GRAND TERRACE, Calif. — The search committee seeking to replace recently retired Azure Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church Senior Pastor John Brunt has confirmed that they have asked current General Conference President Ted Wilson to consider the post.
“As exhilarating as it is to be GC President, I think it is easy to get disconnected from the real issues in the field,” said Wilson in an email response to the call while on an overseas trip. “I am American and it might be time for me to reconnect with Adventists from my neck of the woods.”
Although he did not give a “yes” or “no” answer to the call, Wilson added that “due to the rapid secularization of the West, the United States is emerging as one of the most critical mission fields in the world, so I will not take this call lightly.”
Analysts do not expect a final decision from Wilson for some time, but have pointed out a potential sticking point: the Azure Hills Church is very much in favor of ordaining women, a position that Wilson famously opposes.
“If President Wilson were to abandon the GC bureaucracy and take this front-line position at Azure Hills, he would come face-to-face with a tough reality,” said Los Angeles-based Church Planting Strategist Sola Fide. “The cookie-cutter approach the General Conference has taken in forcing policies on churches worldwide without regard for cultural realities has done a massive disservice to the work of sharing Christ.”
Fide added that, “what works in Rome doesn’t always play well in the provinces.”
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The Jimmy Carter of Adventism!
I think it’s more like the Pope of Adventism.
It’s ironic that the “Southern California Conference spokesperson” is allegedly Ryan Bell, who no longer works for the SCC.
But the alleged Mr. Bell (whose documentary, “Year Without God,” will be released later this year) spoke great words of wisdom: “What works in Rome doesn’t always play well in the provinces.” Sounds like he understands this (tongue-in-cheek) list: Top 7 Reasons Why Women Should Not Be Ordained.
that is true, the acceptance of homosexual leadership in some CA churches and in against bible principles would not run in my native church
This is a good point: ““If President Wilson were to abandon the GC bureaucracy and take this front-line position at Azure Hills, he would come face-to-face with reality.” There should be strict term limits for GC administrators. All career bureaucrats need to be rotated to the trenches once in a while. They easily lose touch with reality when perched in their ivory towers.
Pastor Ted was largely raised overseas. He grew up in the Middle East, particularly Egypt. No wonder he doesn’t understand North America’s needs.
I VOTE FOR JOHN MCARTHUR.
General Conference presidents and kindergarten teachers should be armed. In fact, they already are: they have two arms (the left arm and the right arm).
You may like my portrait at http://GCpapacy.weebly.com . The Jesuit Pope Francis and I think alike, especially about ecclesiastical autocracy and banning women’s ordination.