exegesis of scripture, our mainstay. Our main speakers ranged from denominational leaders, college presidents, deans, reputable pastors, and lay preachers.
EMPHASIS ON MEN, WOMEN, and YOUTH ISSUES: In addition to our annual conference, we also host mid-year conferences. Over the years we have hosted separate and corporate conferences focusing specifically on men, women, and youths. We have also hosted a diversity conference addressing issues dealing with Islam, racial justice and diversity in God’s true church.
GLOBAL OUTREACH: Over the years we have developed and participated in several leadership conferences, seminars and revivals in Guyana (South America), Kenya (East Africa), and the Bahamas (Caribbean). We also have NMM ministers and/or partners functioning in these areas and we work together to build a better world through our mutual interaction and fellowship.
SOCIAL JUSTICE: The ministry has addressed issues regarding refugees, discrimination at all levels in the United States and around the world. The responses have been encouraging and informative.
FINANCE: Our ministry is financed through voluntary donations from our partnerships, our ministers, our churches, interested individuals, and fund raising activities. All our churches are solvent and the ministry has a very stable financial status.
“And that about wraps it up. God is strong and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials… This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the devil and his angels… Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than mere words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life.” (Eph. 6:10-17. Message)