Adventist world President, Pr Ted Wilson, has toured four of the church’s key businesses in Australia. All four are core to the mission of the church in health, education and communication.
Sydney Adventist Hospital, Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing, Adventist Media Network and Avondale College were all established more than 100 years ago. “The church has world class leadership and facilities,” Pastor Wilson observed. “The world church can learn much from their innovation and successes.”
The church has world class leadership and facilities. The world church can learn much from their innovation and successes.
|Pr Ted Wilson meets Pierre van Heerden, general manager for Sanitarium New Zealand.|
Sydney Adventists Hospital needs to expand to cater for the increasing demand upon its services by the community. The development of the estate at Wahroonga will ensure the growth can be sustained without impacting upon the tithes and offerings of church members.
Sanitarium is repositioning itself as a health and wellness company. Not only does it supply the leading breakfast cereals in Australia, but it has set out to establish wellness services with Cultivate (workplace health and wellbeing) and Sanctuary (medical and health). These provide wholistic wellness for the community.
Adventist Media Network has successfully integrated print, television, radio, the internet, music and social media. “The dramatic new BEYOND video series will be useful to the world church,” Pastor Wilson says. “It works particularly well with people living in big cities for whom it is becoming increasingly difficult to reach. Sixty percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2020—many of whom will be locked away in apartments and behind privacy screens.” It is Written Oceania is produced at the Adventist Media Network and is the most popular Christian program on Australian and New Zealand television.
|InFocus News during production at Adventist Media network.|
Avondale College has grown its enrolments by 40 per cent. Many of the students are not Seventh-day Adventists providing the higher learning institution with opportunities for evangelism, while being the premier training centre for evangelism by the church. “Remember the core values upon which this college of excellence was established,” Pastor Wilson reminded the faculty and administration. “Continue to encourage the students to focus upon Jesus as the core of their faith. Read the Bible and pray for the Holy Spirit. This place can be a centre for true Godly revival which can change the world.”
Pastor Wilson said he would be calling on the leaders of the entities he visited in Australia after he returns to the USA. “Leadership in health and communication is needed elsewhere in the world church and your leaders are world class. I am taking back a good report to the General Conference of what I have seen and heard.”
Banner photo (Dr Barry Oliver, South Pacific Division president with Pr Ted Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists)