More than 70 people from nine countries recently gathered at Avondale College (NSW) for the Adventist Church in the South Pacific’s (SPD) Executive Committee meetings.
Held November 14-15, 2018 the year-end meetings featured reports from each of the unions and institutions across the Pacific, with a focus on mission, discipleship, and respectful discussion.
Delegates - Unions - Conferences - Missions - Number
Delegates, representing the four unions, many conferences and missions, as well as a number of lay people, heard many reports detailing the highlights and challenges facing the Church in the region. However, much of the discussion centered on women in ministry and the compliance statement passed down from the General Conference (GC) at its recent Annual Council.
As an extension of the GC in this region — the meetings were attended by three GC representatives — the SPD is obliged to pass on GC decisions. This was done, although with some concern expressed in the voted actions, highlighting the implications policy and word changes would have. One implication explored at length was the increased risk of liability and litigation at all levels of the world Church if key constitutional structure policy is changed. In light of this the delegates passed a resolution to ask the GC for exemptions. Visiting GC treasurer Juan Prestol said other countries such as Canada, Germany, and England faced similar issues.
SPD - Discipleship - Ministries - Team - DMT
The SPD’s Discipleship Ministries Team (DMT) reported a keen interest in the past 12 months among church members for disciple-making resources, especially books printed by Signs Publishing: 5,000 copies of Mission Shift, 16,000 copies of Following Jesus, 7,000 copies of Following the Spirit and 10,000 copies of If You Can Eat, You Can Make Disciples have been ordered. On top of that, 3,000 orders have already been received for the French translation of Following Jesus, which has only just been launched.
The DMT team also launched The...
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