Pacific Union “All God’s People,” October 4, 2019 Episode 340

Highlights from the 2019 Student Leadership Conference

Student leaders from 34 junior and senior academies spent the last weekend of September at Leoni Meadows camp in Grizzly Flats, California. Their aim? To learn how to better love, serve, and lead their campuses. This year’s theme for the conference was “Leadership lessons from Nehemiah.”

Over the course of the weekend, group facilitators helped students discuss how they want to lead, what they want to accomplish, and ways to help their classmates get involved and grow together. Leadership groups from the different academies spent time working on teambuilding through different outdoor and indoor challenges, games, and activities.

In addition to fun activities, attendees also gathered at the Leoni Lodge to sing and worship together.

This week, Gisselle Asij, senior at Newbury Park Adventist Academy and the ASB president for the 2019-2020 school year, joined us as our guest host of All God’s People! Watch this week’s episode to learn more about the great things students learned at this annual conference, and click the link below to learn more about Adventist Education in the Pacific Southwest.

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So I answered them, and said to them, “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem.” -Nehemiah 2:20 (NKJV)

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Church Support Services Expands Ministry Resources

Faith Hoyt

As Church Support Services Director Rich DuBose will tell you, his department is eager to help fulfill the mission of sharing the gospel. Formed to serve the needs of churches, his department has provided a host of resources to help churches share the gospel in the Pacific Union Conference territory.

DuBose joined the Pacific Union Conference as an associate director in the Church Ministries department in 1994. “Back then, we launched a new ministry help-desk called PlusLine,” he said. “We had an 800 number that local church leaders could call to help them find ministry-related tools and resources, and we handled event registrations. Toward the end, our staff answered as many as 100 calls a day.”

Soon, other unions were included in the service. Today, PlusLine, now known as AdventSource, is owned by the North American Division (NAD) and operates in Lincoln, Nebraska.

With the acquisition of PlusLine by the NAD in 2005, the nature of DuBose’s work transitioned to developing resources that could be used in local church ministry.

“Our mission is to develop and share curated content that inspires pastors, church leaders, and members to use their best gifts to connect people with Jesus,” DuBose said. “Our goal is to find and share knowledge and stimulate engagement that can help turn theology into biography.”

Over the years, Church Support Services has conducted seminars for ministry training; developed online study guides; created sharing cards and flyers on healthful living and other topics; and produced web ads and various theme-based websites for preaching, Bible study, and more.

Several recent projects include the creation of a smartphone app called SpiritRenew and an initiative called inSpire that celebrates and promotes using the arts in ministry. In addition, they’ve produced over 75 videos ranging from six to eight minutes in length that focus on specific ministries and individuals that God is using throughout the Pacific Union territory—a project called Stories of Faith.

“By far our most comprehensive website is Answers For Me,” DuBose said. “It provides content for people who may or may not be Christian-oriented. It has resources for users who wish to grow spiritually, but it is intentionally low-key in its approach.”

DuBose helps local churches use RSS technology to feature his department’s content, such as stories and recipes, on their church websites without diverting traffic away from their sites.

“It takes a village of ideas and efforts to help create a culture for change and experimentation,” DuBose said. “We focus on sharing traditional and innovative ideas that churches can experiment with to fulfill our shared mission.”

To learn more about the resources produced by Church Support Services, visit http://www.churchsupportservices.org.

 

Photo: “The inSpire TV show features Adventist creatives within the Pacific Union Conference who desire to bring good to life and to use their gifts to share God’s story,” says Rich DuBose, director of Church Support Services. “Art, film, graphics, music, and more are being used as a vehicle for sharing God’s message of healing and hope.” Left to right: Greg Evans, singer/songwriter; inSpire co-host, Jesús Noland, app and game developer; Cecia Garcia Lopez, music therapist; and Rich DuBose, inSpire host.

Photo by Summer Medina

 

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