• BAUC Departmental Weekend. Turbas, Latvia

    Departmental Weekend

    21–23 September 2018. «Turbas», Latvia By Guntis Bukalders, BAUC Executive Secretary Almost 60 department leaders with their teams from Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian conferences and church administrators came together for a departmental weekend in «Turbas», Latvia, to meet each other, share their joys and challenges, listen to and pray for each other. We had several guest speakers invited from the Trans–European Division — Karen Holford, Zlatko Musija and Peter Bo Bohsen. The seed of an idea to have a weekend-long get-together for the department leaders of Baltic Union Conference was sown in 2017 after the first combined Union-wide Advisory for the Family, Children’s and Women’s Ministries departments. Almost all participants of…

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  • Messy Church in Tartu, Estonia

    The «Messy Church» and «Girls for Christ» training in Estonia

    On 17 June 2017, the active members of Tartu Adventist church (Estonia) came together to learn about Messy Church. The concept of Messy Church was actually born in Church of England, when a group at St. Wilfrid’s in Cowplain were frustrated because they did not seem to reach children with God’s story (https://www.messychurch.org.uk). So, they tried to create something interesting and appealing to all ages, and as the results showed, they succeeded. The idea spread quickly across the denominational borders. Now, many Seventh Day Adventist churches have embraced the idea of Messy Church and organise it successfully in many countries. In the Baltic Union, there are Messy Churches already in…

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  • Family, Children’s and Women’s Ministries’ Advisory of BAUC

    In our church, we believe that “the Holy Spirit is given to each of us in a special way” (1 Corinthians 12:7), so that there are different ways believers can serve, and different places in God’s work, “but the same God is working in all these ways and in all people” (1 Corinthians 12::6) to build up the church, and to reach out with the good news about Jesus Christ and His soon return. Hence, we have different departments in our church, so that everybody could find what is closest to their heart; what speaks to them and how they can exercise the gifts the Holy Spirit has given to…

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  • Affirming Women In Church Leadership

    Riga, Latvia, 13 December 2015. Baltic Union Conference Executive Committee in its year-end meeting in Riga affirmed document which was accepted by the Executive Committee of the Trans–European Division in its year-end meeting in Montenegro (2015.11.17). The full statement endorses the October 2015 Annual Council statement issued by the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that was intended to give assurance to women, and in particular to ministers and elders, that the Church recognises that they are ‘called, gifted and committed to the service of the Church’. The affirmation is equally intended to discourage those who have chosen to negatively exploit the vote regarding the ordination of women taken…

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  • Arise and shine!

    Arise and Shine was the theme of the first Women’s Ministries Conference in the Baltics. The idea of having a conference for sisters from our Adventist churches in the Baltics was born about a year ago when some of us could participate in the first TED WM conference in Slovenia. Having been inspired and touched by the sermons given by Raquel Arrais (Associate Director for Women’s Ministries at the General Conference of SDA) we wanted more women to hear her and be empowered to be the women God designed them to be, and to be encouraged to do the work God envisioned them to do. At the opening meeting of…

  • WM Leadership Seminar

    Women’s Ministry in our worldwide Church has been created to nurture, facilitate, and support women in their Christian lives as disciples of Jesus Christ and members of His World Church (GC WM Department). Women, being active in church as Sabbath school teachers, deaconesses, pathfinders’ leaders, choir conductors, etc., are striving for excellence in the work of God, and they recognise their need for effective leadership skills training. That is why on one beautiful Sabbath morning in October about 75 women from Latvia and some from Estonia came together to take part in a Leadership Seminar in Riga led by Clair Sanches – Schutte the Director of TED Women’s Ministry Department.…

  • Women’s Ministry Conference in Slovenia in September 2014

    It made history – the first TED Women’s Ministry Conference in Slovenia. Thanks to the relentless efforts from the side of the TED WM leader Clair Sanches-Schutte and her ability to inspire and kindle all local leaders, and thanks to God’s mercy and guidance, the event indeed took place, and was a success. There were over 200 participants from very many countries and nationalities, speaking many different languages, who gathered into the main hall of the conference on Wednesday evening, 24 September. Together we communicated in one unversal language, which is love. When we did not know the words, a smile and body language did the work, but we were…

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  • New Department Leaders Elected

    Rīga, Latvia. On June 1, 2014, according to the mandate of the BAUC Constituency meeting, BAUC Executive Committee on its first regular meeting elected Union department leaders: Ministerial department and Education department director — Viesturs Reķis (Latvia) Mission & Evangelism department and Youth department — Mindaugas Pikūnas (Lithuania) Women’s Ministries, Children’s department and Health Ministries — Alla Nõmmik (Estonia) It also appointed Zigurds Laudurgs as Trust services, Stewardship and Literature departments director and Guntis Bukalders as Communications department director. Executive Committee also elected Administrative Committee and Presidential Committee and accepted their terms of reference, and approved Union administration’s travel amendments.

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  • The first woman ordained as an elder in Estonian Conference

    KURESSAARE, ESTONIA. On Sabbath, February 25 pastor Tõnu Jugar, the president of Estonian Conference ordained Anu Martinson, the newly elected elder of Kuressaare church, who is the first woman ordained as an elder in Estonian Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Church. Anu Martinson was elected as an elder of Kuressaare church in the end of year 2005. What is special in ordaining Anu, is that she is the first woman to be ordained in Adventist church in Estonia. “Quite a few people have asked me if we did not find any more men of good standing in our church that we elected a woman?” says Ivo Käsk the pastor of Kuressaare…

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  • Women’s Ministries Work in Latvia

    At the end of this week Women’s Ministries will have a special meeting, where our sisters will share their experience of Christian ministry. Therefore I asked Dagnija Roderte, Women’s Ministries Department Director of Latvian Conference, to share her view of the ministry her department is doing. — Dagnija, tell us please what is the purpose of Women’s Ministry? — Any human being whose heart is touched by the loving call of God, can minister in the variety of different ways. God has given special gifts to women for the benefit of His church and society around it. God can bless every desire of human heart to minister to others. Purpose…

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