WCAS Mission Statement Revision

Eiji Minami

Vol 3, No.5

Some of you may have already noticed that WCAS Mission Statement has been recently revised.  Below is our updated Mission Statement. The first paragraph was revised, and supporting Scripture and Spirit of Prophecy references were supplied to each paragraph.

Mission Statement

World Church Affirmation Sabbath exists
to affirm the beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and
to support its worldwide representative structure in harmony
with the leadership of the General Conference.
9T 260.2
We affirm these beliefs in accordance with the teachings of
the Holy Bible and the writings of Ellen G. White.
Isaiah 8:20
We share this mission with like-minded Adventists
who choose to stand for these beliefs
and share the Three Angels' Messages with the world,
that the world may become
of Christ convicted, to Christ committed, for Christ compelled.
Matthew 28:18-20 --- Revelation 14:6-11

It should be noted that the mission statement of any organization is regularly scrutinized and re-examined to ensure that the short statement accurately reflects its mission.  For instance, our own world church constantly reviews its stated beliefs and policies in General Conference committee and business meetings. These are revised as needed, with worldwide representative input, to ensure that the statements are clear, accurate, and not easily misunderstood.
The following is the first paragraph of our previous Mission Statement.

World Church Affirmation Sabbath (WCAS) exists to affirm
the leadership of the General Conference and
the beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church around the world

Notice the addition of “its worldwide representative structure in harmony” in our new Mission Statement.  Even though, technically speaking, the term the General Conference is inclusive of the representative structure of the worldwide church, the absence of specific mention of the layers of the church structure has caused some misunderstanding about our mission. 
Our mission at WCAS is not only to affirm the leadership of the General Conference, but also to support and work with the local conferences, unions and divisions. WCAS seeks to promote a harmonious working relationship between all these layers of our worldwide church.
We appreciate those who kindly suggested we revisit the wording of our Mission Statement. We believe that God has led the WCAS Planning Committee in this process, guiding us to better define our identity and mission.