Quarterly Meetings

In the early Seventh-day Adventist Church period, beginning about 1861, periodic meetings were held (about once in three months) at which the members of the local church and the surrounding area met for mutual encouragement, transaction of any church business, and the celebration of the ordinances of foot washing and the Lord’s Supper. Usually a minister (at times a member of the conference committee) presided at such a gathering. In the early period, it seems, members of more than one church gathered together, or perhaps of more than one locality. After the church had grown and had become better organized, the General Conference Committee in 1877 recommended a plan for regular quarterly meetings: “At each of these quarterly meetings business should be done in the following order: “1...

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