Adventist Alpine Village
Brokenness is a fact of life, we can’t escape it. Whether through circumstance or neglect people, and often whole communities, find themselves in physical or emotional trauma. This is where Christians have the opportunity to help relieve their pain.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church, through ADRA, has been involved in rebuilding lives for almost 90 years. ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) is a humanitarian agency that creates opportunities, empowers people and shares hope. ADRA aims to facilitate this ministry through
- Encouraging church members to utilize their spiritual giftedness in a variety of compassionate ministry projects
- Fostering a variety of community, church-based, projects that minister to felt-needs
- “Felt-needs” training seminars for church members
- Different fundraising ventures which includes the ADRA Appeal
In time of disaster
In time of disaster the Seventh-day Adventist church has responsibility for accommodation under the NSW Disaster plan
Emergency accommodation is the provision of temporary shelter / accommodation for people rendered homeless by disaster.
The Adventist Church keeps a list of available emergency accommodation and venues for possible welfare centres and, in an emergency, organises the allocation of displaced people to temporary accommodation.
Each church has members trained to take their place in the event of an emergency.
According to census records NSW has the largest population of Indigenous people in Australia. Several Seventh-day Adventist churches around the South NSW Conference have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members. Some of our western towns have significant Indigenous population numbers. For instance, Dubbo, with a regional population of 51,429 includes 15.07% or 7,750 being Aboriginal.
History of the ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to Australia’s Indigenous peoples in New South Wales
1910: Pastor Philip Rudge was commissioned to go to the Macleay Valley to commence ministry to the local Aboriginal people. He began his work in Burnt Bridge, inland from Kempsey.
1950s: Miriwinni Gardens Aboriginal Academy opened near Bellbrook.
1975: George Quinlan was employed as the first Aboriginal minister in Australia.
1980: Pastor Quinlan was ordained.
In 2017, the South NSW Conference formally add the role of ATSIM Coordinator for the first time in its history. Several regional pastors over the years have faithfully served the Aboriginal communities across the conference.
If you would like to receive a copy of the Good News for Aborigines and Islanders magazine, find out more about ATSIM in the Conference or would like to assist in some way, please email the ATSIM department at Julienagle@adventist.org.au
The Children’s Ministry department is about passing on the faith to children and resourcing church members to be involved this ministry.
We want to see children in a lifelong, loving relationship with God and His church – we aim to provide an environment where they will experience grace, worship, community, service and safety.
The Gracelink Curriculum
Four Dynamics of a Growing Christian Experience provide the framework for the Gracelink children’s ministries curriculum.
These four dynamics are:
- Grace – Jesus Loves Me
- Worship – I Love Jesus
- Community – We Love Each Other
- Service – Jesus Loves You, Too
Visit the Gracelink website for the full curriculum
Adventurers is a club for 6 – 9 year olds.
Boundaries & Safety are Critically Important
Everyone working with children in this conference must have completed the “Working with Children Check”.
Local church child protection documents
North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists Childrens Ministry Website
Special Religious Education
Each denomination is responsible for the authorisation, training and support of its Special Religious Education (SRE) volunteers. The aim of the authorisation and training is to better equip SRE teachers both in their knowledge of the Bible and in how to teach it to children in a classroom setting. The training offered for SRE teachers consists of seven modules, including class management, preparing and delivering lessons, understanding the development of children and child protection or safe place training.
It is mandatory that Safe Place training, along with Modules 1 and 4 of the SRE training, is completed before the SRE teacher can be authorised. The remaining modules must then be completed within the first 12 months of commencement.
The Seventh-day Adventist church in South New South Wales does not have the necessary resources to provide training to its SRE teachers. We have therefore affiliated with the North New South Wales Conference who is also associated with other denominations such as the Baptist and Anglican Churches who regularly run SRE training throughout New South Wales.
For details on this training, you can visit their website at www.godspace.org.au/training or www.youthworks.net. For more information on Safe Place training, you can go to www.ncca.org.au or safeplaceservices.org.au/training.
The curriculum used by Seventh-day Adventist SRE teachers will also be provided by these affiliated groups. The curriculum provided will depend on the affiliated denominational group coordinating in your area. For details of the curriculums, used in schools you can visit the Inter-Church Commission on Religious Education in Schools (NSW) Inc website at www.iccoreis.asn.au.
For more details or information about becoming an SRE teacher in New South Wales, please go to email@example.com or call (02) 4951 8088.
Seventh-day Adventists recognize families are the building blocks of community, the church and society. We believe God created families to nurture warm, meaningful and loving relationships. In families children develop beliefs, values and attitudes, which translate into behavioural patterns that shape their future the future of their community. The greatest investment parents make is not in their mortgage but in their children.
It seeks to support individuals, couples and families through Adventist Counselling Services established to offer positive help to anyone in need of professional help.
The Domestic Violence Taskforce has also been setup to make a stand against domestic violence and abuse and to educate and equip church leaders.
Specific areas of focus include:
- improving communication skills
- learning to resolve conflict
- deepening emotional connectedness
- couples who sense they are ‘trapped’ and do not know what to do
- uncommunicative and dysfunctional families
- understanding different temperaments
- crisis management
Pre-Marriage Education and Counselling
- learning communication and conflict resolution skills
- understanding family impact
- understanding difference
- goal setting
- developing emotional connectedness
- discovering strengths and competency levels
- helping establish direction
Adolescents and Teens
- creating self-esteem
- coping with depression
- handling anger
- controlling behaviour
Grief and Loss
- learning to cope with life’s transitions
- understanding the cycle or stages of grief
- embracing coping skills for recovery
A team of counsellors provides help for both primary and secondary students and where necessary their parents.
Another perspective and help when there are disputes.
More information coming soon
Pr. Mike Faber
Good health is probably the most precious commodity for every person on the planet. The South New South Wales Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Church promotes that each person should live life to their maximum, God-given, potential. This includes all facets namely: physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.
The aim of the Health Ministries Department is to assist individuals, local churches and their communities to experience that quality-of-life through:
- Education resources
- Training seminars
- Group support
- Community health awareness campaigns
Local Church Resources
Content Coming Soon…
Pr. Mike Faber
Our vision for Personal Ministries is to empower church members to become willing disciples for Jesus Christ.
Personal Ministries is about mobilising and motivating church members to meet the spiritual, emotional, social and physical needs of the unchurched in the community.
The Bible talks about every member being a minister. That doesn’t mean we all have to become evangelists. It means using our gifts to serve God within the context of a local church ministry.
Sabbath School is a time set aside on Saturday morning for all ages to:
- be together and learn about our Saviour Jesus Christ;
- study the Bible;
- get to know each other, the community and the world around us.
Apart from Bible Study, part of the Sabbath School time is devoted to friendship, getting to know each other better and praying for each other.
There are many ways to encourage relationships to grow within the Sabbath School family. Some ideas for nurturing friendships are available below to help Sabbath School leaders develop a safe environment for people to share their thoughts openly with each other.
Characteristics of a vibrant Sabbath School include:
- Praying for each other every day, not just when your group meets.
- Making each other feel welcome and at home, greeting them warmly and using their first names.
- Making contact with each other at least once a week by either visiting or calling each other.
Class Ideas for nurturing friendships
Listen to each other; hear the needs of each individual.
You may pick up on something where the individual may need some special support. For example, a group member may mention that they have a really busy week ahead. You could make up a big pot of vegetable soup and buy some fresh bread rolls for them.
Spend time with each other outside of the Sabbath School time.
Be enthusiastic about spending time together by organising a lunch or a picnic, or arrange a friendly game of volleyball.
Be positive and encouraging.
Phone them, just a quick call to say ‘hi’ and ask how their week is going. Encourage all Sabbath School members to give friendly, warm greetings to newcomers. Invite them to any Sabbath afternoon activities.
Find out the birthdays of your Sabbath School class members.
Organise a card for everyone in the Sabbath School to sign and surprise them with the card on the Sabbath before their birthday. Maybe even bake a cake – everyone loves cake!
Mention achievements or milestones such as graduations, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, new jobs, etc
Organise service projects and reach out to your community.
Have a service project where your Sabbath School group can work together, get to know each other better and help others at the same time.
Community outreach is yet another aspect of the Sabbath School class. Many Sabbath School classes work together to help people in need in their local community as well as their local church. There are several ways to minister to your local community and/or church community.
See below for some suggestions.
- Start a Bible study group for seekers to meet sometime during the week, like on a Wednesday night.
- Create a welcoming environment at your church, with hot drinks and biscuits.
- Plan out the theme or topic several weeks in advance.
- Make free Bibles available to visitors.
- Volunteer your time at a local Bible correspondence school.
Donating Time or Resources
- Get involved in a StormCo Project
- Volunteer at a local soup kitchen, or start one in your local community.
- Offer assistance to elderly and those with physical limitations by helping them with lawn mowing, raking leaves, driving them to the shops, to the doctor or to church.
- Visit the residents of local retirement and nursing homes.
- Any kind of volunteer work. You can call your local council and find out if they need any help.
- Clean out your wardrobes and book shelves and donate what you don’t need to a local charity.
- If you belong to a large congregation, organise for your Sabbath School class to adopt a small church and offer to take a Sabbath School for them. Make it something special!
As a class, identify a need in your community. For example, a church member may have just returned home from a stay in hospital, you could pool your financial resources to purchase a basket of grocery items for them.
- Put a prayer requests box in the foyer of your church. Supply paper and pens. Share the requests with the Sabbath School every week.
- Assign ‘prayer warriors’ to pray for specific things or people.
- Get members of your Sabbath School to keep a prayer journal, noting answers to prayers. Remember to thank God for answered prayers.
- Identify a week or month to pray specifically for local community services such as the Police or Fire brigade. Write to them in advance, thank them for what they do and invite them to send in any special prayer requests.
- Create an e-prayer network. Get the email addresses of those who want to be involved so that if urgent prayer needs arise, you can email the group with the need.
How often do you thank the people in your community?
Can you remember the last time you thanked:
- Your pastor?
- The church treasurer?
- The person that packs your groceries?
- The guy that pumps petrol in your car?
- The person that empties your bins (at home or in the office)?
- The person that opens the door for you?
- Check-out attendants?
- Security guards?
Can you think of more?
Get to know the names of the people that you come into contact with everyday. Do you get your sandwich made at the same place every day? You could find out the person’s name and when you thank them, use their name – you’ll make their day.
As a class, write thank you cards to people in your church or neighbourhood who faithfully do the things that need to be done, but no one ever notices or acknowledges them.
World Mission Projects
World mission is another important part of the Sabbath School time, it is about fulfilling the gospel commission to “go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matt 28:19)
The world mission time is an opportunity to focus on other parts of the world, learn about the diverse peoples and cultures in far away places. In so doing, we develop an appreciation for something that is not focussed on self, but rather on the needs of others. The opportunity to make a donation or “offering” that will go towards fulfilling the gospel commission is provided during the Sabbath School time.
Stewardship is the lifestyle of one who accepts Christ’s Lordship, walking in partnership with God and acting as His agent to manage His affairs on earth. Our aim is to educate you towards a holistic understanding of biblical stewardship and provide you with affordable and practical stewardship resources.
Read Dynamic Steward – the Stewardship newsletter produced by the General Conference.
Statement of Philosophy & Mission
Stewardship is the lifestyle of the one who accepts Christ’s lordship and walks in partnership with God, acting as His agent in managing His affairs on earth.
Stewardship began with God’s creation of Adam and Eve in His own image. With His personal touch, God established an intimate relationship and union with humanity that was to be nurtured in the intimacy of time spent together. This shared image1 and shared intimacy 2 are foundational to understanding the spirit and dynamics of biblical stewardship.
God established Adam and Eve as rulers over the earth (Gen. 1:26-28). Through this act, God made them His partners over creation — placing the entire world as their trust in shared governance3 with Him. It was in Eden that humanity first became stewards, and acted as God’s agents on earth. In this sense, God established a relationship of interdependence4 with humanity. The awesome concept of God’s dependence upon humanity is crucial to our accepting full dependence upon Him.
When sin entered the world, it shattered and distorted God’s creation and separated mankind from God. The union with God was broken, the image of God was marred, the shared governance was surrendered, and this earth became sin’s domain.
In Jesus Christ, God restored this divine-human relationship and re-established His kingdom on earth. Thus the gospel provides reconciliation between God and humanity as Christ became the second Adam, winning back humanity’s lost stewardship. Today, stewardship begins with the recognition of God’s sovereignty as Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer and Owner.
Through the incarnation, Christ identified Himself fully with humanity. The shared intimacy of God with mankind is embodied in Jesus Christ—the God-man. His life and death form the basis for a renewed relationship with God. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, the living presence of Jesus restores the reality of a shared intimacy between God and man.
As the model steward, Jesus Christ demonstrated the lifestyle of the individual in union with God. Through His ministry in heaven, Christ enthrones humanity with Him, (Eph. 2:6) and renews humanity’s partnership with God. In this partnership, the human agent functions as regent under the authority of God. When allowed to live on the throne of one’s life, God lifts the believer to sit with Him on His throne. All the power of heaven is available to aid God’s stewards in their daily lives.
Restoring the image of God in humanity is part of the redemption process. While not complete before the Second Coming, the process begins here on earth. The Holy Spirit brings the promised presence of Christ into the life of the believer (John 14:16-20), and begins a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). Sinful humanity, saved by grace, once again shares the image of God (2 Pet. 1:4). Through the power of the living Christ, the believer who accepts the gift is once again in complete union with God.
While enthroned by God in heavenly places with Christ, the believer is totally dependent upon Him for every aspect of life. Yet God is also dependent upon humanity. He has chosen to depend upon His believers as the ultimate demonstration of His power and character to the world. He trusts humanity with a complete partnership in union with Him. This renewed interdependence of the believer and God provides the model for relationships with other human beings. The corporate dimension of the Church as the Body of Christ, with Him as its head, reflects the ultimate level of partnership and/or stewardship. Each part of the Body, individually or as a group, grows and matures through interdependence. Interdependent with God, the members of His Body are also interdependent with each other. At first, the individual or even a corporate group is totally dependent on the rest of the Body. With growth and maturation, strength is gained until the individual or group is able to contribute to the Body as a whole. Stewardship is an important ministry in fostering this growth in interdependence.
Through a discipleship walk, stewards acknowledge God’s lordship and surrender every area of life to Him. Discipleship — moving the entire life towards God — takes place under the guidance of the Holy Spirit as He recreates the believer in the image of God. Faithful stewardship5 is the Christian lifestyle, and the joyful result of a personal relationship of assurance in Jesus Christ.
The issues of time and money are critical in stewardship because they are the two most fluid dimensions of life. The management of these two areas most quickly reflects and influences one’s spiritual life. God created the Sabbath as the crowning act of creation week. He asked humanity to rest and worship Him before doing anything else, as a sign that they accepted Him as their Creator and Sovereign. God established the system of tithes and offerings for the same purpose. Through the tithe we worship God and acknowledge Him as our Lord. We recognize that all we are and have belong to Him. God asks that the first portion of time and first portion of our material possessions be given to Him, as a sign that the believer accepts the covenant relationship with God. God then invites the individual to live the rest of his or her life in partnership with Him.
Thus, stewardship carries over into every area of the life of an individual or church. It provides the foundation and motivation for ministry and witness. Living in partnership with God shapes the priorities and focus. And as believers grow in this partnership, the Holy Spirit guides them to provide the financial support for the church as the Body of Christ.
The mission of the Department of Stewardship is to emphasize the lordship of Jesus Christ, to enhance the integration of the gospel into the Christian lifestyle, to encourage faithful stewardship, and to facilitate the individual, corporate and leadership dimensions of stewardship as partnership with God.
1 Shared image is the first of four foundational stewardship principles found in the creation story and the plan of redemption. Shared image reflects the reality that God created humanity in His own image, and that He restores man to that image by imparting His character or nature, through the role and function of the Holy Spirit.
2 Shared intimacy began with God’s creation of Adam and Eve. By shaping them with His hands, and giving them life by the intimacy of His breath, God created humanity in and for intimacy with Him. He intended that humanity should continue to live out this relationship. When sin shattered this intimacy, God restored it through the incarnation of Christ. In union with Him, humanity once again finds the intimacy of a personal relationship with God. This shared intimacy constitutes a second foundational principle of stewardship.
3 Shared governance is the third foundational principle, and it began when at creation, God made Adam and Eve rulers over this world. They were to function as His representatives, managing His affairs on earth. This shared governance is restored when an individual accepts Christ as Savior and accepts the reality that in Him, he or she is raised to sit with Him on His throne in heavenly places. Then the Christian again enters into the wonder of acting as God’s agent over His affairs on earth, in a full partnership of shared governance as Christ reigns as Lord of the human heart.
4 Interdependence is the realization and implementation of an approach to life and ministry that acknowledges that God created each individual and organization of the church to be part of the greater whole. The church is the Body of Christ, and as such, members are dependent upon and accountable to God and to each other. Only in the context of this interdependence can the church truly function as a body, and each believer grow to his or her fullness in Christ.
5 Faithful stewardship is a foundational principle indicating the response of the believer to God’s initiative in creation and redemption. It indicates an acceptance of the relationship established by God, and the willingness to integrate obedience into every area of life, including our tithes and offerings
Trust Services operates within Australia and New Zealand in order to enable the members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to have a Will prepared for them. The service has operated for over thirty years and is under the supervision of practicing lawyers.
There are five directors who are ordained ministers and have received specialist training in the area of Wills and estate-planning and are regularly involved in professional development.
For legal reasons, the service provided is limited to “those associated with the church”. This is understood as referring to church members and others who attend church services. Wills are prepared free of charge and without financial obligation.
Many members wish to benefit the church organization by means of a bequest and when this is the case the Director can ensure that the Will is written in such a way that the bequest will benefit that part of the Lord’s work that is the object of the member’s choice.
Guardianship of minor children often weighs heavily on younger parents and having Christian values reflected in their Will is important to them. Because it is a minister who is taking the instructions for their Will he understands the sentiments of those parents and thereby enables Christian principles to be enunciated in regard to guardianship.
Building to be Stronger
Fostering the growth of a Community of Grace where a Christ-like spirit of love, compassion, forgiveness and acceptance is all-pervasive.
Seeking to be Closer
Creating an atmosphere conducive to a vibrant, personal and corporate worship.
Serving to be Kinder
Providing opportunities for mission, leading to service as a way of life.
Reaching to be Bigger
Inspiring and equipping every young person to become a Spirit-filled witness.
Knowing to be Wiser
To inspire, train and equip youth professionals and volunteers.
For further information please see our Youth Ministries page.
Wendy and her husband Rex live in Bega. For more information regarding Womens Ministries please use the contact form on our Contact page and select the Women’s Ministries option.
Women’s Ministries exist for three reasons:
- To help women realise their potential and use their spiritual gifts.
- To address the spiritual, emotional, physical and social needs of women.
- To empower women and give them tools for reaching out to others in the community
Womens Retreat Weekend
The women’s ministries retreat weekend has become a regular event at the Adventist Alpine Village. On last weekend in May women from around the SNSW Conference gather together to connect, share and encourage one another. If you are interested in attending this event or would like more information about it please see contact Wendy Hergenhan.
Womens Retreat Weekend
Womens Retreat 2018
When: May 25 – 27, 2018
Applications available soon!
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