Presentation Title

PL-2 Church Unity and Church Governance in Times of Conflict

Presenter Status

Professor of Historical Theology, Department of Theology and Christian Philosophy

Preferred Session

Oral Session

Start Date

26-10-2018 12:30 PM

End Date

26-10-2018 2:00 PM

Presentation Abstract

That the Seventh-day Adventist Church is currently facing a moment of crisis is an understatement. Recent conversations regarding enforced compliance of church regulations have highlighted some major differences of understanding of the role of various levels of organization in the decision-making process of the church. Although the system of church governance we have adopted has its weaknesses, it is well capable to face this crisis and come out stronger. But can it prevent a schism? Can unity be enforced? And what is the relationship between church governance and unity?

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PL-2 Church Unity and Church Governance in Times of Conflict

That the Seventh-day Adventist Church is currently facing a moment of crisis is an understatement. Recent conversations regarding enforced compliance of church regulations have highlighted some major differences of understanding of the role of various levels of organization in the decision-making process of the church. Although the system of church governance we have adopted has its weaknesses, it is well capable to face this crisis and come out stronger. But can it prevent a schism? Can unity be enforced? And what is the relationship between church governance and unity?