Adventist News

2018 Secretary’s Report highlights mission

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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”

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...