Tract and Missionary Societies

Former organizations (often referred to as the T. and M. Societies or Tract Societies) that promoted the following activities: the distribution of Seventh-day Adventist publications, evangelistic correspondence or visitation by lay volunteers, and relief and welfare activities. The conference societies were organized first (beginning in New England in 1870), then these organized local or district branch societies, and finally the General Conference, in 1874, set up a denomination-wide General (later International) Tract and Missionary Society. The conference Tract and Missionary Societies, later called Tract Societies, were replaced by the present Adventist Book Centers; the International Tract and Missionary Society on the General Conference level was replaced by the Publishing Department...

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