In The Acts of the Apostles, page 122, it says, “Christ is the fountain; the church is the channel of communication.”
The Communication Department attempts by God’s grace, to fulfill that commission by keeping our church members informed about how the Lord is blessing the churches in Illinois and by helping communities become aware of the positive role that the local Adventist Church plays in their area.
These objectives are accomplished not only through the efforts of conference communication personnel but also the local communication leaders in the churches throughout Illinois. Even though the best way to communicate God’s message is still simply by one person sharing God’s love with another person, we believe that the Lord has helped people develop communication technology “for such a time as this.” Therefore, we communicate to church members using several mediums:
A. Church Publications—The Illinois Conference uses two main publications to communicate with church members:
- Illinois Focus -- Printed newsletter issued every second month. This publication comes as an insert in the middle of the Lake Union Herald. It is also emailed to conference e-newsletter subscribers. Click here for recent issues. To request a subscription to the E-News mailing list click here.
- Lake Union Herald —This is published by the Lake Union Conference Communication Department and is mailed to all Adventist Church families throughout the Lake Union. It shares information usually not found in Illinois Today, including new member stories, special union events, weddings, obituaries, and other general information. Illinois stories and information are edited and compiled by the Illinois Conference Communication Department and then submitted to the Lake Union Herald.
B. Web Site—The conference web site www.ilcsda.org provides information regarding (1) conference departments, (2) Illinois church and school locations and personnel, (3) Adventist fundamental beliefs, (4) Bible study availability, etc.
C. Other helpful links
- Adventist Review - In print for more than 150 years, the Adventist Review is the flagship journal of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Founded by James and Ellen White in 1849, the magazine is the one of the oldest religious publications in North America. The Review is published weekly and has a paid circulation of more than 50,000
- Society of Adventist Communicators --an organization committed to networking Seventh-day Adventists in North America who work in the communication industry as writers, editors, videographers, web designers, broadcasters and many other fields.
- Adventist Television Network is the 24/7 global satellite television service of the world church of Seventh-day Adventists. As the satellite voice of the Adventist church, ATN broadcasts a range of international nonpolitical programming around the world in a number of languages. Current programming includes evangelistic series, major church organizational meetings, sermons, Sabbath School study, weekly church news, public health, education, family life and special church events.
- Photo Permissions - Contact the communication department for a reprint of an article written by Gerry Chudleigh and Kermit Netteburg on uses of photos without permission.