Department Report

Fast Facts

African-American Adventists celebrated their 35th Annual Convocation in May 2011.

There are more than 140 Pathfinder clubs throughout the Northwest.

During the past five years, regional members have contributed more than $7.3 million dollars in tithe and baptized 750 new members.

Summary

The North Pacific Union Conference facilitates networks and events to help maintain both a sense of cultural identify and unity by fostering an active multicultural and multigenerational work. The director promotes issues of diversity, family life and human relations throughout the Northwest.

Mission

To provide financial and spiritual support to Northwest regional work and resources for conferences to empower youth for Christ-centered ministry.

What's Been Accomplished

Regional Convocation — Added new programming to provide training, spiritual nurture and fellowship for regional church members.

Pathfinders/Youth — Provided leadership and support for 3,000 Northwest Pathfinders attending the NAD 2009 Camporee in Oshkosh, Wis., as well as youth and Bible conferences held throughout the Northwest and beyond.

NAD Regional Ministry — During the past five years, distributed funds from the NAD Special Assistance and Capital Reversion funds to help the regional work in the Northwest.

Prison Ministry — Sponsored NPUC Prison Ministry Convention in April 2009. Provided training and networking for prison ministry volunteers.

Training Subsidies — Provided subsidies to NPUC youth leaders to attend continuing education workshops.

Walla Walla University — Encouraged and assisted ethnic students to attend WWU to increase the enrollment of multicultural students. Co-sponsored Black History weekend and College Days.

The Challenges Ahead

Membership Growth — We need to increase ethnic membership with the support of a union-wide African-American full-time evangelist and a full-time Bible worker in each church.

Church School Attendance — We must find new sources of funding to increase the number of minority students attending Adventist schools.

Church Building Funds — We will assist in funding the purchase of new church buildings for regional congregations currently renting.

September 01, 2011 / Feature