Church Governance

Segregated Conferences

Name: John Lewis

City, State: Springfield, IL

I started attending the Seventh-day Adventist church while in my early 20's. When I discovered it had segregated conferences I truly questioned if this could be the true church of God. I believe that this segregation is out-dated and a poor witness to our communities. We are telling others that we cannot work together because of different ethnicity. I am not suggesting that dismantling regional conferences is the solution. State and regional conferences must in some way be merged. I know that this would certainly result in reductions in jobs, but the cost is worth it. I hope that it will start a movement in which local churches segregated by racial lines would start merging as well.