Church Development Service

A service developed to provide fund-raising counseling and direction to local Seventh-day Adventist churches throughout North America. The first such service was established in 1957 by the Southwestern Union Conference. William J. Hubert, with background experience in professional fund-raising, served as the director. The success of this program in aiding church and school construction led the General Conference Committee to establish such a service for the churches throughout the North American Division. Hubert was called to the General Conference to direct the training of personnel in the various local and union conferences for the establishment of this plan. During the 1959 spring meeting the General Conference Committee adopted the title “Seventh-day Adventist Church Development Serv...

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