The Southern Union Conference with its multi-dimensional approach to providing resources for training and empowering the church for effective ministry in the 21st century is committed to Christian mission.
Among the battery of Christian mission initiatives currently operative through the Southern Union there are currently three mission priorities:
While Church membership has grown, K-12 enrollment in Seventh-day Adventist schools has declined. The goal of Adventist EDGE is to increase K-12 enrollment by 30% by 2010. Adventist EDGE is redesigning education in the Southern Union. It seeks to change the focus of classroom teaching from a teacher/textbook centered method to a student centered approach, taking into account the various learning styles of every student.
Good News Atlanta
Greater Atlanta, with a population over 4 million, is the largest metropolitan area in the Southern Union. By the year 2010, conference leaders, members, and pastors of the South Atlantic and Georgia-Cumberland Conferences are attempting to touch every person in Atlanta with the good news of the saving power of Jesus and of His second coming. The entire Union membership is assisting with this initiative.
Tell the World
A major component of the world Church vision is lay evangelism. There are now hundreds – probably thousands – of lay members from the Southern Union who have preached evangelistic meetings in the world field and the Southern Union. The Union’s lay evangelism goals include spiritual growth, community involvement, personal witness, city outreach, church planting, evangelistic programming, and media ministry.