THE STATISTICS ON YOUTH IN THE CHURCH
"Current methods aren’t working. 75% of Christian teens leave their faith when they attend college."
"Only 33% of churched youth have said that the church will play a part in their lives when they leave home."
— Josh McDowell
PRAYER MEETING Study Guide
God does not say, ask once, and you shall receive. He bids us ask, to unwearyingly persist in prayer. The persistent asking brings the petitioner into a more earnest attitude, and gives him an increased desire to receive the things for which he asks.
- Christ's Object Lessons
WE CAN'T DO THIS WITHOUT YOU!
God's plan for the support of His work on this earth is through the tithe and freewill offerings of His people. The tithe is the main source of funding for the total proclamation of the gospel to all the world by the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Because the tithe is reserved for a special purpose, freewill offerings must provide the funding for the many local functions of Linwood SDA Temple.
MORE ABOUT THE LINWOOD FAMILY
God is love, power, and splendor—and God is a mystery. His ways are far beyond us, but He still reaches out to us. God is infinite yet intimate, three yet one, all-knowing yet all-forgiving. We will spend eternity cherishing an ever-deepening relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
C.M. Kinney - a former slave, distributed tracts and "The Great Controversy" throughout Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and the Midwest. He became the first Black ordained Seventh-Day-Adventist minister. As the result of his work, churches sprang up in Missouri and Kansas.
In 1899, the Kansas City, Missouri church was organized with 14 new believers and 30 Sabbath School members. There were 50 attending a Mission Sunday School, according to the district leader, Sydney Scott from the Kansas Conference.
The Kansas City, Missouri group met in a rented hall until the property owned by the Pacific Press near the corner of 13th and Euclid Streets became available for purchase in 1926. The building on the property was a warehouse converted into a place of worship. Funds were scarce because of the depression and World War II which made supplies difficult to obtain. Elder Adolphus Webb started a building project using stones and steel from a demolished brewery. This building became The Beacon Light Church in 1942.
Elizabeth Hanks, who later became Elizabeth Miller, married Elder Henry J. Miller who was the first Black Bible Worker in the Central Union Conference. These were the parents of Helen E. Miller-Kanion. Mrs. Miller was one of the original members of the Kansas City, Missouri church.
Other early members were, Brother and Sister Cravens (Newman), Daisy Timmons and her sister Mercedes Matthews, Alice Hughes, brother and sister Penney, Sister Madison, Ada Thomas, Lorene Brown, Juanita Kenneymore, Francis Flounoy, Sister Oliver, Sallie Holmes, Clara Franklin of the Kansas City Call Newspaper, the Vertis family, Gertrude Valentine and family, Thelma Brown and family, Bertha Tillmon, Fannie Wright, Josephine Washington, Ruth Banks Johnson and family, along with many others who joined in the late 40's and early 50's.
The pastors of the church are not known prior to the 1930's. It is likely that a district leader was assigned from the Kansas Conference through the Central Union Conference. Leaders were R.T. Hudson, Albert Gaynes Thompson and Louis B. Reynolds. After the 1930's, pastors included: 1942 - Adolphus Webb, 1947 - Henry Miller, 1952 - D.B. Reid, 1955 - Xavier Butler, 1956 and later- Monroe Burgess, G. Hefrin Taylor, Eugene Carter, J.D. Parker, and Rawdon Brown.
In 1972 the building at 4300 Linwood Boulevard was purchased and the church was named Linwood Boulevard Seventh-day Adventist Temple. The pastor at that time was T.A. McNeally. Other pastors included: Hector Mouzon, Barry Brandon (interim), Randolph P. Stafford, James E. White, Jr., Emmit Slocumb, Gil Webb, Reuben Roundtree, Jr., Marcellus P. Howard, James E. White, Jr. (2nd time). Our present pastor is Joseph T. Ikner II. The Linwood Boulevard Seventh-Day-Adventist Temple is part of a world-wide organization with more than 15 million members in countries around the world.
We are a warm and inviting church where all members are trained and active in ministries that cater to the needs of the church and community. As our church experiences spiritual growth and expansion throughout the city, we are continuing to implement a variety of creative ministry opportunities.
To prepare the Church and Community for the soon Return of Jesus Christ.
Central States Conference
of Seventh-day Adventists
Pastor Joseph T. Ikner II was born to the parents of Joseph & Theresa Ikner Sr. in Cleveland, Ohio. At a very early age, Joseph sensed and accepted his calling to the gospel ministry, preaching his first sermon at the tender age of 13. After finishing high school, He attended Andrews University, where he received his B.A. in Theology, Concentration in Pastoral Ministry in 1997 and his Master's of Divinity Degree in 1999. It was while at Andrews University that Joseph met the love of his life, the former Nordia Graham. They joined their hands and hearts in December 1998 and have been happily married for the past seventeen years. Together they have one son, Joseph T. Ikner III, who is fourteen years old.
Pastor & Sis. Ikner served in pastoral ministry in the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for eight years from 1998-2006. While serving in the Michigan Conference Pastor Ikner was ordained into the gospel ministry in 2002.
It was while conducting an evangelistic meeting at the Agape Seventh-day Adventist church in St. Louis, MO in 2006 that Pastor Ikner accepted a call to serve in the Central States Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. For the past nine and half years, Pastor & Sis. Ikner have served as the pastoral team for the Emmanuel Seventh-day Adventist Company (2006-08), the Lighthouse Seventh-day Adventist Church (Sep 2008-Feb 2012), the Berean Seventh-day Adventist church (July 2011-January 2016) and currently the Linwood Temple Seventh-day Adventist church. Pastor Ikner also is the Prayer Coordinator for the Central States Conference.
Pastor Ikner has dedicated his life to proclaiming the gospel through teaching and preaching God’s word. He is a husband, father, son, a servant, a mentor, and pastor but most importantly a child of the King. He loves the Lord and waits with great anticipation with his family for the soon return of Jesus Christ. His favorite scripture text is 1 John 5:14-15, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him."
An Appointment with pastor ikner
Personal counseling, couples counseling, bible study and visitation
On January 28th, we thanked Deacon Willie Humphrey for his willingness to help and serve throughout the Church. For anticipating needs within the Church as well as for his outstanding work, faithfulness, dedication and labor t God's people and to God's Church.