It’s no secret that the world faces serious problems and challenges. We are confronted daily with political and social upheaval—with the problems of inequality, injustice, illness, natural disasters, violence, and despair. Far from having all the answers, many of us experience these issues in our own lives. Being Adventists doesn’t make us immune from serious difficulties, but it does provide us with hope for a better future. Seventh-day Adventists have always believed that God is central to our community—that He is working both through and for us—and that we can make a difference in this world through faithful collaboration together. The most important thing for us is to be actively engaged and connected to God, ready to fulfill the tasks He sets for us. We may feel discouraged at times—that’s only human—but we remain determined to seek God in everything we do, knowing that His plan for this world is foolproof.
The Adventist Church in the Pacific Southwest is a vibrant blend of cultures, languages, and traditions. We are growing together as we discover how to be better disciples through exploring God’s Word and putting the lessons we learn into practice in our local communities. We want to show our neighbors and everyone we encounter the life-transforming love for people that Jesus demonstrated while He was here on earth. Our diverse territory is home to seven hundred growing Adventist churches where a practical, saving Gospel is preached with power and lived with enthusiasm. We offer all kinds of opportunities for discipleship, including prayer conferences, small groups, musical worship, and the unique Adventist blessing of Sabbath celebration, which gives members and visitors the privilege of extended worship, more prayer hours, and time to reflect and rest. You can participate in mission trips, learn practical ways to share your faith at work and in your local community, or participate in outdoor camping trips and spiritual retreats. We make mistakes; we all stumble in our walk of faith. But Adventism in the Pacific Union Conference is all about grace and chances to start fresh. Every day is a new opportunity to live out our faith in surprising and meaningful ways.
Commitment to Service
You can tell a great deal about a person or an organization by how they spend their time and money. “Tell me what you pay attention to,” observed the Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset, “and I will tell you who you are.” A quick perusal of the activities of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Pacific Southwest reveals a group of Christians devoted to living a life of commitment to Christ. This is born out in practical ways: education, healthcare, social justice, environmental protection, advocacy.