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    We believe that spiritual and emotional wellbeing foster an active mind, an active mind is fuelled by a healthy body, and a healthy body and mind enable healthy social relationships. To this end, we subscribe diligently to studying the Bible, wholistic health and wellness, and serving our communities.

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    Membership

    The urban population of the Adventist Church in Sydney is diverse. The church alone is made up of nearly 10,000 members of various backgrounds who are enthusiastic about sharing, connecting, serving and worshipping. Our conference includes over 20 organised language groups with almost every people group in the world represented.

    You’ll find us throughout this great city from Bondi Junction in the east to the Blue Mountains in the west, from Wollongong down south to Hawkesbury up north and out to Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands. We serve where you are.

    • 104 churches
    • 14 food banks
    • 6 schools
    • 3 aged-care residences
    • 3 community centres
    • 1 campground and convention centre

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    Reach out.
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    Our mission is to inspire hope and wholeness of life in our communities. In a world where things often seem out of control and many are struggling, we strive to share the good news of hope in Jesus’ Second Coming, that each of us has a purpose, and to use our resources to help others achieve meaningful and abundant lives.

    Beliefs

    We are Bible-believing, Protestant Christians who enjoy being part of a worldwide movement that serves across the globe. We affirm the fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist church with its emphasis on growing in our relationship with God and others in the context of the times in which we live.

    As our name indicates, we affirm the seventh day—Saturday—as special time, set apart for humankind to be in relationship with God where we celebrate life, worship God, grow deep relationships, share faith, and serve in our spheres of influence and grow in faith. The word ‘Adventist’ highlights our belief in the words of Jesus and His promise to come again.

    We invite you to explore more about the Greater Sydney Conference and the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Learn more about our beliefs here.

    Organisational
    Structure

    Seventh-day Adventists belong to a representative organisation. Each church constituency elects its own officers.

    THE LOCAL CHURCH is where membership is held. It is governed by elected officers: elders, deacons, deaconesses, clerks, treasurers, department leaders, and volunteers. Local churches are appointed a minister by their conference.

    THE LOCAL CONFERENCE OR LOCAL MISSION is made up of all local churches in a specific area and is responsible for all church and evangelistic work there. Conferences and missions may operate schools, health clinics and retirement facilities. Ministers are appointed to churches by the local conference. The officers in a conference are president, secretary and chief financial officer (CFO). Officers are elected every three, four or five years, as determined by their constitution or operating policy, by the delegates appointed from member churches.

    THE UNION CONFERENCE OR UNION MISSION is composed of several local conferences and/or missions in a specific territory. It may operate colleges and universities within its territory. Officers and directors are elected every five years.

    THE DIVISION comprises two or more union conferences and/or missions covering a large area:

    • Each division oversees church work in several countries. Its officers are elected at a general session of world delegates held every five years. Its department directors and institution leaders are appointed by the Division’s executive committee.
    • Each division has departments which are responsible for specific areas of Christian service such as health and communication.

    THE GENERAL CONFERENCE, which is comprised of the 13 world divisions, coordinates church work globally. The headquarters are located in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States. Officers and directors are elected every five years at the general session. See a breakdown of the 13 divisions here.

    THE GREATER SYDNEY CONFERENCE, comprised of over 100 churches, coordinates church work in Greater Sydney. We are one of nine conferences in the Australian Union, which is in the South Pacific Division.

    Church Finances

    100 per cent goes from the local church to the conference and then the conference distributes it, with each conference doing things a little differently in relation to how it is distributed. Read more here.

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