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GC EXCOM? NADYEM? Haystacks?
What does this stuff mean?!
No worries. Adventists haven’t exactly mastered the art of abbreviating terms. Fortunately, we’re here to decode it for ya.
Stands for “Association of Adventist Colleges and Universities.” It is an organization founded in 2002, with the goal of promoting cooperation between, and raising awareness of, Adventist colleges and universities in North America.
Amazing Facts is a Christian media ministry dedicated to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and the three angels' message of Revelation 14.
The annual meeting of the general conference officers and representatives that takes place between General Conference sessions. One happens in the Spring and one happens in the Fall. Decisions made at the annual council may be reviewed or changed during a General Conference session.
Independent educational ministry, which fosters to develop more intentional Seventh-day Adventists. It holds enrichment programs in different places around the world, through intensive weekend seminars, or online.
Stands for “Adventist-laymen’s Services & Industries.” It is a membership-based organization of Seventh-day Adventist laypeople
Camp meeting is an annual spiritual retreat for Seventh-day Adventist members and guests, taking place during the summer. It is hosted by local conferences and includes seminars, inspirational speakers, music, the ABC book sale, and activities geared for children and teens.
The governing organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, overseeing the worldwide divisions, administration issues, and doctrinal maters. It is located in Silver Spring, Maryland.
The General Conference Session is the official meeting that happens every five years between delegates of the Seventh-day Adventist Church throughout the world. They meet to hear reports from the different divisions, and vote on possible policy changes.
It stands for “General Conference Administration Committee,” which is a committee of 58 members (46 members and 12 invitees) that meet weekly at the GC Conference to oversee matters of the church and its operation.
It stands for “General Conference Executive Committee,” which is a committee of 474 members (345 members and 129 invitees) from all the different divisions in the world. They meet twice a year, during the Annual Council and Spring Meetings.
Head of the General Conference, the governing body of Seventh-day Adventist. Currently, the GC President is Ted Wilson, who was elected in the 2010 GC Conference Session in Atlanta, GA and re-elected at the 2015 GC Session in San Antonio, TX.
GYC (Generation of Youth for Christ) is a youth-led movement that holds various events including a yearly conference where attendees can receive training and the chance to network with others around the world.
A ministry who is not officially affiliated to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, but may still support its mission and institutions.
The North American Division (NAD) is the region of Seventh-day Adventist that oversees Canada, the United States, and U.S.-controlled territories. In church structure, it fits between Unions and the General Conference.
North American Division Year-End Meeting is the NAD’s version of Annual Council where they vote on issues relevant to the division.
The One Project seeks - through gatherings, conversations, web-based content, and Christ-focused publications - to stimulate preaching, worship, and adoration of Jesus within and through the Adventist church.
Oshkosh is the international Pathfinder camporee that meets every five years and takes place in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
An Adventist organization and ministry similar to Boy and Girl Scouts of America, geared toward children ages 10-15 with the objectives of building knowledge of nature and a relationship with God.
This is the GC President’s Executive Advisory.
The North American Division Regional Conferences are conferences designed to give black Americans a space and voice in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. They were created in the mid-1900’s and they overlap in territory with traditional conferences.
An unofficial way Adventists sometimes refer to Ellen G. White’s writings, which Seventh-day Adventists believe are an inspired message from God for the last days of Earth’s history.
The Seventh-day Adventist church has a bottom-up representative structure that goes as follows:
The Local Church - made up of individuals
The Conference - made up of several churches in a state/province/territory
The Union - made up of several conferences
The Division - made up of several unions for a total of 13 divisions worldwide
The General Conference - organized to help facilitate work and structure throughout the world
Atlantic Union Conference
Greater New York Conference
New York Conference
Northeastern Conference (AAC)
Northern New England Conference
Southern New England Conference
Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada
Columbia Union Conference
Allegheny East Conference (AAC)
Allegheny West Conference (AAC)
Mountain View Conference
New Jersey Conference
Lake Union Conference
Mid-America Union Conference
Central States Conference (AAC)
Rocky Mountain Conference
North Pacific Union Conference
Upper Columbia Conference
Pacific Union Conference
Central California Conference
Northern California Conference
Southeastern California Conference
Southern California Conference
Southern Union Conference
Gulf States Conference
South Atlantic Conference (AAC)
South Central Conference (AAC)
Southeastern Conference (AAC)
Southwestern Union Conference
Southwest Region Conference (AAC)
Guam Micronesia Mission
The regional conferences are as follows:
Allegheny East Conference: located in the Columbia Union, covering Baltimore, the Bay area, the Delaware Valley area, the Northern New Jersey area, Virginia, and the Washington Metro area
Allegheny West Conference: separated from the Allegheny East Conference because of quickly growing memberships. Covers Ohio, western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, specific sections of Virginia, and the tip end of Maryland
Bermuda Conference: located in Bermuda, covering Bermuda
Central States Conference: located in the Mid-American Union, covering Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nebraska
Lake Region Conference: located in the Lake Union, covering Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Minnesota
Northeastern Conference: located in the Atlantic Union, covering New York, New England, and Bermuda
North Pacific Union Conference: located in the North Pacific Union, covering Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington
Pacific Union Conference: located in the Pacific Union, covering Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah
South Atlantic Conference: located in the Southern Union, covering the Carolinas, Florida, and Georgia Cumberland
South Central Conference: located in the Southern Union, covering Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and the portion of Florida lying west of the Apalachicola River
Southeastern Conference: located in the Southern Union, covering Florida
Southwest Regional Conference: located in the Southwestern Union, covering Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas