Birmingham First Seventh-day Adventist Church

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For: Hoover, AL
6:08 PM Oct 20, 2017 (Sabbath Starts)
6:07 PM Oct 21, 2017 (Sabbath Ends)
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Seventh-day Adventist Church Stucture
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The Seventh-day Adventist® Church is organized with a representative form of church government. This means authority in the Church comes from the membership of local churches. Executive responsibility is given to representative bodies and officers to govern the Church. Four levels of Church structure lead from the individual believer to the worldwide Church organization:

The local church is made up of individual believers

The local conference, or local field/mission, is made up of a number of local churches in a state, province, or territory

The union conference, or union field/mission, is made up of conferences or fields within a larger territory (often a grouping of states or a a whole country)

The General Conference, the most extensive unit of organization, is made up of all unions/entities in all parts of the world. Divisions are sections of the General Conference, with administrative responsibility for particular geographical areas.

Each level is "representative." That is, it reflects a democratic process of formation and election. Local churches elect their own officers and church boards by majority voting. Churches elect delegates to the conferences which meet "in session" every two or three years. Executive authority between sessions is exercised by the Conference Executive Committee and the executive officers (normally President, Secretary and Treasurer), all of whom are elected by the session.