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Over its twenty years of existence, AAW has been an advocate for women in the SDA church, strongly recommending changes to various church entities to enable women to use their gifts fully and work with equity within the structure. At its annual conference, AAW formulates its recommendations to specific entities within the church. These recommendations are then tracked to monitor their implementation. Among its many recommendations are

  1. The establishment of women’s ministries with paid leaders in the conferences, unions, NAD, and the GC with voting privileges on appropriate executive committees.

  2. A full-time woman director in the NAD and GC ministerial offices, specifically representing women in ministry.

  3. Pay equity throughout the world church, not just in the United States.

  4. The NAD union presidents to reaffirm and implement their statement “Commitment to Women in Gospel Ministry” as voted by the NAD union presidents on October 13, 1995, and to educate the laity about this issue in accordance with their document.

  5. The world church to recognize that women’s ordination is an essential step in the growth and development of the SDA church.

  6. An increase in the employment of qualified women pastors.

  7. The establishment of a women’s resource center.

  8. An increase in women in decision-making roles at every level of the church organization with at least one women GC vice president by 2005.

  9. The formulation of an abuse policy for all entities of the SDA church.

  10. The avoidance of stereotyping in children’s Sabbath School materials.

  11. In agreement with counsel from E. G. White, appropriate remuneration for stay-at-home pastor’s spouses.

  12. Since an increasing number of women are taking theology and religion majors, university, colleges and seminary boards and administrators should strive toward gender inclusiveness in selecting faculty for religion departments and for the SDA Theological Seminary.

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