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General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Formation 1863
Type Religious/Non-Profit
Location
Region served
Worldwide
President
Ted N.C. Wilson
Staff
400
Website www.adventist.org

The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists[1] is the governing organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It's headquarters is located in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The General Conference, which is overseen by an executive committee and headed by the General Conference Session.

Contents

  • Major entities 1
    • Divisions and Attached Unions/Fields 1.1
    • Educational institutions 1.2
    • Outreach 1.3
  • Meetings 2
  • See also 3
  • External links 4
  • References 5

Major entities

Four levels of Church structure lead from the individual believer to the worldwide Church organization:

The levels are:

  1. The local church with its members
  2. The local conference/mission is made up of a number of local churches in an area, such as a state or province.
  3. The union conference/mission is made up of local conferences/missions in an area.
  4. The General Conference administers the worldwide direction of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

To direct its worldwide activity, the General Conference has established 13 regions, known as Divisions, which have general administrative oversight for designated groups of unions in major areas.

Divisions and Attached Unions/Fields

Educational institutions

The Seventh-day Adventist educational system is extensive worldwide, however only a few institutions are structured directly under General Conference oversight[2]

Outreach


Meetings

The General Conference Auditorium is part of the headquarters building in Silver Spring

The General Conference holds three meetings in which leaders from around the world gather to discuss church issues and finances. While two meetings meet annually at the world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, the third meets every five years in a selected city.

  • Spring Council meets every April
  • Annual Council meets every October
  • General Conference Session meets every five years in a selected city

See also

External links

  • Adventist Yearbook The official organizational directory
  • World Divisions map and links
  • General Conference Committee Minutes from Adventist Archives

References

  1. ^ http://www.adventist.org/world_headquarters/index.html.en
  2. ^ General Conference - EDUCATION ADS


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