Adventist News Network

Global Public Campus Ministries weekend to take center stage
October 19, 2018 - 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... ... read more
Church plants don’t happen by accident
October 19, 2018 - 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... ... read more
Questions on the Document Voted at #GCAC18
October 17, 2018 - 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... ... read more
Harmony with the World Church
October 17, 2018 - 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... ... read more
Church leaders get a lesson on marmite and mission
October 17, 2018 - 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... ... read more
2018 Secretary’s Report highlights mission
October 16, 2018 - “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... ... read more
Adventist Church presents new ‘I Will Go’ strategic plan
October 16, 2018 - 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... ... read more
New mission textbook launches at fall Annual Council
October 16, 2018 - 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... ... read more
Treasury report emphasizes accountability, faithfulness in the use of funds
October 15, 2018 - 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 ... ... read more
Adventist Church launches new service that encourages lifestyle of service
October 15, 2018 - 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... ... read more
Adventist Church embarks on ‘New Era’ in missionary work
October 15, 2018 - 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... ... read more
Annual Council delegates vote to adopt compliance document
October 15, 2018 - 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... ... read more
“Extraordinary Tithe” continues to fund mission
October 14, 2018 - “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... ... read more
Adventists urged to be faithful like church pioneers
October 14, 2018 - 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... ... read more
Hundreds receive free medical care at World Church Headquarters
October 12, 2018 - 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... ... read more