Adventist Theological Seminary on Headship

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Adventist Theological Seminary on Headship

The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, the church’s flagship theological training institution, has posted on its website a statement entitled “On the Unique Headship of Christ in the Church.” This seven-page document rejects the idea that “any human can rightly assume a headship role within the church.”

The document lacks any detailed information concerning dissenting perspectives that may be held by members of the Seminary faculty on the various issues it addresses, which range beyond simply headship in the church to the nature of leadership as well as to that of the relationship between a husband and wife. In any case, given that the worldwide church has undertaken the study of these subjects and will soon decide on the course(s) to pursue concerning them, the timing of this document’s release certainly places it as an important contributor to the ongoing dialogue on these issues within the broader church. As the church moves forward in its discussions on the more controversial and differing perspectives on these issues, it will be interesting to gauge its influence and the reactions it receives.

QUESTION: What’s your assessment of the biblical strength or weakness of the arguments presented in “On the Unique Headship of Christ in the Church”? Does this document provide any helpful perspectives relevant to the women’s ordination debate?

 

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Valmy Karemera is associate editor of The Compass Magazine and posts daily news updates on the Compass Twitter page. Originally from Rwanda, he now lives and works in Texas with his family.