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January 18, 2018
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(T)otally involving members in ministry, & (S)piritually growing in Jesus. This is Washington ACTS!

The Difference Between Instruction and Teaching

by Craig Mattson, Washington Conference vice president for education

Proverbs 9:9 teaches us a simple yet critical lesson in education: Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

There is a difference here between instruction and real teaching. This verse reminds me of a Chinese proverb that many of you may have heard; “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Does this remind you of the current condition of our society?  Or even of our church? 

As an educator I quickly learned that direct teaching or transferring educational content was not enough. Real teaching involved a relationship of trust and security. The Seventh-day Adventist Church has a powerful end-time message to communicate to the world. But much more is needed than direct communication of our denominational tenants.

Involving ourselves with others, investing in the lives of those around us, and seeking to foster genuine relationships devoid of ulterior motives is how we put our distinct end-time message into daily practice. Seek out a way today to genuinely deepen one of your already existing relationships. 
Email Survey: How Are you Deepening Your Existing Relationships?

Next Generation Innovation Labs

"What does it look like to do church together?" asked David Yeagley, Washington Conference young adult ministry director, to two Innovation Lab groups in Auburn and Bellevue. Approximately 40 participants in each location dialogued their way through this process. Here is their wish list highlights of what they are looking for in their church experience:

Conversation Wish List Highlights
  • Real, honest connections
  • Authentic, Christ-centered community
  • Common points between generations
  • Increased mentoring and opportunities to learn
  • Allowing failure to happen
  • Accountability
  • Connections with neighboring churches
  • Allowing young adults to have a voice
  • Understanding there are different needs on the same pathway to heaven
Email Survey: What's Your Dream for Intergenerational Ministry?

Jennifer Woody Commissioned

A life of ministry is what Jennifer Woody knows best. Her parents, Richard and Mary Halversen, modeled a life of ministry whether through evangelism or pastoral ministry. All three Halversen children now work in ministry as a principal/teacher, pastor, and chaplain.

“She was born screaming,” Halversen reminisced during his daughter’s commissioning service in December, “and she’s continued to use her lungs for God’s glory. God called her to be a proclaimer of Good News.”

Woody began her career as a paralegal for the General Conference’s Religious Liberty department. She transferred to the North American Division’s Women’s Ministries department where Pastor Mary Maxson encouraged her to study theology. Woody currently serves as chaplain/Bible teacher for Auburn Adventist Academy. Her passion is helping young people study and apply the Bible to their daily lives.

“I’m proud to be part of a heritage that is not ashamed on the gospel of Jesus Christ and not afraid to be real,” Woody says. “We must finish the work God has set before us. We must stay surrendered to God; and what He has begun, He will finish.”
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Be Emergency Ready

One Sabbath. One drill. A safer church.

All churches throughout North America are encouraged to hold an annual safety drill during Safety Sabbath®. The official date of the next Safety Sabbath is March 24, 2018. Sign up here to get information for Safety Sabbath 2018.
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Urban Centers of Influence

Today, the huge and rapidly growing urban areas of the world loom as our greatest mission challenge, and ministry opportunities exist to invite urban residents into Adventist fellowship.

One of the ways: a Global Mission Urban Center of Influence. It's a project that is usually built on a business model for the specific purpose to leading unreached urban people groups into Adventist fellowship. The primary outreach approach involves relationship building and meeting specific community needs in long-term, day-to-day interaction.

The Office of Adventist Mission is working to revitalize Ellen White's concept of Urban Centers of Influence and to establish a network of self-sustaining UCIs called Life Hope Urban Centers in key urban areas around the world.
Read More About Centers of Influence!
Register Now for Biblical Justice: Urban Ministries Conference

Invite More People to Study the Bible

What if you had an easy way to invite more people to study the Bible?, a website that provides two options of free Bible studies for your geo-targeted location. It is easy for your church to sign up and participate in responding to these Bible study requests.

Watch a 5-minute introduction video and learn how you and your church can be involved in Bible study ministry!
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In Step for Personal Revival

"We see that even if we received the Holy Spirit when we were born again, that we in general need a daily refreshing. It is important for the spiritual life and growth of a Christian to be daily filled with the Holy Ghost."

If you haven't started reading Steps to Personal Revival, you are missing out! This little book shares stories, insights, encouragement, and prayers. It is perfect for personal devotions, prayer groups, and Sabbath reading.
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We published an incorrect camp meeting date on the annual Sunset & Offering Bookmarks. The correct dates for Washington Adventist Camp Meeting in Auburn are June 15-23, 2018. Thanks for updating your calendar(s)!

Starting the Year with Jesus

"We are living God's dream for our church," says Victor Rodriguez, pastor of Bellevue Spanish Adventist Church. "These are our new family members after our evangelism campaign in November 2017."

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