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Is the Adventist Church Missing $12 Billion?

02 April 2012 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States [Ansel Oliver/ANN] How much money would the Seventh-day Adventist Church have for mission each year if world membership records were accurate and each member returned a faithful tithe? About US$14 billion.


Evangelism among Postmoderns – Norwegian Pastors Sharpen Skills

29 March 2012 Royse Norway [Tor Tjeransen, tedNEWS] “How could your church bridge the gap between the church and postmoderns?” That was one of the questions Dr Miroslav Pujic posed to forty Adventist pastors in Norway at a pastor’s meeting designed to sharpen their skills in communicating with postmoderns. The pastors met at Tyrifjord junior college 25.-27. March.


Newbold College Partners with University of Winchester

29 March 2012 Bracknell, United Kingdom [tedNEWS] For the past few months Newbold College has spent much time preparing for institutional approval to become a partner institution of the University of Winchester. The College received such approval on Wednesday 28 March 2012 and so is now permitted to submit its Theology programmes to the University for validation.


Seminar on 'Sexual Abuse of Children'

28 March 2012 Zagreb, Croatia [Tunde Torma, tedNEWS] A seminar on the topic ‘Sexual Abuse of Children’, organised by Children and Youth Department of Adriatic Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, was held in Zagreb, Croatia on 18 March 2012. The seminar was organised for teachers and others that are involved in work with children.


Creative Use of Media Makes the Difference in Croatia and Slovenia

23 March 2012 Zagreb, Croatia [Darko Kovacevic, tedNEWS] A hundred fifty participants gathered on 17-18 March 2012 in Zagreb, Croatia for the media conference organised by the Adriatic Union of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The main purpose of the meeting was to explore the possibilities in social media, photography, writings and video production. All the participants at the media conference agreed that media has a power and has already made an impact on the society which creates the values that people follow. Therefore we as a church need to be there and share the ancient values found in the Bible using this medium.


"I Need You, God!" - Mission Conference in Skoplje

22 March 2012 Skoplje, Macedonia [Laszlo Gallusz, tedNEWS] Two hundred participants gathered on 09-11 March 2012 in Skoplje, Macedonia for a Mission Conference organised by Macedonian Mission and the South-East European Union of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (SEEUC). The conference was attended by leaders and members of the church from all districts of Macedonia, who were eager to participate in the mission of the church. Macedonian Mission’s focal emphasis of the outreach is ‘small groups’ ministry, as the church wishes to place the preaching of the gospel back to a home-setting as model of how Christianity started almost 2000 years ago. The main speaker at the conference was Pr Janos Kovacs-Biro, Evangelism and Church Planting Director at the Trans-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventists. Pr Kovacs-Biro focused on the importance of the establishment of small groups and house churches in the country.


Moving Conversion Story

22 March 2012 Leknes, Norway [Tor Tjeransen, tedNEWS] During a weekend on contextualisation March 16-18 the audience in the Leknes Seventh-day Church in North Norway heard the moving story of Richard Elofer’s conversion from the Jewish faith to Adventism. Richard had his early years in Morocco but his family had to move to France. There Richard went to a rabbinic school to strengthen his Jewish convictions. Not long after Richard’s celebration of his Bar Mitzwa he visited a class mate from his class in the state school. The friend happened to be an Adventist. Richard was very impressed with these Christians who celebrated the seventh-day Sabbath. Every time he visited the home of his Adventist friend, they read the Bible together. Richard saw that the Adventist understanding was correct according to the Bible he had received.


Emotional Intelligence: The Most Important Leadership Quality?

Arriving in a new district or taking up a new position in an organisation is always fraught with anticipation, uncertainty and worry. This was particularly true when my husband took a pastoral position in an area with which he was not familiar.   Shortly upon arrival, one well-meaning church member offered him very insightful advice. He said: ‘You cannot tell the people from our region what to do; you can only invite them to follow you’. What are the leaders’ characteristics that will inspire others to follow?  


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