Discipleship Ministries and its specialist departments support and promote a wide range of events, initiatives, emphasis days and training opportunities. Below are some key ones you should be aware of. We encourage you to think strategically about how you can incorporate these opportunities into the program of your union, conference or local church. Contact your local regional office for a complete list of events available in your area.


January 2020

January 4

First Quarter Day of Prayer and Fasting

For more information, visit the Revival and Reformation website.

January 8–18

Ten Days of Prayer

For more information, visit the Ten Days of Prayer website.


Download the program materials (compressed ZIP file)
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February 2020

February 8-15

Christian Home & Marriage Week

Uniting the family in loving relationships and spiritual renewal as they follow Jesus and Make Disciples.

Sabbath 8 February emphasizes Christian Marriage.
Sabbath 15 February emphasizes the Christian Home.

March 2020

March 6

World Day of Prayer

For more information visit worlddayofprayeraustralia.org
The theme for 2020 is “Rise! Take up your mat and walk”. The host country for 2020 is Zimbabwe.

The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice. It is run under the motto “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action,” and is celebrated annually in over 170 countries on the first Friday in March. The movement aims to bring together people of various races, cultures and traditions in a yearly common Day of Prayer, as well as in closer fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year. Adventist congregations regularly host and participate in this event in their local community.


March 7

International Women’s Day of Prayer

Leading on from the World Day of Prayer the global Seventh-day Adventist Church has devoted the Sabbath to a special focus on prayer and renewal. Resources including program and sermon ideas will be available closer to the date.

March 21-28

Youth Week of Prayer

March 21

Global Youth and Children’s Day

The theme for this year is ICare – Be the Sermon – Refugees, Homeless, Strangers.
Click here for more information and resources to download.


April 2020

April 4

Second Quarter Day of Prayer and Fasting

For more information, visit the Revival and Reformation website.

May 2020

May 23

World Day of Prayer for Children at Risk

Check the children’s ministry website for more info closer to the date.

June 2020

 June 13

Women’s Ministries Emphasis Day

An opportunity to affirm, profile and promote the ministry being done by and for women in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

June/July TBC

National Family Conference (Sydney)

July 2020

July 4

Third Quarter Day of Prayer and Fasting

For more information, visit the Revival and Reformation website.

July 18

Children’s Sabbath

This is the day as a Church we celebrate children specially. This Sabbath is a fantastic opportunity for your church to make a special effort to involve your children in creating intergenerational connections and memory events. Help your kids participate and serve in church through serving. More ideas will be posted closer to the time. In the mean time contact us with any of your questions.

Click here for previous years Children’s Sabbath resources.

August 2020

22 August

End it Now! Emphasis Day

Abuse prevention and ending violence involves not only women, but also children, youth, families, and men. End it Now! emphasis day will involve not just Women’s and Family Ministries but also the collaboration of Children’s Ministries, Adventist Health and the Ministerial Association. Within the SPD we engage the Discipleship Ministries Team to call for an end to violence especially towards Children and Women. For more information and resources for this day please click here.

September 2020

September 6-12

Family Togetherness Week
(previously known as Family & Children’s Week of Prayer)

In September,  a week (usually the first) is set aside for global family and children’s week of prayer. During this week we want to encourage you and your families to pray as a family. Get creative, bring back family meal times, family conversation, activities in the great outdoors and create some lifelong memories with your family in a manner that is culturally appropriate.

Closer to the time please visit the Record website to download the week of prayer readings. We will also be developing some resources which will be available for families and Churches to use for this special week.

Sabbath September 12 is the culmination of Family Togetherness Week and should be celebrated as a special day.

September 30

Children Matter! Count the Kids!

Every year we ask your Unions to tell us the number of Children in each Local Conference/Mission. The Unions then send this data on to us to evaluate and send to the General Conference.

Why do we collect the reports?

We are a part of a global church with diverse needs and one mission ”To call all people to become disciples of Jesus Christ, to proclaim the everlasting gospel embraced by the three angel’s messages of Revelation 14:6-12, and to prepare the world for His soon return.” To support the decision making at the General Conference they ask the Divisions to collect statistics, these statistics are then reviewed to help allocate funding, staffing and highlight the needs for our children globally in our church. Make sure your local Conference or Mission knows how many kids are at you Church!

October 2020

October 3

Fourth Quarter Day of Prayer and Fasting

For more information, visit the Revival and Reformation website.

November 2020

December 2020