A Timeline of Official GC–Appointed Committees on Ordination

  • November 21-December 1, 1885

  • TITLE: Committee on Theological Queries
  • MEMBERS: 6
  • 1926–1930

  • Title: General Conference Committee/Church Manual Committee
  • Members: Varying
  • October 15-23, 1930

  • Title: Committee on Ordination of Candidates for the Ministry
  • Members: 3
  • October 13, 1941

  • Title: N/A
  • Description: Prepare a recommendation regarding the necessity for greater care in the selecting of men for ordination to the gospel ministry, with particular reference to the ordaining of men who are not directly engaged in the work of gospel ministry, and the necessity of carrying out the policy which provides for candidates being examined before ordination
  • Members: 4
  • October 14, 1941

  • Title: Gospel Ministry and Church Ministry
  • Members: NA
  • January 16, 1944

  • Title: Committee on Ordination of Appointees
  • Members: 6
  • June 28, 1948

  • Title: Committee on Ordination Certificate
  • Members: 4
  • June 23, 1954

  • Title: Ordination to the Ministry
  • Members: 11
  • October 14, 1954

  • Title: Ministerial Licenses to College Graduates with a Theology Major
  • Members: NA
  • June 5, 1957

  • Title: Committee on Listing Workers
  • Members: Fluctuating
  • October 19, 1959

  • Title: NA
  • Description: To study the question of the ordination of ministers coming into our church from other denominations.
  • Members: Not yet decided
  • July 19, 1962

  • Title: NA
  • Description: study the practice of authorizing workers to the gospel ministry.
  • Members: NA
  • 1968

  • Title: Theology of Ordination of Women Committee
  • Members: 3
  • September 16–20, 1973   

  • Title: Role of Women in the Church Committee
  • Members: 25
  • August 23, 1974

  • Title: Kinds of Ordination Subcommittee
  • Members: 8
  • September 4, 1974

  • Title: Kinds of Ordination
  • Members: 8
  • October 7, 1974

  • Title: Ministerial Training Advisory Committee
  • Members: NA
  • March 20, 1975

  • Title: Role of Women in the Church Study Committee
  • Members: 20
  • November 4, 1976

  • Title: Ordination of Deacons and Elders Study Committee
  • Members: Unknown
  • 1977

  • Title: Ordination of Physicians
  • Members: Unknown
  • August 23, 1983

  • Title: Expanded Chaplaincy Study Committee
  • Members: NA
  • March 26–28, 1985

  • Title: Role of Women in the Church Committee
  • Members: 66
  • March 24–27, 1988

  • Title: Role of Women Commission I
  • Members: 79
  • July 12-18, 1989

  • Title: Role of Women Commission II
  • Members: 67
  • September 1, 1992

  • Title: Ministerial Ordination Committee
  • Members: 4
  • 2013–2014

  • Title: Theology of Ordination Study Committee
  • Members: 106
  • Ongoing

  • Title: Committee on Ordination of Appointees
  • Date: Ongoing
  • Members: Fluctuating