|Ted N.C. Wilson|
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The General Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists is the governing organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its headquarters is located in Silver Spring, Maryland and oversees the church in directing its various divisions and leadership, as well as doctrinal matters.
The General Conference, which is overseen by an executive committee and an elected President of the General Conference, is the administrative head of the global church. The denomination is organized in a representative form of church government, which means authority arises from the membership of local churches. In addition to administering their own congregations, churches send representatives to vote on matters and leaders in a shared local unit of administration. They vote also on who will represent them in a large area, with further representation selected at each successively larger administrative region. Finally, the General Conference elects the executive committee and officers who hold its authority between the decisions of the quinquennial General Conference Session.
Four units of church structure provide organization. They are interdependent while holding some unique authorities and consisting of specific constituencies.
|East-Central Africa ||Nairobi, Kenya|
|Euro-Asia ||Moscow, Russia|
|Inter-American ||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Inter-European ||Bern, Switzerland|
|North American ||Columbia, Maryland, United States|
|Northern Asia-Pacific ||Goyang, South Korea|
|Southern Africa-Indian Ocean ||Centurion, Tshwane, South Africa|
|South American ||Brasilia, Brazil|
|South Pacific ||Wahroonga, Sydney, Australia|
|Southern Asia ||Hosur, India|
|Southern Asia-Pacific ||Silang, Cavite, Philippines|
|Trans-European ||St Albans, England|
|West-Central Africa ||Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire|
|Attached Union/Field||Headquarters Location|
|Middle East and North Africa Union Mission ||Beirut, Lebanon|
|Israel Field ||Jerusalem|
|Chinese Union Mission ||Hong Kong|
|Ukrainian Union Conference ||Kyiv|
The General Conference holds three meetings in which leaders from around the world gather to discuss church issues and finances. While two meetings meet annually, usually at the world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, the third meets every five years in a selected city.