AUC CONSTITUENCY MEETING 2010
The regular Constituency Meeting of the Australian Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church took place from September 5-8, 2010, in Melbourne, Victoria, at The Sebel Albert Park, 65 Queens Road, Melbourne. The business of this constituency meeting included reports, election of leadership and proposed changes to the constitution.
Why hold a constituency meeting?
Any and every organisation must have a time when they take a look at the big picture of what is happening, where they are heading, why and how. How much more an organisation that is doing the most critical work on earth, fulfilling a mission set down by the Almighty God. The local church does this regularly with their business meetings and annual or biennial election of church officers. The local Conference also does this on a triennial or quadrennial basis, and these are called constituency meetings.
The major regional structures of the Church, the Unions, have their constituency meetings every five years (quinquennially). And as a world church we come together every five years to do the same thing—review where we have been and prayerfully look to the future and the completion of the mission to which God has called the Church.
Most delegates to the Australian Union Conference constituency meeting are chosen by each of the nine constituent local Conferences in Australia. The numbers are proportionate to the membership of the local Conference. At this latest session there were 158 delegates representing their local churches from around Australia. Over and above these, the current 40 members of the Union Executive Committee participated as delegates. The Union Executive Committee can also recommend a limited number of others to participate as delegates for this very significant decision-making event. As well as these from within the Union, the South Pacific Division sends a couple of key leaders, in order that the world church is represented.
Pr Ken Vogel
Australian Union Conference