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GC Session Supports EGW, 1879

October 18, 2008

EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL SESSION
GENERAL CONFERENCE OF SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS
November 7, 1879

The Conference assembled, according to appointment, in the Tabernacle at Battle Creek, Michigan, at 10:30 a.m., November 7, 1879. The president, Elder James White, announced hymn 164 of Spiritual Songs, after the singing of which the Conference was led in prayer by U. Smith. The hymn, “Nearer My God to Thee,” was then sung, and brief opening remarks were made by the president.

Delegates being called for, thirty-three responded, representing sixteen conferences and one mission. Others were afterward added, so that in all twenty conferences and two missions were represented by thirty-nine delegates, as follows:

Maine: R. S. Webber.
New England: D. A. Robinson, G. F. Haines.
Vermont: C. W. Stone, R. S. Owen.
New York: B. L. Whitney, M. H. Brown, E. S. Lane.
Pennsylvania: D. B. Oviatt, J. G. Saunders.
Ohio: D. M. Canright, G. G. Rupert.
Tennessee: G. K. Owen.
Michigan: W. H. Littlejohn, J. Fargo, William Ostrander, M. B. Miller, E. R. Jones, W. C. White, E. B. Lane.
Indiana: S. H. Lane, W. W. Sharp.
Illinois: A. A. John, G. W. Colcord.
Wisconsin: H. W. Decker, O. A. Olsen.
Minnesota: Harrison Grant, L. H. Ells, A. Mead.
Dakota: S. B. Whitney.
Nebraska: C. L. Boyd. A. J. Cudney.
Iowa: L. McCoy.
Missouri: G. I. Butler.
Kansas: Smith Sharp, W. E. Dawson.
Texas: G. I. Butler.
California: S. N. Haskell.
North Pacific: S. N. Haskell.
Colorado Mission: A. O. Burrill.
Ontario Mission: John Fulton.

Minutes of last session read and approved.

The chairman appointed the usual committees, as follows:

On Nominations: J. Fargo, O. A. Olsen, S. B. Whitney.
On Resolutions: Smith Sharp, H. W. Decker, S. H. Lane, A. O. Burrill, B. L. Whitney.
On Auditing: H. W. Kellogg, Franklin Howe.

THIRTEENTH MEETING, NOVEMBER 25, 1879, 9:30 A.M.

Prayer by Elder James White.

Minutes of previous meeting approved.

THE MISSIONARY BOARD

The committee to whom was referred the subject of the creation of a Missionary Board, reported by recommending that the following persons constitute such Board for the coming year; namely, W. C. White, Mrs. M. J. Chapman, Elder O. A. Olsen, Miss Maud Sisley, and Elder B. L. Whitney.

An amendment to increase the number of the Board from five to nine by the addition of four more members was carried, and the motion, as amended, prevailed. Miss M. L. Huntley, Secretary of the General Tract and Missionary Society, and Elder U. Smith, were then added, after which it was

MOVED, That the committee by whom the foregoing Board was nominated, be instructed to present a nomination for the two remaining members, at some future meeting. Carried.

Some very stirring remarks on the subject of missionary work were made at this point by Sister White.

CIRCULATION OF MRS. E. G. WHITE’S WRITINGS

The committee on the circulation of the writings of Mrs. E. G. White reported as follows:–

The committee appointed by this Conference to consider the subject of the circulation of Sister White’s writings, would respectfully present the following report:

WHEREAS, Our past experience has fully proved that our prosperity as a people is always in proportion to the degree of confidence we cherish in the work of the spirit of prophecy in our midst; and

WHEREAS, The most bitter opposition we have to meet is aimed against this work, showing that our enemies realize its importance, whether we do or not; and

WHEREAS, We have found that the most effectual way to meet and disarm this opposition was either to secure the personal labors of the one through whom we believe that the Lord has spoken, or to freely circulate her writings, and

WHEREAS, Great light has shone upon us through this channel, which not only our own people greatly need, but which would be a blessing to the world, remove prejudice, and break the force of the bitter attacks of the enemies of the truth, therefore

RESOLVED, That we urge upon our ministers and tract societies the importance of making earnest efforts to extend the circulation of the volumes of the Spirit of Prophecy and the Testimonies to the Church among our own people, till these shall be in every family of believers.

RESOLVED, That we recommend the Publishing Association to issue in attractive form such of her writings as would be of general interest to the reading public who are not of our faith, to be placed in public libraries, reading rooms, on shipboard, etc., by canvassers and Tract and Missionary workers, where they, as well as our other standard works, may be accessible to the people.

RESOLVED, That we recommend the Publishing Association to issue in as cheap a form as consistent, the matter substantially contained in volume two of Spiritual Gifts, concerning the early life and labors of Sister White, in connection with the rise and progress of this work, for the special use of our ministers in new fields, and among those first becoming acquainted with her connection with this cause. And we further recommend the publication of a small edition of her earliest writings, now out of print, to bring all her writings within reach of those anxious to obtain them.

RESOLVED, That we consider it to be the duty of all our ministers to teach the Scriptural view of the gift of prophecy among our brethren everywhere, and the relation it sustains to the work of God in which we are engaged. 165–GCS 63-88

RESOLVED, That we advise that efforts be made to complete the raising of the fund of $5,000 voted at the last annual session of the Conference for the purpose of increasing the circulation of these writings; said fund to be used in placing them in public libraries, reading-rooms, and other locations where they will be open to the reading public, and in such of the families of the very poor as the officers of the Tract and Missionary Society decide should have them.

These were adopted.

http://www.adventistarchives.org/docs/GCB/GCB1863-88.pdf

pages 152, 153, 163-165

Seventh-day Baptists, 1879

June 12, 2008

FIFTEENTH MEETING, NOVEMBER 26, 1879, 6 P.M. (SDA G.C.)

Elder Haskell being called to the chair, Elder James White introduced the following preambles and resolutions:–

WHEREAS, The Seventh-day Baptists have for many years observed, taught, and defended the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, and are known to us through their delegates to our General Conference as a body of Christian Sabbath-keepers possessing a good degree of culture, liberality of sentiment, and Christian forbearance, therefore

RESOLVED, That we deem them worthy of our respect and love, and that it is for the interest of the Sabbath cause that the two bodies of Christian commandment-keepers labor to sustain friendly relations to each other; and

WHEREAS, Certain preachers, who professed to be Seventh-day Adventists, at an early date in our brief history, did seek their field of labor in the localities where there were Seventh-day Baptist churches, and did weaken some of their feeble churches, and blot out others, resulting in harm and only harm, to the grief of the Seventh-day Baptists, therefore

RESOLVED, That our Seventh-day Baptist brethren had just cause for complaint, and that it is the sense of this Conference that our preachers are violating the Golden Rule–Do unto others as you would have them do to you–in seeking their fields of labor where Seventh-day Baptist churches are located.

RESOLVED, That while we deplore the spirit of prejudice and unkindness manifested by certain Seventh-day Baptist ministers toward Seventh-day Adventists, we deeply regret the injury done to individuals and to feeble churches, about twenty years since, by those men whom we could not control, and who have since done Seventh-day Adventists tenfold the injury they did the (168–GCS 63-88 ) Seventh-day Baptists, resulting in weakening and grieving both denominations. And while we pledge our influence against such wrongs in the future, we ask not to be held responsible for that which we have no power to control.

These were unanimously adopted.

First G.C. Session – Part 2 – Constitution

April 6, 2008

 


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The following brethren were then appointed a committee to draft a constitution and by-laws for the government of this Conference:

Brethren J. N. Andrews, N. Fuller, I. Sanborn, W. Morse, H. F. Baker, B. F. Snook, J. H. Waggoner, and J. N. Loughborough. After due deliberation the committee presented the following constitution for the consideration of the Conference:

CONSTITUTION OF GENERAL CONFERENCE

(PREAMBLE – REASON)

For the purpose of securing unity and efficiency in labor, and promoting the general interests of the cause of present truth, and of perfecting the (3–GCS 63-88) organization of the Seventh-day Adventists, we, the delegates from the several State Conferences, hereby proceed to organize a General Conference, and adopt the following constitution for the government thereof:

Article I. (NAME) This Conference shall be called the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Article II. (OFFICERS) The officers of this Conference shall be a President, Secretary, Treasurer, and an Executive Committee of three, of whom the President shall be one.

Article III. (DUTIES) The duties of the President and Secretary shall be such respectively as usually pertain to those offices.

Article IV. (DUTIES OF THE TREASURER) It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to receive and disburse means under the direction of the Executive Committee, and keep an account of the same, and make a full report thereof to the regular meetings of the Conference.

Article V. (MINISTERIAL SUPERVISION)

Section 1. It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to take the general supervision of all ministerial labor, and see that the same is properly distributed; and they shall take the special supervision of all missionary labor, and as a missionary board shall have the power to decide where such labor is needed, and who shall go as missionaries to perform the same.

Section 2. Means for missionary operations may be received by donation from State Conferences, churches, or individuals; and the Committee are authorized to call for means when needed.

Section 3. When any State Conference desires ministerial labor from a minister not a resident within the bounds of such Conference, their request shall be made to the General Conference Executive Committee, and ministers sent by said Committee shall be considered under the jurisdiction of the Conference Committee of such State:

PROVIDED, 1. That if such minister consider the State Committee inefficient, or their action so far wrong as to render his labor ineffectual, he may appeal to the General Conference Executive Committee;

PROVIDED, 2. That if such State committee consider such minister inefficient they may appeal to the General Conference Committee, who shall decide on the matter of complaint, and take such action as they may think proper.

Article VI. (SELECTING DELEGATES) Each State Conference shall be entitled to one delegate in the General Conference, and one additional delegate for every twenty delegates in the State Conference, such delegates to the General conference to be chosen by the State Conferences or their Committees:

PROVIDED, That the delegates to such State Conferences be elected according to the following ratio, to wit:

Each church to the number of twenty members or under shall be entitled to one delegate, and one delegate for every additional fifteen members.

Article VII. (TERM OF OFFICE) The officers shall hold their offices for the term of one year, and shall be elected at the regular meetings of the Conference.

Article VIII. (MEETINGS)

Section 1. The regular meetings of the Conference shall be held annually, and the time and place of holding the same shall be determined by the Executive Committee, by whom due notice thereof shall be given through the Review.

Section 2. Special meetings may be called at the option of the Committee. (4–GCS 63-88)

Article IX. (CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE) This constitution may be altered or amended by a two-third’s vote of the delegates present at any regular meeting:

PROVIDED, That any proposed amendment shall be communicated to the Executive Committee, and notice thereof given by them in their call for the meeting of the Conference.

The report was accepted and the committee discharged.

The Conference then took up the reported constitution item by item, for consideration and discussion, which resulted in its entire adoption.

Source: Transcription of minutes of GC sessions from 1863 to 1888 (a pdf file)

The First General Conference Session – Part One

April 6, 2008


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May 20, 1863

The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists convened according to appointment at Battle Creek, Michigan, May 20, at 6 o’clock p.m. The meeting was temporarily organized by choosing

J. M. Aldrich, chairman, and

U. Smith, secretary.

The Conference was then opened by singing the hymn on page 233, and prayer by Brother Snook. A committee to receive and judge of the credentials of delegates being called for, it was

VOTED, That we have a committee of three on credentials.

The following brethren were thereupon chosen as that committee:

Elder J. N. Loughborough, of Michigan;

C. O. Taylor, of New York; and

Isaac Sanborn, of Wisconsin.

The remainder of this session was occupied in the presentation of credentials to the committee, and the meeting adjourned to the following morning, May 21, at 9 o’clock.

In the morning session, the committee announced the following brethren as the duly elected delegates from their respective states:

from New York, Brethren

J. N. Andrews,

N. Fuller, C. O. Taylor, and J. M. Aldrich;

from Ohio, I. N. Van Gorder;

from Michigan, the ministers present from that state, namely, Brethren

White,

Bates,

Waggoner,

Byington,

Loughborough,

Hull,

Cornell, and

Lawrence,

with a lay representation of Brethren James Harvey, of North Liberty, Indiana, and William S. Higley, Jr., of Lapeer, Michigan;

from Wisconsin, Isaac Sanborn;

from Iowa, Brethren B. F. Snook, and W. H. Brinkerhoff;

from Minnesota,

Washington Morse.

The report of the committee was accepted.

VOTED, That Brother H. F. Baker be received as an additional delegate from Ohio.

The following brethren were then appointed a committee to draft a constitution and by-laws for the government of this Conference: Brethren J. N. Andrews, N. Fuller, I. Sanborn, W. Morse, H. F. Baker, B. F. Snook, J. H. Waggoner, and J. N. Loughborough.

After due deliberation the committee presented the following constitution for the consideration of the Conference:

CONSTITUTION OF GENERAL CONFERENCE

For the purpose of securing unity and efficiency in labor, and promoting the general interests of the cause of present truth, and of perfecting the (3–GCS 63-88) organization of the Seventh-day Adventists, we, the delegates from the several State Conferences, hereby proceed to organize a General Conference, and adopt the following constitution for the government thereof:…


Source: Transcription of minutes of GC sessions from 1863 to 1888 (a pdf file)

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