The General Conference Session of the Seventh-day Adventist Church will commence on Monday, June 6, 2022, in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. The 61st Session, originally scheduled to be held in 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, was delayed by two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The General Conference Session is the largest business meeting of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that takes place every five years. During the 6-day meeting, Church leaders for the General Conference and the 13 world divisions will be elected and business matters that deal with the way the church will fulfill its mission will be discussed.
In speaking about the importance of the meeting, Pastor Peter Kerr, president of the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU), stated, “In addition to electing our leaders who will oversee the work of the world church until 2025, the delegation from ATCU and the other unions of the Inter-American Division (IAD) will be joining delegates from the other 12 world divisions to listen to reports on how the church is doing in its growth and the retention of its membership; to be inspired by the miracles God is doing to bring souls to Christ in fulfillment of the church’s mission; and to collaborate on how the church will respond to the challenges it faces in these difficult times.”
A change to the Constitution and Bylaws of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists voted at a special meeting earlier this year allows for delegates to attend virtually. Therefore, delegates will be in attendance on site as well as online.
Twelve delegates from ATCU, representing the four fields in the territory and led by Pastor Peter Kerr, Dr. Cheryl Rolle, union executive secretary, and Elder Roderick Sands, union treasurer, will take part in making decisions that will affect the future of the church. “Based on the membership of the union and the Constitution of the General Conference, our 12-member delegation includes men and women, laypersons, youth, administrators of the local fields, pastors, and teachers,” noted Dr. Rolle. “There will be 10 delegates attending in person, and two will be joining virtually.”
The 12 delegates are a part of the 443-member delegation of the IAD, the parent organization of ATCU. The General Conference Session has a total of 2,672 delegates this year.
To learn more about the 61st General Conference Session, visit gcsession.org
To access the agenda for the 61st General Conference Session, visit gcsession.org/agenda
To watch the session every day during June 6-11, 2022, click HERE:
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With a membership of 27,883, ATCU, which is headquartered in Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas, comprises four fields, namely, the Cayman Islands Conference, the North Bahamas Conference, the South Bahamas Conference, and the Turks and Caicos Islands Conference. In addition, Northern Caribbean University, which is in Mandeville, Jamaica, is jointly owned and operated by ATCU and the Jamaica Union.