Ontario Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is set to commence its weekend-long 34th constituency meeting on Friday, August 18, 2017 at College Park Adventist Church, Oshawa.
Over 700 delegates are expected to attend the weekend of worship, evaluation of the quadrennium, election of officers, ministry directors and a board of governors, and to engage in planning for the church’s first quinquennium.
At the 33rd constituency meeting in 2013, it was voted to move from a four-year to a five-year term beginning 2017. The change will save costs in hosting regular meetings and will allow for sufficient time for Conference leadership to carry out its plans for mission.
While some constituency meetings have been, from time to time, known for contentious issues, Ontario Conference leadership is expecting that the 34th constituency meeting will be remembered for its emphasis on mission.
“We firmly believe that we are living in the last days,” says Pastor Mansfield Edwards, Ontario Conference president. “For this reason alone, we must be about our Father’s business. This is not the time to be looking at what divides us, or for our personal preferences as to who is selected to lead our institutions or ministries. No, our focus must be on how we can live out what God has commissioned us to do—carry out His mission on earth!
“Our theme for the constituency meeting, ‘Living God’s Mission in These last Days,’ eloquently speaks to this. It is our hope that God will be with each delegate that he or she will attend with a desire of wanting to partner with God in fulfilling His mission.”
The meetings commence on at 2:00 p.m. on Friday. All sessions are public meetings and open to everyone. However, only delegates may participate.