During its Annual Council business meeting on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, the General Conference (GC) executive committee voted 185 to 124 (with two abstentions) to approve a plan to seek uniform policy compliance throughout the world church.
Several years ago, my wife and I had the privilege to plant a new church in Tulsa, Okla. I freely admit we had no idea what we were doing. We didn’t just want to plant another church, but a church like we read about in the book of Acts. God had put it in our hearts to start a church that would be relentlessly focused on reaching people with the gospel. We decided if we were going to live that out, evangelism would have to be the primary activity of our church. Over the next 10 years, we did a lot of traditional public evangelism — somewhere around 50 evangelistic meetings.
"Come to the table. Come join the sinners who have been redeemed. Take your place beside the Savior. Sit down and be set free. Come to the table" (lyrics by Sidewalk Prophets).
In May 2018, 688 Pathfinders and staff attending this year’s Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) Pathfinder Fair sang this theme song before each worship talk, putting special emphasis on the idea of inviting all to come and fellowship with Jesus.
Family, friends, western Washington pastors and Washington Conference leaders filled the pews of the Poulsbo Church to support and celebrate the ordination of Ryan Rogers, Poulsbo Church pastor, on June 3, 2018.
Finally, after the hail, the rain and the floods, there was a reason to celebrate in Roundup, Mont.
Every year the city celebrates the 4th of July with a big party called RIDE: or the Roundup Independence Day Extravaganza. This four-day event has kids' activities, concerts, rodeos (when there aren't floods), fireworks and parades. This was the 14th year of the RIDE celebration.
Camp meeting. It was never really about camping.
Through the years, thousands of God’s children have Come to Meeting with pup-tents, family tents, funny little bicycle tents, trailers, campers, motor homes and even an occasional sleeping bag rolled out on an ancient army blanket.
But it’s never really been about camping.
This is where many of us make our finest lifelong friends.
Where we eat Pronto Pups and laugh with new friends.
Tacoma (Wash.) Samoa-Tokelau, Samoan Southside (Tacoma) and Des Moines (Wash.) Samoan church members gathered together for a two-week Youth Revival series, May 13–24, 2018, under the direction and leadership of Fred Toailoa, Tacoma Samoa-Tokelau Church pastor.
Recently I watched a TED Talk during which organizational consultant Yves Morieux discusses the lack of positive change in organizations. In my estimation that includes churches. He suggests the root of our issues relate to “complicatedness.”
A newly baptized Adventist phoned our home, distraught about a Bible study promoted in her church’s bulletin. She brought her Bible but discovered they were studying Ellen White’s Early Writings.
“I love reading Ellen White,” she protested, “but this is supposed to be a Bible study!”
“It is a Bible study,” they insisted. “We focus on verses Sister White quotes — that ensures we are studying the most important Bible texts for Adventists.”