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Adventist General Conference, What is it?

The Adventist General Conference, also known as the GC, is the highest governing body of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is a global organization that meets every five years to discuss and vote on issues related to the administration and mission of the Adventist Church.

The Adventist Church is a Christian denomination that emerged in the 19th century, with a strong emphasis on the second coming of Jesus Christ and the importance of the Sabbath (Saturday) as the day of worship. The Adventist Church has grown to become a worldwide organization, with more than 20 million members in over 200 countries.

The GC is composed of representatives from each of the church’s 13 world divisions, as well as members elected by the church’s local conferences and unions. The GC meets to discuss and vote on a wide range of issues, including the budget for the Adventist Church, the appointment of leaders and administrators, and the direction of the church’s mission and outreach programs.

One of the main functions of the GC is to set the policies and direction for the Adventist Church. This includes the development of programs and resources to support the church’s mission of sharing the gospel and promoting the health and well-being of individuals and communities around the world.

The GC also oversees the work of the church’s various institutions and organizations, such as Adventist schools and hospitals, and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), which provides disaster relief and community development programs around the world.

In addition to its administrative and governing responsibilities, the GC also serves as a forum for Adventist leaders, pastors, and members to come together and discuss important issues facing the church and the world. The GC also provides an opportunity for members of the Adventist Church to connect and fellowship with one another, as well as to learn from and be inspired by the church’s leaders and pastors.

Portrait of Ted N.C. Wilson, President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (Church).

The most recent General Conference session was held in 2019, in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. During the meeting, the GC voted to approve a budget of more than $1 billion for the Adventist Church’s global operations, as well as to elect new leaders and administrators to serve in various roles within the church. The GC also discussed and voted on various resolutions related to the church’s mission, outreach, and social justice programs.

The next General Conference session is scheduled to be held in 2024 in Hyderabad, India.

Links to sources:

  1. https://www.adventist.org/en/who-we-are/beliefs/
  2. https://www.adventist.org/en/information/about-us/
  3. https://www.adventist.org/en/information/general-conference/
  4. https://www.adventistreview.org/church-news/story3555-the-2019-general-conference-session-in-review
  5. https://www.adventist.org/en/information/general-conference/upcoming-sessions/