The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Executive Committee votes to temporarily attach the Ukrainian administrative office to the General Conference.


During its annual spring meeting, the Executive Committee of the General Conference (GC) of Seventh-day Adventists voted unanimously on April 12 to temporarily attach the Ukrainian Union Conference (UUC), the administrative region of the Church covering the country of Ukraine, directly to GC, the administrative body located in Silver Spring Maryland, USA United, which oversees the global church.
Previously, UUC was part of the Europe-Asia Division (ESD) of the General Conference, headquartered in Moscow, Russia.

According to the action voted by the Executive Committee of the CG, the temporary attachment of the UUC to the CG is effective immediately and results from “current geopolitical affairs [that] pose administrative and mission problems to the Ukrainian Union Conference and the Europe-Asia Division.”

“In the context of current events,” said Ted NC Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, “it has become very clear that the Ukrainian Conference of the Union of Seventh-day Adventists should be separated from the Europe-Asia division. and temporarily attached directly to the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Please pray that God will direct his work in Ukraine as the church follows in Christ’s footsteps in caring for people physically, mentally, socially and spiritually during very difficult times.

According to action voted by the GC Executive Committee today, a 21-member Ukrainian Trade Union Conference Oversight Committee, chaired by GC General Vice President Artur Stele, will provide direct guidance and oversight of the GC. for faith-based activities in Ukraine. Additionally, according to the voted action, the UUC’s commitment to the CG will be reviewed periodically “to determine the best way forward for the advancement of the organization and mission.”

“Church structure must always serve the mission of the Church,” Stele said. “Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. The current tragic situation in Ukraine simply necessitates a change in the operational structure for the mission to be accomplished. We listened carefully to our leaders in Ukraine as well as the leaders of EDD and it became clear that change was needed,” he said.

“The traumatic and tragic events that have taken place recently in Ukraine have deeply affected the world,” Wilson said. “Our hearts are deeply saddened and overwhelmed by the terrible violence and loss of life in Ukraine. We sincerely pray for an end to the bloodshed and for peace to return to Ukraine and Russia and we are very grateful for the outpouring of love and Christian care by so many church members in Eastern Europe. the East and around the world regarding this tragedy of so many people. refugees fleeing their homeland.

The ESD will continue its work of administering the activities of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the rest of its assigned territory.

“Please pray for God’s blessing and guidance on this important region of God’s great worldwide church, especially during these very difficult times,” Wilson said.

Stele noted that it’s important to remember that even in these circumstances, we are all children of God and want to be together when Jesus returns. “We have the same Father. We look to the same Heavenly Kingdom,” he said. “Our ESD employees are members of the same family. They love each other, they take care of each other, wish each other the best and plan to be together in paradise. Even with the change in structure, even though the horrible situation has forced our people to be separated, they are still praying for each other and waiting for a day when we will all be united with each other and all together worship our Savior face Jesus- Christ to face”.


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