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The latest Adventist theological formulations, and their administrative extensions and applications, are separating us far from non-Adventists, but are also splitting our church diffusely from within.

A surprise invitation was sent out on October 17, 2018, announcing the renewal of The One Project, which had previously come to an end. Friends of The One Project are invited to gather on February 17-18, 2019 in Redlands, California for an event titled “Before All Things,” which is based on Colossians 1:15–20.

We are all on the hook for the present crisis. We have given our leaders the wrong marching orders.

"We are resolved in our continued commitment to ordain women and men equally."

Can we be united as a church in worship? We express emotions through our primary values. But what do we do when our value systems differ or even collide? How do we function as a church when what is normal for one side of the world is unacceptable for the rest of us?

By a vote of 185 to 124, the Executive Committee of the General Conference approved the document “Regard for and Practice of General Conference Session and General Conference Executive Committee Actions” on Sunday, October 14 in Battle Creek, Michigan.

So many voices have been heard, and yet not. So, many arguments have been presented, and yet, we are not finished arguing. So many women are working in ministry, and VERY few of them were at the Annual Council meeting on Sunday. I watched, and I listened, and I suddenly understood that I was holding a grudge against all the people in favor of the proposal represented. I was snorting, laughing at the people in favor, feeling they insulted me and all the people not in favor of the proposal discussed. 

Please be assured that this vote in no way changes the status or calling of women in ministry as pastors, elders or in any other leadership role.

On October 15, 2018, the North American Division Ministerial Association leadership team wrote short statements of support to pastors following the compliance document vote at Annual Council 2018. Below are the statements from six NAD Ministerial leaders:

Ivan Williams, Director:

The General Conference overreaches its authority when it goes beyond basic biblical issues and attempts to dictate the ministry methods of the whole world. Resisting this overreach is not rebellion. It is returning to the wisdom of our forebears.