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The most important part of church structure is not an office, church, conference, union, or division. It’s the individual members. Simply put, without the members, there would be no church. …

Point of View

Organized to Serve

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Recently, I heard a sermon entitled, “Here to Serve, but Not to Stay.”  The message focus was on the fact that Christ established His Church for service—to minister to the …

To Your Health

The Story Behind Adventist Health Ministries

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As early as 1827 Joseph Bates began working for the cause of temperance. But the first united move to start a temperance program came in 1863 with the organization of …


Remaining Faithful Despite the Consequences

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On July 10, 2014, I signed a six-year agreement with the U.S. Army. I had been facing some financial problems and had decided to join the Army so that I …


The Church That Fills Its Baptistery Every Month

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Three months came and went with no baptisms at the Richardson Seventh-day Adventist Church near Dallas, Texas. The absence might have gone unnoticed at any other church. But it was …

4 Keys to Total Member Involvement

By Tom L. Evans, associate director for the North American Division Evangelism Institute, a church-planting consultant, and former pastor of the Richardson (Texas) Adventist Church  1. Let church members know …

“We Are All at the Local Level”

By Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the Adventist world church All of us are members at the local church level. It is there where neighbors, family members, and communities are …

By the Numbers

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Click here to view the infographic for a snapshot of the Adventist Church in the Southwestern Union.

Telling Our Story: The Development of the Regional Conferences

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In 2015, regional conferences celebrated 70 years of existence. The reason for their existence has been to fulfill the mission of proclaiming the Adventist message to any and all people …

Lest We Forget

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Organized at Last And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting, they committed them to the Lord in whom they believed. Acts 14:23, …

Arkansas-Louisiana Conference

A Movement of Destiny

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In the very early days of our church history, there was a real fear among believers about organizing and about clearly stating biblical beliefs. Many felt that if their beliefs …

Springdale Spanish Church Evangelism Brings 12 Baptisms

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Springdale, Ark. » The members of the Springdale Spanish church are on fire for God! More than 85 percent of the church’s members are involved in our local missionary work …

Little Rock Spanish Church District

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Little Rock, Ark. » Hector Caban was ordained on June 13, 2015, to the gospel ministry and installed as pastor of the Little Rock Spanish church district on June 27. …

“Let’s Move Day” in Siloam Springs

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Siloam Springs, Ark. » “Let’s Move Day” began with a cold, rainy start, but it did clear up in time for the Siloam Springs church to set up 19 different …

Sulphur Springs Evangelism Results in Five Baptisms and Three Re-baptisms

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Sulphur Springs, Ark. » During the last half of July and the first half of August, 2015, Tommy Blount, pastor, held meetings in Sulphur Springs. The meeting hall was furnished …

Clarksville Baptism

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Clarksville, Ark. » We give glory to God for Joseph Magazzeni’s re-dedication to the Lord in baptism! Joseph decided to go with his wife, who is a nurse, on a …

Oklahoma Conference

Service With A Smile

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One of the things I remember fondly is growing up in a small rural community. I am just a country boy. And one of the things I treasure are the …

Vinita Church Presents Prophecy Seminar

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Vinita » The Vinita church recently conducted an “End-time Messages from Jesus” prophecy seminar. These messages were presented by Frank Molina during the Sabbath worship hour. We had at times, …

First Seventh-day Adventist Church of Tulsa Small Groups Program

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Tulsa » About 50 members of the Tulsa First church have been enthusiastically participating in small groups that meet on Friday evenings in the homes of group leaders. Michael Smith, …

Oklahoma Conference Welcomes New Pastor

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Tulsa » The Tulsa Spanish church has been blessed by the addition of a new pastor to the team of pastors in the Oklahoma Conference. Sami Ruiz comes to Oklahoma …

Christ’s Method Alone Working in Jay

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Jay » Gail Hill is one of the most enthusiastic leaders in the Jay church, and she was reading Matthew 25:33-40, where Jesus tells us that when we meet the …

Southwest Region Conference

Berean Church Celebrates 79th Anniversary

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Baton Rouge, La. » No, it wasn’t the “big” one, but according to Robert Davis, the Berean church’s pastor, it didn’t matter. “It was a birthday, and every birthday deserves …

Round Rock Provides Food Boxes to Community in Need

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Round Rock, Texas » In an attempt to become relevant to the neighboring community, the Round Rock Seventh-day Adventist Church Community Services Department has, for the past 11 years, given …

When God Speaks

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Garland, Texas » Growing up an Adventist, I understood that the seventh day is the Sabbath. I understood that you are required to give 10 percent in tithe. I understood …

Texas Conference

More Than a Denomination

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I can remember as a young boy asking my father, who was a pastor at the time in the Mid-America Union, “Dad, who is your boss?” His answer rings clear …

Summer Camp 2016

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Summer Camp 2016 at Lake Whitney Ranch Staff Week, June 5-12, 2016 Cub Week, June 12-19, 2016 Junior Week, June 19-26, 2016 Tween Week, June 26-July 3, 2016 Teen Week, …

Gulfhaven Revival Series

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Houston-Gulfhaven » Mansfield Edwards, president of the Ontario Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, presented an inspiring weekend revival series at the Gulfhaven church on October 2-3, 2015, entitled “Go Light Your …

School of Evangelism in Texas 2016

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School of Evangelism in Texas For youth and young adults who are hearing God’s call to work the harvest in these last days! Registration is now open for S.E.N.T. 2016 …

Texico Conference

It’s Really All About Mission

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Do you remember that catchy little “finger play” that many of us did in Kindergarten Sabbath School? It’s the one that goes like this: “Here is the Church, And here …

Trick-or-Truth? GLOW in the Dark

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Rio Rancho, N. Mex. » Each year on October 31, there are people who observe Halloween. Opposed to popular thinking, Halloween is more than just a night of child’s play. …

The Navy Taught Me Three Valuable Lessons

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Dalhart, Tex. » As Veterans’ Day approached, I was reminded that ten years ago I retired from the U.S. Navy. Most people, when they retire from a job, leave that …

Waterflow Mission Trip

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Waterflow, N. Mex. » Six Sandia View Academy students, along with two students from Crestview Adventist Academy and two from Sandia View Christian School, had the privilege of taking a …

Southwestern Adventist University

Educating for Compassionate Service

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“It is as we give ourselves to God for the service of humanity that He gives Himself to us,” wrote Ellen G. White in Welfare Ministry (p. 301). That is …

Southwestern Union

An Invitation to Be the Hands and Feet of Jesus

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Would you like to have an experience of a lifetime blessing and meeting the needs of others while being blessed at the same time? If so, here’s your opportunity. This …

North American Division News

Robert Folkenberg Passes Away

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Robert S. Folkenberg, an innovative church administrator and mission advocate who led the Seventh-day Adventist Church for nine years, died December 24 after a lengthy struggle with cancer. He was just …

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February 2016 Classified Ads

Real Estate/Housing Summit Ridge Retirement Village is an Adventist community in a rural setting but close to Oklahoma City medical facilities and shopping. Made up of mostly individual homes, the …


February 2016 Announcements

La Sierra Academy Alumni Weekend 2016 is April 22-23 on the LSA campus. Please update your mailing address and contact info:, 951.351.1445, ex. 244. Honor Classes ‘56, ‘66, ‘76, …


February 2016 Obituaries

Blount, Reggie Odell, born November 24, 1975 in Baton Rouge, La., and died November 10, 2015 in Denham Springs, La. He was a member of the Baton Rouge church. He …

On the Record

The Apple of God’s Eye

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I am a person who likes planning, structure, and order. (Though if you were to walk into my office around the Record deadline you might wonder if that’s true!) This …

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