The General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day) consists of thousands of members organized into hundreds of congregations within seven districts in the United States and Canada, but we are one church. We support and perform ministries as members, congregations, districts, and the General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day) as a whole, but we are one church.
A board of directors, elected by our members, appoints our president, executive director, and district superintendents. These leaders form an executive team that provides leadership to district board members and congregational pastors, leaders, and members. We all work together to fulfill our Christ-given roles and purposes.
The board of directors also appoints directors for its General Conference Ministries, which currently (2016) consist of Publications, Missions, and Artios Christian College. Districts engage a variety of groups (for example, children, teens, young adults, women, men, seniors) in spiritual growth and ministry. Congregations provide similar ministries and many others, such as evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, aid to the needy. The list goes on. There is a place for every member to serve, and every member’s service is valued and needed.
Together we serve God, one another, and our communities. Together we fulfill Christ’s Great Commission to make disciples for Him. Together we are one church: the General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day).
Our individual congregations are the heart of our church. They are where we have the greatest influence for Christ, both on our communities and on one another. Yet our congregations may accomplish things working together that they cannot accomplish working individually.
Therefore, the General Conference as a whole is responsible for ministries that individual congregations can’t do themselves. In addition to the three General Conference Ministries (Publications, Missions, and Artios Christian College), the Conference provides unifying identity, vision, and focus for our church. This creates the Christ-centered environment in which all of us may thrive.
While the General Conference provides the environment, it doesn’t attempt to direct local ministries by creating one-size-fits-all solutions. It recognizes that local congregations are the experts in their local ministries. Therefore, our congregations own the responsibility to provide ministries that address their local needs.
Our districts provide the critical link between our shared vision and our congregational ministries. This link consists of the superintendents and their district boards, ministry teams, pastors, and leaders. As the members of this critical link connect us all, our entire church functions as a single team.
John 8:31; Romans 2:6-8; 2 Corinthians 9:6; James 1:22-25; 2 Peter 3:11-13, 18; 1 John 1:6-10
The North American Ministerial Council (NAMC)
The NAMC is composed of the Licensed & Credentialed pastors of the General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day). The Council serves as a collaborative body that researches issues of faith and establishes official positions and doctrines for the conference. The group operates independently from the executive branch and it meets bi-annually, on the off years of the bi-annual meetings of the General Conference.