TED reaffirms existing guidelines

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The Executive Committee of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Trans-European Division (TED) last week approved a motion granting administrative unions permission to manage the matter of parity between ordained and commissioned ministers within existing policy and previously voted guidelines.

The move follows a decision by the denomination’s worldwide Executive Committee to decline a request from the North American Division to allow commissioned ministers to serve as presidents of local administrative conferences. 

What works best for the TED at this time is to let all know where we stand and what we want regarding women in leadership...

At that meeting last month, TED President Bertil Wiklander subsequently withdrew his division’s request for a similar variance at the union level. He said he understood that it would have been similarly declined.
 
 TED president, Pastor Bertil Wiklander.  

This week’s vote affirms unions in TED to manage the parity between male and female pastors within the framework of the division’s existing guidelines for ordained and commissioned pastors, voted in 2009. Additionally, any decisions made by union officials must be in consultation with TED. 

“What works best for the TED at this time is to let all know where we stand and what we want regarding women in leadership, while doing all we can to promote women as pastors and leaders in our church within the working policy,” said TED President Bertil Wiklander.

The vote took place at the division’s year-end business meetings, held in Montenegro. Division officials passed the motion by 91 percent via secret ballot. There were 45 voting delegates. A secret ballot among the 25 invited union secretaries and treasurers elicited the same result.

Click here to read the full motion.