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Organizing for Mission and Growth: The Development of Adventist Church Structure - George R. Knight
Organizing for Mission and Growth: The Development of Adventist Church Structure
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The founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church believed church organization was of the devil. But eventually the pressing need for a credentialed ministry, the need to maintain doctrinal unity, and the need to own property resulted in the formal organization of the church in 1863. Near the... show more
The founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church believed church organization was of the devil. But eventually the pressing need for a credentialed ministry, the need to maintain doctrinal unity, and the need to own property resulted in the formal organization of the church in 1863. Near the turn of the century a new set of challenges arose; the denomination was heavily in debt and near bankruptcy, and the 1863 structures were inadequate for governing a worldwide church with a strong mission. The 1901-1903 reorganization maintained a strong central structure against the protests of those who advocated a radical individualism that tended toward Congregationalism.

The twentieth century brought new problems: racial conflict that led to the establishment of regional conferences and the call for Black unions, and congregational rumblings that continue to the present. As the church contemplates a third cycle of restructuring, the author wonders whether it will be flexible enough to change again.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 0828019800
Publisher: Review and Herald Publishing Association
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
Category:
History, Christian
Series: Adventist Heritage Series (#3)
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5.0 Organizing for Mission and Growth: The Development of the Adventist Church Structure (Adventist Heritage Series)
Throughout the history of the Seventh-day Adventist history there has been a constant question “To organize or not to organize, and if so how?” Organizing for Mission and Growth is the third book of the Adventist Heritage Series written by Adventist historian George R. Knight. In covering over 170...
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