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Adventist Leaders Appeal for Church Entities to Respect Ordination Vote
Story by Andrew McChesney, news editor, Adventist Review
General Conference and division leaders re-affirmed the important role of women in the life of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and appealed to all church entities to respect a recent General Conference Session decision on ordination in order to avoid fracturing the world church.
G.T. Ng, executive secretary of the Adventist world church, read the six-paragraph document aloud to church leaders and laypeople attending the Annual Council on Sunday, the first day of the weeklong council’s core business sessions. Ushers passed out copies of the document to attendees.
“We appeal to all entities to respect the decision by the world body in session since any unilateral and independent action contrary to the voted action paves the way for fracture and fragmentation,” the signatories of the document say. “We urge all entities to work closely with world division administrations to ensure that all actions harmonize with voted policy to foster worldwide church unity and our heavenly entrusted mission.”
On July 8, delegates at the General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas, turned down a motion that would have allowed each division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to decide for itself whether to ordain women to the gospel ministry in its territory.