Sabbath School

The Seventh-day Adventist equivalent, in general, of the Sunday school of other denominations, but designed for people of all ages, rather than for only children and youth. The goal of the Sabbath school is the discipling of people for Christ. The four basic objectives of the Sabbath school are faith development, fellowship, community outreach, and world mission. Adventist Sabbath school work began in 1852 when James White wrote the first Sabbath school lessons, a series of 19 for children and youth published in the Youth’s Instructor ( see Sabbath School Publications ). The first regular Sabbath school was probably the one organized in 1853 by James White in Rochester, New York; another was organized by John Byington in Buck’s Bridge, New York in 1854; and the third was organized in 1...

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