Public Evangelism

Seventh-day Adventists believe that evangelism—the proclamation of the gospel—is the very heart of Christianity. From the early days of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, public evangelism has played a major role in the growth and development of the denomination. It began with a handful of devoted preachers holding meetings among little groups of those who had taken part in the Millerite movement. As concepts widened, it was not long until the church realized its mission to carry the three angels’ messages ( Rev. 14:6–12 ) to “every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” ( v. 6 ). There were at first no settled pastors of churches. Congregations led by lay elders were expected to carry on lay evangelism with the occasional aid of the ministers. Today local pastors are stil...

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