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Atlantic Union Conference - Feb. 9, 2011, update
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our church leaders realize where the problem is

With your prayers
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By asking one simple question
  The power of united prayers

On January 16th we announced our support for a church where the members are being deprived of a voice in the affairs of the church by the pastor and the church board.
The last business meeting was over 28 months ago and the last election of church officers (via a nominating committee process) was over three years and nine months ago. Which means that the members of the church board have been running the church for over 20 months after the expiration of the term of office that they were elected to in April 2007.  Unfortunately the concerned members can not do a thing about this without a business meeting.
Several concerned members complained to the local conference administration over 20 months ago. Prompt action was promised 15 months ago and put in writing in Oct. 2009

 
Dear Brother _________
 
“This is to confirm our discussion on Thursday, October 15, 2009. As you described in your messages to ________ and _______, the four of us did meet for over two and a half hours. We listened to your concerns and discussed options for a process.
 
  At this point we will proceed with developments of a process that will let you both present your concerns to our conference grievance committee. It will take us a few days to make those arrangements. Meanwhile, we are asking Hermann Kuma, the Multi-Ethnic Coordinator, to discuss with, Pastor _______, the two concerns of officer elections and business meeting schedule. . .”
 
  _________________ Executive Secretary
   Greater New York Conference 
                                                                                                        Letter received:   Oct. 20, 2009
 

After a 'hearing' was postponed by the Grievance Committee the Multi-Ethnic Ministries Coordinator finally did somthing in March 2010, he invited the pastor to meet with two concerned members at the conference office. The pastor did not show up for the meeting and when contacted his excuse for not attending was shown to be a falsehood. When the meeting was not rescheduled the concerned members accused the pastor of 'misconduct' in accordance with Working Policy L-60 section 10  (because the Union has not done anything in 20 months and 'misconduct' is the only church procedure or working policy that will allow a complaint that occurs at the church level to be considered by the division level. All other complaints can not go higher than the Union Conference level).

After several months of silence, the President of the local conference was approached at a church he was speaking at in December; and he refused to follow this working policy but promised to meet with two concerned members in January.  That meeting did not happen and on Feb. 6th one concerned member accused the Multi-Ethnic Ministries Coordinator of professional 'misconduct' in accordance with Working Policy L-60 section 10  for not doing the assignment given him in October 2009 and refusing to answer questions about what he did do.

Therefore, we are asking you to support the concerned members of this church and
contact Don King, the President of Atlantic Union Conference     E-mail address below
            and please send a copy to
            Dan Jackson, President of the North American Division

You can show your support by sending a message saying
 
As a concerned Seventh-day Adventist you want to ask Don King a simple question. 
Did the local conference ask the Pastor of this church to call a business meeting or to start the election process in the last 20 months?
 
The Union does not even know the answer.  We hope that this question will spark a concern to find out the answer especially because the answer to this question can clear the Multi-Ethnic Coordinator of the accusations against him.
We suggested that the President of the North American Division ask this question, and he replied. If you did not read his January 26th reply  Click here

I sent ten e-mails to the President of the Atlantic Union and called six times since January 26th.
But have received no response from the Union.
If the Atlantic Union Conference and the North American Division knew the answer to this question they might realize that the problem is with the local conference.
 
Either there is a pastor in rebellion of church authority and the conference can not deal with it.  Or the local conference is ignoring the complaints and appeals of the church members and will make no effort to restore a voice to the members of this church, and this may continue until someone talks to this pastor. The pastor certainly knows complaints have been made about this.
Here are the e-mail addresses for
 
    Don King             dking@atlanticUnion.org

    Dan Jackson       Dan.Jackson@NAD.Adventist.org 
 
Please send a copy to   churchmanual@gmail.com and we will keep you informed
 

 On February 22, 2011 there was a meeting with the Conference Administration
Click Here to see the results of this meeting
Please pray that this question will wake them up,

and see that action is needed.

   There is power in united prayer
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