NPUC Executive Committee News Notes

During its regular meeting on March 2, 2016, the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee voted to formally invite Cesar De Leon to the position of vice president for Hispanic ministries. De Leon, who currently serves as ministerial and evangelism director for the Central California Conference, would also direct those additional duties for the NPUC. The NPUC position has been vacant since Ramon Canals began work for the world church following the 2015 General Conference Session.

NPUC Executive Committee Decides Against Special Constituency Session

In its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, August 19, the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee voted 26-4 on the following motion:

“We do not believe that convening a special constituency meeting about the ordination of women as pastors would be productive at this time for the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC). Therefore, we rescind our earlier action, (agenda item #43-14).”

NPUC Executive Committee to Revisit Ordination

North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) members have expressed varying concerns regarding the NPUC stance on the ordination of women following the action taken at the recent General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas. Here are several facts that impact the current NPUC position and any future plan of action.

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary Statement on the Headship Doctrine

August 27, 2014 / ordination

While some within the Adventist Church feel strongly that the Bible teaches the leadership role of male headship, both with individual families and within the local church itself. In this view, women have many honorable roles, but should not be given positions that the Bible assigns to men. In a statement that runs counter to these views, the Andrews University faculty approved a summary document in August 2014 that supports a biblical teaching that Christ is the only head of the church, with both men and women equally subservient to Him.

3ABN Night Light LIVE at ASI “Ordination Discussion”

Adventist scholars from around the world have participated in Theology of Ordination Study Committee discussions on behalf of the world church. Further directions from the world church are expected at the 2014 Annual Council and perhaps at the 2015 General Conference session. While many members, especially in North America, are in favor of expanding ordination to women, other members feel strongly that to do so would go against clear biblical teaching.

August 27, 2014 / ordination

World Church TOSC Considers Division Reports

January 30, 2014 / ordination

The world church Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC), during its January 2014 meeting, considered reports from the 13 worldwide divisions. An initial report from the Adventist News Network (ANN) indicates that while five divisions have voted to be supportive of women’s ordination, several others, even though individually opposed to that step, would support whatever world church action is eventually taken. The full reports can be found at the Office of Archives, Statistics and Research website.

World Church Divisions Weigh In on Ordination

January 03, 2014 / ordination

Reports from the Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) at each of the 13 worldwide divisions are being submitted to the General Conference TOSC as requested. As important steps are taken in this world church discussion, the Gleaner is committed to keep Northwest members informed.

The divisions are forwarding reports that directly or indirectly address how they relate to a theology of ordination and whether or not that would allow for the inclusion of women. Current updates are posted at here at Select NW Roundtable on the main menu.

NAD Year End Meetings Vote Ordination Recommendation

November 20, 2013 / ordination, North American Division

At the North American Division (NAD) year end meetings held October 31 - November 5, 2013, the Biblical Research Committee of the North American Division Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) released their report. NAD executive committee members voted 182 to 31 to accept the recommendation of the division's Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) which stated in part: “That we receive the Biblical study of ordination prepared by the North American Division Theology of Ordination Study Committee and affirm the conclusion that all people, men and women, may receive ordination a

NPUC Updates Its Ordination Plan

How did the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) executive committee address the issue of ordination during its meeting on February 20, 2013?

The committee engaged in a spirited but thoughtful discussion and voted to approve the following action: “Moved that the NPUC executive committee schedule a special session of the NPUC constituency to address ministerial ordination to convene within 120 days after the General Conference (GC) theology of ordination study committee completes its work.”

A Short History of Ordination in the Christian Faith

Darius Jankiewicz (Yun-kye-vich) is an Australian of Polish birth. He emigrated from Poland to Australia in 1986 and there attended Avondale College. After a few years of ministry in Sydney, he and his wife moved to Berrien Springs, Michigan, to continue his education at Andrews University, where he first completed an MDiv and then a PhD focused on historical theology and specifically Roman Catholic ecclesiology. Following his studies at Andrews, he returned to ministry in Australia (Tasmania) and then became a missionary teacher at Fulton College in Fiji.

January 28, 2013 / ordination