Division Votes Draft of Procedural, Technical Issues at Year-end Session
Necessary part of administrative business
he North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists year-end meeting is, among other things, a place where the business of the division is transacted. That includes modifying elements of the division’s “working policy,” the manual under which many day-to-day operations of the movement are conducted.

During the 2009 year-end meeting, held in Silver Spring, Maryland, NAD delegates voted, among other measures:

POLICY VOTES: Seventh-day Adventist pastors Don C. Schneider, left, North American Division president; and G. Alexander Bryant, right, NAD Secretary, during votes on working policy matters Nov. 8, 2009. [Photo: Mark A. Kellner/Adventist Review]
-- to approve lists of authorized meetings and events in the division for the remainder of 2009, as well as 2010 and 2011, along with calendars listing offerings and “special days” for 2010 and 2011;

-- to amend policies involving family and medical leave; the granting of emeritus credentials; as well as the structure of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries;

-- and to revise and, essentially, delete many aspects of the division’s aviation policy, removing the church from micromanaging aspects of flight operations.

After considering the actions of the General Conference Executive Committee at the 2009 Annual Council concerning the question of whether a conference president “should” or “shall” be an ordained minister, the NAD delegates voted to wait for the Executive Committee’s next action on the matter, which will be an agenda item for that committee on June 23, 2010, and for the NAD at the 2010 year-end meeting.

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