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Church structure to be flexible, reflect local needs

'Unions of churches' approved as alternative administrative link

Church structure lacks merit unless it acts as an “instrument of mission,” members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Commission on Ministries, Services and Structures told the church’s executive committee [...] and were not a preferred model of church structure. Lowell C. Cooper, a vice president of the world church and commission vice-chairman, said while church structure may appear hierarchical, such an [...] president of the church in Malawi, asked why, when only some church regions favor forming unions of churches, the issue had become a world church concern. He explained that in his church region, establishing

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World Church: Commission Begins Deliberations on Church Structures

Global unity of the church, its mission, and the best use of resources to achieve that mission, were identified as three "big issues" to be considered by the Commission on Ministries, Services and Structures, established by the Seventh-day Adventist Churc

al structures. Unions of Churches are currently considered irregular structures necessitated by various geopolitical constraints. Standard denominational structure has five levels:  local church, local [...] president of the church, and commission vice-chairman, is to examine ways in which ministries, services and structures can be most effective and efficient in accomplishing the church’s two most prominent [...] values of mission and unity. Referring to the structures of the church, which “have served us well for a century,” Paulsen said that these [structures] were set up “when our world membership was at 75

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High growth in North Brazil adds second Union administration

'Opportunities' with 45,000 new members each year; new church structures in Euro-Asia affect Georgia, Russia

revealed to the church’s Executive Committee the changes in Brazil’s Amazon region and areas of the church’s Euro-Asia Division while meeting October 14 in Manila, Philippines for an annual church business meeting [...] Russia. Associate world church secretary Agustin Galicia pointed out that this change was studied prior to conflict in the region in August. Church structure in the countries of Belarus and [...] and Moldova will become Unions of Churches with Conference status. This structure, typically applied in smaller territories and countries, allows local churches to organize directly under a division (see

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Africa: Growth Prompts Change in Administrative Structure

Church leaders have endorsed a new administrative structure for the church in Africa--a change prompted in part by extraordinary rates of church growth on the continent.

Church leaders have endorsed a new administrative structure for the church in Africa—a change prompted in part by extraordinary rates of church growth on the continent. The new structure creates a third [...] third division, or church territory, to be based in Africa, and adjusts the boundaries of the existing divisions. Members of the world church executive committee, meeting at the church’s headquarters in [...] Matthew Bediako, secretary of the Adventist world church and a Ghanaian national, spoke in support of the new structure, saying it will strengthen the church in Africa, grouping areas together in a more natural

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There Must be a Better Way of Doing Church, But 'Turkeys Don't Vote for Christmas'

"Turkeys don't vote for Christmas and department directors won't vote themselves out of office," an Annual Council delegate from Britain, Ian Sleeman, said in response to views that would protect status quo in church structures and ministries. His comment

protect status quo in church structures and ministries. His comments came as part of a discussion on a recommendation to set up the Commission on Ministries, Services and Structures that was voted by delegates [...] 11 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s world headquarters. The commission, made up of 100 people, including representatives from the world church and local church regions, as well as lay members [...] the life of the church.” He added that the commission sought a “significant weight” from the various church regions and entities. “It’s very international. It reflects the whole church,” he said.

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World Church: Ministries, Structures Commission Continues Work, Council Told

The impact of changes and flexibility within the structure of the Seventh-day Adventist world church was presented during the 2006 Annual Council by Lowell C. Cooper, a general vice president of the world church and vice chair of the 102-member Commission

Adventist Organizational Structure,” and “Union of Churches - An Alternative Organizational Model for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.” Pastor Jan Paulsen, president of the world church, chaired the Commission’s [...] flexibility within the structure of the Seventh-day Adventist world church was presented during the 2006 Annual Council by Lowell C. Cooper, a general vice president of the world church and vice chair of the [...] Commission is based on three principles - unity of the church, how the church’s mission can be realized most effectively, and how resources of the church can be best utilized. He also said that the two pr

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World Church: New Church General Counsel Starts in September

Moving from publishing, and a private law practice, to becoming the general counsel for a worldwide church might seem a daunting task.

master mason to build on the present structure of the OGC.” Of Nixon, Kyte said, “I think that his service to the church has been extraordinary in leading the church’s legal needs and providing the kind [...] kind of vision for legal structure during the church’s exponential growth.” That growth—the worldwide Adventist church family now numbers more than 25 million people who attend weekly worship, including [...] several Adventist church units in the Pacific Northwest, Kyte said his goal is to “try to be preventative in my view of law and anticipate the challenges that come up in a church structure that is [in] so

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South Pacific Restructures Church for More Effective Operation

The Adventist Church in the region incorporating Australia, New Zealand, and south pacific islands, has moved decisively to reduce the amount of church administrative structure.

Division of the Adventist Church, incorporating Australia, New Zealand, and south pacific islands, has moved decisively to reduce the amount of church administrative structure in that region. The two union [...] dissolve, setting the stage for a more cost-effective structure of four unions instead of the current five. “For some time laypersons and church leaders have been concerned that a disproportionate amount [...] ” says Dr. Barry Oliver, secretary of the South Pacific Division. “It is the church’s responsibility to refine its structures so that it can be most effective in achieving its mission.” Under the proposed

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Adventist laypeople quadruple giving at annual convention

One-day Church largely responsible for $8 million in donations, ASI officials say

surrounding the One-Day Church project, ASI officials said. First announced in April at the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s spring business meetings, the project is a church-supported joint venture [...] meant to address the need for substantial yet easily assembled church structures in regions where membership is soaring. Structures, which can be completed in as little as six hours, provide the [...] Ecuador began worshipping in the first One-Day Church.  ASI members’ donations reflect their enthusiasm for projects such as the One-Day Church, said Steve Hamstra, ASI communication director.

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Code of Best Practice and Standard Operating Procedures for Short-Term International Services, Projects, or Ministries

supervisory function of the Church.  Although the Church as a whole bears responsibility for orderly development and sustainability, it is often felt that church structure and organization stifle initiative [...] timely engagement and collaboration between denominational structure and persons or entities providing temporary services. Church structure is a unifying element among Seventh-day Adventists that gives [...] Recognition of church authority and preservation of denominational identity and structure. Participants in projects and ministries will be fully supportive of Seventh-day Adventist Church beliefs, organization

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