Nearly 2,600 delegates
will join thousands of Adventists in descending on San Antonio, Texas, for the
opening of Seventh-day Adventist Church’s General Conference Session exactly a
year from today, July 2, 2015.
The 10-day meeting
will be held at the 65,000-seat Alamodome and the adjacent Henry B. Gonzalez
Convention Center under the theme, “Arise! Shine! Jesus Is Coming!”
“We are looking
forward to welcoming delegates, members and the public to experience the
sights, sounds and colors of GC Session,” said Session manager George Egwakhe, an
associate treasurer at the Adventist church’s world headquarters in Silver
GC Session, held every five years since 1970, is the highest governing body of
the church, which has more than 18 million members worldwide. The nearly 2,600
delegates will vote on policy items, authorize changes to the General
Conference Constitution, and appoint church officers for five-year terms.
The meeting also is a revival event, a reunion for members and families, and a
trade show of ministries. Worship services are held throughout the day and
feature musical performances representative of the worldwide denomination. In
the evenings, regional leaders present reports about the church’s mission in
“It’s like a giant camp meeting,” said Sheri Clemmer, associate Session manager
and the church’s meeting planner.
GC Session also will see Adventists carry out community service projects, stage
cultural and musical events for the public, and conduct healthcare programs in
The site for the 2015 Session was chosen in 2006 by the church’s Executive
Committee, which is comprised of more than 330 delegates from around the world.
SESSION SITE: The
Alamodome in San Antonio in the U.S. state of Texas will be the site of the
2015 General Conference Session.