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NewsPoints, May 14, 2014
Nearly 200 church employees and lay members attended the second enditnow Summit on Abuse held May 1-4 at the GC. A variety of experts on the subject of abuse including attorneys, health care professionals, physicians, social workers, and therapists offered training for attendees on how to respond to the abuse of women, children, and men. 
    The Summit on Abuse is part of the enditnow Campaign launched in Oct., 2009, and is co-sponsored by the GC and NAD Women’s Ministries departments. MORE

Three new conference officers have accepted the invitation to serve the Nevada-Utah Conference by a vote of delegates to a regular business session on Sunday, May 4. Ed Keyes, Arizona Conference executive secretary, will serve as president; Carlos Camacho, formerly Hispanic ministries coordinator for Nevada-Utah, will serve as executive secretary; and Douglas Reeves, vice-principal of finance at Monterey Bay Academy, will serve as treasurer. Jason Bergmann, formerly executive secretary-treasurer, will go to the General Conference to manage church investments.

Joyce Newmyer has been named president of the Northwest Region and senior vice president of Adventist Health, effective May 30. Newmyer served at Washington Adventist Hospital for the past five years, three of those as president. Under Newmyer’s leadership, her team initiated significant annual cost reductions. She was recognized as a leader in the state of Maryland for reducing unnecessary readmissions. The hospital received numerous recognitions for quality including The Joint Commission Top Performer and U.S. News and World Report Top Regional Hospital. MORE

Dr. Kenneth L. Shaw, Dean of the Panama City Campus of Florida State University, has been named President of Southwestern Adventist University, effective July 1. He will succeed Eric Anderson, who is retiring in June after a nine-year tenure as President. Shaw’s appointment comes as the University finishes its 120th school year. MORE
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  The Nonprofit Leadership Certification Program (NLCP), Session I, will be conducted June 2-4, in Boyertown, Pa. It is designed to equip pastors, church administration and nonprofit leaders with strategies and professional skills to successfully lead. NLCP focuses on three major learning outcomes; a) leadership skills, b) improvement of management knowledge, and c) changes in attitude of social dimensions of evangelism.
     Session II will be held Sept. 22-25, also in Boyertown. Watch the descriptive video and learn MORE

Registration for the "Free Indeed" Women's Ministries Convention, Sept. 25-28 in Orlando, Fl., is open to all women, aged 15 and older, who want to experience a faith-building weekend. Early-bird deadline is June 3. The convention will be packed with opportunities for community outreach, seminars, powerful preaching, and lots of fellowship with women from the U.S., Canada, Bermuda, and beyond. Spanish and French seminars will be available, and all general sessions will be translated. MORE 

Learn how to address the needs and utilize a powerful force and large percentage in the church - that of the Adventist single adult. The Adventist Single Adult Ministries Training Program is for church leaders who want to learn how to organize and manage a successful single adult ministry. There is an increasing number of singles in our church, young and old, divorced, widowed, and never married. Their needs are different from the married and family groups. This Sabbath, May 17, is the annual Single Adults Sabbath. Celebrate them and recognize their contribution and needs in the church and community. MORE


It's camp meeting season, and some conferences are streaming their camp meetings. Check the 2014 Camp Meeting Schedule posted on the NAD Website for links and information. If you know that your conference is streaming and the information is not linked, please email the link to us so it can be added to the list.


CALLED: Journeys with Marvin Wray

Pastors don't often get to take a sabbatical. When Pastor Marvin Wray got his chance, he traveled over 12,000 miles by motorcycle to visit over 70 churches in a six-week period, posing as a biker. He wanted to learn where we stand as a body of believers. He wanted to see what is working and what isn't. Then he wrote a book about his journeys. Watch the video to learn more about his experiences. 
Reaching Out in Love
REACH: Community Outreach and evangelism
Bridges to Health: A purpose worth pursuing and a story worth telling 

Over a three-day period, Apr. 23-25, close to 500 health professionals and volunteer staff worked tirelessly to provide dozens of medical and dental services to close to 3,000 local residents of San Francisco and Oakland, Calif. Health professionals came from all over North America to offer their services. Over $5 million of services were provided to nearly 3,000 people during the three days. While they waited in long lines they were provided with live music from various musical groups. The three-day event was organized by the Western U.S. Chapter of Adventist Services and Industries (ASI). (Warning: Some very short graphic scenes included in this 5:31 minute video.)  MORE
May 14, 2014
May Focus: Community Services
May 17, Single Adults Sabbath

June Focus: Church Growth & Evangelism
June 7, Women's Ministries Emphasis Day
June 14, Refugee Awareness Sabbath

Helpful Special Day Websites and Resources
May 31, NAD Evangelism
June 14, Multilingual Ministries/Chaplaincy Ministries

Sample Offertory Readings


Upcoming Events

May Edition

NAD Feature: To the Greater Community, by Deena Bartel-Wagner, p. 34
NAD News: Thousands Gather in Miami for Just Claim It 4, Oakwood Choir to Compete in Latvia, Filmmakers Honored at SONScreen Festival, p. 11
NAD Update: Are We Still a Movement? by Tom Evans, p. 14
NAD Perspective: What is God Up To? by Justin Yang, p. 17
NAD Letters: p. 18


May 18-24  - This coming week, please pray for the Kansas-Nebraska Conference with 97 churches and 11,653 members.

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