The Working Policy of the North American Division of the General Conference contains the Constitution and Bylaws of the General Conference as adopted by General Conference Sessions. It also contains the accumulated policies which are applicable to the North American Division which have been adopted by General Conference Sessions, Annual Councils of the General Conference Committee and the North American Division Committee.* It is therefore the authoritative voice of the Church in all matters pertaining to the work of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination in the North American Division. It shall be adhered to by all denominational organizations in North America. (NAD B 02)
A North American Division edition of the General Conference Working Policy [see tab on left] was first published in 1971. Up until and including the 1975 edition, the North American Division Working Policy was published in bound format and was updated and reprinted periodically, usually every two years. Beginning with the 1978 edition, it was published in loose-leaf format and updated annually by inserts which incorporated the policy revisions voted by the latest Annual Council of the General Conference Committee and the North American Division Committee.* The last such inserts contained the policy revisions voted by the 1982 Annual Council and carried the notation “Revised 1982.”
The 1984 edition of the North American Division Working Policy returned to a bound format. It was designated as the 1984 edition because it contained the revisions voted by the 1984 Annual Council. This 2004-2005 edition of the North American Division Working Policy has been prepared in harmony with the plan to publish annually a revised edition incorporating all applicable policy changes voted by the latest Annual Council of the General Conference Committee and the policies voted by the North American Division Year-end Meeting. It supersedes all previous editions and shall be adhered to except as it shall be amended by subsequent actions of a General Conference Session or a Year-end Meeting of the North American Division Committee.
The North American Division Committee
* Prior to the 1984 Annual Council the North American Division Committee was referred to as the North American Division Committee on Administration.