ACUM Attends General Conference’s Fall Council

By: Communication Department

From October 11 to 17, 2012, the Seventh-day Adventist world church held its fall annual council at the church’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. The main committee meetings addressed policy items and received reports from various departments and divisions, including an update from the “Theology of Ordination Study Committee” and a comprehensive report on the 10-40 window which reflected the need for ongoing mission offerings and prayer for these un-entered territories.
The daily meetings were punctuated with inspirational devotions, warm music, and many prayers. The highlight of the meetings was the Sabbath message presented by world church leader Pastor Ted Wilson. His sermon, entitled “Never Doubt, God is in Control,” focused on the unity of the church and the health ministry. Pastor Wilson stated that these were “two important inter-related burdens of Christ and burdens of mine, and I hope yours.”

Pastor Leonard A. Johnson, president of ACUM, was one of the official delegates. Attending the GC Committee for the first time was Pastor Leonardo Rahming of the South Bahamas Conference. He was recently appointed as a frontline pastor who is usually not a conference/mission officer and or director. Pastor Rahming’s appointment was ACUM’s third such appointment within its almost two-year existence, as the previous two persons, Pastors Henry Moncur and Shian O’Connor, were elected to administrative positions in the North Bahamas and the Cayman Islands Conferences respectively.

Also present was Denise Johnson, women's ministries director of ACUM, who attended special meetings and met as well with Heather Small, GC women's ministries director, in preparation for ACUM's annual women's ministries retreat to be hosted in the South Bahamas Conference in September 2013.

This year's Council included a LEAD (Leadership, Education, and Development) Conference which addressed real life issues encountered by local churches, missions, conferences, and unions, as well as procedures for board formation; investment of church funds; dismissal of employees; and church policies etc. Pastor Leonard Johnson noted that “the conference was most necessary in reminding us of steps and procedures we, as administrators, pastors, and workers in general, should take.” Because of this administrative focus, Pastor Peter Kerr and Elder Roderick Sands, secretary and treasurer of ACUM respectively, were invited to attend and participate in this year’s council.

According to Adventist News Network (ANN), the Annual Council is the annual meeting of the world denomination's full executive committee. It is typically held the second weekend of October and reviews policy items. For news information of the council you can log onto the Adventist News Network at http://news.adventist.org.