October 13, 2019 Annual Council Report (Sunday Evening Business Session)

October 13, 2019 Annual Council Report (Sunday Evening Business Session)

Session presided by Geoffrey G Mbwana, General Conference Vice President Selected items discussed and voted on:   Betina Krause to become Associate Director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Department of the GC. The vote carried. The tithe parity requires downsizing of the General Conference, thus the position she is leaving will not be fill

October 13, 2019 Annual Council Report (Sunday Morning Business Session)

October 13, 2019 Annual Council Report (Sunday Morning Business Session)

  Session presided by Artur A. Stele, General Conference Vice President Selected Reports on Mission G.T. Ng, Secretary of the General Conference Ng offered a brief historical incursion into the value Adventist pioneers placed on foreign missions. From the early phase of its existence, the Adventist church had a foreign mission board, chaired b

October 17, 2019 Jesus and Politics,  Pre-Opening Address

October 17, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Pre-Opening Address

  Introduction Attorney James Standish began his address by warning the audience that his presentation may be considered too controversial for some Adventists but he continued by proposing that Christianity as a faith cannot be simply lived out as “private piety” but that it must also impact the public square.   Standish then pointed out

October 12, 2019 Annual Council Report (Sabbath Sermon)

October 12, 2019 Annual Council Report (Sabbath Sermon)

Ted N. C. Wilson, General Conference President, spoke for the divine service. He noted that October 12 is pastor’s appreciation day and encouraged people to appreciate their pastors. Then he read Ephesians 2:8-10: “8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should

October 12, 2019 Annual Council Report (Sabbath School)

October 12, 2019 Annual Council Report (Sabbath School)

Soraya Homayouni offered the opening prayer. Ramon Canals, GC Director of Sabbath School & Personal Ministries, welcomed the attendees to the Sabbath School, reminding them that God is the Creator, Sustainer, and Reconciler of all life, of family relationships, and of the Church as Head of the body. He encouraged the audience to regard the Sabb

October 11, 2019 Annual Council Report

October 11, 2019 Annual Council Report

Worship: Hymn 212 – Tis Almost Time for the Lord to Come; Hymn 366 – O Where Are the Reapers; Handout – Hold Out Your Light Guillermo “Billy” Biaggi, vice president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, spoke briefly about the gatekeepers of 1 Chronicles 26, noting their leadership role in biblical times: they were assigned the treasures of the hous