General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

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General Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists
General Conference.jpg
Formation 1863
Type Religious/Incorporated
Region served
Ted N.C. Wilson

The General Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists[1][2] is the governing organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its headquarters is located in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The General Conference, which is overseen by an executive committee and an elected President of the General Conference, is the administrative head of the global church. The denomination is organized in a representative form of church government, which means authority arises from the membership of local churches. In addition to administering their own congregations, churches send representatives to vote on matters and leaders in a shared local unit of administration. They vote also on who will represent them in a large area, with further representation selected at each successively larger administrative region. Finally, the General Conference elects the executive committee and officers who hold its authority between the decisions of the quinquennial General Conference Session.

Major entities[edit]

Four units of church structure provide organization. They are interdependent while holding some unique authorities and consisting of specific constituencies.

  1. The local church and its members.
  2. The local conference (in some cases, a field) is made up of a number of churches in an area such as a state, province, or territory.
  3. The union conference (in some cases, a union mission) is made up of conferences and fields in a larger geographical area.
  4. The General Conference administers the worldwide direction of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The General Conference includes 13 regional administrative sections, called divisions.

Divisions and Attached Unions/Fields[edit]

Division Headquarters Location
East-Central Africa [1] Nairobi, Kenya
Euro-Asia [2] Moscow, Russian Federation
Inter-American [3] Miami, Florida
Inter-European [4] Berne, Switzerland
North American [5] Columbia, Maryland
Northern Asia-Pacific [6] Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Southern Africa-Indian Ocean [7] Centurion, South Africa
South American [8] Brasilia, Brazil
South Pacific [9] Wahroonga, Australia
Southern Asia Tamil Nadu, India
Southern Asia-Pacific [10] Cavite, Philippines
Trans-European [11] St. Albans, England
West-Central Africa [12] Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
Attached Union/Field Headquarters Location
Middle East North Africa Union Beirut, Lebanon
Israel Field[13] Jerusalem, Israel

Educational institutions[edit]

The Seventh-day Adventist educational system is extensive worldwide, however only a few institutions are structured directly under General Conference oversight[3]



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

The General Conference holds three meetings in which leaders from around the world gather to discuss church issues and finances. While two meetings meet annually, usually at the world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, the third meets every five years in a selected city.

  • Spring Meeting meets every April
  • Annual Council meets every October
  • General Conference Session meets every five years in a selected city

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Oops, page not found". 4 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Legal Notice". 2017-05-10. Retrieved 2017-05-14. 
  3. ^ General Conference - EDUCATION ADS

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