Many Northwest Adventists traveled to the 58th session of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, held in St. Louis, Missouri, June 30 to July 9. Some were delegates, others worked in booths in the exhibit hall, all were participants in many of the meetings, specialists worked as staff members on many administrative and media teams, and together they went there just to be a part of the General Conference (GC) experience.
GC sessions are held every five years to elect officers and departmental directors, to receive reports and to discuss and vote on issues. Ellen White wrote in Testimonies, Vol. 3, p. 492, that the General Conference … "is the highest authority that God has upon the earth … "She also wrote that, “The church, enfeebled and defective, needing to be reproved, warned, and counseled, is the only object upon Earth upon which Christ bestows His supreme regard” (Testimonies to Ministers, p. 49).
Does this mean that you can trust the decisions that were made during the GC session? Yes. Does this also mean that you can have confidence in the leadership of the church? Yes, but only when the leaders have surrendered their private independence and private judgment to the Lord.
How does the work of the GC in session get done, and why is it such a big event for the church? Perhaps this photo essay will help answer some of the questions.