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Adventists urged to study women’s ordination for themselves

President Wilson and TOSC chair Stele also ask for prayers for Holy Spirit to guide proceedings

be discussed in October at the Annual Council, a major business meeting of church leaders. The Annual Council will then decide whether to ask the nearly 2,600 delegates of the world church to make a final [...] would encourage each church member, and certainly each representative at the Annual Council and those who will be delegates to the General Conference Session, to prayerfully review those presentations [...] to the message and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church as expressed through the 28 Fundamental Beliefs.” Wilson said he hoped that all church members would embrace a similar willingness.

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Study committee votes consensus statement on ‘Theology of Ordination”

Document to go to 2014 Annual Council, 2015 General Conference Session

that a consensus statement has been accepted to be recommended to the General Conference, the Annual Council and then to the [GC] Session to be adopted as a statement of a theology of ordination.” Agreeing [...] By a vote of 86 to 8  – a ratio of almost 11 to 1 – delegates at the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) agreed today to approve a consensus statement on an [...] members; opposing false teachings; and providing general service to the congregation.” Unlike the beliefs of some other Christian faiths, however, Seventh-day Adventist ordination “neither conveys special

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Ordination Study Concludes with Suggestions for “The Way Forward”

TOSC group considered hermeneutical, historical questions and prepared study materials.

more international assessment will come in the process at the 2014 Annual Council and 2015 General Conference sessions when delegates selected by church constitutional and policy provisions will consider [...] to the message and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, as expressed through the 28 Fundamental Beliefs.” “We will be very open and fair in the way we approach the handling of this matter,” Wilson [...] meetings June 16-19, Wilson said, and will place the matter on the agenda of the denomination’s Annual Council convening in Silver Spring, Maryland, October 9-14. General Conference leaders have promised

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Creation movie central to church identity is key to 2014 evangelism

Wilson calls film ‘magnificent tool’ for witnessing to thousands

the gathering of 350 pastors and other Annual Council delegates who watched the movie, which shows a day-by-day account of the Earth’s beginnings, filmed and edited with the cinematic quality of a major [...] message to a few vocal critics inside the church who have questioned the Seventh-day Adventist fundamental belief in a literal, six-day creation. The film was initially a project Stober was preparing for [...] more about the denomination’s strong ties to other Bible-based beliefs. Vice President Ben Schoun made a direct appeal to the delegates, most of whom are officers of the 13 divisions and presidents of

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Questions & Answers Regarding Current Issues of Unity Facing the Church

The following document addresses issues raised regarding the unity of the church, the authority of the General Conference, and its relationship to other levels and entities of the world church in connection with the current discussion on ordination to the

study and discussion, the committee has formulated recommendations for General Conference administration that have been refined, adopted at the Annual Council, and then included in the Working Policy. However [...] 28 Fundamental Beliefs and the baptismal vows have been mutually agreed upon by the world church. This keeps the church unified internationally. In the same way a union conference has the delegated authority [...] may be reviewed at a General Conference Session or an Annual Council.” The 1990 General Conference Session addressed a report and recommendations that were referred to it by the General Conference Executive

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Further definition on tap for Adventist fundamental belief on creation

New review committee follows 2010 Session action to 'strengthen' church's interpretation of origins

affirmed by the church's Annual Council business meeting. The move addressed questions from some Adventists regarding interpretation of the denomination's Fundamental Belief Number 6 . The Rea [...] the preliminary draft. How a belief is changed The Fundamental Beliefs were first formally changed to accommodate the "Growing in Christ" belief voted in 2005 at the 58th GC Session [...] Session, church administrators also voted to adopt a protocol guiding any further changes to the Fundamental Beliefs. Suggested changes to the church's beliefs must be rooted, the protocol states, in a

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La Sierra University won't neglect creation teaching, president, chairman vow

Open letter signals shift in two-year controversy

students discuss key documents relating to our Adventist belief regarding origins, including Fundamental Belief #6 [and] the 2004 Annual Council Reaffirmation of Creation, and Genesis 1 and 2. * Increased [...] the university announced, "The Board adopted, and directed campus administration to implement, the following measures: * Accept and implement the recommendations from the Adventist Accrediting Association [...] last several years, and apologized for not having adequately communicated Seventh-day Adventist beliefs about creationism to its students. "We found that only 50 percent of the students surveyed agreed

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Annual Council News Briefs

NEW FUNDAMENTAL BELIEF ENDORSED WORLD HEADQUARTERS PERSONNEL CHANGES NOTED 2007 ANNUAL COUNCIL IN KIEV, UKRAINE AFRICAN GRADUATE SCHOOL VOTED FOR NAIROBI EXECUTIVE COUNCIL TO MEET BEFORE ST. LOUIS SESSION

NEW FUNDAMENTAL BELIEF ENDORSED In an Oct. 12 vote delegates to Annual Council recommended a new addition to the 27 doctrinal affirmations currently identified in the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s [...] addition recommended by the executive committee since the original beliefs document was approved at the church’s 1980 world session. The new statement addresses several areas of Christian belief and practice [...] Church’s Fundamental Beliefs. “Growing in Christ,” the proposed new statement, will be on the agenda at the church’s worldwide General Conference Session in July 2005 in St. Louis, Missouri. It’s the first

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Annual Council: 'Affirmation of Creation' Report Discussed, Response to be Considered

Following presentation of a report from a series of international faith and science conferences, the Annual Council of the Seventh-day Adventist Church considered its recommendations and set up a committee to prepare the Council's response.

faith and science conferences, the Annual Council of the Seventh-day Adventist Church considered its recommendations and set up a committee to prepare the Council’s response.  “An Affirmation of Creation” [...] eight-page document presented the delegates with three specific recommendations: (1) In order to address what some interpret as a lack of clarity in Fundamental Belief number 6, the historic Seventh-day [...] the church’s Fundamental Belief regarding creation, but that such a statement express the meaning of the belief with more specificity. Drafting of a response to the report’s recommendations, the committee

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Session Agenda Looks at New Directions; Nurturing Growing Church

Continued growth in Seventh-day Adventist church membership worldwide will top the agenda of the church's world session in St. Louis, Missouri this summer. Delegates will address the challenge of church life and growth management in the worldwide church.

decisions about fundamental church beliefs that can only be addressed in a setting such as this. A new fundamental belief—Growing in Christ—was adopted at the church’s 2004 Annual Council meeting, but will [...] session in St. Louis, Missouri this summer. Delegates will address the challenge of church life and growth management in the worldwide church. The 2,000 voting delegates to the business meeting will affect the [...] worship before,” says Larry Evans, undersecretary for the world church. This addition to the fundamental beliefs will encourage members to realize that the church is fluid and ever-changing. “It is also important

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