The Business Meeting

05 October 1861

So after the Sabbath, October 5, a meeting was held, with Joseph Bates serving as chairman and Uriah Smith as secretary.
The first business presented was the organization of churches.
Loughborough moved "that we consider the proper manner of organizing churches."
James White seconded it, and it was carried.
White then presented the following resolution:

Resolved, That this conference recommend the following church covenant: We, the undersigned, hereby associate ourselves together as a church, taking the name Seventh-day Adventists, covenanting to keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus Christ (RH, Oct. 8, 1861).