BREAKING: Executive Committee Votes to Postpone GC Session Until Spring 2021

According to sources, the General Conference Executive Committee voted today, March 19, 2020, to postpone GC Session, which was originally scheduled for June 25–July 4 of this year. The Session is now scheduled for May 20–25, 2021. The location will still be Indianapolis, Indiana, but it will be a scaled down event with no exhibits. Only delegates — and their spouses and children — will be invited, along with necessary support staff. GC leadership terms will extend until the 2021 GC Session.

The vote was in response to the GC Administrative Committee’s (ADCOM) vote on Tuesday, March 17, to recommend postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation with GC Session has been rapidly changing, as just the day before, GC President Ted Wilson stated in a video message that, “there have been no plans to postpone this Session.”

Further Reading:

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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Just cancel the whole things, reduce the whole event and make it digital!!

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This is the right course of action, to cancel this year’s meeting. I think scaling it down for next year will demonstrate being a better stewart of church monies, although it has always been exciting to be a part of the event, even as a spectator and to feel like you are a part of what is happening, even as a member.

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i’m not surprised…this is the only reasonable option to take…

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Whatever the plans being made they need to include absolute open transparency in policy, discussion, procedure, and voting. What form that openness takes should be appropriate to the technology available at the time but for no reason should it become standard operating procedure that anyone and everyone cannot attend, listen, and observe.

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Yeah, I hear you…
Good luck… :wink:

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What WAS the venue, and were we going to have to fork out again, for shutting down more coffee shop venues? At best, if it was digital, “the Church” would save that necessity!!!
I’m still smarting that far more than I ever contributed to the denomination, was so easily flushed down the toilet!!

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I am wondering if the scaling down could take place in the 2025 session because for this one many people all over the world had already applied for VISAs to attend.

They cannot use the modern technology of voting digitally from home. Just imagine that many of the delegates could be drinking some coffee at the time of the virtual session. This would be unacceptable and inadmissible!

The idea is always this: spend a fortune bringing those people together so that they can just formally confirm and seal the choice that was already made by some some fan club…, I mean, small group of people who actually control the process. The ±2,400 delegates do not vote, they just merely acquiesce!

For accuracy, the term “delegates” should be replaced with “acquiescers,” to better represent reality.

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They are not obligated to go just because they have a visa. Keep the visa, stay at home. The GC session is nothing but a big political show, also a great opportunity to meet friends again. Who cares about the money spent, right? It keeps pouring into the GC’s coffers freely and abundantly.


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Aside from the insiders for whom the GC session is a political party convention, and for the exhibitors, for whom the GC session is a trade show, much of the GC session is just an Adventist tourism event.

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That’s exactly why we can’t vote from home. The members can’t be trusted to vote the way TW needs them to vote. It’s like our politicians who attempt to control votes with redisticting or fraud.

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One of the most outrageous manipulative tools that I have seen. How can those people consider themselves defenders/supporters of democracy while committing fraud against democracy??

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The same way those four Senators, Di-Fi and three republics just happened to dump their stock in a variety of companies so as to buy stock in companies that bennifit from this virus. Straight up insider trading. The SDA’s do insider trading so as to control those pesky members.

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sadly, George, You are more correct than you might guess. I know several pastors, who go simply to network, and, if retiring, engage in a ‘victory lap’ of sorts. A sad mis-allocation of money. My Opinion…

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Are you saying that almighty God is not in control our ss lesson has given enough evidence that God is that’s why our faith should be in Jesus the author finisher of our faith amen!

Dan, I can say the same about your post. :wink:

Welcome Frank.
Hope you will enjoy the exchanges of opinions here. It’s always a great opportunity to learn how other people think, and to express our personal opinions as well.

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As George commented, there is a LOT of Learning that goes on here
that would Never be ALLOWED to be discussed in most SDA congregations.
You will discover that we are NOT afraid of any view on any topic. Just
be OK with free conversation. If it goes against what you believe, don’t take
offense and leave.

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What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.