Home and Family Service

A family service organized in 1975 and functioning as a service organization of the world church, with headquarters in the General Conference. In 1985 its activities were merged with those of several other departments in the new Department of Church Ministries. Home and Family Service came into existence as a direct result of the increasingly urgent need to build stronger, more stable Seventh-day Adventist homes. Although Seventh-day Adventists have always promoted strong marriages and successful Christian families, the influences of the rapidly deteriorating social conditions in the 1960s and 1970s caused increasing concern among SDA s. It became apparent that new tools, approaches, and methods were needed. HFS traces its roots back to 1913. Ellen White convinced Arthur Spalding to commit...

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