The One Project Shuts Down

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The One Project Shuts Down

An unexpected announcement was made today (Friday, August 18, 2017) by the One project leadership in which it was stated that the ministry would host its last gathering in February 2018, bringing an end to the One project. The full statement from the One project has been reproduced below:

Not Goodbye, but . . . Until
“Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” —2 Corinthians 13:11

It started with a small group of pastors in a hotel room in Denver in 2011 and became something much bigger than any of us could have imagined—a global phenomenon that has brought Jesus back to the center of the lives of thousands of people. Christ-centered people go on to inspire others—and those of you who have attended gatherings over the past seven years are a testament to this truth. You’ve made a difference in your local churches, and in your families, workplaces, and communities.

We have always known that it couldn’t last forever, and have spent the past year contemplating how and when to draw this particular phase of our journey to an end. The Scriptures remind us that, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens . . . a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them” (Ecclesiastes 3:1,5).

The final One project gathering will take place in San Diego, California, February 11-12, 2018. This bittersweet but ultimately celebratory gathering—which will no doubt contain as many tears as smiles—will focus on the theme “Oh, How I Love Jesus!”

The final three gatherings in our calendar—Atlanta (Oct 21-22, 2017), Sydney (February 3-4, 2018), and San Diego (February 11-12, 2018), will be available only to those physically present. No audio or video recordings will be made.

Thank you to every one of you who have faithfully supported the One project over the past seven years, whether through your attendance at gatherings, your donations, your kind words of affirmation, or your prayers. We will always treasure the Christ-centered relationships we’ve built as the result of the One project. We won’t say “goodbye;” we’ll simply say “until.”

We are already looking forward to the next chapter in our local churches. If you’re interested in collaborating with people from all over the world on local church ministry, it might be a good idea to save this date: October 19-23, 2018.

Jesus. All.

As we receive more updates they will be posted here on our website.

Click here for an in-depth look at the One project’s ministry and  legacy.

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Ingram London is a consulting editor for The Compass Magazine.

  • Ricky Kearns

    What can one say? This was a forest fire that was doomed to exhaust itself. Unfortunately embers will land again and have an equally vacant effect on Adventism.
    I know of one former pastor who vacated his post following his attendance at a ‘gathering’. I am sure that there were extenuating circumstances, but his attendance and focus on this ‘jesus’ did not win his heart.
    There has been little redeeming in this movement–as with a wildfire. Appeals to some of the leaders have been ignored. What is amazing is that there was no shortage of Adventist Institutions as sponsors and funds to ignite this blaze. The NAD was hoping that this was the panacea to OUR woes, but the One Project has turned out to be the flint rock of discontent with its sights on the ‘local church’. Lord help us.

    • Nate Hellman

      Did you attend any of the gatherings? I am guessing you probably didn’t as your comments paint a totally foreign picture compared to an actual One Project experience.

      • Adam Ferguson

        Hi Nate. The one project have posted dozens of videos of the gatherings on their website in order to apprise us of what happens at the gatherings. Some of it is very good. More of it is spiritually defeating. A one-dimensional Jesus in the reduction of traditional Adventist identity. No thanks.

  • Bronwyn Reid

    Ricky Kearns: your comments are not only ignorant and arrogant in their assumptions, they are wrong in their negative assessment of the impact of The One Project. Did you ever attend a One Project gathering? I have attended several One Project gatherings in Australia and can testify to the tremendous blessing they were to myself and to hundreds, if not thousands, of fellow believers. The work of the enemy, who is the father of lies, is to be the accuser of the brethren. Perhaps it is the critics of the One Project who are a “forest fire doomed to exhaust itself”. Lord help us if we forget to make Jesus the centre of our message and mission.

  • Bronwyn Reid

    The Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people through Elders Waggoner and Jones. This message was to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted Saviour, the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. It presented justification through faith in the Surety; it invited the people to receive the righteousness of Christ, which is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God. Many had lost sight of Jesus. They needed to have their eyes directed to His divine person, His merits, and His changeless love for the human family. All power is given into His hands, that He may dispense rich gifts unto men, imparting the priceless gift of His own righteousness to the helpless human agent. This is the message that God commanded to be given to the world. It is the third angel’s message, which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, and attended with the outpouring of His Spirit in a large measure.–TM 91, 92 (1895).

    The message of Christ’s righteousness is to sound from one end of the earth to the other to prepare the way of the Lord. This is the glory of God, which closes the work of the third angel.–6T 19 (1900).

    The last message of mercy to be given to the world is a revelation of His character of love. The children of God are to manifest His glory. In their own life and character they are to reveal what the grace of God has done for them.–COL 415, 416 (1900).

    • Nate Hellman

      As He is the center of the One Project gatherings. 🙂

    • Adam Ferguson

      Well Bronwyn, that’s part of what she says. Yes. here are some of the other parts:

      “In a special sense, Seventh-day Adventists have been set in the world as watchmen and light-bearers. To them has been entrusted the last warning for a perishing world. On them is shining wonderful light from the Word of God. They have been given a work of the most solemn import—the proclamation of the first, second, and third angels’ messages. There is no other work of so great importance. They are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention.” Testimonies 9, p 19.

      From its inception the one project leadership made it clear that Jesus was not the only message of the movement. The other message was a reduction of traditional Adventist identity. A downplay of the three angels message. portrayal of Adventists as one of many puzzle pieces among other churches.

      One on one I have found the one project leaders to be very affable people. but what they created hurt faith.

      • Bronwyn Reid

        Adam Ferguson; there was no dualism in Ellen White’s understanding between the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s proclamation of the Third Angel’s Message and uplifting Christ and His Righteousness as our church’s central message. Ellen White believed they were one and the same message and she wrote: “Several have written to me, inquiring if the message of justification by faith is the third angel’s message, and I have answered, ‘It is the third angel’s message in verity.’ ” —Review and Herald, April 1, 1890.

        “If through the grace of Christ His people will become new bottles, He will fill them with the new wine. God will give additional light, and old truths will be recovered, and replaced in the framework of truth; and wherever the laborers go, they will triumph. As Christ’s ambassadors, they are to search the Scriptures, to seek for the truths that have been hidden beneath the rubbish of error. And every ray of light received is to be communicated to others. One interest will prevail, one subject will swallow up every other,-Christ our righteousness.”-The Review and Herald. December 23, 1890.

    • Daniel

      Bronwyn, if Jesus is to be the central focus of the Adventist church, then why do so many keep referring back to Ellen White (as you have done here) rather than
      encouraging people to search the Scriptures for a first hand understanding; laying the foundation and preparing them for the time when the indwelling Spirit of God reveals Jesus Christ to them?

      The question must be asked: Who is the “Author and Finisher of our Faith”?
      How can we know Jesus unless we experience Him working in our lives and hearts individually? Sure, all Christians are to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But once people have heard of Him, it’s their responsibility to turn to the Holy Scriptures which testify of Him, as does the Spirit.

  • SoCalJody

    Maybe the youth were not ready for Leonard Sweet (SpiritVenture Ministries) and SDA leaders trained at George Fox University (founded by Quakers). Maybe the stigma was too great; maybe the message too loosy-goosey and foreign? Maybe this needed to be a grass roots movement rather than a top down press on the college age youth. Jesus did not just say “Love me; love me; love me.” Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” Maybe the youth are looking for food beyond milk?
    Maybe this movement has plans not shared yet. Wisdom would include what has been learned from the collaboration/integration with Sunday churches?

  • Daniel

    I can understand non-Adventists questioning Adventist beliefs; but why do so many Adventists attack each other? Who is the author of this divisive spirit?

    • SoCalJody

      Author of divisive spirit? My opinion: Progressive SDAs who went to George Fox University to earn master degree at the feet of Leonard Sweet, then came back to launch the One Project for SDA youth. SDA youth came, saw, then went away . . .
      Can SDA youth be SDA now without older SDAs force feeding Sunday-folks theories?
      Can SDA youth now set their own agenda?

      • Daniel

        Thanks for your reply.

        However, you haven’t answered my questions. My apologies if they were indirect or leading in any way.

  • Carol Avila Elder

    It is ambiguous at best, and a means to losing our salvation at worst to claim “Jesus. All.” and yet not look to scripture for what this Jesus “looks like” and requires of His children. You see the enemy’s sole desire was and still is to be “Jesus”, and it is the scripture’s sole purpose to define the difference between the two that we are not deceived into falling in love with the counterfeit, therefore, loosing site of the One Way to salvation, Jesus Christ our Lord, the Son of God. These scriptural teachings/doctrines are the very “word of God”, why would they not be read over time and again, knowing each time we see the beauty of Christ even more clearly than the last. It is only by prayer and scripture that people will not be deceived. The experience and beauty of relationship with Jesus as we are in obedience to His word is far greater than the experience gained apart from His word. The two cannot be separate. Our God has a very distinct voice, and it’s found only in the bible.

    I never believed the One Project was ending. It made every bit of sense it was evolving, having learned from seven years of valuable experience. Key leaders are taking the reins in the new movement, “Convergence.” This is the “new” One Project. It does not espouse the bible, the word of God, to be the sole measure of truth and faith. This is all professed Seventh-day Adventist Christians need to know to keep from turning into seemingly new and enlightening paths. I will stay with scripture, and scripture alone. And because Ellen G. White is God’s messenger to those living at the time before the Lord’s return, and because She always turns the reader back to God’s word, because she takes no glory in inspiration given her to share with a lost and dying world but glorifies God in all she was instructed to write, hers are the books also found in our house, and in our hands.

    Don’t chase apparitions. Jesus is real, He’s loving, kind, embraceable, longsuffering, and patient … He is forgiving, direct, and He disciplines those He loves. He is Savior to the sinner who seeks to be saved, and a Father Who commands His children in the way they should go. His ways are narrow, not many people seek such a rocky road. His Spirit is far reaching, cutting to the soul and spirit, separating out self, replacing the heart with a mind that will choose to follow Jesus where ever He leads. This leading is spiritual and contrary to the teachings and ways of the world. And because the world hated Jesus, they will also have hatred toward His children, who are a reflection in belief and living, of our precious Lord.

    I find all this in scripture. I believe … in God’s word. Alone. The two witnesses. The new and old testaments that testify of the law of God, the plan or way of Salvation, and His soon return.