First steps: AUC to produce pioneer DVD series
A dramatised DVD series is being developed to bring to life the colourful characters, significant events and momentous challenges that faced the small group of believers who began the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
The Australian Union Conference (AUC) is currently developing the series that describes the background, birth and growth of the early Church.
“This will be the first time the Church has used historical drama and re-enactment to tell our story,” AUC president, Pastor Chester Stanley, said.
“The story of the early pioneers will come alive. We will watch as they wrestle to understand Scripture, hotly debate theology and overcome bitter disappointment. We will get to know pioneers such as Joseph Bates, James White and Uriah Smith. We will be reminded again of how God called a young lady, Ellen Harmon, to do a special work in leading the fledgling Church. It is an exciting story full of pathos, drama, joy and sadness and, consequently, needs to be told in this medium.”
The South Pacific Division is partnering with the AUC to develop the series, which will be produced by the Adventist Media Network.
“Everyone I talk to thinks that this is a series that must be developed,” Pastor Stanley said. “The General Conference leaders are enthusiastic about the project and recently committed funds to assist with its development.”
Pastor Stanley said a clear understanding of our identity as Seventh-day Adventists is fundamental to the ongoing health, growth and dynamism of the Church worldwide. “We must never forget our beginnings and our reason for being,” he said. “Our past gives us our vision for the present and the future. Identity and mission are inextricably linked. In the thrilling story of the background to and the beginnings of God’s end time prophetic movement, is profound evidence of God’s calling and providential leading of His people.”
Pastor Stanley sees the series being both evangelistic and nurturing. “It will be a wonderful evangelistic resource that can be used by ministry and laity to pass to friends, neighbours or Bible study contacts so they can see God’s leading in the establishment of our Church and understand our commitment to our biblical teachings,” he said. “I also see it as a useful nurturing tool. We must not forget our story. If we do forget, we do it at our peril. Our young people also need to get to know this story. They need to see how God led. What better way for them to be reminded than to bring our story to life on the screen.”