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 By Concerned Leaders and Laymen

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is now facing what could be the greatest crisis of its 150-year history. Although this particular dispute happens to center on the role of women in the church, a much larger issue is at stake: how we read and interpret the Bible.
 By Ingo Sorke, Ph.D.

Women's Ordination Cliff Notes ... a brief 6-page overview of the issues with short, quick answers from Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy.
 By John W. Peters

Please allow me to address your reading of my posted TOSC paper as it relates to headship in the Trinity and headship in Genesis 1–3. I have always valued your scholarship; however your attempt to undermine the concept of headship both in the Trinity and also in the relationship of Adam and Eve at creation lacks credibility for the reasons summarized below.
 By Phil Mills MD

This letter is a friendly look at key areas of agreement between the two views on ordination and the ways your presentation and 76-page paper make some startling and significant contributions to the ordination dialogue.
 By Ministerial Association, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

The New Testament Officers of the Church. The New Testament mentions two church officers—those of the elder and the deacon. The importance of these offices is underscored by the high moral and spiritual requirements set for those who would fill them. The church recognized the sacredness of the calling to leadership through ordination, the laying on of hands (Acts 6:6; 13:2, 3; 1 Tim. 4:14; 5;22).
 By Gerhard F. Hasel

The vastness of the topic forced certain limitations upon us as a matter of course. I felt it wise to let the proponents of full egalitarianism and opponents as well as people taking a centrist position speak for themselves as far as is possible.
 By Pastor Stephen Bohr

I have read the document prepared by the executive committee of the Southeastern California
Conference on the issue of women’s ordination to the gospel ministry and I would like to offer the
following personal remarks ...
 By P. Gerard Damsteegt

At the 1995 General Conference session in Utrecht, Netherlands, two able scholars from Andrews University Theological Seminary were invited to present arguments “for” and “against” women’s ordination. By a margin of 66% to 24% the worldwide church rejected the request to ordain women. Dr. P. Gerard Damsteegt’s presentation—“Why Am I Not in Favor of the North American Division’s Request?”—sets forth the case against women’s ordination.
 By Laurel Damsteegt, MDiv, MPH

About 2,000 years ago, God was about to bestow the highest honor in all of history on one human being on Earth. What kind of qualifications was He looking for? Good looks? Intelligence? Prestige? Assertiveness? Good social decorum? No!
 By General Conference

It is the official position of our World Church. At the 1990 and 1995 General Conference sessions our church overwhelmingly voted to not ordain women as pastors. These votes have never been rescinded by the World Church. The wording in the relevant vote is below...

 By Adventist News Network (ANN)

The issue of women's ordination will not be added to the agenda for the 59th General Conference Session of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the church's President Jan Paulsen said April 6.

Speaking to leadership at Spring Meeting in Silver Spring, Maryland, Paulsen said that a canvass of the church's 13 world church divisions revealed only three willing to accept a change in the current policy of not ordaining women to pastoral ministry, and eight divisions reporting the move would negatively impact membership. Two other divisions apparently did not respond.
 By William Fagal, MDiv Associate Director, Ellen G. White Estate, Silver Spring, Md.

What was Mrs. White's stance in regard to the ordination of women? Her prophetic role and her involvement in the founding and nurturing of the Seventh-day Adventist Church make this a question of interest to Adventists today. In recent years some have proposed that we may find support in Mrs. White's writings for ordaining women as pastors or elders. This study examines the main passages that people are using in support of women's ordination to see what those passages actually teach.
 By Pastor Doug Batchelor

Dear friends, On February 6, 2010, I presented a message at my home church in Sacramento, California, regarding the question: “Should women be ordained as pastors?” My conclusion, based on Scripture and church history, was ...