BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. — One of the best known evangelists in Seventh-day Adventism has seen his salary slashed by 50 percent for suggesting that sermon times in the denomination should clock in at 20 minutes or less.
Dwight K Nelson, Senior Pastor of Andrews University-based Pioneer Memorial Church, made the suggestion while unveiling plans for Hope Trending, a boundary-pushing series of 20-minute TED Talks-style presentations for millenials debuting October 14.
“Dwight’s a good guy, but sometimes he goes too far,” said General Conference Director of Creative Discipline Tres Huelgas.
“It is impossible to cut a real Adventist sermon down to anything less than 40 minutes, not counting opening preambles and reminders about fundraisers.”
Huelgas said that since Nelson had the audacity to suggest cutting the traditional sermon length by 50 percent, administrators had decided to cut his pay in half.
Church leaders have counseled Nelson to proceed cautiously in presenting the Hope Trending series.
Huelgas warned Nelson that any unorthodox antics with the young audience could mean “saying goodbye to his ministerial credentials.”