News for April 2016

A SWOT Analysis from Jesus

April 22, 2016 / Martin Weber

A time-tested evaluation tool for corporations and other secular institutions is the SWOT analysis. It summarizes significant strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to that organization.

Corporations hire consultants to conduct a SWOT analysis of their operation. But some organizations have no interest in a searching and fearless inventory. Perhaps their leaders are too careless, ignorant, insecure or arrogant to care about the corporate good.

Young Adults Gather for '#TinderTimes'

April 12, 2016 / Randy Maxwell

If you have to ask what “Tinder” is, you’re probably not using social media to find a date. Taken from the name of the popular dating app, #TinderTimes was a dating, love and marriage “life conversation” for young adults hosted by the Renton Church on Feb. 20.

AAA Students Step Away to Step Up

April 12, 2016 / Stacy Tejel

Fourteen peer-selected students from Auburn Adventist Academy spent a day away from campus as they sought God’s will in a new way.

Along with their Bible teachers, Karyle Barnes and Katelyn Campbell, the students spent a day of reflection at Sunset Lake Camp in Wilkeson preparing for their roles in student week of prayer.

Milo's Camp Umpqua Expands

April 12, 2016 / Kathy Hernandez

Milo Adventist Academy’s Camp Umpqua in Days Creek is expanding. Six new cabins have been framed in, and plans are in progress to complete the project in 2016 so that the camp will be available for church retreats and Pathfinder camporees.

Camp Umpqua was named in 1955 and was used as the Oregon Conference youth camp from 1955 to 1961. About 400 young people participated each summer at a cost of $20 per camper, which included round-trip transportation on Greyhound buses (per Gleaner articles archived at

Big Picture of Ministry

April 11, 2016

Julia Armstrong, a student at Northwest Christian School in Puyallup, served as a page for a week in February in the Washington State House of Representatives, as sponsored by state Rep. Pat Sullivan (D-Covington). Pages perform a wide variety of responsibilities, from presenting the flags to distributing amendments on the House floor.

De León Begins Hispanic and Ministerial Role

César De León will begin a new role in June as the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) vice president for Hispanic ministries and director of ministerial and evangelism efforts. De León will be coming to the NPUC from the Central California Conference headquarters in Clovis, Calif., where he has directed the ministerial and evangelism departments for that region since 2011.