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NAD's Top 10 Stories of 2018

Here are the most viewed stories from the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America's website

The North American Division started 2018 with a new website. By year's end, the site garnered almost one million page views. Almost a quarter of that traffic found its way to the NAD news pages.

The top 10 pages categorized as news articles are listed below with link (click titles) and short description — here is the year-in-review with the top page views of 2018.

1 - The NAD Statement on the 2018 General Conference Annual Council Vote

"The NAD Statement on the 2018 General Conference Annual Council Vote" began with: "This is a very challenging time for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America. Actions taken at the 2018 General Conference Annual Council meeting in Battle Creek, Michigan, did not have the outcome for the church that we had strived toward."

2 - 2018 NAD Year-End Meeting Video Coverage

Starting November 1, the 2018 NAD Year-End Meeting sessions were live-streamed here. The first session began on Nov. 1 at 3 p.m.; the last session ended on Nov. 6. On this page, viewers and readers alike could watch each session and read news reports. 

3 - Document Voted at Annual Council Outlines Process for Dealing With Non-Compliant Church Entities

On Oct. 14, 2018, after more than five hours of presentations and discussion, the General Conference Executive Committee, at its Annual Council meeting, approved a recommendation from the church’s Unity Oversight Committee: the creation of a new compliance process to assist with the need to implement church policies and voted actions.

4 - “Side By Side” Adventist songwriter, Jeff Wood, Passes Away

After six years of declining health that included two bouts with cancer, Jeff Wood, Adventist song writer, screenwriter, producer and director, passed to his rest on Oct. 11, 2018, in Angwin, California. He was 67. Wood made a significant contribution to Seventh-day Adventist Church media during the course of a career spanning several decades. He may best be known for his song “Side By Side,” originally recorded by the Heritage Singers — and sung in thousands of churches around the world.

5 - An Open Letter to "Emma"

This is a letter written by Daniel R. Jackson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, to all of the young people under 20 years of age who may be discouraged by the actions of the 2018 Annual Council. Jackson says, "I address the letter to Emma, a young woman, who is very discouraged in light of Sunday’s outcome. My letter is meant for her and for all the Emmas, Judys, Philips and Franks."

6 - Adventist Pharmacy Workers' Case Expected to Go to U.S. Supreme Court

"Walgreens doesn’t accommodate religious accommodations.” That’s how Darrell Patterson’s supervisor at Walgreens described the company’s policy. Despite that very frank (and honest) assessment, despite the fact that Walgreens violated its own policies by firing Patterson, and despite the fact that Walgreens suffered no hardship from his not working on Sabbath, four judges in two different courts decided that Walgreens didn’t violate the law. Now in 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to set this injustice right and clarify the law for all people of faith for the first time in more than 30 years.

7 - Community Pulls Together After Deadliest Fire in California's History Burns Through Towns

The Camp Fire, now considered the deadliest fire in California’s history, claimed the lives of close to 60 in the Concow and Paradise vicinities. According to news reports, more than 52,000 were evacuated from the area; about 8,800 homes have been destroyed by the fire that started on Nov. 8. Nearly 1,300 Adventist church members have been affected; and several Adventist properties have been destroyed or sustained serious damage.

8 - Former Miss Alabama, Miss America First Runner up, Rediscovers 34-Year-Old Gifted Copy of “The Great Controversy,” Joins Adventist Church

Paige Phillips (now Parnell) and her husband Hayes joined the Summerville Seventh-day Adventist Church in Georgia after Parnell rediscovered a copy of The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White that she placed in her attic 34 years ago. The book came from two teenage boys who visited her and her first husband’s home in Arizona in 1984. 

9 - “Suffer the Little Children …” An Appeal From the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America

This is an NAD statement from June 18, 2018, on the reports of young children being separated from their parents as they crossed the U.S. border. The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America joined other faith-based groups in expressing concern over these actions.

10 - At Year-End Meeting, Motion Accepted for North American Division to Discuss Financial Parity with General Conference

After the afternoon reports from Christian Record Services, Inc., North American Division media ministries, and Oakwood University at the NAD Year-End Meeting on Nov. 5, 2018, Daniel R. Jackson, NAD president, opened the floor for a discussion on finances.