"Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Savior mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, 'Follow Me'" (MH:143).


Del Dunavant
(916) 886-5618

Bernadette Johnson
Administrative Assistant
(916) 886-5615

The evangelism department wants to help our pastors and churches in three primary areas.
First, to build redemptive relationships with their community.
Second, to annually provide multiple reaping opportunities.
Third, to disciple all members to:
(1) develop a daily devotional experience,
(2) discover their calling and spiritual gifts for ministry, and
(3) join a lay ministry team or small group.

Elder Del Dunavant completed his theological studies at Loma Linda University and Andrews University, completing his doctorate in 1988.

From 1975 to 1999 Del pastored in the Northern California Conference in the following churches; Pleasant Hill, Paradise, Magalia, Stockton, and Santa Rosa. In addition to training his members for ministry, he taught at various Adventist colleges and universities. In 1998, Del began teaching “Church Growth” for doctoral students at our seminary at Andrews University. Since then Del has trained pastors in many countries in the area of church growth.

Soul winning has always been one of Del’s highest priorities. Not only has he held numerous evangelistic crusades and seminars, he led in two evangelistic crusades in the former Soviet Union. By God’s blessing, more than thirty new congregations have started because of Del’s leadership.

In 1999, Del began serving the Northern California Conference as the Director of Church Growth and Sabbath School Ministries.  In 2008, he transition from being the Sabbath School Director to being the Evangelism Director. Besides being a published author, Del is also a licensed consultant for Natural Church Development as well as a discipleship coach.

Del is married to Mary Ellen and they have two married daughters, Michelle and Kimberly. Del and Mary Ellen are also the proud grandparents of Brianna, Jonathan, Kaylen, Jocelyn, Michael, Mason and Vivian!

Deadline for Evangelism Request Forms: May 1 and November 1


Missional Group – Church Plant

Definition of a church plant in NCC: A healthy church plant in the Northern California Conference consists of a core leadership team engaged in the process of establishing a new mission-focused group that meets at least weekly to strategically minister to its community with the goal of growing His kingdom and becoming a self-sustaining and self-replicating congregation that glorifies God.

When God calls a person, a core group of people or a Congregation to plant a new church, this calling is confirmed by Northern California Conference through the following process:

1. The Process
• Sponsor Church Pastor & Church Planter utilize NCC Church planting Essentials.
• The idea of planting a new congregation is presented to the church leaders.
• A core team, which will be the nucleus of the new congregation, is identified within the membership of the sponsoring church(es).
• A shared strategic vision for the new congregation is created by the core team.
• The core team presents the vision and plan for establishing the new congregation to the church board of the sponsoring church and to the church in business session.
• The pastor submits an application on behalf of the church to the Evangelism Department.
• The Church Planting Advisory votes, to recommend to North California Conference Administration the formation of the new Missional Group.
• NCC Administration votes the new Missional Group into existence.

2. Missional Group Training and Launching
• Core team goes through the training on mission and policies that is required by the Northern California Conference for new church plants.
• The Conference designates a coach for the leader(s) of the new Missional Group.
• The pastor or lay leader will coordinate with the Executive Secretary and/or Evangelism Director the new church plant ceremony of the new missional group.
• The pastor, the church board(s) of the sponsoring church(es), and Church Planting Advisory, support and give leadership to the new missional group.

3. Becoming a self-Sustaining and Replicating Church
• The new missional group forms strategies for engaging (meeting community needs) for discipleship and evangelism.
• In time, the new Missional Group is expected to grow and mature in discipleship, leadership, member engagement in the community, conversion growth, attendance, and financial solvency.
• Remittances of tithe and offerings are accounted by the sponsoring church. The lay leader is required to attend the Lay Pastors training the Northern California Conference and other church planting Conference sponsored training events.
• The new missional core team is expected to be faithful members of the Northern California Conference.
• The Missional Group should be organized for specifically evangelistic reasons and can apply for Church Company status after a minimum of one year of existence as an approved missional group, as a minimum and an average of fifty (50) baptized members attending weekly services over a one-year period.


Fill out the application.


Download the Church Plant Story Board




Requesting Local Evangelism Forms
Instructions on how to download and use these forms

  1. Download and fill out either the manual form or the automatic form.
  2. In order to comply with labor laws, complete the Human Resources Information Form. (If an individual receives any funds for his or her services, complete this process otherwise go to Step Three.)
  3. Save the form to your computer, then e-mail to Del.Dunavant@nccsda.com adding the form as an attachment.
  4. Contact evangelism@nccsda.com to receive your approved funds within 60 days before your series.
  5. Complete and send the Closing Report within 60 days after your series. Guidelines (regarding what can be spent from evangelism funds)

Reimbursement Form for Bridging Events (Excel or Word) - E-mail form to evangelism@nccsda.com

Video Projector Loan Form - E-mail form to evangelism@nccsda.com



Small Group Training One - Handouts

Small Group Training Two - Handouts

Lay Ministry Training One "Discovering Your Ministry" - Handout and Powerpoint

Lay Ministry Training Two "Discovering Your Ministry" - Handout and Powerpoint

Discipleship 101




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