General Conference

Adventist Church’s General Conference Session starts one year from today

Global spiritual gathering, business meeting set for July 2, 2015, in San Antonio

Silver Spring, Maryland, United States | ANN staff

The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s General Conference Session is set to begin one year from today, July 2, 2015, and run through July 11, 2015. The 10-day meeting will be held at the 65,000-seat Alamodome and the adjacent Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, United States.

Session, which has been held every five years since 1970, is a spiritual gathering and business meeting of the international Protestant denomination. Session is the highest governing body of the Church, which now has more than 18 million members worldwide.

“We are looking forward to welcoming delegates, members and the public to experience the sights, sounds and colors of GC Session,” said Session Manager George Egwakhe, who is an associate treasurer at the Adventist Church’s world headquarters.

The meeting is a revival event, reunion for members and families and a tradeshow of ministries. Nearly 2,600 delegates are expected to vote on policy items, authorize changes to the General Conference Constitution and appoint Church officers. Worship services are held throughout the day and feature musical performances representative of the worldwide denomination. In the evenings, leaders present reports about the Church’s mission in their region.

“It’s like a giant campmeeting,” said Sheri Clemmer, associate Session manager and the Church’s meeting planner.

Session also features service projects in the city, cultural and musical events for the public, as well as outreach programs offering educational services on health.

The site for the 2015 Session was chosen in 2006 by the denomination’s Executive Committee, which is comprised of more than 330 delegates from around the world.

The theme for the 2015 Session will be, “Arise! Shine! Jesus Is Coming!” The hashtag will be #GC2015.

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ANN will report more stories about the upcoming 2015 Session in the coming weeks and months.