Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists

October 2018

We know many in our union are disappointed in the vote at Annual Council to implement a new system of compliance over church entities around the world. We are too. And while we are a faithful and loyal part of God’s Church, we struggle to see His hand in this decision.

GT Ng, Secretary of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, gives the 2018 Secretariat Report to the delegates of the 2018 General Conference Annual Council, held October 11-17, 2018 in Battle Creek, MI. ©2018 North American Division/Dan Weber

On Oct. 14, 2018, after more than five hours of presentations and discussion, the General Conference Executive Committee, at its Annual Council meeting, approved a recommendation from the church’s Unity Oversight Committee: the creation of a new compliance process to assist with the need to implement church policies and voted actions.

Ted Wilson, President of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church speaks to the delegates of the 2018 General Conference Annual Council, held Oct 11-17, 2018 in Battle Creek, MI. ©2018 North American Division/Dan Weber

This is a very challenging time for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America. Actions taken at the 2018 General Conference Annual Council meeting in Battle Creek, Michigan, did not have the outcome for the church that we had strived toward. Many of us are dealing with fear, disappointment, and even anger.