The Adventist Peace Fellowship provides a certification program for churches committed to working for peace and justice as an integral part of their identity and mission. In order to fulfill these certification requirements and become part of the Adventist Peace Church network, churches must demonstrate a serious long-term commitment to certain core values and ongoing practical actions in their local communities. The certification process takes approximately one year to complete and includes the following steps:
- Churches must become registered applicants for Adventist Peace Church certification by notifying the APF by email of their desire to join the Adventist Peace Church network.
- Church boards must pass a motion—such as the APF model resolution for churches—affirming basic principles of Christian peace witness and concern for matters of social justice as integral to their identity and mission, as well as expressing a desire to be publicly identified as an Adventist Peace Church.
- Churches must identify one or more of the following core campaigns to emphasize in their work with a long-term commitment to building relationships and developing action strategies appropriate to their local contexts: care for creation, economic justice, peacemaking and reconciliation, racial and gender justice, health and human rights.
- Churches must appoint a peace coordinator whose responsibilities include: a) representing the local church to the larger APF network; and b) helping to ensure that their congregation stays engaged with peace and social justice issues, and achieves and maintains its certification as an official Adventist Peace Church.
- Over a one year period, church congregations must engage in three concrete actions or conscious-raising events in their local communities in partnership with non-members to address peace and justice concerns.
- Over a one year period, churches must include at least three worship services that emphasize peace and justice themes.
- The APF has designated the Sabbath before Memorial Day (in the U.S. calendar) as annual Adventist Peace Sabbath. On this day, Adventist Peace Churches will hold services that, with sensitivity and respect for all members, recall the Adventist heritage of peacemaking and conscientious objection in times of war, mourn the victims of violence (including both civilians and combatants), and focus attention on the work of individuals around the world whose commitment to peacemaking places them in danger and hardship. The APF has created an Adventist Peace Liturgy, Let Us Be Peacemakers, that includes hymns, prayers, and readings that all congregations might follow on Peace Sabbath. We encourage pastors and other church leaders to adopt, adapt, and share this worship resource as one visible way of bearing witness to Christ's peace.
- Upon completion of these steps, churches will be officially designated by the APF as Adventist Peace Churches. They should notify their Union and Division papers of the steps they have taken and wherever appropriate encourage their sister churches to join the Peace Church network.
- In order to remain an active Adventist Peace Church, congregations must continue to follow steps 4-6 or other processes or actions voted by the Adventist Peace Church network as a whole on an annual basis (with accountability to other Peace churches).
Current Peace Churches
The following churches have passed official motions to become part of the Adventist Peace Church network:
*This church has completed all the required steps and is a fully certified Adventist Peace Church