Process, Timetable to Review
Theology of Ordination
Move follows action at 2010 GC session to review ordination’s biblical origins
BY ANSEL OLIVER, Adventist News Network
On October 10, 2011, church leaders announced a timetable for studying the theology of ordination over the next few years, the latest action following a promise at the 2010 General Conference session to study the issue.
Artur Stele, a world church vice president and director of the Biblical Research Institute, said the process would examine the foundation of ordination as well as its implications for church practices.
Leaders announced the plan during Annual Council, a yearly business meeting of the denomination’s Executive Committee.
The Biblical Research Institute at the world church headquarters will coordinate the process of studying ordination with corresponding biblical research committees in each of the church’s 13 world divisions, said church president Ted N. C. Wilson.
“This will be a very careful process,” Wilson said. “We’re letting you know how the world field will be involved.”
Each division is asked to request its biblical research committee to study the theology of ordination and its implications for church practices in that region.
Stele announced the timetable as follows: