Correct me if I am wrong.
- GC working policy has precedent over Division working policy.
- Division working policy has precendent over Union policy.
- Union working policy has precendent over conference policy.
If the GC working policy says only men are to be ordained, then the Division can’t go against that.
If the Division policy says only men are to be ordained, then the Union can’t go against that.
If the Union policy says only men are to be ordained, then Conferences can’t go against that.
If that is correct, then under section L 34 ( qualification for Ordination to the Ministry ) in the NAD working policies, men are the only ones that can be ordained to be ministers.
The GC working policy under section L 35 states basically the same thing.
_ 35 Qualifications for Ordination
to the Ministry
L 35 05 Vital Concern of Church—The setting apart of men for the
sacred work of the ministry should be regarded as one of the most vital
concerns of the church.
From the NAD working policy, sec. B40
B 40 20 Divisions A Part of General Conference—The larger
and more extensive the work of these great divisions, and the less
dependent any may become upon help from other divisions in the
way of personnel or material support, the greater the necessity of
holding closely together in mutual counsel and fellowship. It is
ever to be held in mind that each division is a part of the General Conference. In the Church of Christ, which is His body, there can be no
such thing as one part or member dependent of the whole. No division,
therefore, is free to pursue a course of action contrary to the will of the
whole, or to appropriate to itself the authority of the General Conference in defense of such action. Between Sessions of the General Conference, the General Conference Executive Committee is constitutionally the final authority throughout the world field.
The vote of 2015 said the Divisions cannot “do their own thing”.
_“After your prayerful study on ordination from the Bible, the writings of Ellen G. White, and the reports of the study commissions, and; after your careful consideration of what is best for the church and the fulfillment of its mission**, is it acceptable for division executive committees, as they may deem it appropriate in their territories, to make provision for the ordination of women to the gospel ministry? Yes or No.” GC July 2015 Yes 977 no 1381_**
It would appear that Unions do not have the authority to ordain women if the Division working policy says they can’t. And even the NAD says that ordination to the ministry is for men.
And the GC working policy does not allow for women to be ordained.
So Divisions can’t make that provision according to the vote of 2015.
So Unions can’t make that provision according to the vote of 2015.
So Conferences can’t make that provision according to the vote of 2015
I personally believe that those who voted knew what they were voting for. If you listen to the two minute speeches, you will see that clearly. Those who spoke in favor of the motion were for WO. Those who spoke against the motion were not for WO.
My guess is that these copied and pasted working policies will not change anyone’s mind in this forum. But those are the facts as I read them from the policy books themselves.