This July over 2,500 delegates from around the world will gather in San Antonio for the 60th General Conference session. But why? Why does the church expend so much time and money to bring people from around the world for a General Conference session. In a word; unity.
The Seventh-day Adventist church is one of the very few truly world-wide church organizations. We have churches, hospitals, and schools in over 216 countries around the world. (238 countries are recognized by the UN) Currently we have over 18.1 million members.
To help keep our church united in doctrine and practice it is important that delegates gather every few years to listen to reports from around the world, review financial and practice policies, and act on initiatives and questions that impact our church world-wide. While anyone may attend a General Conference session, only elected and appointed delegates are authorized to vote.
Each of the divisions and unions elect delegates that represent the work across their territory to represent them at the session. Delegates are chosen from among both church employees and lay people.
We have three delegates from Wisconsin for this year’s session.
1. Alyssa Palmer - lay person, an attorney
2. Titus Naftanaila - pastor
3. Mike Edge - conference president
It is important that delegates are:
1. Committed members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church
2. Well-respected by the church members they represent
3. Recognize that their role is to work for the best of the church as a
whole, rather than to primarily seek the best for their local area
4. Willing to carefully consider each report and prayerfully seek God’s leading
in each vote they are asked to cast.
Please join brothers and sisters around the world and pray for God’s leading at the upcoming General Conference session.
Here is a brief video showing the history of General Conference sessions beginning in 1863 until the present. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyL6rPkFj2Y