I appreciate your acknowledgment that you stated a mistake. You characterized it as a small mistake… a simple mistake.
Now you recognize that the motion was directed to the Divisions. Great. It is important distinction and not a “hullabaloo about nothing”.
By this statement, you acknowledge that you are aware of the (SDA) church manual. Excellent. Do you have one in hand? Not a problem if you do not. Here is a link to your SID “Working Policy” that the Southern Zambia Union Conference has posted online in a PDF format. http://szu.adventist.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/English-Text-CD-optimised.pdf
If you would re-evaluate the information concerning the organizational structure for the SDA church, then we will be able to converse on the issue of the authority of the WO vote. It is a lengthy document. But here is a short-cut, if you wish to take it, to find “Section B- Organization and Administration”… page 87 of the PDF or page 40 in the current manual.
In that “B” section, it clarifies the definition of Union Conference/Mission (B 10 15 Union Conference/Mission …page 91 of the PDF or page 44 in the manual). The scope of the responsibilities is found in the same section. At the beginning of the “B” section, the manual defines the principles of the organizational life and procedures of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. (B 05 Organizational and Operational Principles of Seventh-day Adventist Church Structure… page 87 of the PDF or page 40 in the manual).
It is in this segment of “Organizational and Operational Principles” it specifies where the organizational authority and responsibility is distributed among the various levels of the denomination. (page 88 of the PDF or page 41 in the manual):
"6. Different elements of organizational authority and responsibility are
distributed among the various levels of denominational organization. For
example, the decision as to who may/may not be a member of a local Seventh-day
Adventist Church is entrusted to the members of the local church
concerned; decisions as to the employment of local church pastors is entrusted
to the local conference/mission; decisions regarding the ordination of ministers
is entrusted to the union conference/mission; and the definition of
denominational beliefs is entrusted to the General Conference in Session. Thus
each level of organization exercises a realm of final authority and
responsibility that may have implications for other levels of organization. In a
similar manner, each organization is dependent to some extent on the realm of
authority exercised by other levels of organization.
No church organization or entity assumes responsibility for the liabilities,
debts, acts, or omissions of any other church organization simply because of its
The word “entrusted” is a significant, it implies committing with trust and confidence.
The General Conference did not always have “Union Conference/Missions” in the organizational structure. This was added in 1901 for just cause. The church was growing and expanding, and the GC not in a position to micromanage from Battle Creek. No internet with emails for quick response to issues. (30-plus years ago when I was in service in Africa, a TELEX took two weeks to arrive at our location.) So the GC in session decided to entrust the authority of ordination to the Union Conference/Missions.