Seventh-day Adventist Church Annual Council Session 2022

Seventh-day Adventist Church Annual Council Session 2022

The Executive Committee is the second highest governing body of the Seventh-day Adventist Church after the General Conference Session.

Hope ChannelUSAOct 9, 2022, 3:57 PM

Seventh-day Adventist Church Annual Council Session 2022

The Executive Committee is the second highest governing body of the Seventh-day Adventist Church after the General Conference Session. The Executive Committee comprises of delegates, including directors, officers, and leaders from the General Conference, divisions, and unions. The committee also includes laypeople, pastors, and other invitees.

During the meetings, Ps. Nana Kofi Nimako a frontline pastor representing the West-Central African Division contributed to the report of the Gen. Sec Erton Köhler Mission focused and how best the Adventist Church can work on Vivid Faith in Mission.

Köhler took the time to share a proposal designed by Dr. Gorden Doss, Professor Emeritus in the Missiology Department at the Seventh-day Adventist Seminary at Andrews University, to help Church leaders and members "visualize, focus, and refocus on international mission in the 21st century."

This model considers the developments that have taken place in the last 30-40 years in the Global North and the Global South. It is a model that encourages divisions in the Global South, which have consistently made advances in the gospel mission, to work cooperatively with those in the Global North, which has experienced the opposite effect. Köhler encouraged leaders to focus on the highest missional priorities in the Church – the least evangelized people groups and territories – and moving resources and mission projects to parts of the World Church with less missional capacity, including members, congregations, financial resources, and physical structures. 

“Across various departments in the GC, resources have been created to help equip, train, and send missionaries, including young people, to foreign missions. Mission Institute exists to provide cross-cultural support as missionaries face new realities and challenges. Podcasts, as well as online and in-person training opportunities, help these new missionaries while also supporting other Seventh-day Adventist entities worldwide” he said. 

He also added that “Vivid Faith and Adventist Volunteer Services continue to advertise and recruit for mission opportunities. It was noted that, at this time, there are more volunteers than opportunities for those interested in serving”.

Worldwide Church leaders were encouraged to partner to make mission opportunities available. They were urged to commit to the global evangelistic mission and refocus on areas of need, not just in their divisions but throughout the world.