The most prominent church office is that of the

pastor or minister. Adventists believe that pastors are divinely called to ministry and they are ordained by the church for their ministry. The position of church pastor is not elected by the local church, but rather appointed by a local conference. When the minister transfers to the local church for pastoralship he also transfers his membership to that local congregation. Adventist believe in clerical marriage

and not a celibate priesthood. In the majority of cases the pastor works with the head elder of the church and is responsible for guiding the church’s spiritual direction, chairing the church board and leading out in services.

 

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