An historical meeting of administrative leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America was held near Washington Dulles International Airport outside Washington D.C. on May 13-15, 2014, to discuss the future of the church and its structure, organization, and mission. This unprecedented meeting reviewed church’s structure, and expressed a real desire to examine our current organizational and missional delivery systems and how they need to be adapted to make the Adventist Church more relevant to our communities in the 21st century.
This is not surprising at all. The current structure of our church has been in place for more than a century. While it contributed to the growth of the church in North American, many believe that the time has come for us to engage in a candid discussion about whether the current organizational structure is efficiently serving the church here in North America, and if not, what we should do to accomplish the mission God placed in us.
The points raised by the participants in this meeting were synthesized and prioritized for further action. Three top priorities were selected: developing brand strategy for Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, strengthening our educational system, and exploring a reorganization of the current structure for furthering the mission of the church. The members for each of these three committees were carefully assembled, and they are now set to work on their tasks.
While I am sure that the committees will do their job faithfully and diligently, I would like the three committees to hear from our members. Thus, I would like to ask you to contribute to this important discussion by sharing your thoughts. The committees in their deliberations will appreciate your contribution.
It is my earnest prayer that through this endeavor we are to be “of the same mind, maintaining the same love united spirit intent on one purpose” (Phil 2:22).
Dan R. Jackson
North American Division