A Symposium on Women’s Ordination was held June 8-10, 2015 in Germany titled “Frauenordination und die Einheit der Gemeinde” (“Ordination of women and the unity of the community”). Speakers included Christopher Kramp, Eugene Prewitt, Ingo Sorke and Clinton Wahlen. If your German is not up to speed, you will benefit the most from the English language presentations by Clinton Wahlen and Eugene Prewitt (all others are in German).

1. Adam, wo bist du? | Ingo Sorke (German language only)

2. Leiterschaft entsprechend der Schöpfungsordnung | Clinton Wahlen (English and German)

3. Paulus: Lokal oder Global? | Ingo Sorke (German language only)

4. Argumente unter der biblischen Lupe | Eugene Prewitt (English and German)

5. Die offizielle Erklärung zur Position 1, wie sie dem Annual Council der GK 2014 präsentiert wurde | Clinton Wahlen (German and English)

6. Ordination in der Adventgeschichte | Christopher Kramp (German language only)

Bakersfield, California is the location for a special symposium sponsored by the Hillcrest church and Secrets Unsealed. The event is titled, “Women’s Ordination Symposium: Crisis Ahead” and will occur Friday and Sabbath, June 12 and 13. Presenters include Pastors Stephen Bohr, Louis Torres, Larry Kirkpatrick, Daniel Mesa, as well as Allen Davis, Julie Mesa, Jennifer Arruda, and Laurel Damsteegt. There will be a lively panel discussion Sabbath evening. //UPDATE//: Symposium times and links updated below:


The event will be livestreamed across the internet.

Event dates: June 12th and 13th, 2015.

Meeting times:


6:00 pm Louis Torres: “Reflections on the Ordination Controversy”
7:45 pm Stephen Bohr: “Male and Female He created Them”

SABBATH June 13:

8:15 am Julie Mesa: “A Woman’s Full Participation in Ministry”
9:30 am Allen Davis: “The Impact of Culture and the Desire for Unity”
11:15 am Daniel Mesa: “Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth”
2:00 pm Jennifer Arruda: “We the People, Must Speak”
3:00 pm Allen Davis: “Gift Versus Appointment”
4:15 pm Laurel Damsteegt: “The Forgotten Story of 1989″
6:45 pm Larry Kirkpatrick: “Dangers on the Horizon” (Hermeneutics impact on future outcomes)

Location: Bakersfield Hillcrest SDA Church, 2600 Kenwood Rd. Bakersfield CA. RSVP 661-871-5000 or hillcrestadventist@gmail.com, visit: http://hillcrest.adventistfaith.org/ (A fellowship lunch will be provided) Live stream links for the event: http://www.youtube.com/user/secretsunsealed and http://www.secretsunsealed.org/streaming/

At the very end of TOSC a third group arose which claimed to support the idea of male leadership yet argued that as God had accommodated Israel by giving them the king they requested, so the church should permit Divisions wishing to ordain women to do so in the broader interests of unity.

We believe that the brief Ellen White article that follows helps answer the question, would Ellen G White have supported TOSC position 3?


This Friday, June 5 at 7:00pm Pacific, Doug Batchelor along with pastor Jean Ross will present a new hour-long Friday Night Live program on AFTV to discuss a crucial issue facing Christian churches today.

The program will also be hosted on Livestream.com/AmazingFacts. You can also come to this page for a live link before the broadcast begins.

Many churches today are struggling with questions regarding the biblical role of women in ministry, more specifically asking, “Should women be ordained as pastors?” One body of believers currently studying this question is the Seventh-day Adventist Church. During Friday Night Live, Pastors Doug and Jean Ross address many facets of this important issue, while taking text questions from viewers. I hope every person will get the word out about this timely and significant program.

The program will be archived at Livestream for later viewing.

You can also submit your question for this event by texting 760-523-2287 before the broadcast begins.

Please share the link and invite your friends.


CAP pastor Doug Batchelor presented the above at Granite Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sabbath, May 30, 2015. Granite Bay Church is located at 3785 Placer Corporate Dr., Suite 600, Rocklin, CA 95765.

Click on the link immediately below to download a printable 8.5 x 11 sized document prepared by Ingo Sorke. This concise trifold puts a great deal of information into just two pages. You can duplicate the document on your printer single or double-sided. The link is the English version.

PRINTOUT: Ordination-Pamphlet. Updated version 2015-06-04.

This short, informative document is ideal for Sabbath School class discussion (check with your class instructor first).

Other language versions coming!

In this short video presentation, Pastor Stephen Bohr discusses the North American Division’s denial of display booths at General Conference session to the Council of Adventist Pastors (OrdinationTruth.com) and ADvindicate.com. CAP has published several articles addressing the question of women’s ordination from a Bible standpoint, but has also called for unity. One hundred ordained Seventh-day Adventist ministers operate the OrdinationTruth.com website. CAP has republished both GC calls to unity on its site which all unions were supposed to publish. However, no union in the North American Division has published those appeals as requested by the GC.

C. Raymond Holmes was a Lutheran pastor who was was determined to follow the Scriptures wherever they led. Of course, this led him to become a Seventh-day Adventist. Recently, Pastor Holmes served on the General Conference Theology of Ordination Study Committee. In the new article provided here, Doctor Holmes points out the fundamental question the church faces a month from now in San Antonio. The article is short but pointed. Every member of God’s church should prayerfully read this.


The PDF format document you can download below is three pages long and facilitates study of the Theology of Ordination Study Committee papers prepared in the study process accomplished in 2013-2014. The papers are organized into columns so that you can see which ones support TOSC position 1, 2 or 3. The papers are referenced and hyperlinked so that all can investigate the materials that have been prepared supporting the various positions.


We would like to express our appreciation to Laurel Damsteegt, who served on TOSC and who provides this useful study guide.