Tenth General Conference Session
the tenth quadrennial delegation session, which
was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 13 to October
8, 1967, there were 33 delegates representing
16 Union Conferences and Fields. Complete membership
reports had not been received from the restricted
doctrinal questions which had to be answered,
there were many other points on the agenda, which
were placed in the hands of three special committees:
(1) Committee on Tithing, Properties, and Pension;
(2) Committee on Credentials and Location of Workers
(the same Nominating Committee); (3) Committee
on Bylaws and Guidelines for Church Officers.
view of the growing needs of the work, the delegation
adopted a new GC constitution and bylaws to meet
new circumstances, a sustentation plan for workers
(which allowed for local adaptations), and a project
for a church officers guide. It was resolved
that each minister should receive a mimeographed
copy of the projected guide for church officers.
The idea was that with the suggestions sent in
by our Unions and Fields, an ad hoc committee
would be able to revise the guide and submit an
improved copy to the delegation at the next session
(1971) for final approval.
our invitation, the IMS sent three representatives
to us during the delegation session, to discuss
the possibility of a reconciliation and a reunification.
No agreement was reached.
following GC officers were elected: F. Devai,
president; I. W. Smith, vice president; A. N.
the delegation was dismissed, Brother Devai made
an appeal to the representatives of the people,
based on 2 Chronicles 15:815. Our leaders,
church officers, and members in general should
be encouraged to seek the Lord with all their
hearts, as an important step in their preparation
for the receiving of the latter rain.
Eleventh General Conference Session
eleventh session of GC delegates was held in Brasilia,
Brazil, September 22 through October 13, 1971.
Forty-five delegates, representing 18 Union Conferences,
Fields, and Missions, were seated. Two Unions
and one Field were not represented. The total
membership reported was 12,694.
delegation, eleventh session, Brasilia,
Aztecan Mission (Mexico) and the Danube Union
(composed of Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Poland)
were recognized by the GC delegation.
reports of the brethren who had visited some of
the restricted countries and those which dealt
with the opening of new fields aroused special
points on the agenda were distributed among the
various committees (Doctrinal Committee, Bylaws
Committee, Plans Committee), which brought their
recommendations to the delegation.
Doctrinal Committee recommended and the delegation
voted that candidates for membership be fellowshiped
as follows: (1) by baptismonly those who
are thoroughly grounded in the present truth and
have given proof that they have had a genuine
conversion and have started a new life in Jesus
Christ; (2) by voteonly Seventh-day Adventists
and separated (Reform) brethren who have been
faithful to the light they have had and have lived
up to the principles that we stand for.
delegation also resolved that a general appeal
be made to our churches, groups, and individual
members throughout the world calling for a deeper
consecration to God and for the elevating of the
standards of the threefold message (2 Chron. 15:1215),
beliefs and practices were confirmedthat
church discipline be applied in case of members
persistently "following the customs and fashions
and sentiments of the world" (Testimonies,
vol. 4, pp. 647, 648; Testimonies to Ministers,
regards television, it was resolved that a renewed
effort be made by our ministers and workers to
warn our people against the hazards caused by
a TV set in the home.
officers elected for the new term: F. Devai, president;
W. Volpp, vice president; A. Balbach, secretary.