Regional Conference Presidents meet with General Conference President Ted Wilson
Regional Conference Presidents Meet with General Conference President Elder Ted Wilson |DR. R. CLIFFORD JONES
Warmest Christian and Holiday Greetings.
History was made on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, when Regional Conference Presidents met with Elder Ted Wilson, President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, in his office at the church’s World Headquarters. Convened to address and clarify statements made by Wilson in his sermon at Annual Council in October, the meeting covered an array of other critical issues related to ministry in the African American community in the North American Division, as well as in the broader community. The conversation was open and frank, characterized by civility and courtesy, and lasted for almost four hours. It ended with prayer for the General Conference President, who seemed genuinely concerned and engaged throughout the afternoon.
What was accomplished at the historic gathering? Elder Ted Wilson promised to attend the next meeting of the Black Caucus, stated that the elimination of Regional Conferences was not on his agenda, stressed that what he said about social justice and worship in his Battle Creek sermon were not intended to disparage the African American community, and admitted that much of what he said had been “lost in translation.” He promised to examine and explore how the number of African Americans at the General Conference may be increased, expressed appreciation for African American mission and ministry, solicited help and partnership for outreach efforts in Indianapolis leading up to and during the General Conference Session in 2020, and promised to keep the conversation with African American leadership going.
As a participant in the meeting, I feel that the time was well spent. I was happy to represent the Lake Region Conference, the first Regional Conference to be voted into existence, and look forward to the ongoing dialogue promised by the President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
For a full synopsis of the meeting, please consult the website of the Office for Regional Conference Ministry.
Thank you for your concerns and prayers, and may God continue to bless us as we seek to finish the work so that Jesus may come.
R. Clifford Jones