Department of Stewardship and Development

The forerunner was Church Development Service, headed by W. J. Hubert, which provided fund-raising counseling and direction to local Seventh-day Adventist churches throughout North America. During the General Conference session of 1966 a department was organized under the name of Church Development Service. At the Annual Council session of 1967 Stewardship and Development became the official name of the department. At the Annual Council in 1971 provision was made for church stewardship secretaries, and at the Annual Council in 1972 the duties of the church stewardship secretaries were adopted. The principles and concepts of Christian stewardship were studied and developed by the stewardship secretaries of the Columbia Union Conference, among whom were M. E. Rees, S. M. Young, Merle E. Moor...

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