The following tabulation lists each of the 13 current divisions which make up the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The leftmost column indicates the basic favoring/opposing Women’s Ordination position of their biblical research committee and 2013 division Year-end Meeting vote. In reading the actual completed reports which are now becoming available, we note that in several cases the response is not purely yes/no. Our heart goes out to these Adventists from round the globe who have labored with these issues, and we cherish the thought that they will pardon us for the inevitable simplification in reducing their reports to raw yes/no answers. Every division has been asked to give input to the General Conference TOSC (Theology of Ordination Study Committee). Remember, there is no necessary direct correlation between the view of the broader membership of a division, the views of its administrators, and the vote of its study committee. There is, however, a correlation between the membership of a Division and the number of delegates that shall be sent to the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio. While this list does not include an estimate of the regular delegates to come from each division, it suggests something about the relative delegate count and of the possible direction they could be coming from when vote is taken concerning the ordination question.
WO DIV MEMBERSHIP NAME ===================================================== No ECD 2,704,468 East-Central Africa Division No ESD 120,351 Euro-Asia Division Indt IAD 3,612,480 Inter-American Division Indt IED 177,902 Inter-European Division Yes NAD 1,135,233 North American Division Yes NSD 661,652 Northern Asia-Pacific Division No SAD 2,101,991 South American Division No SID 3,062,672 South Africa-Indian Ocean Division Yes SPD 423,891 South Pacific Division No SSD 1,175,324 Southern Asia-Pacific Division* Indt SUD 1,607,108 Southern Asia Division Yes TED 84,093 Trans-European Division No WAD 866,254 West-Central Africa Division
No = No Yes = Yes Indt = Indeterminate
*This is a close call. The SSD BRC recommendation is more indeterminate, but the decided majority was “no,” often by approximately a 2 to 1 margin in the eight votes recorded by the committee at the end. In all cases, we encourage readers seeking more exact data to read the actual reports on the Adventistarchives.org website.
Last updated: 2014-01-31 06:27Z