A three-day conference, organized by 10 Seventh-day Adventist unions from across the globe, was announced this week. Scheduled for June 15-17, 2017 in London, the conference is “devoted to exploring the unity in diversity within the Seventh-day Adventist Church.”
The 10 unions involved represent four of the 13 world divisions (Inter-European Division, North American Division, South Pacific Division, and Trans-European Division).
In a watershed sermon on gender and sexuality, La Sierra University Church Senior Pastor Chris Oberg explored reproductive discontinuity and gender dysphoria with her husband Kerby Oberg, a scientist and professor at Loma Linda University. The sermon came during a series titled "The Skin We're In" in which the La Sierra Church pastoral staff wove conversations with congregants and community members into their sermons.
Zimbabwe Youth Blood Donations Break Local Records. Over 300 Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Seventh-day Adventist youth donated blood, a record-breaking number for the Matabeleland region. The church commemorated its Global Youth Day by combining community service with reaching out to the people. Apart from donating blood, Global Youth Day activities included street marches, lifestyle and health lessons on diabetes, nutrition, and cancer awareness presentations.
Thousands of Seventh-day Adventists impacted their communities in more than 100 countries on Saturday, March 18 during the annual Global Youth Day event.
As pictures and videos were shared on social media with the hashtag #GYD17, the campaign generated an impact of more than 137 million impressions across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This sets a new Seventh-day Adventist social media record.
March 15, 2017 | Pastor Reidar J Kvinge announced today that he is resigning as president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Norway. However, there is nothing dramatic in the reason for pastor Kvinge’s resignation even though his decision to resign came as a total surprise to most employees of the union.
“I have felt an ever increasing desire to be directly involved in evangelistic work. That is the reason why I am taking this step now,” said Kvinge.
The work–life imbalance of Seventh-day Adventist ministers revealed by academics at Avondale has helped the church in Australia rethink professional development.
A paper by Warrick Long and Peter Williams of Avondale Business School informs the new Ministry Development Process, which encourages ministers to talk about, resource, and develop a plan for their ministry. “Should pastors be available all the time?” reveals the findings of a study—the first of its kind—of 78 local church ministers.
The 145 delegates from 32 churches together with the pastors elected Dr. Stephan Sigg as president of the German-Swiss Conference (DSV) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for the next four years. Due to his commitments as head of the youth department for the Western- and Southern-European church organization (Inter-European Division, EUD), Sigg will only take up his new position after the International Youth Congress in Valencia, Spain, has taken place, anticipated in the autumn of 2017.