City Missions

A term applied in Seventh-day Adventist history to establishments of two different types. a. Centers for evangelism and distribution of publications. b. Welfare missions of one kind or another, ministering to the underprivileged. Evangelistic Type. Beginning about 1883, Seventh-day Adventists established a number of so-called city missions for the purpose of promoting evangelism in the large cities. These were, as J. H. Waggoner said, quite in contrast with what were (and are) generally known as city missions, of the welfare type; rather they were prototypes, in a sense, of the modern evangelistic centers. S. N. Haskell, who promoted these evangelistic missions, described their function as a center for pastoral work, the distribution of publications, the giving of Bible readings, and also ...

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