Adventist Church Leaders Move General Conference Session to St. Louis, Missouri

As Spectrum posted earlier this week, the Executive Committee of the General Conference has voted to move the 2022 GC Session from Indianapolis, Indiana to St. Louis, Missouri. The official announcement from the Adventist News Network is now available, and is shared in full below:

Adventist Church Leaders move General Conference Session to St. Louis, Missouri

The Executive Committee (EXCOM) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church voted Wednesday, February 17, to move the 2022 General Conference (GC) Session, the quinquennial business meeting of the denomination, from Indianapolis, Indiana to St. Louis, Missouri, also located in the United States. The vote comes after GC Management was unexpectedly informed by the city of Indianapolis that the space in Indianapolis, was no longer available for the June 6-11, 2022 dates. These dates voted by the General Conference Executive Committee will remain the same.

“The announcement to us that the dates in Indianapolis were not available came as a complete surprise since we had taken this information to the GC Executive Committee,” said President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church Ted N.C. Wilson. “The officials in Indianapolis have been gracious but found they were unable to provide the verbally confirmed dates. We felt badly about not continuing the wonderful collaboration with the Lake Union Conference, Lake Region Conference, and the Indiana Conference.

“However, God had already foreseen the problem and through helpful contacts with the St Louis Convention Center, the exact same dates of June 6-11, 2022, were provided. God always is going before us to open the way,” he said.

The Adventist Church Executive Committee had originally voted during the 2016 Annual Council to return to St. Louis for the 2025 GC Session. 

This new development comes after a January 12 vote from EXCOM members to postpone the GC Session originally scheduled for late June of 2020, for a second time, due to continued challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Although the GC Session will now be held in St. Louis, which is within the Mid-America Union, instead of the Lake Union Conference, the two unions will join together to collaborate in evangelism and mission ahead of the meetings. 

Gary Thurber, president of the Mid-America Union, also expressed his desire to work together during the upcoming GC Session. "When we learned this exciting news about the General Conference Session, our thoughts turned to the greater St. Louis area, which is divided by the Mississippi River,” he said. “In actuality, there are two unions and four conferences covering this territory: the Mid-America Union with the Central States and Iowa-Missouri conferences, and the Lake Union with the Lake Region and Illinois conferences. 

Thurber continued “Because of this, we are happy to be inviting the Lake Union to co-host the GC Session with us. The Lake Union has already prepared in a big way for the Session that was to be held in Indianapolis, so they will bring much experience and help to the table. We are thankful they are willing to work with us to impact the entire greater St. Louis community with the Three Angels Messages. It is always a privilege and honor to host a General Conference Session!”

Wilson also expressed his confidence the 2022 Session will be a time for Adventists to come together to share Jesus with the world. “Leading up to the General Conference Session, we look forward to a marvelous evangelistic working relationship with the Mid-America Union Conference and the Lake Union Conference which both encompass the greater St Louis region,” he said. “ What a privilege to proclaim the three angels’ messages and Christ’s soon coming in a united way in Total Member Involvement. As our 2022 GC Session theme says, ‘Jesus Is Coming! Get Involved.’”


This article originally appeared on the Adventist News Network website.

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons


Further Reading:

BREAKING: 2022 GC Session Moved from Indianapolis to St. Louis, February 17, 2021

Official Announcement on Postponement of GC Session, January 12, 2021

BREAKING: General Conference Session Postponed Until June 2022, January 12, 2021

Official Announcement on Postponement of GC Session, March 19, 2020

BREAKING: Executive Committee Votes to Postpone GC Session Until Spring 2021, March 19, 2020

ADCOM Votes Recommendation to Postpone GC Session, March 17, 2020

“No Plans to Postpone Session” Says GC President Ted Wilson, March 16, 2020


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maybe next time things should be put in writing, and signed…

so what’s going to happen to the 2025 GC Session…will it still be in St. Louis, and will it still be in 2025…

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Given the extended tenure of the highest officers by two years, they should not continue in their positions unless the previous session put them in for the first time. A five year office will become a 7 year office, added to 5. Long enough.

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 Yes, it really is time to introduce term limits for the office of President at all levels - conference, union, division, and GC. I've lived and worked (not for the church) in nine conferences in five different divisions. Three times we have seen where a dedicated individual was elected President and started out with energy, but then stayed too long. In two of the cases, the person was almost pleading for just one more term so he could then retire. The constituency rightly said  "no, that's not a reason for to reelect someone as President." The denial of another term, however, caused bruised feelings for the former President and his supporters. The newly elected President came in with more energy and dynamism. 

Those were positive changes, but the difficulties and hurt feelings associated with those decisions should not have been necessary. In general, any new President will accomplish all or nearly all possible improvements in that individual’s first term, and then the second term helps embed those improvements. After that, the individual in office becomes largely a caretaker.
It’s often hard for a person in authority to accept that it’s time for a replacement, but enacting a two-term limit would help avoid the problem of having a President who wants to stay until retirement age. People holding such offices should expect to go back to regular ministry or some other such position.

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