BREAKING: General Conference Session Postponed Until June 2022

On January 12, 2021, Adventist News Network, the official news outlet of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, announced via Twitter that General Conference Session has been postponed until June 2022:

“The Executive Committee of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists voted a few minutes ago to postpone the 2021 General Conference Session to June 2022, due to the continued spread, and lasting impact, of the COVID-19 pandemic. More information to follow...”

This makes the second postponement for this GC Session, which had originally been scheduled for June 2020. Plans were underway for the postponed GC Session to take place in May 2021, but the continued coronavirus pandemic has now resulted in this second postponement, to June 2022.

Under General Conference Working Policy, a GC Session may only be postponed for up to two years.

 

Alisa Williams is managing editor of SpectrumMagazine.org.

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Editor's Note: This article has been updated (Jan. 12, 2021, 3:00 p.m. Eastern).

 

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this is a smart move…by june, 2022, most people will have been vaccinated, case transmission will have subsided, and the important business of the church can once again be the main focus, as it needs to be…i wonder if the GC will still be in indianapolis…

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I was reading this recently

Much of the preaching of late begets a false security. Important interests in the cause of God cannot be wisely managed by those who have had so little real connection with God as some of our ministers have had. To entrust the work to such men is like setting children to manage great vessels at sea. Those who are destitute of heavenly wisdom, destitute of living power with God, are not competent to steer the gospel ship amid icebergs and tempests. The church is passing through severe conflicts, but in her peril many would trust her to hands that will surely wreck her. We need a pilot on board now, for we are nearing the harbor. As a people we should be the light of the world. But how many are foolish virgins, having no oil in their vessels with their lamps. May the Lord of all grace, abundant in mercy, full of forgiveness, pity and save us, that we perish not with the wicked! {5T 104.4}

I wonder if God is about to take charge during this delay and bring us safely home?

i so wish that this could be the case, but as i understand it, there is a gethsemane for us to go through first, including persecution, in which some of us will be killed…those of us alive during the seven last plagues will no doubt wish we’d been laid to rest during the pandemic, or through some other means…

as the situation is now, i don’t doubt that some will see this GC delay as a power move by TW to extend his tenure…but my view is, so be it…we don’t need someone we needs to learn how to be president at this time…we need someone who knew how to be president before the pandemic to lead us back to that state…i’m thankful that TW is apparently in good health…he’s been an excellent president, except in the case of the WO vote in san antonio…

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You neglected to include all of the events leading up to the vote (which was correct, because he wrongfully sought to take away the Union Conferences’ power advised by Sister White while she was alive) and those afterward. So, an excellent president? Knowing how to glad-hand, jet around the world and make speeches or write articles on a third-grade level doesn’t constitute an “excellent president” in my book, but one who is simply power hungry for approval of the masses. I pray daily for a GC president who will affirm, not attempt to get rid of, the women working in the denomination.

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i think it’s good to remember that god has worked and is working with headship people just like he worked with polygamists like abraham, jacob and david…it probably isn’t fair to impose the sensibilities we are fortunate to have onto people with different backgrounds…you may know that TW grew up in egypt, not exactly a bastion of rights whatsoever for women…and i imagine, having come to the unfortunate conclusion that headship is biblical, he has taken the next step in justifying any maneuvering necessary to establish it…it’s completely understandable…

the reality is that TW may not be able to change…and that’s his loss…but we who know better don’t have to be limited by his limitations…we can hope and work for better things in the future without denying what god has done through those who’ve come before us, and have been good people in their own context…