Church Manual

An official handbook, issued by the General Conference, dealing with matters of local church organization, services, and operation, church officers, church membership, standards of conduct, and relationships of the church to conference officers, and workers. The Church Manual is to be distinguished from the Manual for Ministers . The first serious attempt at a church manual was made in 1882, when a committee consisting of W. H. Littlejohn, J. O. Corliss, and H. A. St. John was appointed by the General Conference to prepare a church manual, to be printed first serially for discussion and criticism (13 articles came out in the Review and Herald from June 5 to Aug. 28, 1883). It covered such matters as the organizing of churches; the duties of church officers; the admission, transferring, and...

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