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9-26-12 North American Division Organizes Theology of Ordination Study Committee
In response to the General Conference’s request, the North American Division has put in place a committee to study the theology of ordination and its implications. "As we looked to staff this committee, we sought for balance and different perspectives that will represent all viewpoints of the Division," said G. Alexander Bryant, NAD executive secretary. "It is our desire and hope that this group will sincerely and prayerfully give deep study from the Bible on the subject of ordination. We are looking for this committee to present its findings and conclusion to the NAD Year-end Executive Committee no later than November 2013."
Upon the Division’s review of the committee’s report, it will then be given to the General Conference's Theology of Ordination Committee along with the other 12 division reports. The 13 division reports will then be synthesized by the General Conference's Theology of Ordination Committee along with other material. After that, the Committee will present it to the 2014 Annual Council for a final vote.
A timeline was voted at the 2010 General Conference Session in Atlanta, Ga., in reference to the Church’s research and discussion on this issue with its Biblical Research Institute serving as the facilitator.
Listed below is the theology of ordination study process timeline:
October 2011—At the Annual Council, the process is presented and each division is asked to request their division biblical research committee to make a study of the theology of ordination and its implications for church practices. Divisions that have not yet established a division biblical research committee are kindly requested to do so. The Biblical Research Institute will provide the necessary materials, which will be of help in establishing the biblical research committees.
November 2013—Each division committee at their 2013 year-end meetings reviews the study made by their division biblical research committee and recommends it to the Biblical Research Institute director for consideration by a theology of ordination study committee.
November 2013—The General Conference Administrative Committee appoints a Theology of Ordination Study Committee with appropriate division representation.
December 2013-June 2014—The Theology of Ordination Study Committee analyzes the materials received from the divisions and prepares a combined report.
June 2014—Report is reviewed by General Conference executive officers.
June 2014—Report is reviewed with the President’s Executive Administrative Council (PREXAD) and the General Conference Administrative Committee (ADCOM).
October 2014—General Conference administration process the report to the 2014 Annual Council
October 2014—Annual Council will review the report and, if needed, take any appropriate action. If voted material needs to be placed on the 2015 General Conference Session agenda, it will be processed accordingly.
At the 2011 North American Division Year-end Meeting, executive committee members voted to allow Division leadership to elect a committee to provide direction to the development of a series of papers, which will contribute to the discussion of the biblical theology of ordination and its implications prior to the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio, Tex.
Members elected to serve on the North American Division’s Theology of Ordination Committee include:
Gordon Bietz, D.Min., Chairman
President of Southern Adventist University
Kyoshin Ahn, Ph.D.
Executive Secretary, Illinois Conference
Dedrick Blue, D.Min.
Pastor, Northeastern Conference
JoAnn Davidson, Ph.D.
Professor, Andrews University
Dwight Nelson, D.Min.
Pastor, Michigan Conference
Kendra Haloviak-Valentine, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, La Sierra University; Riverside, Calif.
Lourdes Morales-Gudmundsson, Ph.D.
Professor, La Sierra University; Riverside, Calif.
Stephen Richardson, Ph.D.
Pastor, Allegheny East Conference
Edwin Reynolds, Ph.D.
Professor, Southern Adventist University
Russell Seay, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Oakwood University
Tara Vincross, M.Div.
Pastor, Pennsylvania Conference
Clinton Wahlen, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Biblical Research Institute
Ivan Williams, D.Min.
Director, Ministerial Department, North American Division