Statements on Family Issues

Throughout its history, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has periodically released position statements on specific topics and issues. A number of these pertain to marriage and the family, or to issues closely related to family life. For a complete collection of statements, access the official website of the Seventh-day Adventist Church: www.adventist.org. Those presented here include the following:

Abuse

Abuse and Family Violence

Seventh-day Adventists affirm the dignity and worth of each human being and decry all forms of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and family violence. We recognize the global extent of this problem…

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Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse occurs when a person older or stronger than the child uses his or her power, authority, or position of trust to involve a child in sexual behavior or activity. Incest, a specific fo…

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Ministry Resources on Abuse and Family Violence

MINISTRY RESOURCES ON ABUSE AND FAMILY VIOLENCE Binding up Bruised Reeds: A Quick Reference Guide for Ministry to Families Experiencing Abuse and Family ViolenceSeventh-day Adventist Statement on Fami…

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Abuse and Family Violence: A Global Affliction

ABUSE AND FAMILY VIOLENCE: A GLOBAL AFFLICTION Twenty-five years of scientific data regarding the incidence of abuse and family violence undergird the reality that abuse and family violence represent…

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Protecting Children from Abuse: A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Church Leaders

PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM ABUSE: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS, TEACHERS AND CHURCH LEADERS Responsible persons seeking to protect children from abuse will: Acknowledge Abusive Behavior Child abuse refers to an…

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Statement on Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse occurs when a person older or stronger than the child uses his or her power, authority, or position of trust to involve a child in sexual behavior or activity. Incest, a specific fo…

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Statement on Family Violence

STATEMENT ON FAMILY VIOLENCE Family violence involves an assault of any kind-verbal, physical, emotional, sexual, or active or passive neglect-that is committed by one person or persons against anothe…

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Ministry Resources on Abuse and Family Violance

MINISTRY RESOURCES ON ABUSE AND FAMILY VIOLENCE Binding up Bruised Reeds: A Quick Reference Guide for Ministry to Families Experiencing Abuse and Family Violence Seventh-day Adventist Statement on Fam…

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Domestic Violence

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Abortion

Statement on the Biblical View of Unborn Life and Its Implications for Abortion

Human beings are created in the image of God. Part of the gift that God has given us as humans is procreation, the ability to participate in creation along with the Author of life. This sacred gift sh…

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Principles for a Christian View of Life

Introduction “Now this is eternal life; that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3, NIV). In Christ is the promise of eternal life; but sinc…

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Children

Family Violence

Family violence involves an assault of any kind-verbal, physical, emotional, sexual, or active or passive neglect-that is committed by one person or persons against another within a family, whether th…

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Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse occurs when a person older or stronger than the child uses his or her power, authority, or position of trust to involve a child in sexual behavior or activity. Incest, a specific fo…

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Statement on the Nurture and Protection of Children

Seventh-day Adventists place a high value on children. In the light of the Bible they are seen as precious gifts from God entrusted to the care of parents, family, community of faith and society-…

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Caught in the Middle

<p>Throughout its history, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has periodically released position statements on specific topics and issues. A number of these pertain to marriage and the family, or to iss…

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Parenting is Tough

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Divorce and Remarriage in the Seventh-day Adventist Church

Divorce and Remarriage in the Seventh-day Adventist Church

Statement on the Biblical View of Unborn Life and Its Implications for Abortion

Human beings are created in the image of God. Part of the gift that God has given us as humans is procreation, the ability to participate in creation along with the Author of life. This sacred gift sh…

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What the Divorce Statistics Say

World Divorce Rates-General Population For a collection of world divorce statistics, visit this website: www.divorcereform.org/nonus. Statistics compiled at this website appear to be less documented t…

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The Impact of Divorce on Seventh-day Adventist Couples

Divorce is almost always a disaster! It affects all those involved for the rest of their lives in ways we can hardly imagine. It is fair to say that no one ever emerges from a divorce unscathed or una…

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A Review of The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce

BOOK REVIEW The Unexpected Legacy of DivorceA 25-Year Landmark Study of Divorced Families From the flyleaf- “Twenty-five years ago, Judith Wallerstein began talking to a group of 131 children wh…

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SDA Policy on Divorce and Remarriage

Introduction When the General Conference Session in Toronto considers proposed changes in our Church Manual‘s statements on divorce and remarriage, the delegates will be continuing a process tha…

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Divorce and Remarriage Study Commission – Report

Introduction Throughout the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, various committees, commissions, and councils have studied the topic of marriage and the issues of divorce and remarriage in a…

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Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage: Church Manual 2005

Biblical Teachings on Marriage Origin of Marriage -Marriage is a divine institution established by God Himself before the fall, when everything, including marriage, was “very good” (Gen. 1…

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Divorce, Remarriage, and Church Membership. Annual Council 1976

Click the image below to download the Annual Council Minutes, 1976 statement on Divorce, Remarriage, and Church Membership.

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2015 – 2020 Family Ministries Strategic Plans

Please find below links to download the Strategic Plan Alignment to the Global Church initiative: Reach The World, Total Member Involvement. Press/Click on the image, wait to download (0.9Mb), and add…

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Resources

Fun & Easy Family Worship Memories Ideas Adventist Families in North America Study 2017 Family Ministries Special Dates

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Programs

Click to access to the 2017 End It Now materials

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Family Ministries Breakout Presentations

Family Ministries Breakout Presentations Below you will find a link to download the presentations (PDF files) that were given during the Family Ministries Breakouts at the Reach The World, Budapest 20…

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Revival and Reformation and your Family

The General Conference Department of Family Ministries joins the Revival and Reformation program and presents practical ideas to bring your family to an spiritual revival and so reach families for Jes…

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Revival and Reformation

“A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To see this should be our first work…A revival need be expected only in answer to prayer.” &#8…

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Real Family Talk: Answers to Questions About Love, Marriage, and Sex

The most challenging and the most important aspects of people’s lives the world over are having meaningful and happy relationships. What God meant for harmony and symphonic communication often t…

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Kids in Discipleship (KID)

Kids in Discipleship (K.I.D.) began as a ministry of the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church in 2002, and transitioned to a ministry of the Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists…

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Revival and Reformation: Building Family Memories

A great resource! Family Ministries 2015 Planbook – World Edition Available for download here Revival and Reformation: Building Family Memories

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Family-to-Family Resource

Ahora tambien disponible para descargar aqui en castellano! Family-to-Family is an initiative of the Department of Family Ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for Mission to the Families in…

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Family Emphases Sabbaths

Christian Home and Marriage Week: February 8-15 Christian Marriage Day: Sabbath, February 8 (Emphasizes Marraige) Christian Home Day: Sabbath, February 15 (Emphasizes Parenting) The Family Ministries…

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Real Family Talk

We believe in a place to talk about family dynamics and share tools to strengthen our marriages and families. We believe that when you have stronger marriages, you have stronger families, stronger chu…

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Distinguished Service Award

Olivers Recipients of Family Ministries Distinguished Service Award The NAD Family Ministries Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. Willie and Elaine Oliver at the Family Celebration Sabbat…

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Family Violence

Family violence involves an assault of any kind-verbal, physical, emotional, sexual, or active or passive neglect-that is committed by one person or persons against another within a family, whether th…

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Abuse and Family Violence

Seventh-day Adventists affirm the dignity and worth of each human being and decry all forms of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and family violence. We recognize the global extent of this problem…

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Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse occurs when a person older or stronger than the child uses his or her power, authority, or position of trust to involve a child in sexual behavior or activity. Incest, a specific fo…

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Principles for a Christian View of Life

Introduction “Now this is eternal life; that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3, NIV). In Christ is the promise of eternal life; but sinc…

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Fundamental Belief on Marriage and the Family

Marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman in loving companionship. For the Christian a marriage commitment is to God as well as t…

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Fundamental Beliefs

Statement of Consensus on Care for the Dying

For people whose lives are guided by the Bible, the reality of death is acknowledged as part of the current human condition, affected by sin (Genesis 2:17; Romans 5; Hebrews 9:27). There is “a t…

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Statement on Home and Family

The health and prosperity of society is directly related to the well-being of its constituent parts – the family unit. Today, as probably never before, the family is in trouble. Social commentators de…

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An Affirmation of Marriage

Issues related to marriage can be seen in their true light only as they are viewed against the background of the divine ideal for marriage. Marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Je…

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An Affirmation of God’s Gift of Sexuality

Human beings are created in the image of a relational God and designed to enjoy an intimate relationship with their Creator and one another (Gen. 1:26, 27; Matt. 22:37-39; John 17:3; 1 John 4:11, 12).…

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Assisted Human Reproduction — Considerations

Developments in medical technology have led to a number of interventions designed to assist human procreation. Procedures such as artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, surrogacy, embryo tra…

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Birth Control: A Seventh-day Adventist Statement of Consensus

Scientific technologies today permit greater control of human fertility and reproduction than was formerly possible. These technologies make possible sexual intercourse with the expectation of pregnan…

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Christian Principles for Genetic Interventions

Introduction Most of the new developments in genetics are the result of increased knowledge concerning the fundamental structure of genes, not only in humans but throughout all the realms of life on e…

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Seventh-day Adventist Position Statement on Homosexuality

The Seventh-day Adventist Church recognizes that every human being is valuable in the sight of God, and we seek to minister to all men and women in the spirit of Jesus. We also believe that by God&#8…

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Statement of Concern on Sexual Behavior

In His infinite love and wisdom God created mankind, both male and female, and in so doing based human society on the firm foundation of loving homes and families. It is Satan’s purpose, however…

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Statement of Consensus Concerning Female Genital Mutilation

Introduction As part of their mission to the entire world, Seventh-day Adventists have a firm commitment to provide health care that preserves and restores human wholeness. By wholeness we mean the ha…

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Statement on AIDS

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and associated conditions are spreading rapidly around the world. On the basis of statistical studies it is estimated that in the near future, in many countri…

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Statement on Ethical Considerations Regarding Human Cloning

For a number of decades, the prospect that new members of the human family might be produced by cloning was considered farfetched. Recent advances in genetic and reproductive biology, however, indicat…

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Statement on Meeting the Challenges of Sexuality Transmitted Diseases

The contemporary world is confronted by grave ethical, medical, and social problems resulting from increasing sexual permissiveness and associated promiscuity. Because Christians are a part of the lar…

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Statement on Pornography

Diverse courts and cultures may debate the definitions and consequences of pornography (the literature of sexual deviance), but on the basis of eternal principles, Seventh-day Adventists of whatever c…

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Statement on the Nurture and Protection of Children

Seventh-day Adventists place a high value on children. In the light of the Bible they are seen as precious gifts from God entrusted to the care of parents, family, community of faith and society-…

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Stats

Statistics have been added to some latest FM Website links: 2016 FM Planbook (En) 2015 FM Planbook (En) — Family to Family – Family Guide Family to Family – Church Guide Familia a Fa…

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Revived by His Word

Revived by His Word A new plan to read one chapter of the Bible everyday This plan started April 17, 2012 and will end at the General Conference Session of 2015. For more information, please visit: ht…

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Newsletter – Women and Family Department Visitation

On March 22-25, 2012, the Women and Family Department of the Mongolia Mission Field (MMF) visited Hentii church, which is 300 kilometers east of Ulaanbaatar. The purpose of the visit was to conduct re…

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Fun & Easy Family Worship Memories

Make up a tune for a favorite Bible passage and sing it around the dinner table every day for a week. Think about choosing 52 passages from a modern version to commit to memory this year, adding a new…

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FM Old News 2011-1

FAMILY MINISTRIES NEWS Olivers Recipients of Family Ministries Distinguished Service Award The NAD Family Ministries Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. Willie and Elaine Oliver at the Fa…

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Talking to Children About the Death of the “enemy”

Talking to Children About the Death of the “enemy”

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Family Celebration Sabbath 2011

SAVE THE DATE: Family Celebration Sabbath 2012 ~ July 20 – 22, 2012 Family educators, church leaders, faculty, staff and students from across the globe gathered at the Seventh-day Adventist Theo…

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Message Magazine

Website: https://www.messagemagazine.com/index.php Message magazine presents the Bible-based gospel of Jesus Christ to effect positive life-change and virtuous living for today and eternity.

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Family Celebration Sabbath

Celebration of Love Save the Date Further information: [email protected]

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Resources for Family Ministries

RESOURCES FOR FAMILY MINISTRIES Children’s Stories The stories have been carefully selected and are suited to be narrated during the children’s story time in church. [display-posts tag=&#8…

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Sermon Collections

MARRIAGE SERMON RESOURCES Close CompanionsThe close companionship of a husband and wife in marriage helps them to be better equipped to face and endure whatever crises life may bring (by Karen & R…

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Building Characters for Eternity

Theme: Scripture reveals the paramount task of parents-to develop solid characters in their children, characters that will stand firm against negative influences of the world. Theme Text: Deut. 6:1, 2…

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Start an FM Program – The Special Needs of Families

THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF FAMILIES VARIED FAMILY SITUATIONSF amily ministry seeks to reach every kind of household. The stereotype of the “ideal” family and household-father, mother, children t…

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Premarital Guidance in Seventh-day Adventist Church

In 1977, D. W. Holbrook and Betty Holbrook, directors of the denomination’s new Home and Family Service, organized the Metro Washington Family Life Council, an organization which spanned three c…

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Seventh-day Adventist Policy on Divorce and Remarriage: A Brief Outline of Historical Developments

Introduction When the General Conference Session in Toronto considers proposed changes in our Church Manual ‘s statements on divorce and remarriage, the delegates will be continuing a process th…

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Divorce and Remarriage in the Seventh-day Church: The Impact of Divorce on SDA Couples

Divorce is almost always a disaster! It affects all those involved for the rest of their lives in ways we can hardly imagine. It is fair to say that no one ever emerges from a divorce unscathed or una…

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Divorce and Remarriage in the Seventh-day Adventist Church: What the Divorce Statistics Say

World Divorce Rates-General Population For a collection of world divorce statistics, visit this website: www.divorcereform.org/nonus . Statistics compiled at this website appear to be less documented…

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Premarital Couple Dialogue Questions

Questions and Statements to StimulatePremarital Couple Dialogue The following questions and statements can be used in premarital sessions to encourage the couple to communicate with each other about t…

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Resources for Pre-marriage Preparation – Organizations

ACME (Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment – Building Better Marriages), offers retreats, support groups, facilitator training and a regular newsletter to help couples keep marriages h…

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Bibliography for Marriage Preparation

Chidwick, Ann. (1994). New beginnings: A remarriage preparation program manual . Milwaukee, WI: Families International, Inc. Chidwick, Ann. (1994). New beginnings: A remarriage preparation workbook .…

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Preparing Couples for Marriage

Marriage is a Process A wedding is one of life’s most significant celebrations. It merits all the careful thought and planning usually invested in its preparation. Of course planning for the cer…

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Grace Changes Everything

Theme: The grace of God empowers and energizes us to produce happy, healthy marriages. Theme Text: Ephesians 1-5 Presentation Notes: Throughout the following outline, numbers in parentheses (1), (2),…

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Close Companions

Theme: The close companionship of a husband and wife in marriage helps them to be better equipped to face and endure whatever crises life may bring. Theme Text: Genesis 2:24; Ephesians 5:28-30; Eccles…

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Invited to the Feast

Theme: The gift of Christ to the marriage feast at Cana was a symbol of what He wants to do to our own marriages. Theme Text: John 2:1-12 Supplementary Reading: Ellen G. White, “At the Marriage…

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Let Love’s Light Shine

Theme: Each Christian married couple is a ministering unit whose love and oneness is a powerful means of sharing the gospel and uplifting the lives of other couples and individuals. Theme Text: Gen. 2…

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A Godly Design

Theme: God designed marriage to help meet the multiple needs of men and women in a context of affirmation, safety, and security. Theme Text: Genesis 1:28; 2:18-24; 1 Corinthians 7:5; Ephesians 5:22-32…

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The Marriage Miracle

Theme: Jesus’ transformation of water to wine at the wedding feast symbolizes His transformation of the marriage institution. God’s redemptive act in Christ lifted the curse, permitting co…

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Preventive Health Care for Marriage

Theme: God has given simple preventive principles that can help couples to maintain a healthy marriage. Theme Text: 3 John 2 Presentation Notes: Throughout the following outline, numbers in parenthese…

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Sustaining Love Throug The Seasons of Marriage

Theme: Provisions exist in the Christian gospel to enable married couples to maintain their covenant amid changes that affect their marriage. Theme Text: Lam. 3:23; Hosea 2:20 Presentation Notes: Thro…

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Divorce and Remarriage in the Seventh-day Adventist Church: Divorce and Remarriage Study Commission – Report

DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE STUDY COMMISSION-REPORT Introduction Throughout the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, various committees, commissions, and councils have studied the topic of marriage…

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Divorce and Remarriage in the Seventh-day Adventist Church: A Review of the Unexpected Legacy of Divorce

BOOK REVIEW The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce A 25-Year Landmark Study of Divorced Families by Judith S. Wallerstein, Julia M. Lewis, Sandra Blakeslee New York: Hyperion (2000) Reviewed by Karen and Ro…

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Sparking Romance

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Premarital Guidance in the Seventh-day Adventist Church

Premarital Guidance in Seventh-day Adventist Church A brief history of actions and policies regarding premarital guidance. Preparing Couples for MarriageA summary of the philosophy, process, tools and…

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Divorce and Remarriage in the Seventh-day Adventist Church: Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage – Church Manual 2005

MARRIAGE, DIVORCE, AND REMARRIAGE Biblical Teachings on Marriage Origin of Marriage -Marriage is a divine institution established by God Himself before the fall, when everything, including marriage, w…

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Start an FM Program

LEADERSHIP IN FAMILY MINISTRIES The home and family emphasis within the Department of Church Ministries endeavors to make the home a discipling center where family members by their relationships with…

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Ministry Resources on Abuse and Family Violence

MINISTRY RESOURCES ON ABUSE AND FAMILY VIOLENCE Binding up Bruised Reeds: A Quick Reference Guide for Ministry to Families Experiencing Abuse and Family ViolenceSeventh-day Adventist Statement on Fami…

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More Ideas for Family Ministries

MORE IDEAS FOR FAMILY MINISTRIES GIVE A FAMILY STRENGTHENING EMPHASIS TO EXISTING CHURCH ACTIVITIES Without adding new programs to an often already overcrowded church calendar, a family strengthening…

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Abuse and Family Violence: A Global Affliction

ABUSE AND FAMILY VIOLENCE: A GLOBAL AFFLICTION Twenty-five years of scientific data regarding the incidence of abuse and family violence undergird the reality that abuse and family violence represent…

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Family Violence: A Christian Response

FAMILY VIOLENCE: A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE Family violence refers to a pattern of violent and coercive behavior exercised by one adult in an intimate relationship over another. It may consist of repeated,…

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Protecting Children from Abuse: A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Church Leaders

PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM ABUSE: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS, TEACHERS AND CHURCH LEADERS Responsible persons seeking to protect children from abuse will: Acknowledge Abusive Behavior Child abuse refers to an…

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Statement on Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse occurs when a person older or stronger than the child uses his or her power, authority, or position of trust to involve a child in sexual behavior or activity. Incest, a specific fo…

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Statement on Family Violence

STATEMENT ON FAMILY VIOLENCE Family violence involves an assault of any kind-verbal, physical, emotional, sexual, or active or passive neglect-that is committed by one person or persons against anothe…

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Binding up Bruised Reeds: A Quick Reference Guide for Ministry to Families Experiencing Violence

New 2009 Release Binding up Bruised Reeds: A Quick Reference Guide for Ministry to Families Experiencing Abuse and Family Violence Edited by Karen M. Flowers and Barbara Couden Hernandez, AdventSource…

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Ministry Resources on Abuse and Family Violance

MINISTRY RESOURCES ON ABUSE AND FAMILY VIOLENCE Binding up Bruised Reeds: A Quick Reference Guide for Ministry to Families Experiencing Abuse and Family Violence Seventh-day Adventist Statement on Fam…

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Preparing for Marriage Inventory

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A Program for Premarital Guidance

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Speaking Together in Love

SPEAKING TOGETHER IN LOVE by Karen & Ron Flowers Directors, Department of Family Ministries, General Conference Theme: Communicating in potential conflict situations without shaming others. Target…

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A Prescription for Optimum Health

A PRESCRIPTION FOR OPTIMUM HEALTH by Kathleen H. Liwidjaja-Kuntaraf Director, Health-Temperance Asia Pacific Division Theme: This seminar presents the eight laws of health and suggests how families ca…

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The Power of Encouragement

THE POWER OF ENCOURAGEMENT by Bernie and Karen Holford Family Ministries Directors South England Conference with Karen M. Flowers Theme: People and families need encouragement. God’s grace is a…

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Making Christian Values Winsome

MAKING CHRISTIAN VALUES WINSOME by Karen & Ron Flowers Directors, Department of Family Ministries, General Conference Theme: Teaching Christian values in the home setting. Objective: To present a…

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Loneliness in Crisis

LONELINESS IN CRISIS by Larry Yeagley Larry Yeagley pastors churches in the Michigan Conference of the Lake Union, NAD. He has served as a chaplain at Huguley Memorial Medical Center in Fort Worth, Te…

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Life After Loss

LIFE AFTER LOSS A Seminar on How to Adjust to Loss by Larry Yeagley Pastor, North American Division Theme: Some families experience grief for a season of their lives. This seminar takes a look at the…

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Hearts and Homes for Him

HEARTS AND HOMES FOR HIM by Karen & Ron Flowers Directors, Department of Family Ministries, General Conference Adapted from Christian Hospitality Made Easy by Patricia B. Mutch Theme: How to make…

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Family Fun Trail

FAMILY FUN TRAIL by Bernie & Karen Holford Department of Family Ministries South England Conference Trans-European Division Family Fun Trail is a family enrichment activity that may be done indoor…

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Family

Family-to-Family Resource

Ahora tambien disponible para descargar aqui en castellano! Family-to-Family is an initiative of the Department of Family Ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for Mission to the Families in…

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Family Emphases Sabbaths

Christian Home and Marriage Week: February 8-15 Christian Marriage Day: Sabbath, February 8 (Emphasizes Marraige) Christian Home Day: Sabbath, February 15 (Emphasizes Parenting) The Family Ministries…

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Real Family Talk

We believe in a place to talk about family dynamics and share tools to strengthen our marriages and families. We believe that when you have stronger marriages, you have stronger families, stronger chu…

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Family Violence

Family violence involves an assault of any kind-verbal, physical, emotional, sexual, or active or passive neglect-that is committed by one person or persons against another within a family, whether th…

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Marriage

Fundamental Belief on Marriage and the Family

Marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman in loving companionship. For the Christian a marriage commitment is to God as well as t…

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Fundamental Beliefs

An Affirmation of Marriage

Issues related to marriage can be seen in their true light only as they are viewed against the background of the divine ideal for marriage. Marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Je…

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Fundamental Beliefs

An Affirmation of God’s Gift of Sexuality

Human beings are created in the image of a relational God and designed to enjoy an intimate relationship with their Creator and one another (Gen. 1:26, 27; Matt. 22:37-39; John 17:3; 1 John 4:11, 12).…

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Assisted Human Reproduction — Considerations

Developments in medical technology have led to a number of interventions designed to assist human procreation. Procedures such as artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, surrogacy, embryo tra…

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Sexuality and Reproductive Issues

An Affirmation of God’s Gift of Sexuality

Human beings are created in the image of a relational God and designed to enjoy an intimate relationship with their Creator and one another (Gen. 1:26, 27; Matt. 22:37-39; John 17:3; 1 John 4:11, 12).…

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Assisted Human Reproduction — Considerations

Developments in medical technology have led to a number of interventions designed to assist human procreation. Procedures such as artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, surrogacy, embryo tra…

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Christian Principles for Genetic Interventions

Introduction Most of the new developments in genetics are the result of increased knowledge concerning the fundamental structure of genes, not only in humans but throughout all the realms of life on e…

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Seventh-day Adventist Position Statement on Homosexuality

The Seventh-day Adventist Church recognizes that every human being is valuable in the sight of God, and we seek to minister to all men and women in the spirit of Jesus. We also believe that by God&#8…

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Statements

Statement of Consensus on Care for the Dying

For people whose lives are guided by the Bible, the reality of death is acknowledged as part of the current human condition, affected by sin (Genesis 2:17; Romans 5; Hebrews 9:27). There is “a t…

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Statement on Home and Family

The health and prosperity of society is directly related to the well-being of its constituent parts – the family unit. Today, as probably never before, the family is in trouble. Social commentators de…

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An Affirmation of God’s Gift of Sexuality

Human beings are created in the image of a relational God and designed to enjoy an intimate relationship with their Creator and one another (Gen. 1:26, 27; Matt. 22:37-39; John 17:3; 1 John 4:11, 12).…

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Assisted Human Reproduction — Considerations

Developments in medical technology have led to a number of interventions designed to assist human procreation. Procedures such as artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, surrogacy, embryo tra…

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Birth Control: A Seventh-day Adventist Statement of Consensus

Scientific technologies today permit greater control of human fertility and reproduction than was formerly possible. These technologies make possible sexual intercourse with the expectation of pregnan…

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Christian Principles for Genetic Interventions

Introduction Most of the new developments in genetics are the result of increased knowledge concerning the fundamental structure of genes, not only in humans but throughout all the realms of life on e…

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Seventh-day Adventist Position Statement on Homosexuality

The Seventh-day Adventist Church recognizes that every human being is valuable in the sight of God, and we seek to minister to all men and women in the spirit of Jesus. We also believe that by God&#8…

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Statement of Concern on Sexual Behavior

In His infinite love and wisdom God created mankind, both male and female, and in so doing based human society on the firm foundation of loving homes and families. It is Satan’s purpose, however…

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Statement of Consensus Concerning Female Genital Mutilation

Introduction As part of their mission to the entire world, Seventh-day Adventists have a firm commitment to provide health care that preserves and restores human wholeness. By wholeness we mean the ha…

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Statement on AIDS

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and associated conditions are spreading rapidly around the world. On the basis of statistical studies it is estimated that in the near future, in many countri…

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Statement on Ethical Considerations Regarding Human Cloning

For a number of decades, the prospect that new members of the human family might be produced by cloning was considered farfetched. Recent advances in genetic and reproductive biology, however, indicat…

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Statement on Meeting the Challenges of Sexuality Transmitted Diseases

The contemporary world is confronted by grave ethical, medical, and social problems resulting from increasing sexual permissiveness and associated promiscuity. Because Christians are a part of the lar…

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Statement on Pornography

Diverse courts and cultures may debate the definitions and consequences of pornography (the literature of sexual deviance), but on the basis of eternal principles, Seventh-day Adventists of whatever c…

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Statement on the Nurture and Protection of Children

Seventh-day Adventists place a high value on children. In the light of the Bible they are seen as precious gifts from God entrusted to the care of parents, family, community of faith and society-…

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Statement on Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse occurs when a person older or stronger than the child uses his or her power, authority, or position of trust to involve a child in sexual behavior or activity. Incest, a specific fo…

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Statement on Family Violence

STATEMENT ON FAMILY VIOLENCE Family violence involves an assault of any kind-verbal, physical, emotional, sexual, or active or passive neglect-that is committed by one person or persons against anothe…

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