Youth Department of Missionary Volunteers

The former Youth Department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (including the National Service Organization). The General Conference Youth Department had its office in the General Conference North Building in Washington, D.C., until it became a part of the Church Ministries Department in 1985. Early History. Systematic organizing of the young people of the Seventh-day Adventist Church came in response to appeals from Ellen White, written from Australia in late 1892. (These appeals were presented at the 1893 General Conference session.) The church in Adelaide, Australia, was the first to respond with the organization of a young people’s society under the leadership of A. G. Daniells. Soon young people’s societies sprang up in North America and elsewhere overseas. However, even earlier ...

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