Atlantic Caribbean Union

ATCU President Enlightens Membership on SDA Church Structure

ATCU President Enlightens Membership on SDA Church Structure
By ATCU Communication Department


“No one person has absolute power in the Adventist church,” said Pastor Leonard A. Johnson, president of the Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists (ATCU) as he explained the organizational structure of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in a presentation entitled “Know and Understand Your Church.”

Johnson’s presentation was the first in a line-up of leadership seminars being presented during the two-day leadership symposium recently hosted on September 5, 2015, by the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church for church leaders and members of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (SBC).


Pastor Johnson explained that the Adventist church employs the principles of shared administration which means that the administrative system is not presidential with decision-making resting solely with the president or leader. Rather, every leader is accountable to a group, be it a committee, a board, or the church in business.

“This church is one of the most organized in the world, and if every leader were to follow the policies laid out, there would be considerably less problems than we have today,” stated Pastor Johnson. He further identified behaviours that contributed to church unity.


“What holds the Adventist church together are submission to the Holy Spirit; a commitment to worldwide mission; respect for the church as a body; and a willingness to keep striving for togetherness.”

After clarifying a number of policies and procedures of the church, particularly those relating to baptism and membership, participants left more knowledgeable about the way the Adventist church functions administratively.


“I have always admired the way my church is organized, but, unfortunately, many of us do not know the proper running of the church and that is where we end up in problems. This presentation is one of great value and is truly appreciated,” stated a local church elder.