Personal Ministries / Lay Activities

A facet of the church, the beginning of which can be traced to a women’s group in South Lancaster, Massachusetts, called the Vigilant Missionary Society (established 1869). The work of the society gave S. N. Haskell the idea that led to his establishing in New England in 1870 the first of the Tract and Missionary Societies of the various conferences. These conference “T. and M. Societies,” either directly or through district or local societies, enlisted lay members in circulating Seventh-day Adventist tracts, pamphlets, books, and periodicals through sale or free distribution, in conducting personal evangelism through visits or correspondence, and in aiding the needy. Then in 1874 the General Conference set up its General (renamed International) Tract and Missionary Society. When the...

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