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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)

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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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