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The North American Division, in response to the request at the 2010 General Conference Session in Atlanta, established a biblical research committee to study the biblical theology of ordination and its implications for church practices.

The NAD biblical research committee members are preparing a report to be presented in November 2013 at year-end meetings. The NAD will review the study and recommend it to the Biblical Research Institute director for consideration by the General Conference Theology of Ordination Study Committee.

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For a comprehensive history of the topic of ordination in the worldwide Adventist Church, including the current study, visit This site, published by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 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.

Stele announced the timetable as follows:

• In November 2013 each division committee at their 2013 year-end meetings will review
the study made by their division biblical research committee and recommend it to the
Biblical Research Institute director for consideration by a theology of ordination study committee.
The General Conference Administrative Committee will also appoint a theology of ordination
study committee with appropriate division representation.
• From December 2013 to June 2014 the theology of ordination study committee will analyze
the materials received from the divisions and prepare a combined report.
• In June 2014 the report will be reviewed by General Conference executive officers and later by the President’s Administrative Executive Council and the General Conference Administrative Committee.
• In October 2014 the General Conference administration will process the report for Annual Council,
which will review the report and, if needed, take any appropriate action. If voted, material is to be placed
on the 2015 General Conference session agenda, where it will be processed accordingly.  

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