WHEREAS a Pastoral Consultative Meeting for administrators and pastors with the Southern Africa Union Conference was held at SAU Headquarters, Bloemfontein on August 4-5, 2015 to consider the actions taken at the 2015 GC Session held at San Antonio Texas with specific focus on:
- The revisions made to the 28 Fundamental Beliefs;
- The revisions made to the Church Manual;
- The action taken with regard to the motion whether it is acceptable for division executive committees, as they may deem it appropriate in their territories, to make provision for the ordination of women to the gospel ministry; and
WHEREAS at the end of the Pastoral Consultative Meeting the assembled group issued a resolution pledging acceptance and support of the policies and practices of the church with regard to the decisions taken at GC; and
WHEREAS the Pastoral Consultative Meeting referred their resolution to the SAU Executive Committee for consideration;
VOTED to adopt the resolution of the Pastoral Consultative Meeting and adapt the wording so as to have the statement express the resolution of the of the SAU EXCOM as indicated below;
FURTHER that the following statement be circulated to all sub-organizations and churches within the SAU territory;
RESOLUTION TAKEN BY THE SAU EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
HELD AT THE SAU HEADQUARTERS, BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA
SEPTEMBER 6 2015
We, the Executive Committee of the Southern Africa Union Conference, on behalf of its sub-organizations and constituency, pledge ourselves to be united in fulfilling the Gospel Commission as stated in Matthew 28:18-20; to the nurturing of our church members and the discipling of all into a saving and serving relationship with Jesus Christ.
We affirm and accept the revisions made to the 28 Fundamental Beliefs and Church Manual as voted by the 2015 GC Session.
We affirm and accept the Theology of Ordination Consensus Statement as voted by the Autumn Council 2014 and affirmed by the 2015 GC Session.
We affirm and accept that currently the World Church does not ordain women as Pastors.
We affirm and accept the position of the World Church that women may serve the church as:
- Deaconesses, and be ordained to the said office
- Elders, and be ordained to the said office
- Pastors, and not be ordained to the said office, but serve as commissioned pastors.
We affirm and accept that the church recognizes the call of women to full time gospel ministry and that the church can demonstrate its recognition of this call through the Commissioning of Female Pastors.
We urge all organizational units within the SAU to support and abide by the policies and practices of the Church;
We urge all employees within the SAU to support and abide by the policies and practices of the Church;
We urge all lay leaders and Church Boards within the SAU to support and abide by the policies and practices of the Church;
We urge all church members within the SAU to support and abide by the policies and practices of the Church.