Some discussion followed about statements in writing and covenants. Then the far-reaching action was takenóthat of adopting the wording proposed. Before the meeting ended they adopted unanimously the covenant by which members would join the church:
We, the undersigned, hereby associate ourselves together as a church, taking the name Seventh-day Adventists, covenanting to keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus Christ (RH, Oct. 8, 1861).
Another important step in church organization had been taken. The matter of procedure in organizing churches was referred to the ministers present who were charged with holding a "Bible class" on the subject and were to write an address to the brethren, to be published in the Review.