Because James White was eager to have the largest possible representation present for the consideration of plans for the financial support of the growing church, he placed several notices in the Review to believers "east, west, north, and south" to attend a conference at Battle Creek, Friday, June 3, to Monday, June 6, 1859.
He called for a business session to convene immediately after the Sabbath. The address from the Battle Creek church, prepared in January setting forth the broad plans for Systematic Benevolence, was read and freely discussed. It was unanimously carried.
In vision, Ellen was shown a number of things to present to the church. Among other things, that the plan of systematic benevolence is pleasing God.