Adventists Call Actions to Allow Women's Ordinations 'Mistakes'

Annual Council votes 264-25 to criticize regional bodies' actions, but not to punish them.

Leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Tuesday (Oct. 16) said recent decisions by two regional bodies to allow ordained female pastors were "serious mistakes," and women who are ordained won't be recognized–at least for now.

"They directly challenge two world Church decisions on the matter of ordination," reads a statement, passed by a 264-25 vote during the Annual Council meeting in Silver Spring, Md. "They create doubts about the importance of collective decision-making as a basic feature of denominational life."

The decisions by the Maryland-based Columbia Union Conference and the California-based Pacific Union Conference came as the worldwide church is in the midst of a broad study of the "theology of ordination" that is expected to be considered at the denomination's 2015 General Conference Session.

Many Adventist women pastors hold a "commissioned" credential, which does not permit ordination, while ...

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