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.
Adventist Education is Evangelism
Many discussions about Adventist Education take place, in which some conclude that our system of education is too costly. With relatively small numbers of students enrolled in our schools coupled with ever-increasing operating expenses, some believe that we should invest our funds in opportunities that will yield greater results and affect more people.
Is this what we should do as a conference? Should we close our schools and let the public system teach our students? The answer is a resounding no. Adventist Education still remains vitally important and is evangelism in its greatest form! Every Adventist school has an ongoing evangelistic campaign that is held each year, 180 days a year. Each teacher spends at least 1,080 hours of direct contact with his or her students each year, working to direct their hearts and minds to Jesus Christ as their source of wisdom and salvation. Despite their shortcomings, Adventist schools have helped countless students to see the world through a Christian lens and to grow in their faith in Jesus. Even though costly, the investment in Adventist Education is well worth it. The benefits are great, and, in some ways, are immeasurable.
At the end of May, 35 seniors graduated from Indiana Academy and 40 eighth-graders graduated from our elementary schools. To see our students receive their diplomas, and especially to hear their testimonies, is a quite moving reminder for all of us - parents, members, teachers, and pastors- that this is what Adventist Education is all about. This is evangelism - helping our students learn and come to know Jesus. We are grateful for the tremendous support that is seen across our conference for Adventist Education. Our constituency has a strong legacy of supporting Indiana Academy and the many elementary schools across the state. We encourage and inspire you to pray for our schools and give of your time and resources to strengthen these important institutions until the Lord returns.
Indiana Conference President
Vic Van Schaik