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After seeing the success of nationwide storytelling competitions and exhibitions such as The Moth, a National Public Radio show and podcast, last year Richard Castillo, an associate pastor of the Sligo church in Takoma Park, Md., set out to create a program built around storytelling.
Thirty-seven Columbia Union Conference Pathfinder teams recently participated in the North American Division’s Pathfinder Bible Experience in Florida. A sudden venue change in January proved to be a miracle in disguise, allowing a total of 193 teams to compete—an amount way beyond what organizers originally estimated.
Ethan Madding, a senior at Spencerville Adventist Academy in Spencerville, Md., recently showed his film, The Fool’s Prayer, at the 2018 Sonscreen Film Festival at the North American Division Headquarters in Columbia, Md. See it here!
Maribel Romero needed a babysitter while at work. Wendy Morales, a member of Potomac Conference’s Gaithersburg (Md.) Spanish church, agreed to babysit for Romero, and, over time, they built a friendship and then....
Looking for an event to celebrate Easter this weekend? Here are several special programs across the Columbia Union Conference you (and a friend!) can attend:
Story by Ron Mills
Takoma Academy’s (TA) chorale and camerata are joining forces to participate in the Music for All National Choir Festival and the World Choir Games (WCG)—the largest choral competition in the world!
On Sabbath, 54 teams, comprised of at least 320 Pathfinders, gathered in Blue Mountain Academy’s gymnasium in Hamburg, Pa., to test their knowledge of the books of Esther and Daniel during the Columbia Union Conference’s sixth Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE), a competition that tests participants Bible knowledge. So far it is the largest Columbia Union PBE event in the union.
The single most effective evangelistic methodology under heaven is planting churches,” says Rubén Ramos, the Columbia Union’s vice president for Multilingual Ministries, quoting from C. Peter Wagner’s book Church Planting for a Greater Harvest: A Comprehensive Guide.
“We have found that new churches are the best thing for existing churches seeking to experience renewal and revival,” says Frank Bondurant, the union’s vice president for Ministries Development, referring to research provided by the NAD. “When a church births another church, it brings renewal and revival to the existing church.”
This week church leaders, local pastors and institutional leaders from across the Seventh-day Adventist church in North America gathered to discuss ways to collaborate to reach, retain and reclaim the people of North America with Jesus’ message and mission. Watch the videos!