23 March 2017 | St Albans [Victor Hulbert] Seventh-day Adventists across Europe again mourn the unnecessary loss of life and injury incurred during an attack outside the UK Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 22 March 2017. We particularly feel and pray for those families and individuals whose lives have been affected by this tragedy.
22 March 2017 | Røyse, Norway [ Wider Ursett / tedNEWS] Victor Marley was elected this week by the Norwegian Union Executive Committee as the new leader of the Seventh-day Adventist church in Norway. This follows the 15 March resignation of Reidar J. Kvinge, enabling him to focus more directly on evangelism.
20 March 2017 | Sweden [Marcos Paseggi, Senior Correspondent, Adventist Review] A retired Seventh-day Adventist pastor has been raising money for the needy for over 80 years in Sweden, most of that time to support Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) projects around the world. Evert Johansson, who will turn 95 next month still goes skiing and chops firewood to keep fit. He has also been involved in healthy living education and the defense of religious liberty for decades.
17 March 2017 | Stockholm, Sweden [Rainer Refsbäck] On Thursday, 9 March, Swedish Radio news and other media highlighted that the small Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sweden is behind the change in how the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (SweSAT) will be administered. Beginning in 2018 the test will be offered alternately on Sunday and Saturday, instead of only on Saturdays. The SweSAT, or högskoleprovet in Swedish is one important way to gain admission to higher education.
16 March 2017 | St Albans, UK [Victor Hulbert] How do you really know what ministers need? For Patrick Johnson, Trans-European Division Ministerial Association secretary, the answer is simple: get alongside them. Last week, 5 – 10 March, he did exactly that, accompanied by TED president, Raafat Kamal.
15 March 2017 | Røyse, Norway [Tor Tjeransen] Pastor Reidar J Kvinge announced today that he is resigning as president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Norway. However, there is nothing dramatic in the reason for pastor Kvinge’s resignation even though his decision to resign came as a total surprise to most employees of the union.
8 March 2017 | St Albans, UK [Victor Hulbert with Andrew McChesney/Adventist Mission] “A major drive to engage every church member in Total Member Involvement (TMI) has helped propel the Seventh-day Adventist Church past 20 million members for the first time in its history,” states Andrew McChesney, writing for Adventist Mission.
8 March 2017 | Binfield, UK [Helen Pearson] The March Diversity Lecture at Newbold College on Tuesday, 7 March, focused on a subject dear to the hearts of Seventh-day Adventists – religious liberty. Dr David Landrum, Director of Advocacy at the Evangelical Alliance spoke about the development of contemporary ideas about free speech and the implications of those ideas for Christian life and witness in a secular society.
7 March 2017 | St Albans, UK [tedNEWS] Recognising the importance of health and wellbeing within the context of European Adventism the Health Ministries department is expanding its programme across the Trans-European Division. This is a result of a newly formed collaboration between Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing in Australia and the TED.
2 March 2017 | Budapest, Hungary [Imre Tokics] In recognition of Professor Jenő Szigeti’s 50 years of service, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hungary presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Budapest Central Adventist church on Sabbath, 25 February 2017.
15 February 2017 | St Albans, UK [Victor Hulbert] The Executive Committee of the Trans-European Division of Seventh-day Adventists today voted a strong request to the General Conference that consideration be given to issuing a single credential for those in ministry, or to alternately amend existing credentials making them more inclusive.
13 February 2017 | Binfield, UK [Helen Pearson] Give a lecture a thought provoking title and you will capture an audience. That was certainly true on Tuesday, 7 February as a capacity audience actually overflowed into the corridor for Newbold’s first Diversity Lecture for 2017, ‘Moving beyond Immature Faith – a psychiatrist’s perspective’.
13 February 2017 | Ljubljana, Slovenia [Patricija Virtič] Extremely cold temperatures, wind and snow around Europe have claimed many casualties. Vulnerable people, including refugees are dying from hypothermia. With this kind of weather, even in Greece, ADRA Slovenia started a project, ‘Let’s warm them!’
10 February 2017 | St Albans, UK [Kirsty Watkins / tedNEWS] With the UK and Ireland being among the last countries in Europe to release the Mel Gibson blockbuster Hacksaw Ridge, Adventist communities, and especially youth, have been taking advantage of every opportunity to share their faith.
9 February 2017 | Oslo, Norway [Tor Tjeransen] With a significant number of Adventist members working in the health professions, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Norway has organised a Health Association to better meet the needs of their communities.
9 February 2017 | Belgrade, Serbia [Victor Hulbert] There is nothing better than the satisfaction of giving away money for mission – and then finding those possibilities of mission multiplied. A report of no less than six mission projects from the South East European Union, part-funded by the Trans-European Division Creative Initiatives Evangelism fund, is a case in point.
7 February 2017 | St Albans, UK [Victor Hulbert] While many complain at the UK government pushing the retirement age up to 68, eighty-year-old Alan Redfern is still going strong as Assistant director of the General Conference Auditing Service at the Trans-European Division office in St Albans, England.
6 February 2017 | Kaunas, Lithuania [Jurgita Kregždaitė] Adventist church pastors need more than just theology. In the modern world they also need a clear understanding of media. How do you make a picture tell a story? What can make an article or news report not only interesting, but also relevant? What’s the point of social media?
7 February 2017 | St Albans, UK [Audrey Andersson] It is with great sadness that we announce the death of former TED Treasurer, Bill Olson, on Thursday, 19 January 2017. Bill served as Treasurer in the Trans-European Division from September 2000 to February 2004.
30 January 2017 | Watford, UK [John Surridge / tedNEWS] On Sunday, 22 January General Conference Associate Secretaries John Thomas and Claude Richli flew to the UK, from Washington DC and Bangkok respectively, to help lead the first ever TED run Secretariat evaluations covering both Union and Conference level. Trans-European Division Secretariat had evaluated all the Unions within its territory during the previous five years, but this was the first time to roll out the programme to Conference level using a brand new, electronic evaluation tool.
26 January 2017 | Katerini, Greece [Slavica Marčeta] Croatian Adventist youth have found a more rewarding way to make good use of their winter holidays. After meeting Tihomir Lipohar of ADRA Germany who is supervising work in Greece, they chose to volunteer at a refugee camp in Katerini, just south of Thessaloniki, 26 December – 8 January 2017.
26 January 2016 | Nottingham, UK [Peter Jeynes with Tamara Bloom] With 2017 declared as #reformation500 across the world, a youth leader and cinematographer in the North England Conference (NEC) have combined their skills to develop a series of 52 short reformation videos. Each episode, released weekly, sets out to detail the spiritual roots of Christians from the 4th until the late 18th century.
24 January 2017 | Novi Sad, Serbia [Lászlo Gallusz] Despite sub-zero temperatures and a flu epidemic running at its peak, church members in Novi Sad, Serbia were impressed that some 100 hundred visitors joined with 200 Adventist members for five public lectures focused on the ‘Quest for the Meaning of Life’.
24 January 2017 | Binfield, UK [Natasha Mirilov] Over one thousand pastors and lay-members from across the South England Conference (SEC) packed Newbold College’s auditoriums and Newbold Church to attend an annual Evangelism Expo on Sunday, 8 January, making it the largest attended event of its kind.
18 January 2016 | St Albans, UK [Victor Hulbert] How can a small religious book published 125 years ago still be making an impact today? Walk down the corridors of the Trans-European Division office and staff will soon tell you why.
19 January 2017 | St Albans, UK [Victor Hulbert] While Hacksaw Ridge may have left cinema screens in some parts of the world, and was outshone by La La Land in the recent Golden Globe Awards, the impact of the man behind the film is still making a real difference in countries where the film is, only now, on release.
18 January 2017 | Birmingham, UK [Peter Jeynes] In a first meeting of its kind, Officers and Directors of the Trans-European Division (TED) travelled to Birmingham in the English midlands to meet with the worker force of the North England Conference (NEC).
11 January 2017 | St Albans, UK [Victor Hulbert] Four building projects and a multitude of children’s outreach initiatives will benefit from the 13th Sabbath offering for the first quarter of 2017. These will include a men’s dormitory at a secondary school in Croatia, a new church and centre of influence in Dublin, Ireland, retasking an old church for mission in central Oslo, Norway, and the building of a Hope Channel media centre in Poland. The final project is to further develop Children’s ministry outreach programmes that are already having surprising success across the TED.
12 January 2017 | Utrecht, Netherlands [Madelon Comvalius / tedNEWS] More than eighty Dutch and Belgian singles of all ages gathered near the city of Utrecht on Sabbath, 10 December 2016 to be inspired and refreshed. The group included young students, single parents, widows and widowers, lifelong singles and divorcees. This was the second singles’ gathering organised by the Netherlands’ Family Ministries department, following the success of their first one in 2015.
13 December 2016 | St Albans, UK [Raafat Kamal] In his Christmas message, Trans-European Division president, Raafat Kamal shares his 2016 highlights and his hopes for the coming year.
13 December 2016 | Zagreb, Croatia [Darko Kovačević] Adventist pastor, Dragutin Matak, was one of three individuals awarded the 2016 Croatian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights Award on Friday, 9 December at a ceremony in Zagreb. Together with Dubravka Šimonović and Inoslav Bešker, they were recognised for their promotion of human rights, religious liberty and interreligious dialogue.
12 December 2016 | Oxford, UK [Victor Hulbert / Natasha Mirilov] In a Europe that has increasingly become a global village, the South England Conference (SEC) organised its first Diversity Conference at Oxford Seventh-day Adventist church, Friday and Sabbath, 25-26 November 2016.
12 December 2016 | Kaunas, Lithuania [tedNEWS] When Bertold Hibner, President of the Lithuanian Conference, asked his team of pastors and Bible workers what they needed to help them be more effective leaders, he discovered an unexpected answer. “We need to learn more about helping our church members with their challenges and pain, and how to manage our own hurts better, too.”
7 December 2016 | St. Albans, England December 6, 2016 [ARM / tedNEWS] Based at the Trans-European Division office in St Albans, England, the European office of Adventist Risk Management cares for church risk and insurance matters across the whole of Europe and Africa. Training in risk management is an important part of their role. For some 50 leaders of unions in the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division (SID) that training happened in Pretoria, South Africa, 8 – 10 November 2016.
7 December 2016 | Binfield, UK [Kirsty Watkins] Newbold lecturer and TED Campus Ministries director, Tihomir Lazić, was recently awarded his doctorate by the University of Oxford.
5 December 2016 | Daventry, UK [John Surridge / tedNEWS] ‘Trustees’, the Executive Committee members of our Unions and Conferences, take on a lot of legal and spiritual responsibility when they accept office. While voted for their skills or experience they may, nevertheless, have little knowledge of the work of a trustee in practice.
5 December 2016 | Kuopio, Finland [Sibrina Kalliokoski] Even in secular Finland, traditional evangelistic methods can still reach people. The fifth evangelistic visit of Richard and Mary Halversen from Florida, USA has clearly demonstrated that, with meetings held in Kuopio Adventist church, central Finland, some 380km north-east of Helsinki.
Ministerial Mentoring in the Baltics
Dublin: Centre of Influence
Nordic Health Congress 2017
Steps to Christ, still impacting lives 125 years on
Adventist Mission Projects - 1st Quarter 2017
A Message for Christmas
Season's Greetings from the Trans-European Division
Introducing Torben Bergland, TED Health Ministries director
Fundraising with ADRA Norway
Changing Lives: Transformational Leadership at Newbold
Bible Prize Norway
Trans-European Division Annual Council Report, GC 2016
Tampere Christan School, Finland
Latvian Adventist Radio - Cerības balss
Valdis Zelčs - a health store that changes lives
Miracle church in Riga
From Holocaust to Hope
Mārtińš Subatovičs - a musical conversation
Novi Sad youth give Hugs 4 Life - World suicide prevention day
Book & Pencil. The bookshop with a purpose
ADRA Serbia still assisting refugees in Belgrade
Meet David Neal in a short introductory video.
Faith and Science Field Conference 2016, Iceland
Finding Faith Through Fun
Mission of Humanity
Lara Žestić, volunteer to the world
I feel I make a difference!' World Refugee Day 2016
ADRA supports Yazidis at Petra Refugee Camp, Greece