General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

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General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Formation 1863
Type Religious/Non-Profit
Region served
Ted N.C. Wilson

The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists[1] is the governing organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is located in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States.

The General Conference, which is overseen by an executive committee and headed by the President of the General Conference. is the administrative head of the global church. It is organized with a representative form of church government, which means authority in the Church comes from the membership of local churches, who send representatives to vote on matters at the next level up. Each level sends representatives to the next level. At the top, the General Conference elects the executive committee and officers to govern the Church until the next General Conference Session. Four levels of Church structure lead from the individual believer to the worldwide Church organization:

The levels are:

  1. The local church with its members
  2. The local conference made up of a number of local churches in area.
  3. The union conference, made up of local conferences of an area.
  4. The division, consisting of several conferences and missions within a world geographical area.
  5. The General Conference administers the worldwide direction of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

To direct its worldwide activity, the General Conference has established regional offices, known as divisions of the General Conference which have general administrative oversight for designated groups of unions in major areas. It is divided into 13 divisions, which are then subdivided into unions, conferences, and missions.

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Divisions and Attached Unions/Fields[edit]

Educational institutions[edit]

The Seventh-day Adventist educational system is extensive worldwide, however only a few institutions are structured directly under General Conference oversight[2]


General Conference Session[edit]

The General Conference Auditorium is part of the headquarters building in Silver Spring

The General Conference Session is the official world meeting of the church, and is now held quinquennially (every five years). The first session was held on May 20, 1863, with 20 delegates in attendance.

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Coordinates: 39°3′40″N 76°57′58″W / 39.06111°N 76.96611°W / 39.06111; -76.96611