The General Conference Ministerial Association exists to serve the global Seventh-day Adventist church in its proclamation of the everlasting gospel and in its divine mission to prepare a people to meet their soon-coming Lord.
Many Seventh-day Adventist churches worldwide receive their primary pastoral leadership from local church elders in place of employed ministers. Therefore, the General Conference Ministerial Association is responsible for encouraging and training this vital group of laity leaders.
It is evident that Jesus’ ministry as a servant provides the theological foundation for the ministry of deacons and deaconesses. Jesus’ mission on this earth was to serve others rather than to be served.