The church is considering “flexibility in the church denominational structure.”
Specifically they are examining a concept called “Unions of Churches.” According to the article these are ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œa united organized body of churches within a territory having similar status to a union conference or union mission and a direct relationship to the division.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚?
In short…no local conference between the church and the union level. Interestingly there are already six unions of churches in the world church. Interestingly one of those interviewed for the article stated that we may need more than one organizational pattern in the world church. Interestingly on the web you can find a 99 page document entitled, Union of Churches: An alternative organizational model for the Seventh-day Adventist church. Here is a link to that document and a few more documents on this subject. Let us pray for our church as it seeks to move forward into the realities of our contemporary situation.
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