In order to remain viable in the twenty-first century, the administrative structures of the global Seventh-day Adventist Church need to have an inherent flexibility which enables change. A study of those principles and factors which precipitated the organizational reform of 1901-1903 in the light of contemporary contextual realities reveals that such flexibility and the possibility of change was never precluded by the architects of that process. A healthy church is a church which can subject itself to scrutiny and be flexible enough to change when necessary.
Oliver, B. (2005). A church for the twenty-first century? A case for flexible organizational structures. In R. Maier (Ed.), A man with a vision: Mission; A festschrift honoring Russell L. Staples (pp. 273-291). Berrien Springs, MI: Andrews University, Department of World Mission.