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Volume 15 Issue 7

Ideas, Inspiration & Opportunities for Adventist Church Leaders in the Northwest & Beyond.

How to Grow in the Midst of a Global Pandemic

by César De León PhD LMFT, Ministerial Director for the North Pacific Union Conference

This pandemic arrived, and before we knew what hit us, our life, work, and relationship rhythms were disturbed.  Unfortunately, many have lost work hours or jobs and with them, the ability to cover personal expenses.  While many haven’t lost health or loved ones, we’ve all lost our former sense of “normal” along with the sense of security (actual or imagined) in the way life is supposed to flow.  Some may ask, is there anything good that can come from this pandemic?   We'd like to suggest that one of the best things that can result from this pandemic is the personal growth that can take place, thanks to the array of emotional, physical, vocational, relational and even spiritual challenges this crisis has gifted us with.
 
Discovering meaning in the midst of crises  
 
What is the most surprising discovery you have made about yourself in this experience? Have you become more patient or impatient?  Have you enjoyed being sheltered at home in the company of others or do you miss your alone time? Have you been able to sustain a peaceful and content spirit or has growing fear or anxiety about the future unveiled previously unidentified vulnerabilities?  Who are the people in your support network you have you been able to rely on during this season?
 
It is important to create some sense of Continue Reading...

Mobile Intergenerational Bible Studies

by Aaron Chancy
Source: NAD Ministerial


We have all felt the impact of Covid-19! This pandemic has acted paradoxically, bringing people together while simultaneously causing separation! It has left leaders from all walks of life trying to cope with and adapt to the “new normal”, and for pastors, to figure out how to engage with and minister to our members through social media platforms on our personal mobile devices.

Adjusting to these new norms is a challenge for all of us. The days of coming together in person for Prayer Meeting, Sabbath School, the Divine Hour, fellowship dinners, Sabbath afternoon Bible study, AYS have now been replaced, for the foreseeable future, with technology as the “middle man.”

Within the context of this current world situation I became interested in finding ways to bring together the generations of our church family on their cell phones. Thus was born Mobile Intergenerational Bible Studies.

The Idea
Small groups are an essential part of church life. They provide important fellowship connections and foster spiritual growth. In my quest to create intergenerational online small groups, I had to first of all decide which Continue Reading…

A Slave Named 'Six'

by Dr. Stan Hudson, who served as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor for 38 years and is currently the Director of Creation Ministries at the North Pacific Union Conference

The national movement sparked recently by the “Black Lives Matter” protest has gotten a lot of us thinking.  Although I grew up in the L.A. area and went to racially mixed schools, like many whites in America I wonder about how deep racism is.  And all I can really look at…is me!

My dad’s family, the Hudsons and their in-laws, are from the South and if you go back far enough you will find a lot of Confederate blood.  In virtually every line, I find men who went to war.  In one case, a direct ancestor was killed in battle (fortunately for me, not before he had had kids).  Many were wounded.  My great-great grandfather Albert Hudson was captured by the Yankees and kept a prisoner, walking hundreds of miles after being released at the end of the War and surprising his family in their Mississippi farm; they had been fearing the worst.

Among those children rejoicing in their father’s return was my two year-old great-grandfather Allen Hudson.  He was named after his father’s brother, Allen Hudson, who had recently been killed at Spotsylvania.  Years later he gave that name to his son Edgar Allen Hudson, and my dad gave the name to me:  Stanley Allen Hudson.  So, I bear the name of someone killed while fighting for the South.

It gets deeper.  As I studied my grandmother’s line, the the Beard family, I find in the will of another ancestor something very disturbing.  The Beard family owned a slave.  The wording of William Beard’s (c.1773-1832) last will and testament includes this personal wish:

It is my will and desire that my wife Mary Ann shall have during her natural life my Negro woman Six and Continue Reading...

Seeds of the Word

by Barry Kimbrough, Pastor of the Brookings Seventh-day Adventist Church

Brookings, Oregon is the site of the only World War II bombing on American soil.  On September 9, 1942 a small Japanese floatplane—transported in a submarine from Japan to a spot 20 miles offshore from Crescent City and then assembled on the deck—flew to the mainland and dropped a 170-lb. thermite bomb in the forest near Brookings.  Imperial Navy Pilot, Nobuo Fujita, thought he had scored by starting massive fires that would distract the American military from the Pacific Theater.

The bomb exploded, but wet conditions put the fire out.  Total damage was a small crater and some burned trees, however it was soon overgrown and forgotten.

This event is an example of the power of God’s creation.  Seeds are small and seem to be much weaker than any bomb; but nourished by rain and nutrients from the soil, they grew and overcame the damage done by war’s destructive force. 

The seed of the Word of God can also overcome the damage of sin in our lives.  Over the past year, a miracle of spiritual renewal through the power of the Scripture was implanted in lives of interested seekers. 

The evangelism season commenced even before I arrived in the district. Brookings church decided to Continue Reading...

Early Adventists and Social Justice

Adventist leaders from Light Bearers recently met via live video to discuss Adventism’s historic legacy of engaging with the social political issues of the world. They explored the Adventist pioneers’ bold engagement with, and protest against, the violations of human dignity in the United States of America. Watch part 1 of this fascinating series here.

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