A unit of church organization constituting a part of a larger unit and subordinate to it. In the General Conference Constitution the continental units of organization are defined as “division sections” of the General Conference Committee. However, these are commonly called divisions, and “section” is virtually unused outside the constitution. In more common usage the term applies, in some areas of the world, to constituent parts of a union or division. In this latter sense, section is the equivalent of mission or conference, in its being composed of local churches.

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.