As the Seventh-day Adventist Church Annual Council prepares to meet this October, the subject of women’s ordination remains a top priority on its agenda. The meetings will discuss the “Way Forward Statements” from the just-concluded Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC). According to the Adventist News Network (ANN), the GC president, Elder Ted Wilson, “appealed to church members worldwide to earnestly read what the Bible says about women’s ordination and to pray that he and other church leaders humbly follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance on the matter.”
Upon discussing the TOSC meetings and their results, “the Annual Council will then decide whether to ask the nearly 2,600 delegates of the world church to make a final call on women’s ordination in a vote at the General Conference Session next July,” ANN reported.
Ahead of the General Conference Session in July 2015, various groups and entities are hosting and publishing their views on this monumental issue. Recently we reported to you about the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary statement on headship. From Oct 1 to 4 the Secrets Unsealed ministry will be live-streaming its Women’s Ordination Symposium.
The church is going through challenging times, but as church members, we must remain vigilant, praying for the good Lord to keep guiding His church and its leaders.
William Fagal’s paper on “The Role of Ellen White’s Writings in Resolving Church Controversies” is helpful at such a time as this. This week The Compass Magazine has also reprinted more of Ellen White’s comments on dealing with hot potatoes.