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11-19-2012 North Pacific Initiates Public Dialog on Women in Ministry
A special constituency session proposed
Following the public lead of other North American Division union conferences, the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee, at its regularly-scheduled November 14 meeting in Ridgefield, Wash., voted to engage Northwest members 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 executive committee-appointed Ad Hoc Committee on Women in Leadership which met during 2012.
No date was specified at the November 14 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. MORE