Bonnie Dwyer

Two Women of the Year Honored at GC

Two women who have served the General Conference with incredible spirit and grace were honored as Women of the Year at a Women’s Ministries (WM) Dinner Monday evening.

Annual Council 2015—Where Is The Real Mission Field?

Now that 92 percent of the 18.8 million Seventh-day Adventists live in the Global South, where are the mission fields today? In the secular north? In the 10/40 window?  In countries like Somalia and Yemen that have few if any Christians?

Annual Council 2015—General Conference Leaders Present "Appeal and Appreciation" on Ordination

On the first day of the General Conference Executive Committee’s Business Session, just before lunch, a document was brought to the floor responding to the San Antonio General Conference Session vote on ordination. Delegates were told that the General Conference and Division Officers have reviewed the document and approved it unanimously. But delegates were not asked to either discuss or vote on the document. It was simply read to them.

Annual Council Diary 2015—TMI's New Meaning

On Sunday, Andressa Duarte goes to the local radio station and records Bible stories for children, It is the first day of a busy week for the 13 year old. She has daily evangelism tasks. Tuesday she visits nursing homes, Wednesday is for social justice, Thursday she preaches in her home, Friday she holds a small prayer group, and Sabbath she invites kids to go to church with her.

Annual Council Diary 2015—Exploring Culture

Cross cultural communication got practiced extensively at “God’s Mosaic of Culture,” the 2015 Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Conference  that opened the General Conference Executive Committee’s annual meetings.

A Prayer for Ellen White and for Us

At 3:40 pm, Thursday, July 16, 2015, a small crowd of people gathered on the steps of Ellen White’s Elmshaven home in St. Helena, California to pause for a moment of silence and then prayer in honor of the co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church who died at that hour one hundred years ago in that house.

What’s Next? The New Agenda and the New Team

As the 60th General Conference Session in San Antonio came to a close, re-elected President Ted N. C. Wilson began to speak of what he envisions for the next five years. His three stated goals are: (1) Emphasizing Christ and His righteousness, (2) faithfulness, and (3) involvement of every church member in evangelism and witness. What activities will be initiated to fulfill the goals remains to be seen, but there were some early clues.

Testing, Testing... Electronic Voting Malfunctioning at General Conference

The 60th General Conference Session came to order on Thursday with 1,868 of the 2,566 delegates present, but the business session had barely begun when glitches started happening. First, it was the electronic voting mechanisms.

Woman Delegates, Geography, and the 14th Division at the General Conference Session

For the Seventh-day Adventist Church quinquennial session in July when 100 plus General Conference officials will be elected, a voting body of 2,566 delegates is created to handle the election and other church business.

In a recent story about how the delegates are picked, the Adventist News Network reported that 83% of the delegates are male and 17% female.

Joy to the World

A commentary on the Sabbath School Lesson for May 9: “Women in the Ministry of Jesus”

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