Trust is an essential element to successful relationships in ministry. So how do you get it? Here are 11 sure ways to win the confidence of those you serve.Read More
In anticipation of the upcoming General Conference Annual Council, many women of the church, and many women who serve the church, are sensing themselves to be powerless, and disrespected as partners in the membership and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Our presence and our voice are largely absent from this conversation, even though we note one of the proposed compliance subcommittees is clearly about us. As a group of approximately two hundred professional women clergy, we share the conviction that nothing ought to be about us, without us.
Additionally, we share a consensus of concern over proposals regarding governance that do not represent the heart of protestant faith, biblical fidelity or authentic Adventism; a document that advocates an overreach, if not abuse, of power that obviously misunderstands our unique governance system.
As professional clergy, we listen to, and pastor a North American Division membership concerned and troubled by this proposal. We appeal to our elected leaders (i.e. the following groups: General Conference Administrative Committee, General Conference and Division Officers, and the General Conference Executive Committee) for a careful assessment and even spiritual accountability of how this proposed compliance process represents best leadership practices for the Adventist Church. The proposed compliance committee process will take us far from our roots as a movement.
We remain in prayer for the Holy Spirit's guidance as we continue to uphold the mission of our church.
Winter brings chilling temperatures that, in many areas, drop to single digits for days on end. As you prepare your church to withstand the effects of this cold weather, consider also preparing your facility to act as a temporary, warm, safe house for those experiencing homelessness in your local community. Here are a few things to keep in mind.Read More
Every pastor has a set of ministry hacks - tools, tricks of the trade, success secrets - that places their unique stamp on local church life, and fuels effective ministry across the church. Here are ten of my favorites.Read More
Well-meaning Adventist churches often do life and ministry in ways that are offensive to Jewish seekers. Here are some simple ways to adapt our Jewish outreach methods without compromising our message.Read More
Every five years the Seventh-day Church conducts a survey to discover what members believe, their experiences with the church, and how they live their daily lives. Here is a chance for your local church to participate.Read More
Growing Young Advcntists, a ministry of the North American Division, is preparing leaders in every union conferences to support, encourage, and equip local churches in effective young adult ministries.Read More