Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Indiana Conference Seventh-day Adventist Church




Welcome to the Conference Headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for the state of Indiana. We are a Christian faith community, which bases its hope and future in Jesus Christ. Our administration and staff provide strategic leadership, support services and resources to more than 81 congregations and 14 schools within Indiana to achieve our shared vision of proclaiming Christ, nurturing believers and serving humanity. Thank you for stopping by.

Back-to-School Season

Moses assures us that farming and seasons will be with us as long as Planet Earth exists…

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease” (Gen 8:22).

But Solomon declares there are seasons beyond agriculture. “To everything there is a season” (Eccl 3:1).

What significant season is happening right now? The “back-to-school” season.

At this juncture of 2016 the yellow school buses and church calendars broadcast a back-to-school season. The WalMart aisles stacked with pencils, pens, spiral notebooks, and paper must have caught your eye. Facebook parents know! They’ve already uploaded photos on Facebook of their son or daughter stepping into the classroom.

Do you remember your first day at school?

My venture into Adventist Christian education (A.C.E.) began with tears. I cried—maybe because of a new season of life—separation from mom and dad. But that journey started some 48-plus seasons (fall, winter, and spring) in the Adventist classroom. Now I appreciate the cost of church school—mom saving funds from child care in the home and dad cutting hair six days a week to resource his children a church school education. I’m humbled by their efforts. They valued A.C.E. as an investment. A 20-mile trip one way to church school each day—no problem! Even with limited income they were determined to provide A.C.E. for my sister and me. They believed in the whole package—the mental, social, spiritual, and physical education provided by Seventh-day Adventist teachers.

Yes, spiritual! Our church believes an “eternal” season will soon be initiated by Jesus’ Second Coming. And we want our children to be prepared! So now our 13 schools and 45 teachers are starting a fresh season of education for our children.

Have you enrolled your children in the A.C.E. opportunity? It’s not perfect, but it’s a privilege and really a duty as a parent. Your child’s future is at stake! You are priming the pump by participating in this season of holistic education for your children.

What else can we do? Pray. Yes, please partner with your spouse, your children, a teacher, a neighbor, or another parent. Invite them to pray with you. Pray for those children you have enrolled for eternity. Eternity? Yes, we’ll be sitting at the feet of the Master Teacher for many seasons! If I understand scripture correctly, Moses and Solomon will be there also!

Steven Poenitz