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Mid-America Union Ministries
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Learn more about Adventist beliefs and our world-wide organizational structure.
Find out more about the ministries operating from our office.
Get to know the team members who keep our office running smoothly.
Contact one of Mid-America’s six constituent conferences.
A Message From Our President
Greetings! I’m pleased to extend a warm welcome as you peruse the information and resources available on the official website of the Mid-America Union Conference. From our headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska we have the privilege of working to advance the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Mid-America. To that end, we provide a steady flow of administrative leadership, communication, mentoring and training for our six conferences, healthcare networks, elementary and secondary schools and Union College.
Who We Are
Headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Mid-America Union Conference facilitates the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church throughout a nine-state region in the Mid-western United States. Organized into six local conferences, our territory spans Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and San Juan County in New Mexico.
We provide services and resources for over 68,000 church members in more than 500 churches or companies throughout our territory, as well as 85 elementary and secondary schools, one college, nine summer camps and a number of other youth and young adult programs.
Contact us for help with ministry training, networking opportunities, assistance with religious liberty issues, planning wills and trusts and more.
- Church/Youth Ministries
- Hispanic Ministries
- Religious Liberty
- Women's Ministries
Church and Youth Ministries
Church Ministries provides leadership and support to our six local conferences in the areas of Children’s Ministries, Young Adults, Sabbath School, Small Group Ministries, Health Ministries, Personal Ministries and Evangelism, and Family Life and Recovery.
The department also provides support for Disabilities Ministries, Women’s Ministries, and Community Services through the Y.E.S. (Youth Emergency Services) program.
Evangelism and Small Groups
The mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is to share the everlasting gospel with the entire world. The most effective way to accomplish that mission is through small groups in the local church. Specific seminars and materials are provided to help pastors and small groups within the church as they share the everlasting gospel in preparation for Christ’s soon return.
Because so much of what impacts an individual’s spiritual development happens as a result of family issues and needs, Family life covers a wide variety of ministries. Seminars and materials for specific needs are provided and encouraged. Such seminars include materials for singles, premarital counseling, parenting skills, and marriage enrichment.
Recovery and Spiritual Development
The good news of the gospel extends to healing the brokenhearted, binding up the wounds of those who are emotionally damaged, setting at liberty those who are held captive by addiction, and aiding those who are victims of abuse. Specific seminars and materials for individuals and families seeking recovery from abuse, emotional damage, and depression are provided.
Young Adult Ministries
Utilizing the time and talents of young professionals is an important focus of the church. Support ministries are available to young adults attending colleges and universities. Social and mission outreach events are organized and provided each year.
Adventurer Club is a comprehensive ministry focused on parenting skills. The age group is seven to nine years of age. Clubs meet weekly or monthly in local churches. Awards are earned by the children and parenting skills are learned by the parents. Yearly events include special fun days and campouts organized by the local conferences.
Pathfinder Club is the scouting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Clubs meet weekly in local churches. Meetings incorporate earning honor badges and working on progressive class work. Camping skills are enhanced by campouts. Events, including camporees and fairs, are planned by local conferences.
Plans are underway for the 2017 Mid-America Union Camporee. For more information visit midamericacamporee.org.
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The mission of the MAUC Communication Department is to communicate news and inspiration with excellence, efficiency and grace via various media throughout the Mid-America Union. We strive to create a compelling and comprehensive awareness of how members, leaders and institutions are fulfilling the gospel calling of the Adventist Church throughout our nine-state territory. The goal of this communication is to build on the sense of ownership among our constituents that inspires personal commitment and enthusiastic participation.
OUTLOOK magazine is the signature product of Mid-America’s Communication Department. In addition to reporting news, OUTLOOK shares inspiration through editorials and stories from leaders and members who are making a difference. Our digital edition, OUTLOOK Online, features exclusive content including photos, videos, articles and blogs.
Exciting opportunities continue to emerge in all areas of the digital world and we are continually seeking to further develop our online presence. We also support and encourage conferences and local congregations in maximizing their potential for sharing the vision of their leadership, building community among members, and optimizing opportunities with their local media.
- Communication Director’s Quick Start Guide
- NAD Office of Communication Book Series – Set of 4 (also available individually – see below)
- Seventh-day Adventist Name and Logo Usage
- Society of Adventist Communicators
- SONscreen Film Festival
- Web Ministry Quick Start Guide (English)
- Web Ministry Quick Start Guide (Spanish)
- Who are Seventh-day Adventists? Brochure
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The Mid-America Office of Education serves local conferences in our territory by developing and maintaining the Adventist educational enterprise amid the challenges of the 21st century. The teacher is the hub on which the wheel of Adventist education turns. Each year the academic records of 375 elementary and secondary teachers are submitted to this office for review of their certification status and assistance where needed. We also provide administrative support for local conference superintendents and academy principals.
Looking beyond the basic operations of the educational system, the Union office cultivates the development of new schools while sustaining the vision of existing schools. It is a continual challenge to ensure that everything about our schools harmonizes with the mission of Adventist education.
As we look to the future, the MAUC educational office is proposing a commission to study how Adventist education can best meet the needs of Mid-America’s young people. Armed with that information, they will optimize the marketing of Christian education by local churches, schools and conferences—not only to our own members but to the community at large. This will maximize the evangelistic potential of Christian education. Another benefit is increased enrollment, which will strengthen the financial picture. The ultimate goal is securing the future of our schools so they can continue to equip and empower young people to take their place in our church family as soul-winners and disciple-makers.
John Kriegelstein is director of the office of education and serves as associate for secondary education and curriculum. LouAnn Howard is the associate director of the office of education and serves as associate for elementary education and curriculum. They have an able and dedicated support staff in Kristi Griffith and Barb Engquist.
Education Code Supplements
- Acceleration Request
- Acceptable Use Policy (SAMPLE)
- Alternative Textbook Approval Request
- Application for Non-Academic Certification Renewal Credit
- Consent to Treatment (SAMPLE)
- Education Fund Budget (SAMPLE)
- Field Trip Permission Form (SAMPLE)
- Incident Report Form (SAMPLE)
- Local K-10 School Budget (SAMPLE)
- Medication Authorization and Administration Form (SAMPLE)
- Over-the-Counter Medication Permission to Administer Form (SAMPLE)
- Photo Release Form (SAMPLE)
- Release of Student Records (SAMPLE)
- Retention Request
- School Board Meeting Agenda (SAMPLE)
- School Board Meeting Minutes (SAMPLE)
- School Constitution (SAMPLE)
- Student Sexual Harassment (Model Policy & Guidelines)
- Education Calendar
- Education Statistics
- K-12 Employment Policy
- School Board Member Handbook
- Securing the Future of Adventist Education
- K-12 Educators Certification Manual
- Application for Certification
- Application for Designated Subjects/Services Certificate
- Application for Non-academic Certification Renewal Credit
- Professional Growth Reading 2016-17
- Professional Growth Reading 2015-16
- Professional Growth Reading 2014-15
- Professional Growth Reading 2013-14
- Professional Growth Reading 2012-13
- Professional Growth Reading 2011-12
- Professional Growth Reading 2010-11
- Education Supply Order Form
- Expense Report
- Annual Board Report
- Application to Open an Elementary School
Progress Reports (see link above for K-8)
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A vital and vibrant part of the Mid-America Adventist family is our Hispanic membership. Spanish-speaking congregations function within the family of churches in the various local conferences, contributing evangelistically and financially in many ways. Pastor Juan Acosta, Hispanic Ministries director for the Iowa-Missouri Conference, also serves as Hispanic Ministries representative for the Mid-America Union. In this role, he works with other local conference Hispanic Ministries directors to serve Mid-America’s Spanish-speaking members.
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The ministerial department’s primary mission is to enhance the ministry of pastors in Mid-America by coordinating, equipping, supporting, and empowering local conference ministerial directors in their professional and personal lives as they, in turn, care for the pastors in their individual conferences.
Among the services we make available:
- Host a collegial information sharing network for ministerial directors of our six constituent conferences.
- Provide or highlight resources to local conference ministerial directors that enable pastoral professional growth and spiritual activity
- Plan and host pastors conventions in Mid-America
- Accept speaking appointments for pastors’ meetings, camp meetings, special church weekends, and church worship services
- Assistance in strategic planning and creating functional structures for congregations upon request
- Encourage participation in field-based education programs such as the Master of Pastoral Ministry program from Andrews University to refine and hone the skills of our pastoral ranks and establish professional parity across our field
- Conduct continuing education opportunities around the union as requested by MAUC and local conference administrations
- Provide pastoral leadership coaching upon request
- Plan and host retreats and workshops for specific pastoral groups as requested by MAUC and local conference administrations
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On average, 15 Seventh-day Adventists in North America lose their jobs each week for choosing to keep the Sabbath. Led by attorney Darrel Huenergardt, the Mid-America Union religious liberty service is working hard to support local pastors and conference religious liberty leaders in defending the rights of Sabbath keepers in the workplace. Huenergardt also supports members with other issues that concern religious freedom while maintaining friendships with those not of our faith who share a common commitment to religious liberty.
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Treasury/Planned Giving and Trust Services
Planned Giving and Trust Services provides opportunities to support God’s work through special gifts, annuities, bequests and trusts. These expressions of generosity promote the spiritual dimension of Christian stewardship particularly relating to planning one’s estate. It is our pleasure to serve the members of the Mid-America Union in this regard, and we consider it extremely important to ensure that funds you entrust to our care are processed according to the highest professional and spiritual standards.
Many generous members have built and supported the churches throughout Mid-America. You have generously supported the educational ministries. You have given time and means for evangelism. You have built our youth camps. You have ministered in innumerable ways in your communities. Your giving has breathed life into the church. The sharing of your blessings has been far-reaching.
Planned giving has several components. It is a part of building financial security. It can provide protection for your loved ones. It can help you continue to give to sustain the causes you love. It isn’t just for the wealthy. It isn’t just for seniors.
Some people procrastinate about making or updating a will because they are having a hard time deciding where to leave their money. Some people think it costs too much to make a will. Some people just don’t want to think about their mortality. A will is a way to be sure that your property will go where you want, rather than the state making that decision for you. A will lets you choose someone to settle your estate and lets you choose who will care for your dependent children. A will lets you share your blessings to support the people and the causes you care about.
The ways you give may relate to where you are in your life cycle. Depending on your goals there are many ways to give and receive benefits at the same time. Here are just a few:
- You can make a gift to the church program you care about by simply writing a check now, getting an income tax deduction and seeing the immediate impact.
- By gifting long-term appreciated stock or other securities to a charity, you may avoid tax on capital gains and take advantage of a charitable deduction as well.
- A charitable gift annuity lets you further the work of the church while you receive lifetime payments that may be partially tax free. The amount you place in the gift annuity and your age at the time the annuity is created determine the size of the fixed payments to you or another person.
- You can name the church as the beneficiary of the remainder of the IRA assets after your lifetime if you have other assets to leave to your family that might carry less tax liability to your family.
- Present or future gifts of cash, securities or property to family members, friends, your church or other charitable organizations can be given in many ways that may have tax advantages as well.
- You can simplify your giving with a Donor Advised Fund. When you establish a Donor Advised Fund with your conference, you make a tax-deductible gift of cash or other assets. The gift is invested and managed by the conference. You are eligible to receive a charitable tax-deduction for the year that you make your gift. Later on, you advise the conference how you would like those funds to be used.
With any potential gift you should consult your qualified professional legal and/or tax advisors. Planned Giving and Trust Services personnel in your conference are there to help you.
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The purpose of the Women’s Ministries Department is to intentionally encourage women and provide resources and training opportunities for ministry.
We want to inspire each woman to daily walk with Jesus. We want them to be equipped, encouraged, and especially nurtured. We want our women to use the talents God has given each of them and to be the woman they were created to be. We envision an active ministry for every woman because Women’s Ministries is not only about service to the women within the church but to the women in the community, as well.
Personal growth is an important element of ministry to women. We want to provide opportunities for women to grow by offering training seminars, leadership certification events to encourage women toward involvement in small church ministries, evangelism, Bible study groups, public speaking and community involvement. We love to invite women into the Seventh-day Adventist Church; nothing thrills us more. However, our ultimate goal is for every woman to have an intimate relationship with Jesus—to know Him as her best friend.
Following the vote on women’s ordination at the 2015 General Conference Session, Adventist world church president Ted Wilson requested division presidents of all 13 world divisions release a statement clarifying the roles of women in ministry.
Women in Mid-America Union join other women from all around the world church in observance of the following annual General Conference Women’s Ministries Sabbaths:
- Second Sabbath in June: Women’s Ministries Emphasis Day is designed to recognize the function of the Women’s Ministries in the church, in the home, and in the community.
- Second Sabbath in July (only at NAD): Women’s Ministries Offering Day is designed so that funds are collected at the local church to support evangelism and leadership training of Women’s Ministries leaders.
- Fourth Sabbath in August: Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day focuses on eliminating abuse in all its forms.
- First Sabbath in March: Women’s Day of Prayer The importance of prayer in our lives and in Women’s Ministries cannot be overstated.
- Bright Lights – a program on purity targeting girls 10-13
- The Creative Box
- General Conference Women’s Ministries
- Jennifer Rothschild Women’s Ministry
- Printable Bible studies by Karen Lewis
- “Retreat in a Box” and other Women’s Ministries ideas
- SDA Abuse Response
- Surprised by Love Bible Studies
- Women’s Days of Emphasis material
CENTRAL STATES CONFERENCE
Terri Perkins | 913.371.1071 | email
Brenna Kerr | 701.360.1583 | email
Gail Coridan | 515.223.1197 | email
Sue Carlson | 785.478.4726 | email
Kristin Breiner | 952.201.7417 | email
ROCKY MOUNTAIN CONFERENCE
Ginger Bell | 303.659.1999 | email
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