In Sermon, in Demonstration, Seventh-day Adventists Urged Toward Urban Ministry

By Mark A. Kellner, News Editor, courtesy Adventist Review

“It’s time to move forward. It’s time to reach the millions living in the great cities of this world,” said Pastor Ted N.C. Wilson, General Conference president, in a Sabbath morning message about the need to do the “work of Enoch” in reaching metropolitan areas.

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"Enter Cities" for Mission, Ng Urges at Urban Mission Conference

by Mark A. Kellner, News Editor, courtesy Adventist Review

“While Ellen G. White is emphatic about the evils of city living, she is equally emphatic about the critical need for urban missions.” G.T. Ng said in a plenary address to delegates at the movement's Urban Mission Conference. . .

Ng urged that the church needs to resolve its “love/hate” relationship with cities and with urban ministry. Many Seventh-day Adventists point to Ellen White statements about the perils of urban environments, but Ng reminded the audience of 200 leaders that White spent decades urging Adventist leadership and laity to enter urban areas in order to perform evangelistic work.

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Statistics Reveal Massive Adventist Missions Challenge, Leaders Say

By Mark A. Kellner, news editor, courtesy Adventist Review

Although the Seventh-day Adventist Church has reduced its ratio to world population from 1 in 360,000 at the movement’s founding to 1 in 396 today, massive outreach challenges remain in many countries of the Middle East, East and Southeast Asia, church officials were told Sept. 29, 2013, during the movement’s Urban Mission Conference ongoing at the Silver Spring, Maryland, headquarters.

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Top Priority: "Mission to the Cities"

By Mark A. Kellner, New Editor, courtesy Adventist Review

The final language is being worked on, but world leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church are clear: evangelization in the big cities and rural areas – “the whole world,” as General Conference president Pastor Ted N.C. Wilson put it – is a top priority for the 17-million-member movement.

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The challenge and future of urban ministry: The case of White Memorial Church

The story of how The White Memorial Church transformed itself from a thriving institutional church into an urban parish congregation may offer lessons to other inner-city churches.

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