For the last year and a half, the Seventh-day Adventist world church has been involved in a study of the theology of ordination to address the question of whether women should be ordained.
Since we believe you should know what is happening in our world church, we invite you to attend a Women’s Ordination Symposium on Sabbath, March 1, at 4 p.m. in the University Church sanctuary.
To get the most out of the presentations and the discussion, we invite you to look at the following resources:
NORTH AMERICAN DIVISION SITE
This is the site of the Biblical Research Committee of the North American Division. It contains links to a number of resources, including the January 2014 report to the church: http://nadordination.com
GENERAL CONFERENCE SITE
This site, published by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, contains a comprehensive history of the discussions concerning the topic of ordination in the SDA church. It also contains official documents, committee actions, resources, and links pertaining to ordination. The site was created to encourage productive study, reflection, and discussion as a global Church family. http://www.adventistarchives.org/ordination#.UwaWRXmlg28
Dr. Carl Cosaert, Professor of Biblical Studies at our own WWU School of Theology, presented an important paper to the Theology of Ordinaion Study Committee in Washington DC a few weeks ago. You may read it here:
Dr. Cosaert on First Timothy
ARTICLE ON CHURCH STRUCTURE AND AUTHORITY
In this article in Adventist Today, Dr. Gary Patterson focuses on how the structure of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination functions and how its institutional authority is derived. He also summarizes the history of how the topic of ordination has been addressed: