esus, the Master Teacher, sought not only to impart knowledge and lifelong learning, but His ultimate goal was for His students to live in a meaningful relationship with the Father. This too, is the goal of the new Bible curriculum that is currently being rolled out in academies across the North American Division.
The Adventist Encounter Curriculum uses the Bible as the textbook, ensuring that in every teaching unit, students are intentionally led to discover and unpack the truths of the Bible. There is a strong focus on students personalizing these messages, and growing in Christ (2 Cor. 3:8), then living out one’s faith through service to others in response to the Three Angel’s Messages.
Teachers across the country share how the Holy Spirit is working in their Bible classrooms. Lori Anderson Holm from Loma Linda Academy, shared, “My students are saying how much they enjoy this curriculum. One student said he feels at peace entering the classroom—no panic that he forgot to do something. He knows God will be the focus, giving him a chance to deepen that relationship and focus on who matters most.”
Ben Kreiter, from Forest Lake Academy, has been piloting the Revelation unit to his juniors. He shared, “My students did a student-led evangelism meeting on the book of Revelation. Many of the parents remarked that it was the most positive and Christ-focused Revelation meeting they had attended. I have appreciated the strong emphasis on Christ's characteristics and ministry in heaven and the assurance that God's people will be cared for during the trials of the end. That clearly rubbed off on my students, and ultimately the people they witnessed to. I'm very thankful for a curriculum that remembers it is the Revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Please pray for the Holy Spirit to fall onto the hearts of our teachers and students across the division.
Encounter Bible Curriculum
Associate Director/Secondary Curriculum
Since January of 2015, Nina has taken on the role of Associate Director/Secondary Curriculum for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, as the primary author for the Secondary Encounter Bible Curriculum. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and Teaching with a major in English, a minor in Religion, and a Masters in Religious Education. She has worked with Adventist Schools in Australia as Head of the Bible Department at Sydney Adventist College; English/Religion Teacher at Northpine Christian College; and prior to joining the NAD Office of Education Team, she served as Curriculum Specialist for Adventist Schools Australia.
“As I travel across the North American Division and participate in school evaluations, there is one constant. Students, teachers, and administrators all inform me of how the Encounter Bible Series is transformational and is helping to shape campus culture. Just this past week students during an interview for their school evaluation made it clear that Encounter was their favorite class. For this reason I have asked Nina Atcheson, Associate Director/Secondary Curriculum, to write a short introductory article on Encounter. She expects to have the writing for grade 10 finished by this summer and grades 11 & 12 completed each succeeding year.”
Director of Secondary Education/Accreditation
Arne P. Nielsen believes that the real object of education, through the work of the Holy Spirit, is to transform the lives of students and “restore in man the image of his Maker . . . promoting the development of body, mind, and soul.” Previous to coming to the NAD Education Office, Arne served as Vice President for Integrated Youth Ministries in the Florida Conference. He also served three years as Superintendent of Education in the Idaho Conference. School site employment for Arne began at Mt. Pisgah Academy in North Carolina followed by service at Maxwell Adventist Academy in Kenya. At these schools Arne taught physical education, health, and biology lab; coached gymnastics; and served as a boys’ dean, vice-principal, principal, and business manager.