Currently I'm doing a little bit of research on how different churches are organised.
As far I can understand, the General Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church has an important role on discussing different important matters which are voted and eventually shared around the world.
The General Conference is responsible for the spiritual and developmental plans of the church around the world.
If I get it correctly, after each General Conference event, a resolution is made containing the changes in the way how the church works (organizational issues, believes/principles (?) etc).
How are these resolutions shared and to whom? Who has access to them? Should they be public (to anyone, including people outside of the church) or be available only to the members of the church?
The point which I'm missing is:
- if they would be shared only with the pastors/leaders, how would a member know if something is changed?
- if they are shared only with the members, how would someone from outside (who eventually wants to be a member) know what they are going to accept without knowing what the General Conference decided before?
- are there any points which should not be shared with members? Similarly, are there any parts which are shared with members but not with non-members?
- how would somebody from outside of the church request as much information which is supposed to be public?
While this question is about the SDA church, for comparison, I'm interested how other churches/organisations handle this subject (e.g. LDS, JW etc).