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Silver Spring, MD. February 21, 2014 – On February 10-12, 2014, over 200 delegates from India, Southeast Asia/Pacific and Central Africa gathered in Pune, India for a risk management conference organized by Adventist Risk Management with the support of the Southern Asia Division and Spicer Memorial College. “Focused Solutions for Ministry Risks” emphasized the importance of professional risk management practices in Adventist churches, schools and hospitals.

Pastor Marlon Lopes, treasurer of the South American Division, set the tone for the conference through his keynote series on Dynamic Christian Leadership which emphasized the importance of a leaders call to ministry and integrity in all relationships. "What a privilege to participate in this Conference. To know a new part of the world, new culture, to meet other brothers, to attend the conference…was incredible."

Guest speaker Nina Godbole, a notable authority on cyber security risks, provided an overview how cyber thieves can impact even the smallest of organizations.  She outlined the hazards of cyber risk and provided practical counsel on how the church must be prepared to address their cyber exposures in a pro-active instead of re-active manner to protect its assets and mission.  "It was an honor to be invited to such a key conference; above all, it was a happy moment to do something in service to the community."

Other key sessions addressed the ministry challenges of protecting children from the harm of abuse in all aspects of life, the importance of equity and personal respect for one another in the workplace and the duties of board members and officers to understand their organizations and act responsibly at all times. Ruth Parish, human resources director for the General Conference summed up the importance of these sessions, “We must never forget our calling is to always follow the principles of Matthew 7:12, treating others as we ourselves would want to be treated at all times.”

Conference attendees experienced the gracious hospitality of India through our hosts from Southern Asia Division and Spicer Memorial College. Spicer students gave cultural presentations and president Dr. Justus Devadas hosted a special campus tour and evening dinner to showcase the educational ministry of the college during the past 100 years.

Adventist Risk Management is part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to which it exclusively provides risk management services. These educational Conferences provide an opportunity for church leaders to learn the skills that will enable them to be better stewards in all aspects of their ministry responsibilities.

Cultural presentation - images by PRONOY GAYEN
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Gideon Dayak speaking - - images by PRONOY GAYEN
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Delegates - images by PRONOY GAYEN
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Arthur Blinci presentation - images by PRONOY GAYEN
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Spicer Memorial College - images by PRONOY GAYEN

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Adventist Risk Management, Inc. is the risk management company for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the largest global denomination headquartered in the Washington DC area. We provide risk management services and insurance product solutions to assist the Church in eliminating oversights that can lead to costly accidents. ARM employs 130 people around the world with corporate headquarters in Silver Spring, MD, and satellite offices in Riverside, CA, St. Albans, England and Brasilia, Brazil. Please contact David Fournier at 301-680-6930 for more information.

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