"The standards and practices of the Church are based upon the principles of the Holy Scriptures. These principles, underscored by the Spirit of Prophecy, are set forth in this church manual. They are to be followed in all matters pertaining to the administration and operation of local churches. The Church Manual also defines the relationship that exists between the local congregation and the conference or other entities of Seventh-day Adventist denominational organization." Voted by 59th GC Session - June 27, 2010
Current Church Manual ( 19th edition ) approved by 60th GC Session, San Antonio
Changes to Church Manual made at 61st GC Session in St. Louis - June 2022
- - Changes to Constitution By-Laws made by GC Session in St. Louis
Church Manual ( 18th edition ) approved by 59th GC Session (about 100 changes)
Chapter 1: Why a Church Manual Page 17 to 21
Chapter 2: Church of the Living God Page 22 to 25
not done yet
Chapter 3: Organization and Authority Page 26 to 31
Chapter 4: Pastors and Church Employees Page 32 to 36
Chapter 5: Organizing, Uniting, Dissolving Churches Page 37 to 43
Chapter 7: Discipline Page 56 to 67
Statement on Human Sexuality -- Voted November 2015
Church Manual of Seventh-day Adventist Church (17th edition)
This is the version approved in 2005 and has served the church for five years. The new addition was printed and distributed in March 2011 - we recommend that you visit our Church Manual Changes page. To see previous editions of the church manual, there is a table of LINKs below.
Texts from the Writings of Ellen G. White that have been approved at a GC Session to appear in the Church Manual.
Titles reflect the section of the Church Manual in which they appear.
** Mystery of the Missing Paragraph - 2010 edition
Study in Church Governance and Unity
- 54 page study prepared Sept. 2016 ( for the October 2016 Annual Council )
Unity in Mission document approved on Oct. 11, 2016
-- Unity in Mission procedures approved in October 2018
Lectures on the Church Manual presented to GYC Conference in Seattle - Nov. 2012
by Jay Gallimore, President of Michigan Conference ( six part series - audio files )
Church Manual Changes
Changes to church manual voted by General Conference Session - Atlanta, 2010
Proposed Changes by the 60 GC Session in San Antonio - in Agenda for Session
If you want to propose a change to the church manual, you should read this page
Clarification or change of the Church Manual
If you have proposed a change - please tell us about it. People are interested in your experience.
Changing a Fundamental Belief - at 2015 GC Session
Contact Fundamental Beliefs Review Committee now
Church Manual Clarifications
Discussions of clarifications needed to church manual texts
Church Manual Quiz - - Discuss and comment on selected church manual texts
The General Conference (Office of Archives & Statistics) has 16 previous editions of the Church Manual available in PDF format.
|2015 - 19th Edition||2010 - 18th Edition||2005 - 17th Edition|
|2000 - 16th Edition||1995 - 15th Edition||1990 - 14th Edition||1986 - 13th Edition|
|1981 - 12th Edition||1976 - 11th Edition||1971 - 10th Edition||1967 - 9th Edition|
|1963 - 8th Edition||1959 - 7th Edition||1951 - 6th Edition||1942 - 5th Edition|
|1940 - 4th Edition||1938 - 3rd Edition||1934 - 2nd Edition||1932 - 1st Edition|
This will make for some interesting research.
Working Policy L-60 / 10 Misconduct by a pastor
Working Policy L-60 / 15 Misconduct by an Executive Officer ( Conference, Union, Division )