If you are disappointed by yet another setback in gender inclusive ordination, perhaps it is time to take a page from the minutes of the first General Conference session and start telling the stories of what the Holy Spirit is doing through the ministries of our women pastors.Read More
In anticipation of the upcoming General Conference Annual Council, many women of the church, and many women who serve the church, are sensing themselves to be powerless, and disrespected as partners in the membership and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Our presence and our voice are largely absent from this conversation, even though we note one of the proposed compliance subcommittees is clearly about us. As a group of approximately two hundred professional women clergy, we share the conviction that nothing ought to be about us, without us.
Additionally, we share a consensus of concern over proposals regarding governance that do not represent the heart of protestant faith, biblical fidelity or authentic Adventism; a document that advocates an overreach, if not abuse, of power that obviously misunderstands our unique governance system.
As professional clergy, we listen to, and pastor a North American Division membership concerned and troubled by this proposal. We appeal to our elected leaders (i.e. the following groups: General Conference Administrative Committee, General Conference and Division Officers, and the General Conference Executive Committee) for a careful assessment and even spiritual accountability of how this proposed compliance process represents best leadership practices for the Adventist Church. The proposed compliance committee process will take us far from our roots as a movement.
We remain in prayer for the Holy Spirit's guidance as we continue to uphold the mission of our church.
In the spring quarter of 2018, 177 women were enrolled at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary (SDATS) at Andrews University. Here is a breakdown of women enrolled in the various SDATS programs.Read More
Conference Presidents and Ministerial Directors from across the North American Division (NAD) recently celebrated the growing number of women pursuing ministry at the annual banquet for female students at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs.Read More
Two years after the General Conference Session in San Antonio, church members and leaders are still wrestling with the implications of the gender-inclusive ordination decisions made there. Here is a book review of William Johnsson’s Where Are We Headed?: Adventism After San AntonioRead More
The 2018 North American Division (NAD) Women Clergy Conference is slated to be held September 2-5, in Palm Springs, California. This inspirational gathering is designed for all female Adventist professional pastors and chaplains serving in the NAD.Read More