Church structure of the Seventh-day Adventist Church



  • Each Church elects its own officers:  elders, deacons, deaconesses, clerks, treasurers, and department leaders.
  • The minister of a local church is appointed by the local conference.
  • The local conference consists of local churches in a designated area.
  • Officers of the local conference are elected every three years.
  • Union conferences are comprised of local conference in a designated area.
  • Union conference officers are elected every five years.
  • The division is comprised of two or more union conference with officers elected every five years.
  • General conference encompasses all divisions with officers elected every five years.

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.