Monte Sahlin discusses his lifetime of service and social action.
Monte Sahlin was the chairman of the board for the Center for Creative Ministry, he was a senior fellow at the Center for Metropolitan Ministry, and taught as an adjunct faculty member at Eastern University in Philadelphia and in the Doctor of Ministry program at Andrews University.
Sahlin is an ordained pastor in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He served for 12 years at the denomination’s North American headquarters with responsibility for church ministries, media projects, social action, and research and development. He then served eight years as a regional vice president.
In addition to leading the Adventist Today Foundation from 2012 until the end of 2020, Sahlin has authored 26 books, more than 120 research monographs, and hundreds of magazine articles. Some of his book titles include: “Community Assessment for Faith-based Organizations,” “Mission in Metropolis,” “Ministries of Compassion,” “One Minute Witness,” and “Understanding Your Community.” In 2005, he coauthored with Harold Lee, “Brad: Visionary, Spiritual Leadership,” a history and evaluation of the career of Charles Bradford, the first African American to serve as president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America.
To get a sense of the breadth of his work, Sahlin has worked as director, board chairman or strategic consultant with more than 100 innovative, community-based ministries, church plants and nonprofit organizations. In 1994 he was awarded an Outstanding Public Service Award by the United States government and in 1996 he participated in the Presidents’ Summit on Volunteerism as well as the preparatory gathering of 50 representatives of the nonprofit sector at the White House.
- Evangelicals for Social Action
- The Chicago Declaration of Evangelical Social Concern (1973)
- The 1993 Chicago Declaration (1993)
- Adventist Community Services: Disaster Response
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