Top 10 stories of 2013


Happy 2014!

We’re 10 days into the New Year, and we’ve already seen some dramatic Adventist stories make headlines, such as a cyber theft in America and a lightning tragedy in Africa.

But before we dive too far into 2014, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the biggest stories of the past year. 

So, here it is: the top 10 news stories of 2013 (based on number of website views).

10. New president for trans-pacific

2013 saw a lot of leadership changes for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific, such as Pastor Glenn Townend’s appointment as president of the Trans-Pacific Union Mission.

9. Church issues statement on Sabbath in Samoa

Much has been said over the past couple of years about the Sabbath situation in Samoa. In late 2013, the General Conference of the Adventist Church joined in on the discussion.

8. US conference elects woman president

Women’s ordination was without question the biggest topic of 2013. The issue was brought into a global spotlight in October, when Pastor Sandra Roberts was named president of the Southeastern California Conference.

7. TED president talks ordination

Perhaps the most striking comments on women’s ordination came from Dr Bertil Wiklander. At a seminar in September, the president of the Trans-European Division voiced his total support for the ordination of women, saying he “would die for it”.

6. Adventist pastor loses home in NSW bushfires

Summer is natural disaster season in Australia. Tragedy struck a little earlier last year, however, when fires ripped across NSW in October, destroying dozens of homes.

5. Adventist evangelist Leo Schreven dies at 51

News of Leo Schreven’s death broke in December 2012, but readers were still coming to terms with his tragic passing in 2013. 

4. Publishing director’s daughter in coma

Last year’s holiday season got off to a disastrous start, when Lani Brereton’s vehicle was hit head on by an unregistered, speeding car driven by a drunk driver. 

3. SPD affirms report on ordination

“Ordination fever” took hold of the Adventist Church in the South Pacific in 2013. In November, discussion was replaced by decision, with church delegates unanimously affirming a report from its Biblical Research Committee that “does not see any scriptural principle which would be an impediment to women being ordained”.

2. Adventist engineer burnt in fuel fire

It’s almost been a year since Linden Millist’s terrible accident, which burnt up to 50 per cent of his body. Since then, his story and incredible fighting spirit has touched the lives of thousands of people around the world.

1. Pope’s brother not an Adventist

When we posted this story in mid-July, hundreds of people flocked to our website to check out the news. A few weeks later, and the Pope’s non-Adventist brother was still a hot topic. In fact, the popularity of the story remained steady for the rest of 2013. Turns out one can never get enough of a good conspiracy theory.

*Early prediction for the most popular story of 2014: Pope’s brother [still] not an Adventist