The legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government are currently seeking to repeal the Johnson Amendment, the 1954 provision in the U.S. tax code that prohibits all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations from endorsing political candidates.
Nearly 25 years ago, a young Auburn Adventist Academy student glimpsed firsthand the challenges facing his growing world church. Along with fellow members of the academy’s Sylvan Chorale, Andre Wang was in Indianapolis, Indiana, to perform at the 1990 General Conference session.
Sixteen eager Pathfinder teams from clubs around the Northwest raised their hands for the Pathfinder Pledge. They were ready for an intense afternoon in Gladstone, Oregon, on Sabbath, March 14 — The 2015 North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) Pathfinder Bible Experience.
Cuba may not regularly be on the personal radar of most Northwest Adventists, but worldwide evangelism has long been an active value within our members. When a unique window for gospel ministry opened there recently, one of our leaders, representing the North Pacific Union Conference's commitment to global mission, was there ready for action.
Young adults are vital to the current and future mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. But in many local church congregations, the millennial generation is increasingly absent. With the average age of church members hovering close to 60, the question seems obvious: In 10 more years, will the Adventist movement still be moving?
While Adventists seem to place great importance on outward behavior, such behavior is a poor predictor of their relationship with Christ. … In many cases [young adults] will become further committed to the lifestyle standards of Adventist doctrine, but only after internalizing them rather than conforming to them.
"For a long time, we’ve been talking about the need to minister better to young adults. We see our churches aging. We recognize that when the kids grew up, they quit coming to church. More than 60 percent of those who were in the church as kids have now disconnected in their 20s and 30s. We recognize the problem.
In six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Exodus 20:8, 11
Walla Walla University (WWU) and the University Church are partnering to equip, inspire, prepare and send out students who have not only studied and learned in classrooms, but who have practiced the skills they will use as they leave campus and join churches in the North Pacific Union Conference and beyond.
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