Church Ministries Department

Department created at the 1985 General Conference session in New Orleans, formed from a merger of four former departments and a service of the General Conference (namely, Lay Activities, Sabbath School, Stewardship and Development, Youth, and the Home and Family Service). As explained at the 1985 General Conference session, the action to bring these former entities together into one department would apply “only to the General Conference and its divisions.” Later it could “be implemented at the union and then the local conference levels.” It was not intended to change the organization of departments at the local church level. (See Adventist Review 162:29, July 2, 1985, pp. 10, 11.) Philosophy . The Department of Church Ministries shares the responsibility for developing a global eva...

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