After all this talk about our leaders being divided, it turns out they are incredibly united - in thought and action!
Ted Wilson (World President of Adventists) has a constituency who's majority is against womens ordination in the Adventist church. He is against it.
Dan Jackson (American President of Adventists) has a majority constituency for women's ordination, but is voted/appointed by the world church, which is against it. He is nuetral on the topic it.
Ricardo Graham (Southwestern American President of Adventists) has a voting constituency very much for women's ordination... and who's organization has presented the recent vote to do just that.
Ramiro Cano, my regional Conference President of Adventists, who's constituency, when given an informal vote is split very close to 50/50, also takes no position on the subject.
And what about Doug Bachelor, an Adventist pastor and leader of a self funded independent ministry... He is very loudly against women's ordination, which just happens to mirror his supporting base.
A bit cynical? Perhaps.
Though fear not, there is actually very good news here, after all we are a democratic institution, and all this says is that each leader is trying their very best to represent the people they serve - and all are doing it well. See, our leadership is just fine... and are all, to a man, following the will of God... umm... well, the people!
My position? In one of my churches, I keep quiet, for the majority of the church and I disagree. In my other church I share my position gently (along with the majority) while trying to be very inclusive. So... turns out, I'm united too!