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Adventist Church to mark International Religious Freedom Day October 27

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Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders and others who support religious liberty will participate in marking Monday, October 27 as International Religious Freedom Day (IRFD).

The Adventist Church has promoted religious freedom since its founding and continues to highlight the freedom of conscience.

October 22, 2014 in From the World Church by

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Adventist leaders approve new administrative unit in Central America

The current South Central American Union Conference territory will divide into two unions to better support management of local ministry. One union will include Panama, and the other union will include both Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

A Seventh-day Adventist Church administrative unit in Central America will be reorganized into two sections, a step that underscores Church membership growth in the region.

Church leaders approved the change yesterday on the final day of Annual Council, a meeting of the Executive Committee, at the denomination’s headquarters.

October 17, 2014 in From the World Church by

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Suggested revisions to Adventist Church Manual include matters on discipline

Harald Wollan, is an associate secretary of the Adventist world church and secretary of the Church Manual Committee. Here he presents suggested revisions of the manual to delegates of Annual Council on Monday, October 13. Image by Viviene Martinelli

Delegates at the 2014 General Conference Annual Council this week agreed to amend some chapters of the Church Manual, including adding new details to further specify the reasons that members can face discipline.

The 13 reasons for which members can be disciplined—such as disloyalty to the church and physical violence—did not change. But the section that deals most closely with extramarital relationships was expanded to include details on specific definitions relating to sexual conduct.

October 17, 2014 in From the World Church by

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Adventist Church sets vote on women’s ordination for next July

Adventist Church Vice President Mike Ryan chairs Annual Council on Tuesday, October 14 as delegates overwhelmingly voted to place an item on the agenda of next year's General Conference Session asking if regional divisions may allow women to be ordained as ministers. The vote was 243 to 44, with 3 abstaining. Image by Viviene Martinelli

The Seventh-day Adventist Church as early as next July may decide to take a historic vote on whether to allow women to be ordained ministers.

The decision to allow for a vote was made today by the General Conference Executive Committee at the Church’s world headquarters during the 2014 Annual Council. A vote on women’s ordination could put an end to—or further prolong—a decades-old debate that has threatened to divide the denomination, according to those on both sides of the issue.

October 15, 2014 in From the World Church by

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Church leaders urged to hire pastors, not administrators

Adventist Church Treasurer Robert E. Lemon delivers the treasurer's report to Annual Council on Monday, October 13. Image by Ansel Oliver

The General Conference, the top administrative body of the Adventist Church, had 282 employees in 1995.

Today it has 287, an increase of only five employees.

But the Seventh-day Adventist world church has not remained the same. Membership soared from 8.8 million to 18.1 million over those 18 years, while the number of world divisions increased from 11 to 13, the number of unions grew from 94 to 125, and the number of missions grew from 459 to 602.

October 14, 2014 in From the World Church by

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Annual Council adopts recommended edits to Fundamental Beliefs

Adventist Church Vice President Ella Simmons chairs Annual Council while delegates discuss proposed edits to the Church's 28 Fundamental Beliefs, a few of which appear on the screen. Image by Ansel Oliver

October 13, 2014 | Silver Spring, Maryland, United States | Edwin Manuel Garcia/ANN A policy body of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Monday voted to adjust the language of a key fundamental belief to emphasize that creation was a “recent” event that took place during “six literal days.” The decision by representatives of the church’s [...]

October 14, 2014 in From the World Church by

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Church membership reaches 18.1 million

Adventist Church Secretary G. T. Ng delivers the secretary's report at Annual Council on Sunday, October 12. Image by Ansel Oliver

Membership in the Seventh-day Adventist Church has topped 18.1 million for the first time, but G. T. Ng, secretary of the Adventist world church, isn’t celebrating.

Ng expressed dismay about large losses.

“It’s easy to baptize them, but it’s much harder to retain them,” Ng said in an interview.

October 13, 2014 in From the World Church by

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Adventist Church Announces New Bible Reading Plan

A screenshot of the homepage for Believe His Prophets, a website that will host a new daily Bible reading from July 2015.

Revived By His Word, an online blog that tens of thousands of Adventists are using daily to read though the Bible, will not end when it reaches the book of Revelation next year.

Instead, the blog will relaunch under a new name, Believe His Prophets, and expand to include passages from the writings of church co-founder Ellen G. White, church leaders announced Friday evening.

October 13, 2014 in From the World Church by

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Surfer pastor, clinics, literature outreach are evangelism highlights this year

Evangelist Mark Finley holds a blood-stained Bible that reminded a man in Colombia of his religious roots. The anecdote was one of several stories told on Friday night and Saturday afternoon during the Council on Evangelism and Witness, which is a subset of Annual Council at the denomination's world headquarters. Image by Ansel Oliver

Church representatives from across the globe on Saturday shared their region’s most successful and unique initiatives to reach non-believers in the world’s largest cities—ranging from a pastor who witnesses on his surfboard, to a health clinic attended by thousands.

The initiatives were part of the Council on Evangelism and Witness report presented to delegates of the 2014 Seventh-day Adventist Annual Council.

October 12, 2014 in From the World Church by

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Ebola deaths include 16 Adventists in West Africa

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The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed the lives of 16 Seventh-day Adventists, a church official announced Saturday.

“The people are suffering,” said James Golay, president of the West Africa Union Mission, speaking from Liberia onto a video screen projected to hundreds of church leaders gathered at the denomination’s headquarters for the 2014 Annual Council.

October 12, 2014 in From the World Church by

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