What Is an Adventist Peace Church? What Is the Adventist Peace Church Network?
The Adventist Peace Fellowship supports a network for churches committed to working for peace and justice as an integral part of their identity and mission. In order to become part of the Adventist Peace Church Network, congregations demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the APF’s core values and to practical actions in their local communities. The process for joining the network is described below.
Why Become an Adventist Peace Church?
Signal that your church is committed to participating in justice, mercy and reconciliation.
Deepen your connection with the historical and theological resources of the Adventist movement—celebrating a heritage that many don’t know we have. The APF network can help provide stories and information for your church that educates members in ways that honor our Adventist identity.
Connect with other Adventists who are trying creative and challenging ways to be part of the Peaceable Kingdom. Sometimes church members can feel that they are alone in working for peace and justice, and knowing we have a wide Adventist community doing pursuing these themes is encouraging.
Take advantage of the communication and supportive resources the APF has to offer. For example, be interviewed on the podcast, tell your church’s stories on the blog, or apply for a grant to try something new to work for peace.
Find An Adventist Peace Church
To find an Adventist Peace Church near you, explore the directory lower on this page.
How to Join the APF Peace Church Network
The process for joining this fellowship of churches takes approximately one year to complete and includes the following steps:
Notification. An interested congregation notifies the APF by email of its desire to join the Adventist Peace Church Network.
Congregational Statement. The church board approves a statement affirming the congregation’s intention to pursue biblical shalom* as an integral part of the church’s identity and mission. The statement also affirms its desire to be publicly identified as an Adventist Peace Church. This affirmation statement could be the APF church board model resolution or one that is crafted by the local church.
Commitments. The local church identifies the APF issues or commitments they desire to emphasize in their work with a long-term commitment to building relationships and developing action strategies appropriate to their local contexts. These topics of focus are care for creation, economic justice, peacemaking and reconciliation, racial and gender justice, and health and human rights.
Coordinator. Churches appoint a Peace Coordinator whose responsibilities include: a) representing the local church to the larger APF network; b) encouraging the congregation to stay engaged with peace and justice issues; and c) helping the congregation achieve and maintain its certification as an official Adventist Peace Church.
Action. Congregations embody their commitments by engaging in actions or awareness-raising events in their local communities to address peace and justice concerns. We encourage you to communicate regularly with the Peace Church Network Coordinator about your congregations plans and activities so we can share these stories with the wider network on the blog and podcast.
Worship. Adventist Peace Churches plan worship services that emphasize peace and justice themes. Ideally, these themes are woven into worship, Bible studies, sermons, etc.
Adventist Peace Sabbath. The APF has designated the Sabbath before Memorial Day (in the U.S. calendar) as the annual Adventist Peace Sabbath. On this day, Adventist Peace Churches are encouraged to 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. Members of the Peace Church Network in other countries can adapt the date of this service to fit their local context.
*Shalom means well-being, flourishing, wholeness, completeness, community, prosperity, harmony, unity, reconciliation, and peace with justice.
Current Peace Churches
The following churches have passed official motions to become part of the Adventist Peace Church network:
We invite you to visit the congregational resource page for more information.