On Nov. 3, 2019, day four of the NAD Year-End Meeting, representatives from the GC presented the world church's strategic plan, "I Will Go," for the next quinquennium. Media Ministries and several NAD institutions and ministries also shared reports during the business sessions that concluded with a touching tribute to Kirsten Wolcott, a student missionary who lost her life 10 years ago.
Southern Adventist University is pleased to welcome Joseph Khabbaz as the new vice president for spiritual life. Along with serving as campus chaplain, Khabbaz will help prioritize Southern’s spiritual goals through this newly restructured position.
At an awards banquet in Langley, B.C., Church in the Valley was recognized for Acts of Kindness Extreme Home Repair Ministry. For 16 years the Acts of Kindness Extreme Home Repair Ministry has renovated worthy recipients' homes in the Township of Langley. Fortunate individuals who are unable to repair and maintain their homes get an act of kindness from the team and receive the renovation completely free of charge.
A significant portion of the 2019 Year-End Meeting Sunday afternoon business session on Nov. 3 was focused on the General Conference’s response to financial parity request from the executive committee of the North American Division. During 2019 Annual Council, leaders of the world church voted to reduce the tithe percentage of the NAD by 2 percent – 5.85 to 3.85 percent beginning in January 2020 over the next four years – and have the remaining 12 divisions increase their tithe percentages from 2 to 3 percent over a 10-year period.
Randy Robinson, North American Division treasurer, introduced the 2019 treasury report with thanks to G. Thomas Evans, previous treasurer. He then shared 2 Chronicles 7:14 as he opened his report on Nov. 4. Robinson shared highlights from the 2018 audited financial statement, including operating fund trends, working capital, and tithe.
On the second day of the 2019 North American Division Year-End Meeting, G. Alexander Bryant started the secretary’s report with Isaiah 40:31, telling the executive committee that whatever challenges come, even when “we scratch our heads and ask, ‘What are we going to do,’ we’re going to stand on the promises of God.” After thanking the secretariat team, Bryant went straight into membership figures.
Starting October 31, the 2018 NAD Year-End Meeting sessions will be streamed here. The first session started on Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. YEM runs through Nov. 5.
2019 YEM Day Two: Delegates Elect Leaders, Receive Reports on Refugee and Emerging Immigrant Ministries
The executive committee of the North American Division tapped three leaders to fill the following positions for the division, vice president for ministries, undertreasurer, and director of stewardship ministries. In addition, NAD Multi-lingual Ministries marks the 10th anniversary of Adventist Refugee and Immigrant Ministries.
“A church that does not do outreach is not a church; it's a club. A congregation that doesn't look at its world and say, ‘We can find a niche, we can find a place where we can reach souls for Jesus Christ’ isn't a church,” said Daniel R. Jackson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, at the start of his annual report, during the second business session of the 2019 North American Division Year-End Meeting. Jackson gave his report on Nov. 1, 2019.
During the divine worship service on Nov. 2, 2019, Daniel R. Jackson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America (NAD), said “When I think of the ongoing, never-ending debate in the church, all taking place within the context of human, natural and supernatural disasters, I am often shocked and disappointed in myself and in my church.” Jackson preached a sermon entitled “The Vision Fulfilled!” to the delegates, families, and guests attending the 2019 NAD Year-End Meeting Sabbath program.