ABOUT US
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Mission Statement
To proclaim the everlasting gospel and nurture every member in preparation for Christ’s second coming.
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Vision Statement
Our vision is that every member will consistently demonstrate Christ-likeness in all their interactions and be ready for the coming of the Lord.
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Guiding Principles
Values: The Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Central and Southern Bahamas is guided by certain foundational principles and concepts that are grounded on firm Biblical absolutes. Principles of truthfulness, honesty, compassion, support for worthy causes, reverence for God’s word, respect for recognized authorities and the concept of “souls culture” form the core values of the administration and membership of The Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and will be the basis for self-evaluation and decision-making.

Truthfulness: We live in an age when misrepresentation of the truth by individuals and groups has become common practice. However, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Central and Southern Bahamas aims to up-hold the standard of truthfulness in every aspect of its operation and witness. To achieve this we will endeavour to know the truth (John 8:32).

Honesty: As a body of believers in Christ, we desire to represent Him in all our interactions in an honest and straightforward manner.

Compassion: Our business is to use the resources God has given us to meet the needs of humanity and to serve the less fortunate with compassion and love.

Fairness: In an environment of self-serving all-for-me attitude, the church is challenged to deal fairly and equitably with everyone.

Forgiveness: The spirit of forgiveness as expressed in the Lord’s Prayer (Matt: 6:12) will motivate our actions toward those who come short in right doing. We believe that one can only be forgiven by God if he is willing to forgive others.

Excellence: Since we serve a God who is perfect in every way, it is our wish to please Him. Therefore, by faith we will strive for excellence in everything we attempt in His name.

Respect: Recognizing that God is our Creator and that He has given authority to leaders and rulers at various levels in society, we will teach, by precepts and example, that due respect should be shown to God and all legitimate authority.

Souls Culture: “Souls culture deemphasizes the church as merely an institution and emphasizes the brotherhoods and sisterhoods of people personally at work in the mission of the church.” “In a souls culture, God does the work through people personally engaged in mission.” Their joy and satisfaction come from being witnesses, not from doing good works for promotion or recognition.
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History
Today, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is the fourth largest denomination in the country with over 11,000 members and some 35 churches in New Providence and the Family Islands.
On November 27, 1893, two colporteur missionaries from New York, C. H. Richards and his wife, arrived in Nassau, Bahamas, after a three-and-a-half-day voyage and sowed the seeds of Adventism via the printed page. Thus from this humble beginning, the church in the Bahamas began. Today, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is the fourth largest denomination in the country with over 11,000 members and some 35 churches in New Providence and the Family Islands.

Upon the arrival of C. H. Richards, the arrival of C. H. Richards, the population of the country was estimated at 50,000. He reported that one third of the population was Caucasian and the balance with shades from yellow to black. In fact, C. H. Richards implied that the Bahamas was a virgin territory and that "now one of whom so far as we know, fully understands and obeys the (Sabbath) truth for this time."

During the tenure of C. H. Richards, evidence of possible conversions has been limited to their report of a young police officers who was a lay preacher of the Methodist Church and had begun to show a keen interest in Adventism. He was planning to receive formal education in an effort to instruct others, but financially his family depended on him and so he could "not yet" see his way clear to leave his post on the police force. It was not documented whether the young officer eventually became a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

In March of 1895, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Parmele, also literature evangelists, under the directive of the Foreign Mission Board, succeeded the Richards in the Bahamas. Mr. Parmele reported that the work of his predeccessors had sparked quite a bit of interest in the colony. In fact, about one week after his arrival a family of six, for the Richards toiled, started to keep the fourth commandment.

Charles Antonio, a shoemaker was the first Bahamian to accept the Seventh-day Adventist message. His son, Brother William W. Antonio was among the first Bahamians to serve on the Bahamas Mission of Seventh-day Adventist Executive Committee.

Pastors Silas N. McKinney and Neville E. Scavella, were the first Bahamians to train for the ministry
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