Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries

The denominational agency that provides support and superivison to Seventh-day Adventist chaplains serving in hospitals, prisons, the armed forces, the Veterans Administration, industries, and on campuses. When the matter of Seventh-day Adventist ministers serving in the armed forces of the United States arose early in World War II, the General Conference Committee questioned whether the church should favor such service on the grounds of separation of church and state. However, at the Spring Meeting of the committee in 1942, in response to the urging of some ministers, a compromise action was passed that tended to discourage ministers from entering the chaplaincy, yet allowed that if a person felt the call to serve, the decision be left up to individual conscience. It was subsequently lear...

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