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Ministry to Soldiers
A church with a focused military ministry is one which has developed a unique and creative ministry to the military. The military ministry of a focused church goes beyond being military-
General Conference formed a Study Committee on Military Service in 1971. This large committee received and debated many papers, and remained deeply divided [interviews]. When Annual Council took up the matter in 1972, it chose to include both the militant patriots and the Adventist pacifists, declaring that military service was a matter of individual conscience. Its vehicle in this was the statement on military obligations voted by the General Conference Session in 1954 (quoted above), which it transformed by adding to it a new ending:
"This statement is not a rigid position binding church members but gives them guidance, leaving the individual member free to assess the situation for himself."
“For those who conscientiously choose the 1-
THE ISSUE OF MILITARY SERVICE WITHIN INTERNATIONAL ADVENTISM
Professor Ronald Lawson
Department of Urban Studies
In addition, for our members currently in uniform we provide publications which keep them spiritually in touch with the church while serving the nation such as; Message Magazine, Adventist Review, Sabbath School Quarterlies and many others all sent free of charge by NSO to anywhere their service takes them. (See the Email Section of the CONTACT US page for a Registration Form.)
The church and its relationship to the military has been an important issue to SDA since the Civil War, but without a draft since the Vietnam conflict over 30 years ago, many are lowering their guards in this area. It is my prayer and goal to get the message out to every local conference church member of the many services your conference provides to you or your loved ones in uniform through the National Service Organization, (NSO).
One way to accomplish this is through a dynamic PowerPoint seminar followed by a Question and Answer session. This presentation will graphically depict the atrocities of War. This clears up issues that cloud the minds of our youth that are in the valley of decision and brings much needed information to rightly concerned parents. This seminar is available at no cost to our conference churches and many churches have taken advantage of this opportunity and their members have been blessed as a result. So if it has not been presented at your church, please speak with your Pastor or AYS Leader about scheduling an NSO Day.
Chaplain Ceballos holds a Doctor of Ministries degree on Religion Culture and Society from Boston University. He is a board-
ACM / General Conference Chaplaincy Director
The Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries (ACM) Department serves as the ecclesiastical endorsing agency for the General Conference and North American Division of the Seventh-
Chaplaincy ministry in the Adventist Church began at Battle Creek College (ca.1875), and expanded shortly after into Battle Creek Sanitarium and other Adventist healthcare facilities. WW II prompted a few Adventist ministers with vision to venture into the military services as chaplains. Nearly one hundred Adventist clergy now serve as military chaplains, providing pastoral care for Adventists in the military services. The first Adventist chaplain for a correctional institution started serving in the California State prison system in 1959. Currently over 350 Adventist clergy engage in one of the chaplaincy ministries across North America. Several hundred others engage in various chaplaincy ministries in the other countries of the world field.
Also under the ACM umbrella are chaplain associations for the various chaplaincies. ACM conducts an annual training conference for each association, provides chaplains with resource materials and represents their interests. Assistant ACM Directors work as Field Representatives of the ACM Department throughout the North American Division. They are ordained ministers (chaplains) who extend the reach of the ACM Department, promote its vision and help accomplish its mission. They inform Adventist students, church members, pastors and leaders about chaplain opportunities and military-
Following WW II the National Service Organization (NSO) was established to assist church members serving in the military. Through an offering taken the second Sabbath in June on even years, NSO provides military church members in uniform with Bible kits, church journals, devotional books and religious literature. ACM evolved from the NSO in 1985. ACM (NSO) also sponsors religious retreats for military-
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Dr. Anderson served for 19 years as a U.S. Navy chaplain. His last assignment before retirement from the Navy was as the Deputy Chaplain for Joint Forces Headquarters-
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