GC Leaders Q&A About Unity and Ordination

Posted on August 10, 2012


Praise God!!!  We have Godly leaders in place at the GC level.  For many years, we were in desperate need of true leadership.  President Ted Wilson and the rest of his team are working to keep us true to the Word of God.

I was disappointed, but not surprised when the Columbia Union leaders listened to President Ted Wilson’s appeal not to go against the world church’s policy for ordination and still chose to vote in favor of ordaining women.  I have worked within the Columbia Union as a pastor and have seen firsthand the push to breakdown the Word of God in this matter… stripping the local pastors of the opportunity to voice their belief about women ordination.  The bullying of local conference leaders is sad when the Word of God is so clear on this subject.

I hope and pray we will finalize this debate once and for all at the next GC Session in Texas USA.

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 gospel ministry. This document does not address whether ordaining women is appropriate but rather clarifies and corrects arguments that have been used throughout the discussion.

Here are the ten questions the General Conference answers in this document…

1.  Does the General Conference have authority to determine the criteria for ministerial ordination at the union level and below, or does the union conference have the delegated authority within its territory to establish such criteria, including gender?

2.  Is the worldwide Theology of Ordination Study Committee, requested at the 2010 General Conference Session and established at the 2011 Annual Council, also studying the issue of the pastoral ordination of women?

3.  Was it constitutionally appropriate for the General Conference Sessions of 1990 and 1995 to discuss and vote on the issue of ordaining women to ministry?

4.  Did the 1881 General Conference Session vote to authorize the ordination of women to the gospel ministry?

5.  If female pastors have already been ordained by some organizations in China, why not allow the ordination of women to the ministry in other regions of the world?

6.  Is the ordination of female pastors in China recognized by the world church?

7.  How is General Conference policy determined, and how is it related to practice? What is the connection between decisions voted by the General Conference Executive Committee, the General Conference Session, and policy?

8.  Is it obligatory for all entities of the world church to be in full agreement with the General Conference model constitution and working policies, or are they permitted to be only in “general” agreement?

9.  What did Ellen White say about the authority of the General Conference?

10.  What is the difference between unity and uniformity?