News Release
Women’s Ordination Symposium: History, Issues and Implications

Live from Fresno, CA on October 1-4, 2014:

You are cordially invited to join us for the live streaming of “Women’s Ordination: History, Issues and Implications” live from Fresno, California.

The purpose of the symposium is to share, as far as possible, the Biblical foundation for male servant-leadership (‘headship’) in both the home and the church, and the reasons from both Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy as to why women should not be ordained either to the gospel ministry or to the office of local church elder. The symposium will also highlight the value and roles of women in ministry and outline ways in which men and women can work together, within appropriate Biblical roles, to execute the spiritual and evangelistic mission of the great Advent movement.  This symposium will consist of 12 plenary sessions, three panel discussions and a concluding two-hour town hall meeting on Saturday evening.  All meetings except for Sabbath morning will be held at the Secrets Unsealed facility. The Sabbath morning meetings will be held at the Fresno Central SDA Church on 2980 E. Yale Ave., Fresno. 

All other meetings will be held at the Secrets Unsealed studio.

Symposium Participants: Stephen Bohr, Laurel Damsteegt, Mario Veloso, John Peters, Ingo Sorke, Eugene Prewitt, Don Mackintosh, Jim Howard, Daniel Mesa, Dojcin Zivadinovic, Phil Mills, Isaac Olatunji, Julie Mesa, Raymond Holmes, and Kevin Paulson.

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Pr. Don Mackintosh discusses the historical facts about the actual practice of the Seventh-day Advnetist Church in the 19th century. Did the church, as claimed by many advocates of women’s ordination, used to ordain women to the gospel ministry, but, for some mysterious reason, cease the practice? What are the facts?

We offer here the link to a detailed new analysis prepared by Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) group #1 of the position summary of TOSC group #3. We find this 23 page pdf file to have remarkably useful clarifying content, helping the reader better understand both the group #3 and the group #1 positions.

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Prs. Wayne Kablanow and Jim Brackett discuss women’s ordination. Is WO as we have seen its proponents attempting to introduce it to the church today, actually congregationalism just at a larger scale? Is letting each division decide independently in essence the same as letting each congregation decide independently? Kablanow and Brackett work their way into the topic carefully in this extended study. Unity in diversity is discussed. The core biblical components of unity are uncovered. 32 minutes. Pr. Kablanow is a successful church planter, presently serving West Plains in Airway Heights and also the Spokane North View churches.

Pr. Stephen Bohr of Secrets Unsealed Ministry responds point-by-point to the “hand-drawn”-style video presented by advocates of the “third way” position. (The third position arose at the end of the Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) process. It differs from “position 2″ only in that it admits that “male leadership” is God’s ideal. However, this supposed recognition is meaningless since postion three, like position two, would allow each division of the world church to decide independently for itself whether or not to ordain women.)

Prs. Larry Kirkpatrick and Mike Lambert discuss the theological movement of denominations which approve women’s ordination and their inevitable drift into approval of same-sex unions. They consider how one and only one denomination so far has turned back from this—by reestablishing a historical-grammatical interpretive plan at their seminary. Discussion turns, with some regret, to the current situation of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary located in Berrien Springs, MI. The women’s ordination-favoring theological approach of the current dean is investigated, the core presupposition identified. 13 minutes.

Pr. Kevin Paulson discusses briefly the realities behind church policy and women’s ordination. Does each union get to decide privately for itself on matters that impact unity across the wrld field on women’s ordination?

Daniel Scarone, miembro del TOSC (Comisión de Teología sobre Ordenación), argumenta sobre la hermenéutica, el “argumento del silencio,” la ordenación femenina al ministerio y la influencia de la cultura.

3ABN Night Light Women’s Ordination Discussion, featuring pastors Doug Batchelor, Stephen Bohr, Jay Gallimore. The program was recorded at ASI. Includes discussion of Scripture evidence and of the surprising results of the survey conducted. There is a brief musical presentation near the beginning, and afterwards the main program continues. At 16 minutes in the 3ABN WO poll sample and process is explained. Doug Batchelor kicks off the main discussion 28 minutes in. Doug Batchelor is the senior pastor of the Granite Bay Church near Sacramento. Stephen Bohr is senior pastor of the Fresno Church. Jay Gallimore is the president of the Michigan Conference. The hosts are pastor Jim Gilley, president of Three Angel’s Broadcasting Network (3ABN) and Danny Shelton, a founder of 3ABN. Full Program.

Don Mackintosh considers claims that women’s ordination came as new light to the Seventh-day Adventist Church 40 years ago and that in rejecting it, we are hindering the Second Coming. Pastor Mackintosh reviews the history and sees whether this is so. Is the push for women’s ordination helping us advance toward the Second Coming, or actually hindering us? Is the pro-women’s ordination movement helping or hindering the church toward unity? Pr. Don Mackintosh served on the General Conference Theology of Ordination Study Committee.