Sunday, November 25, 2012

North Pacific Union Conference Opens Dialogue on Ordination without Regard to Gender

With additional documents by Dr. John McVay, Emily Flottmann, Andre Wang and James Wibberding.

During their regularly-scheduled quarterly meeting held Nov. 14 in Ridgefield, Wash., North Pacific Union Conference1 executive committee members voted to engage Northwest membership in a discussion on gender-inclusiveness in gospel ministry. They approved a motion to 1) inform and educate Northwest members of the rationale toward biblical church leadership without regard to gender; 2) engage and encourage constituents in structured conversation and discussion on women in ministry; and 3) call a special session of the NPUC constituency to address ministerial ordination without regard to gender. The motion was presented in response to extensive reports provided by an Ad Hoc Committee on Women in Leadership which met during 2012. No date was specified at the meeting for a proposed constituency session, but that will be determined as the process for discussion and decision-making is further defined within the next month.

As an aid to the ongoing discussion, we will be posting additional documents produced or gathered by the Ad Hoc Committee and beyond. The following documents are currently posted here:

• “Reflections on the Theology and Practice of Ordination in the Seventh-day Adventist Church” by Dr. John McVay.

This document, was presented in October 2012 by Dr. John McVay, incoming president of Walla Walla University, as part of the work done by the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) Ad Hoc Committee on Women in Leadership. It was reviewed by the NPUC executive committee during its regularly scheduled meeting Nov. 14.

• A Biblical Theology of Unity, by Emily Flottmann, Andre Wang and James Wibberding 

• Women in Ministry: Framing the Conversation, by James Wibberding

Source: Gleaner OnlineUpdated 11/19/12
Notes: 1. The North Pacific Union Conference is one of 9 union conferences of the North American Division of the world church (encompassing Canada and the United States). The NPUC are the Northwest regional headquarters for the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church throughout the northwestern United States: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Divided into 6 local conferences including more than 90,000 members, 400 churches, and 140 elementary and secondary schools.

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