October 15, 2019 Annual Council Report (Tuesday Business Sessions)

October 15, 2019 Annual Council Report (Tuesday Business Sessions)

Tuesday Morning Business Session, Presided by Billy Biaggi, General Conference Vice President Selected Voted Action: The vote about deleting the paragraph below, which was tabled on Sunday was reopened and voted up with 170 (yes) to 65 (no). As a result, conference presidents from the division in which the annual meetings are held will not have voi

October 14, 2019 Annual Council Report (Monday Business Sessions)

October 14, 2019 Annual Council Report (Monday Business Sessions)

  Morning Business Session, Presided by Ella Simmons, General Conference Vice President Ted Wilson noted that the previous day’s motion to table the motion created confusion. He explained that the voted Rules of Order (6th edition) currently in effect are not consistently followed in all their technical language by all unions. While the voting

Surprises in the Numbers: The Adventist Church in Review

Surprises in the Numbers: The Adventist Church in Review

When church administrators gathered in 2013 to review the results of the first Global Church Member Survey, they expected to find some areas of concern, particularly in regard to doctrine. They weren’t surprised to find a subset of Adventists, especially in Western countries, expressing doubts about a recent six-day creation, Ellen White’s propheti

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 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