Twenty-Second Business Session of the Lake Union Conference

Posted on Jun 02 2016

From Left: Carmelo & Rosanne Mercado, Glynn & Donna Scott,
Don & Barbara Livesay, Maurice & Sharon Valentine.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church, Lake Union Conference, celebrated the blessings of the Lord over the past five years at its 22nd Constituency Session held on Sunday, May 15, 2016. The constituent delegates affirmed the union’s leadership and voted to retain all officers, directors and associates as follows: Don Livesay, president; Maurice Valentine II, executive secretary; Glynn Scott, treasurer; Carmelo Mercado, vice president, Multi-Cultural Ministries and ASI; Diana Bruch, director, Adventist Community Services; Gary Burns, director, Communication, Native Ministry, and Prayer coordinator; Linda Fuchs, director, Education; Ron Whitehead, director, Youth and Young Adult Ministry; Sean Parker, director, Information Technology; Nicholas Miller, director, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty; Barbara Livesay, director, Women’s Ministries, assistant director, PARL, associate director, Human Resources; Jon Corder, Associate Treasurer; Richard Moore, Associate Treasurer; Debbie Michel, associate director, Communication; Ruth Horton, associate director of Education; Lance Mack, associate director, Information Technology.

Don Livesay, in his session message, “Commission Culture in the Lake Union,” outlined the myriad of ways the Union has been intentional in supporting the gospel commission, to “go ye therefore…” He said, “We can become so accustomed to church…that we do things by rote, we do things by habit, instead of intentionality. The commission — it has to be something we do all the time…it’s something that becomes a part of us so that we…do things to connect with people, to plant the seed, to cultivate, to bring people to the point of making a decision for Jesus. And then, disciple them so they are part of commission culture.”

Maurice Valentine reported, “Over the last five years, the Lake Union added 10,000 members, bringing the total membership of the Illinois, Indiana, Lake Region, Michigan, and Wisconsin conferences to 86,517.” He said that Lake Union, as well as the world-wide Seventh-day Adventist Church, is experiencing steady growth, which stands in marked contrast to other denominations who are facing declining numbers.

The treasury report highlighted the union’s stable finances, growth in assets and the return of funds back to the conferences. Last year, the Union directed $750,000 to the local conferences, much of which helped finance the 500 evangelistic meetings that have been or will be held during 2016.

Other highlights included a short film to compliment the president's message, illustrating how members in the Lake Union are fulfilling the gospel commission in their everyday lives.

A proposal to change the articles and bylaws to enable an organizing committee to select a nominating committee to meet up to eight days prior to the next session was rejected.

The session officially opened at 9:30 a.m. with the seating of 234 delegates, fulfilling the required quorum. Dan Jackson, president, and G. Alexander Bryant, executive secretary of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, oversaw the proceedings.

A full report included in the delegate's packet was also published in the April 2016 issue of the Lake Union Herald.