14 episodes

A deep dive into the inner-workings of the Seventh-day Adventist church, and why you should care — hosted by Nina Vallado and Kaleb Eisele. Produced by Heather Moor.

How the Church Works Adventist Learning Community

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 43 Ratings

A deep dive into the inner-workings of the Seventh-day Adventist church, and why you should care — hosted by Nina Vallado and Kaleb Eisele. Produced by Heather Moor.

    Three Degrees

    Three Degrees

    At some point, most people have an identity crisis. A moment where you look in the mirror and ask, "Who am I?"
    So we're looking in the mirror....What is Seventh-day Adventism?
    Hosted by Kaleb Eisele and Nina Vallado

    • 11 min
    The Good Old Days

    The Good Old Days

    When traditions are passed from generation to generation, and their meaning is not, they often feel out of touch or obsolete. 
    But there are reasons why Adventists do things the way they do. And some of them may surprise you. 
    Hosted by Kaleb Eisele and Nina Vallado 
    Guests: Pedrito Maynard-Reid and Kevin Burton

    • 26 min
    The Room Where It Happens

    The Room Where It Happens

    Despite its humble beginnings, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is now an institution with millions of members from a wide variety of backgrounds and diverse perspectives. So who gets to call the shots?
    From the local church to the General Conference, we peek inside the room where it happens...and tell you how to get your foot in the door. 
    Hosted by Kaleb Eisele and Nina Vallado
    Guests: Pastor Bonita Shields, Lowell Cooper, George Knight, G. Alexander Bryant, Kyoshin Ahn

    • 34 min
    Thus Far and No Farther

    Thus Far and No Farther

    The Seventh-day Adventist pioneers had major issues with the idea of any kind of unchangeable creed. So how did we end up with a list called, “The 28 Fundamental Beliefs”?


    Does someone have to know, understand, and believe all 28 to still be a part of the Seventh-day Adventist church?


    And what does the early Adventist's pursuit of "present truth" mean for us today?

    Hosted by Kaleb Eisele and Nina Vallado
    Guests: Frank Hasel, Joseph Kidder, George Knight, Ken Denslow, Stan Patterson


    CORRECTION: Ken Denslow is now serving as the President of the Lake Union Conference in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

    • 49 min
    A Better Way - Part 1

    A Better Way - Part 1

    The Seventh-day Adventist Church officially formed in May 1863, right in the throes of the American Civil War. Adventism was born into a tumultuous time for the country and for Christianity - American churches were splitting on the issue of slavery.


    Adventists decided to take a clear moral stance - abolition. But for the Adventists, this belief was more than just lip service.


    How deep do Adventism's abolitionist roots go? And what happened once the war was over?

    • 31 min
    A Better Way - Part 2

    A Better Way - Part 2

    In our last episode, A Better Way - Part 1, we learned of the strong connection between Adventism and the Abolitionist movement. So it's no surprise that after the American Civil War, Adventist churches were some of the very first to integrate.


    But by the 1920s, the landscape of the Adventist church was extremely segregated. The General Conference had separate cafeterias for white and black employees; Black Adventist leadership was regularly denied seats at the table where important decisions were being made; and it wasn't until 1965 that Southern Adventist University officially desegregated - ten years after Brown vs. Board of Education, and five years after six-year-old Ruby Bridges marched with police protection into an all-white school, signaling the beginning of desegregation in public schools.


    How did we get from abolition to segregation?



    Guests: Dr. Calvin B. Rock, Claudia Allen, Pedrito Maynard-Reid, Kevin Burton, and Michael Campbell

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

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James White would be proud

Five stars! Definitely worth listening. Informative and fun. Learn about Seventh-Day Adventist history, culture, and current events. A wonderful peek inside the church structure. Amazing rap! Great guests! The Ellen White segments were so well done. Bravo to the creators.

PastorAmalia ,

A Change in Perspective

“How the Church Works” is an excellently thought through series. This podcast is an excellent presentation for young adults, particularly those who have become disillusioned with the way church has worked. Using history, relevant theologians/scholars, and the tie to the current times, this podcast is a catalyst for the next generation.

RL873 ,

Condescending and politically motivated

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