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Resources for the blind available to all people in the world

Sat, 2018-10-20 07:54
Christian Record Services for the Blind in collaboration with General Conference Special Needs Ministries publicly announced, at Annual Council in Battle Creek, Michigan, on October 17, their joint endeavor to provide resources to individuals with visual impairment in Divisions outside of North America. “The Seventh-day Adventist Church believes that people who are blind and those with low vision not only need to be reached with the gospel but also empowered to use the spiritual gifts God has...

Global Public Campus Ministries weekend to take center stage

Fri, 2018-10-19 23:05
Seventh-day Adventist university students who study in public campuses around the world will take part in a special weekend event coined as Global Public Campus Ministries (PCM) Weekend, October 19-21, 2018. The Global PCM Weekend aims to connect and involve students, academic and professionals in mission and service in their universities, home churches, and communities. It is the third such joint event organized by PCM Ministries around the world church. “We trust that our university students...

Church plants don’t happen by accident

Fri, 2018-10-19 22:59
A strategic decision to employ specialist discipleship coaches in Scandinavia and the Balkan regions of south east Europe is bearing fruit. An intensive four-day workshop in Serbia means 20 pastors from seven countries are now equipped and energized to plant churches in their local areas. Nikolaus Satelmajer and Simon Martin were appointed as Discipleship Coaches in October last year and, since taking office, have both been involved in a careful listening and mentoring exercise. For those in...

Questions on the Document Voted at #GCAC18

Thu, 2018-10-18 09:44
Following Sunday’s vote on the document “Regard for and Practice of General Conference Session and General Conference Executive Committee Actions”, many questions have been asked about the meaning of the vote and how it impacts church governance. In the following article, we try to answer some of these questions.  What was the document about? “Regard for and Practice of General Conference Session and General Conference Executive Committee Actions” is an attempt to answer one question and that...

Harmony with the World Church

Thu, 2018-10-18 09:40
On Sunday, October 14, the General Conference (GC) Executive Committee approved a document, Regard for and Practice of General Conference Session and General Conference Executive Committee Actions by a vote of 185 to 124. The decision was an extension of a vote by the GC Executive Committee at its October 2017 meeting.  The purpose of this voted document is to preserve the God-given, Bible-based authority of church organization and provide a redemptive process of enabling church entities to be...

Church leaders get a lesson on marmite and mission

Thu, 2018-10-18 08:49
As a boy growing up in Australia, Gary Krause enjoyed spreading Marmite on wholegrain toast for breakfast. He then ate the salty yeast spread with a sense of pride.  He knew that revenue from the sale of Seventh-day Adventist-produced Marmite was helping missionaries in South Pacific islands. “For me, it was a symbol of mission,” Krause said. “Every time I saw it, I remembered missionaries.” He had heard that Adventist missionaries also were spreading the gospel beyond the South Pacific. But...

2018 Secretary’s Report highlights mission

Wed, 2018-10-17 02:58
“Where are you physically and where are you prophetically are the two questions we’re going to try to answer during this report,” stated  G T Ng, executive secretary of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, during the opening remarks of his statement to the 2018 Annual Council delegates.  Known for his quizzes, Ng asked attendees to answer facts about each division. His final question? How many countries and territories does the United Nations recognize (235) and how many countries does the...

Adventist Church presents new ‘I Will Go’ strategic plan

Wed, 2018-10-17 00:46
The Seventh-day Adventist Church unveiled a five-year strategic plan called “I Will Go” and approved an updated mission statement that aims to more closely reflect the wording of Jesus’ Great Commission. The draft strategy pursues many goals of the current five-year plan, “Reach the World,” but simplifies the plan while retaining its sharp focus on spreading the gospel and nurturing church members. It will be voted on at 2019 Annual Council and, if approved, be implemented from the 2020 General...

New mission textbook launches at fall Annual Council

Wed, 2018-10-17 00:29
A new Adventist missions textbook is now available, thanks to the results of a study the Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research (ASTR) for the Adventist Church performed just a few years ago. The textbook was revealed onstage during the Sunday morning business session at the Fall Annual Council in Battle Creek, Michigan. Institute of World Mission (IWM) director Cheryl Doss related that according to the ASTR study, very few universities have mission classes or class resources. The IWM...

Treasury report emphasizes accountability, faithfulness in the use of funds

Tue, 2018-10-16 07:49
The Seventh-day Adventist Church takes the use of church monies very seriously, said General Conference treasurer Juan Prestol-Puesán in presenting the Treasury Report on October 14, 2018. Prestol-Puesán’s report, which opened the business sessions of the 2018 Annual Council in Battle Creek, Michigan, United States, shared some of the ways the church ensures a careful managing of its funds. “Tithe is sacred,” he noted, “and we do not deal with it trivially.” Substantial Tithe Increase ...

Adventist Church launches new service that encourages lifestyle of service

Tue, 2018-10-16 02:10
The Seventh-day Adventist Church launches VividFaith to connect people with mission opportunities. This service will be available as a website and an app.  Expanding on existing models of online volunteer recruitment such as Adventist Volunteer Services (AVS), VividFaith redefines mission service to include more than short- and long-term opportunities overseas.  “VividFaith is going to enhance our understanding of service and Adventist lifestyle,” says G T Ng, Executive Secretary of the...

Adventist Church embarks on ‘New Era’ in missionary work

Mon, 2018-10-15 21:05
Jeff Scoggins, a U.S.-based pastor and the son of missionaries, received a call to the Euro-Asia Division, a vast territory that encompasses Russia and many of the other former Soviet republics. Eight months later, he was flying with his wife, Becky, to Moscow to serve as field secretary in charge of Global Mission projects and strategic planning at the Euro-Asia Division.  Scoggins took one month of Russian-language lessons in preparation for the trip.  This scenario for becoming a...

Annual Council delegates vote to adopt compliance document

Mon, 2018-10-15 12:28
Following more than five hours of presentations and discussion, delegates to the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s annual meeting of its full Executive Committee approved a recommendation from the church’s Unity Oversight Committee (UOC) to create a new compliance process to assist with the need to implement church policies and voted actions. Today’s action, expressed in a vote of 185 to 124, with two abstaining, approved a document entitled Regard for and Practice of General Conference Session...

“Extraordinary Tithe” continues to fund mission

Sun, 2018-10-14 17:28
“Tithe is sacred,” noted Juan Prestol-Puesán, treasurer of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, “and we do not deal with it trivially.” Prestol-Puesán comments were made as part of an update for the General Conference Executive Committee on the Church’s use of a large tithe return that began in 2007.    An Unexpected Commitment  Prestol-Puesán’s financial report briefly rehearsed the history of this “extraordinary tithe,” a term used to designate sizable tithe returns given under special...

Adventists urged to be faithful like church pioneers

Sun, 2018-10-14 17:28
Seventh-day Adventists should emulate the church’s pioneers by being faithful and proclaiming the “good report” of Jesus’ soon return despite any obstacles, Adventist Church president Ted N.C. Wilson said at the church’s birthplace in Battle Creek, Michigan. Wilson, speaking in his annual pastoral address to church leaders, also warned against influences from inside and outside the church that seek “to derail and destabilize” its mission. The audience — comprised largely of world church...

“The Past with A Future---Looking Back to Move Forward Led by God”

Fri, 2018-10-12 20:16
Hebrews 10:23-25 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.  And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” What an enormous privilege to be in Battle Creek, Michigan, as we focus on “The Past with A Future-----Looking Back to Move Forward Led by God.”  The...

“The Past with A Future---Looking Back to Move Forward Led by God”

Fri, 2018-10-12 20:16
Hebrews 10:23-25 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.  And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” What an enormous privilege to be in Battle Creek, Michigan, as we focus on “The Past with A Future-----Looking Back to Move Forward Led by God.”  The...

Daily Devotional aid “Believe His Prophets” begins new cycle

Fri, 2018-10-12 20:16
On Sabbath, October 13, Adventist members from around the globe will begin reading through the Bible together. This is the third cycle through the scriptures for those who participate in the Believe His Prophets daily Bible reading plan. In October 2012, this Bible reading plan was unveiled as part of the global Revival and Reformation Initiative following the 2010 General Conference session. Titled Revived by His Word, this devotional aid was designed to encourage believers around the world to...

Hundreds receive free medical care at World Church Headquarters

Fri, 2018-10-12 20:16
In the wee hours of Sunday, October 7, hundreds lined up outside of the World Church headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. to receive free vision and dental care offered by The Hope Clinic, a one-day collaborative effort.  General Conference volunteers, along with partners Adventist Medical Evangelism Network (AMEN), Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC), the Hope Channel, ADRA, and Emmanuel-Brinklow Seventh-day Adventist Church (Ashton, Maryland), pooled resources to sponsor the 3rdannual...

President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Ted N.C. Wilson, calls for prayer ahead of the 2018 Annual Council.

Thu, 2018-10-11 00:37
Below is a transcript of a video Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, recorded calling for prayer ahead of the Annual Council Meetings in Battle Creek, Michigan. Greetings to each of you as members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church around the world-----almost 21 million of us.  Yes, I am speaking directly to each of you, our dear and faithful members of God’s Advent movement.  Soon the Annual Council of the General Conference Executive Committee will...

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