Proclaiming God's Grace is Next GC Session Theme

The church's 59th General Conference Session is expected to draw thousands of Seventh-day Adventists from around the world. [Photo: Richard Dower/ANNSource: Adventist News Network

[May 21, 2007] We Have This Hope. Now is the Time. Almost Home. Transformed in Christ. When members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church's General Conference (GC) Session Theme Committee reviewed past GC Session themes, they noticed not one mentioned grace.

"We said to ourselves, 'as a denomination, we believe in grace; why shouldn't it be our theme?'" says Pastor Gerry Karst, general vice-president of the Adventist world church and chair of the committee. So, when Adventist delegates from across the globe gather in Atlanta, Georgia, for the church's 59th GC Session in 2010, it will be under the theme, Proclaiming God's Grace.

But is a GC theme anything more than a formality? Karst admits that, traditionally, the answer to that question would have been "no." However, during the last GC Session in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2005, he says the theme became "more of a force driving many of the devotions, worships and presentation topics."

For 2010, Karst expects that trend to continue. He says each speaker, worship director and even music coordinator will aim to "amplify" various aspects of grace. Proclaiming God's Grace will "give the delegates something around which to rally," he explains. "[The theme] will give the session spiritual direction and help presenters focus on a very important element of [Adventist] belief."