10.11 Annual Council 2017: Ending on an Uplifting Note

10.11 Annual Council 2017: Ending on an Uplifting Note

The last day of the 2017 Annual Council was filled with inspiration. It truly brought this year’s meetings to an end in a positive and uplifting way. Elder Wilson's introduction to the morning worship set the tone for the day. He informed the delegates that Wayne Blakely, the speaker from Coming Out Ministries, was uniquely positioned to help the c

10.10 Annual Council 2017: The Bucket Is Leaking

10.10 Annual Council 2017: The Bucket Is Leaking

The third day of the 2017 Annual Council began rather anticlimactically. There were looks of joy and looks of sorrow, looks of defeat and looks of gloating. All in all, however, the atmosphere was one of peace. The morning's business session focused around nurture & retention of members within the Adventist church. Dr. David Trim, with his dry

10.9 Annual Council 2017: How Muddy Can It Get?

10.9 Annual Council 2017: How Muddy Can It Get?

Monday was the day—the big day. This was the day when Annual Council was to discuss proposals for church unity and reconciliation. It was a day that was expected to be volatile and filled with anger—a day that could split the Church. What happened was not what was expected. The morning began with a worship from Heidi Carpenter and Ranela Kaligithi,

10.8 Annual Council 2017: Can We Overcome?

10.8 Annual Council 2017: Can We Overcome?

For several months prior to the opening of this year’s Annual Council, there has been a general concern about the atmosphere and possible ramifications of the upcoming non-compliance disciplinary vote.   However, over Sabbath, there was a sweet spirit and an overall atmosphere of unity. The day began with a wonderful worship message by Dr. Mic

Dan Jackson on NAD/GC Compliance: “This Is a Time When We Must Pull Together”

Dan Jackson on NAD/GC Compliance: “This Is a Time When We Must Pull Together”

On September 15, 2017, Elder Dan Jackson, President of the North American Division, held a live webinar with ministerial directors and church administrators from across the NAD. The webinar centered around a number of topics, including the issue of union/division compliance with the General Conference (in the context of the 2015 women’s ordination