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Issue 767

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Issue 767

‘Stand by Christ’ says Wilson to Pastors and Members in Serbia

16 March 2013, Belgrade, Serbia [Jóhann E. Jóhannsson, tedNEWS] On Thursday, 15 March 2013, Pastor Ted Wilson, the President of the World Seventh-day Adventist Church, and his wife, Nancy, arrived to Serbia where members and pastors, met them excited to hear a message of encouragement, learn about the mission of the church for the future and to participate in leadership training. 

Early mornings and late nights seem to be the norm for Pastor Ted Wilson, to visit the world fields, and Thursday 14 March was no different. Pastor Wilson and his party started their journey from Zagreb, Croatia to Belgrade, Serbia early that morning. The spring that had arrived a week ago, had disappeared, and the party travelled several hundred kilometres in winds, rain, sleet and snow.

The fist stop in Serbia was a visit to the Union Publishing House and future Media Centre, Euro Dream, in its new facilities donated by a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, was the first assignment of the day. Currently Euro Dream’s printing facilities are operating 24 hours a day printing magazines and books for the ‘Great Hope Project’ in most of the languages spoken in the Trans-European Division.

The Novi Sad Church in Northern Serbia had planned an evening meeting with Pastor Wilson, which opened with the congregation singing, “It is well, it is well, with my soul.” In his sermon, Pastor Wilson focused on the Reformation and how, no matter the costs, the early church reformers stood up for truth. “We, too, are called to be reformers for God”, Pastor Wilson said and added, “It is unsafe for a Christian to act against his/her conscience. Are you willing to stand by Jesus and be true to His Word, also in difficult times?”

Friday morning, 15 March was set aside for a pastors’ meeting. Pastor Bertil Wiklander, President of the Trans-European Division of Seventh-day Adventists, opened the meeting with a leadership-training seminar. “You as pastors are leaders in the Church”, Wiklander said, and focused on seven important characteristics of a good leader: 1) Christ likeness in relationships; 2) Mission Focus; 3) Integrity; 4) Loyalty (to God and to the Church); 5) Professional Competence, 6) Ability to foster unity in diversity; 7) Responsibility and Accountability. “The most important part of leadership is to follow Jesus Christ in every aspect of your lives”, Pastor Wiklander concluded.

“The Spiritual Life of a Pastor or Administrator” was the title of Pastor Wilson’s seminar. “A connection with Christ in all you do will have a powerful effect on your influence”, Pastor Wilson said and shared twenty points on the theme. Pastor Wilson encouraged the pastors to commit themselves to the Lord and to His Service and shared Proverbs 3:5, 6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight”. “If you do this, God will make you powerful, spiritual people”, Wilson concluded.

Following the presentations, the floor was open for questions, and Pastor Wilson gave answers on issues about recent articles in some of our official Church papers about Creation and Mysticism, which contradict the fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. A question about the Creation’s “gap theory” presented in the 1st quarter Sabbath School lesson 2013 was also raised, Pastor Wilson said that the General Conference was working with the editors regarding the content of the two articles mentioned. “I do not subscribe to Creation’s ‘gap theory’ and it is not something that the Seventh-day Adventist Church is promoting” Wilson said. “I believe that God created this earth and its surroundings (not the whole universe) in six literal days, in resent time”, Wilson said.

Serbia is a part of South-East European Union Conferences (SEEUC) along with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro. For more information of the work of the Church in these countries, please visit www.jieu-adventisti.org.  To see more photos from Pastor and Mrs Wilson's visit to Serbia, please click here. [tedNEWS]

 

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Issue 766

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Issue 766

Wilson’s Encouraging Words for the Church in Croatia

13 March 2013 Zagreb, Croatia [Jóhann E. Jóhannsson, tedNEWS] Four hundred people gathered to worship together with Pastor Ted Wilson, the President of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventists, and his wife, Nancy, at The First Adventist Church in Zagreb, Croatia, on Wednesday evening, 13 March 2013. This was their last assignment... Read more


 

Newbold Bible Conference: Focus On Prophecy

14 March 2013 Bracknell, United Kingdom [John Baildam / Bjorn Ottesen, BUC News] Fifty participants at an all-day Bible Conference travelled from as far as Wales, Scotland, the Midlands, London and the North of England to enjoy five thought-provoking presentations by lecturers in the Department of Theological Studies at Newbold College of Higher Education... Read more


 

Church in the Community

God has always had His appointed representatives to show His character and love in the community. It was for this purpose that He raised the Seventh-day Adventist church and it is His purpose in calling you and I to be leaders. How can we as leaders CONNECT with our church members and assist them as they interact with the community to uplift Christ in very practical ways... Read more

 

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European Health Conference – 2013.


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Issue 765

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Issue 765

'Almost Home' Message of Encouragement for Poland

11 March 2013, Warsaw, Poland [Jóhann E. Jóhannsson, tedNEWS] Snow and frost welcomed Pastor Ted Wilson, Seventh-day Adventist Church President, and his wife Nancy on Sunday 10 March, when they arrived in Warsaw for a three-day visit to Poland. This was their first visit to this beautiful country. The Seventh-day Adventist Church with its 5,800 members is a small minority Church in Poland... Read more


 

In Pakistan, Mob Burns Homes in Anti-Christian Violence

12 March, 2013 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States [Elizabeth Lechleitner/ANN] Residents of a Christian community in eastern Pakistan, among them Seventh-day Adventists, are reeling after a mob torched their homes and businesses in response to alleged insults against Muhammad.The unrest began last week after a report circulated that a young Christian man had committed blasphemy... Read more


 

'Be Strong and Courageous' says Wilson

12 March 2013 Warsaw, Poland [Jóhann E. Jóhannsson & Raafat Kamal, tedNEWS] The third and last day of Pastor Ted Wilson’s visit to Poland was of a more official nature, starting with a visit to the Presidential Palace. Ted Wilson, President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Raafat Kamal, Assistant to the Trans-European Division President, Pawel Lazar... Read more

 

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Issue 764

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Issue 764

God Renews People in The Netherlands

09 March 2013, Zwolle, the Netherlands [Jóhann E. Jóhannsson, tedNEWS] Despite the grey, foggy and rainy Sabbath morning in the Netherlands, the members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church did not let the weather stop them from travelling from all corners of the country to the city of Zwolle for a day of fellowship. Pastor Ted Wilson, the President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and his wife Nancy, and Pastor Bertil Wiklander, the President of the Trans-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church were special guests for this event.


The theme for the day was “God Vernieuwt” or “God Renews” and the rented hall was packed with 3000 people of all ages, reflecting the multicultural membership of the Dutch Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The program was filled with praise and worship, as well as special musical items performed by talented people of all ages. Special programs for the youth and the children were planned for the day.

Pastor Wilson brought greetings from the world church to the members of the Dutch Union and said: “although you may feel isolated and surrounded by and living in a postmodern and secular society, you are a part of the Seventh-day Adventist world family.”

In his Sabbath sermon, Pastor Wilson brought an encouraging, but challenging message and referred to Romans 12:2: “To be renewed in our mind through the power of God” or as it states in another translation: “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you in its mould”.

“Revival and reformation is the most important for our lives”, Pastor Wilson said, “but revival comes only through prayer. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is God’s remnant church with a unique message for unique times. God is changing individuals around the world and he is doing that in the Netherlands too.”

During the first part of the afternoon Pastor Wim Altink, the President of the Netherlands Union of Seventh-day Adventist Church, together with Pastors Wilson and Wiklander answered questions from the young people of the Church. The questions ranged from about the leaders’ personal conversion experiences to questions about various aspects of Christian and Church life. The three leaders answered the questions well, but also encouraged the young people to have a close relationship with Jesus, to stay firm in their faith, and be witnesses for Him wherever they go.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Netherlands, with its 5,200 members, is a very vibrant Church with many church plants, and strong work for children and youth. At the end of the day, all the children present marched to the platform with small lights while the whole congregations sang: “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let is shine”. This was echoing the commitment that was made at the end of the Sabbath sermon in the morning.

This visit by Ted and Nancy Wilson together with representatives from the Trans-European Division was the first of a five-country tour of the Division. Next stop will be Poland, followed by Croatia, Serbia, and Hungary. Please visit our website for regular updates of Pastor Wilson's meetings with members and pastors in these countries. [tedNEWS]

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Issue 763

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Issue 763

LIFEconnect Stream Brings Hope to Many in Albania

05 March 2013 Tirana, Albania [Julian Kastrati, tedNEWS] The weekend of 1-3 March was indeed unique and had an immense impact on the Adventist Church in Albania. For three evenings, "Connect to Escape", a LIFEconnect Stream event featuring Dr Miroslav Pujic, Trans-European Division (TED) Internet Ministries Director, was launched very successfully in downtown Tirana... Read more


 

Dunstable Church Plant

05 March 2013 Dunstable, United Kingdom [Simon Martin, tedNEWS] Seven years ago a small group of members from the Luton North church decided to plant a community church in the nearby town of Dunstable. Its mission was (and still is) to plant an innovative, Jesus focused, spiritually alive, Bible based, grace oriented... Read more


 

Ministry with Those with Special Needs

04 March 2013 St Albans, United Kingdom [Michael Hamilton, tedNEWS] The first and historic meeting of the world co-ordinators of the Special Needs Ministry, set up by the General Conference, convened in São Paulo, Brazil from January 25th through 27th 2013.  Representatives from the thirteen world divisions met to discuss and explore strategies for implementing a ministry "whose time has come"... Read more

 

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Issue 762

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Issue 762

IRLA Joins Call for Pastor’s Release from Iranian Prison

26 February 2013 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States [Ansel Oliver/ANN] The International Religious Liberty Association has joined more than a dozen religious groups and human rights advocates calling for the release of American pastor Saeed Abedini, who was imprisoned in Iran in September for his religious beliefs... Read more


 

Love at Dialogue Café

21 February 2013 London, United Kingdom [Kirsten Øster-Lundqvist, BUC News]  Valentine's stretched out for an extra day at the Central London church. Last Friday evening it was sympathetically decorated adding a romantic feel fitting the theme of love for the monthly 'Dialogue café'. An average of 125 people come to the café, an initiative of Pastor Geert Tap... Read more

 


 

Hope Channel Poland Launched

21 February 2013 Warsaw, Poland [Jan Kot, tedNEWS] The beginning of 2013 marks a breakthrough in the media ministry of the Polish Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (PUC). A dynamic growth of the Voice of Hope Adventist Media Centre (VoH AMC) resulted in launching the Hope Channel Poland, which extended the worldwide family of the Adventist television channels... Read more


 

The Silence Dividend

In the Guinness Book of Records the fastest talker in the world is Steve Woodmore, at 595 words per minute. Depending on which research you look at people normally talk at 100 to 175 words per minute. By contrast, their listening capacity or ability to comprehend is 600 to 800 words per minute. This, disparity researchers say, means that someone hears and comprehends between 25-50% of what you say... Read more

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Issue 761

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Issue 761

Focusing on the ‘No’ Vote

07 February 2013 Watford, United Kingdom [Heather Haworth, BUC News] The issue of 'gay marriages' has been a particular subject of focus both in BUC News and the wider Christian and secular press. Following Tuesday's vote, Colin Hart, Coalition for Marriage campaign manager, writes, "After more than six hours of bitter debate, the Commons voted in favour of same-sex weddings by 400 votes... Read more


 

Leadership and Sexual Self-control

The general assumption is - you can’t be a good leader, teacher, pastor, or elder and have sexual self-control problems. In reality most people are good at hiding their sexual self-control problems. Looking for something to read while waiting for a colleague, a pastor opened the glove compartment of his colleague’s car to find a collection of pornographic magazines, not the religious literature... Read more


 

'Mission to the Cities’ Launched at SEC Evangelism Expo

17 January 2013 Watford, United Kingdom [Kirsten Øster-Lundqvist, BUC News] "We need to mingle with people who don't look like us", challenged Pastor Ian Sweeney, British Union Conference President. His straight talking message reached the 800 people who had found their way to the South England Conference (SEC) Evangelism... Read more


 

European Health Conference in Prague

Join us for a thought-provoking conference which will change the way you live and encourage you to take action. Wholeness and health have been an emphasis of the Seventh-day Adventist church since the 1860s when the church began. Because health and wellness are a positive support for spiritual well-being, this ministry is as vital to the work of the church as any other... Read more


 

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Issue 760

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Issue 760

Theology of Ordination Committee Ends First Session

18 January 2013 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States [Adventist Review staff, ANN] Members of the Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) ended their first session – held January 15-17 at a meeting site near the church’s world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States – on an optimistic note... Read more


 

Newbold Launches New Name, Logo, Strapline and Website

22 January 2013 Bracknell, UK [Newbold College] Newbold College has launched a refreshing new visual brand identity, complete with a new official name - Newbold College of Higher Education. This new name is embraced within a new logo and supported by a new strapline – Life Changing – Faith Affirming. Last week Newbold also launched a new, more flexible and future-student oriented website... Read more


 

Leaders, criticism and self-criticism

I have never particularly liked reading books on the subject of leadership.  You know the sort of thing: Ten steps to maximising your leadership potential.  They are often very generalised and full of lists pointing the way to success.  They may have their place of course.  Stephen Covey’s book Seven Habits of Highly Successful People would not have sold in such huge numbers had it not... Read more

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Issue 759

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Issue 759

Following Directions

14 January 2013 St. Albans, United Kingdom [Audrey Andersson, tedNEWS] Solomon’s wisdom finds fulfilment in many different ways, times, and places. Airports are one of those places. Here wisdom is essential, not least, making connection flights. On paper it looked easy; reality is often a different story. As one flight landed the time to get the connection flight was ten minutes... Read more


 

Pan-European Youth Congress 2013

14 January 2013 St Albans, United Kingdom [Paul Tompkins, tedNEWS] Attending an Adventist Youth Congress is part of the Seventh-day Adventist Youth Heritage, and the opportunity is here again this year with the Pan-European Youth Congress taking place from 30 July-4 August 2013 in Novi Sad, Serbia... Read more


 

Same Sex Marriage Back on the Agenda

13 December 2012 Watford, United Kingdom [BUC News] Culture Secretary Maria Miller has stated that "I am absolutely clear that no religious organisation will ever be forced to conduct marriages for same sex couples, and I would not bring in a bill which would allow that." In her statement to MPs on Tuesday, 11 December 2012, she made clear that the government plans to introduce legislation... Read more


 

“Where two or three are gathered together, there might be conflict”

14 January 2013 St Albans, United Kingdom [Raafat Kamal, LDJ] Conflicts are normal in a church setting, and all churches have to deal with them.  Unlike leaders of the business world who have the authority to insist and make changes, church leaders must rely upon their God-given gifts to reconcile conflicting... Read more

 

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Issue 758

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Issue 758

Message for the New Year

Dear Readers,
Coming to the end of 2012 fills my heart with gratitude to the Lord for His many blessings in the past -- personally and in the life of the Church. I think, for example, of our revised Strategic Mission Plan which has been updated for Europe since our reorganisation on January 1, our many advisories and seminars that... Read more


 

Holy Spirit Works in Albania

12 December 2012 Tirana, Albania [Julian Kastrati, tedNEWS] On the Saturday of December 1st, Adventist believers and seekers from all churches and groups throughout Albania convened at the last Festival of Faith for the year, celebrating the wondrous works of the Holy Spirit. Pr. Leo N. España, Albanian Mission (ALM) President, in his year-end report exclaimed... Read more


 

Adventist HQ Holiday Outreach Celebrates Belief in Biblical Creation

30 November 2012 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States [ANN staff] The auditorium darkened, lightening flashed across a projector screen, thunder roared over the loudspeaker and artificial rain fell on hundreds of school children this morning during a recreation of the biblical flood, eliciting laughter and screams from the students.The simulation was part of Celebration of Creation, a free community event held this... Read more


 

Church Responds to Media Inquiries over TV Sitcom Star’s Affiliation

28 November 2012 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States [ANN staff] The Seventh-day Adventist Church emphasized its welcoming of converts in a response to media attention surrounding an American TV situation comedy actor’s comments about his religious affiliation and his personal thoughts about the show... Read more

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