AdventistBookCenter.com, one of the first online e-commerce sites developed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Today, people from more than 165 countries around the world have taken advantage of the convenience of shopping online for Adventist books, sharing materials, Sabbath School supplies, music, DVDs, etc.
It's hard to remember a time before the Internet made it simple to order just about anything at anytime. But it wasn't that long ago — only in 1994 — that Jeff Bezos decided to start selling books online due to the low price point for books and the huge number of titles available in print. He incorporated a company named Cadabra, Inc. (He soon changed the name after a lawyer misheard its original name as “Cadaver.”) Bezos called his new company Amazon and, as they say, the rest is history!
Today, you can buy virtually anything on Amazon.com.
About the time Amazon began making an impact, Susan Harvey, then vice president of sales and marketing at Pacific Press Publishing Association, a North American Division entity of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, began pushing for Adventist publishers to have an online presence. Her dream and persistence led to the birth of AdventistBookCenter.com in 1998.
"Amazon was making huge strides in sales during their first couple of years," she recalls. "And back then their sales were all books." Amazon wasn’t making any money at that point, but it was making significant inroads into the publishing world.
“There were so many obstacles,” says Harvey, remembering what it took to get AdventistBookCenter.com from concept to reality. “I knew internet sales were the wave of the future, and that we had to do it, but it was so hard to get people to see past the challenges. The most difficult problem was to figure out how to take advantage of this new technology without hurting our current distribution channel—the Adventist Book Centers. That was huge. And, of course, figuring out a way to partner with the Review and Herald Publishing Association [the other large Adventist Church publisher].”
That first month, October 1998, AdventistBookCenter.Com, sold a grand total of $15.49!
From that tiny beginning 20 years ago, sales have continued to grow. They've grown to surpass $1 million annually with people from around the world taking advantage of the online shopping for the Adventist materials.
“The mission of AdventistBookCenter.Com is to provide the largest array of Seventh-day Adventist material for our church members,” states Dale Galusha, president of Pacific Press.
"The future of AdventistBookCenter.Com is bright,” says Doug Church, vice president of marketing and sales at Pacific Press. “Future plans include a redesign that will make the site much more friendly for mobile devices, provide better multilingual support, and an increased number of special pricing opportunities."
Take a few minutes to browse the site! Visit www.AdventistBookCenter.Com — and sign up on the email list so you can be the first to hear about exciting developments as they happen.
Members of the Seventh-day Adventist church family mourn all loss of life, but especially cry out against mass violence such as took place last night in Thousand Oaks, California, very close to our headquarters for the western United States, the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Our hearts are shattered for those who lost family and friends last night and for those who will suffer greatly as a result of this senseless violence.
As a family of faith, we pray for healing for all who have been affected. But as much as our prayers go up and our hearts go out to those who have been devastated by this horrific event, we cannot stop there.
We call on our fellow communities of faith and the clergy who lead them to provide a comfortable, safe environment in which people can grieve and recover. We ask them to help facilitate the difficult conversations that can no longer be put off — conversations about why this is happening and how the violence that is wracking our country can be addressed.
As a faith community that convenes in public worship and service, we call on our national and local leaders to do better at keeping the rights of individuals secure by ending the threat that weapons of mass murder pose to all.
We believe that “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18, NIV). May this be true for all those grieving and saddened at this time of loss.
Daniel R. Jackson, president, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
Ricardo B. Graham, president, Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Velino Salazar, president, Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventistskmaran Thu, 11/08/2018 - 18:52
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America is deeply saddened and troubled by the shooting that took place during Sabbath services at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 27, 2018, where 11 people lost their lives and four more were injured. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those killed, and to all our Jewish brothers and sisters. The United States was founded on the promise of religious freedom and when one faith group has this right taken away, we all suffer. Nothing is more sacred than the right to worship our God in the safety of our sanctuaries with those we love.
We are also disturbed by the other recent acts of violence and hatred that serve to split this country apart. Our diversity makes us stronger; it reflects the cultures, religions, and ethnicities of the world. It is in times like these when Americans must band together to help everyone impacted by these hateful acts. There is no race, gender, ethnicity, or religion in time of need. We are all God’s children and in need of compassion and His love. We ask that all people, no matter what their faith, pray for healing upon the heartbroken, the injured, and those mourning the loss of their loved ones.
God calls us to treat everyone with grace-filled compassion and love, especially to those different from ourselves. We can and must do better.
Daniel R. Jackson, President
G. Alexander Bryant, Executive Secretary
G. Thomas Evans, Treasurer/CFO
Dear Sisters in Christ,
[We are] sending you this brief note to let you know that our NAD leadership team believes in your ministry. You have our confidence and the assurance that we will do all in our power to strengthen and empower you.
The action of the General Conference Executive Committee on Sunday afternoon does not alter your status. You are appreciated and needed in the overall ministry/evangelistic plan of the North American Division. Your ministry is invaluable.
Please understand that we will continue to work toward the fulfillment of our dream to have one thousand female pastors in our division. There will be some temporary setbacks along the path, but we are not deterred.
May God continue to bless and direct you in every way.
— North American Division Officers