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Reidar Kvinge Leaves Norwegian Union Presidency for Evangelism

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.

North American Division Leaders Address Student Questions on Race, Gender, Sexuality and More

In the first of several planned unscripted conversations with college-age Seventh-day Adventists, North American Division leaders responded to submitted questions in a

Avondale Study Helps Church, Ministers Find Work–life Balance

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.

German-Swiss Conference Elects Stephan Sigg as President

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.

NAD Leaders to Young Adventists: 'Undiluted, Transparent, Let’s Talk'

The North American Division has planned a Facebook Live town hall meeting to engage college-age Adventists. NAD President Daniel Jackson and Executive Secretary G. Alexander Bryant will answer audience questions in an conversation they have said will be “undiluted, transparent.” The Tuesday, March 14 event, called “Is This Thing On?” will be livestreamed from the campus of Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. It is the first in a series of broadcasts planned for various Adventist universities.

More Upheaval at River Plate Adventist University

River Plate Adventist University (Universidad Adventista del Plata), the Seventh-day Adventist University in Entre Rios, Argentina, has announced the replacement of several senior leaders as repercussions of a smuggling scandal continue.

The university has been at the center of a legal inquiry into charges that university leaders in concert with the Argentina Union Conference and local ADRA personnel attempted to smuggle millions of pesos worth of electronic goods into the country without paying import tariffs.

Salvadorian Immigrant Brought to Adventist Hospital after Collapse in ICE Prison

On February 10, while in a Texas detention facility, 27-year-old Sara Beltran Hernandez had a seizure and collapsed. She was rushed to Texas Health Huguley Hospital, a Seventh-day Adventist facility in Fort Worth.

Kenyan Adventist Students Win Right to Worship on Sabbath – News Shorts

Kenyan Adventist Students No Longer Required at School on Sabbath. Kenyan Seventh-day Adventist students have the right to worship on Sabbath and will no longer be required to attend school on Saturday. The church argued that “Adventist students were . . . being denied the right to practice their faith in accordance with the fundamental tenets of their religion.” From Standard Digital, “No classes for SDA Students on Saturday, Court Rules.”

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