Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary


Religion, MA

First Advisor

Name of advisor not identified


Statement of the Problem

It was the purpose of this study (1) to picture the situation facing the brethren prior to the reorganization of the work, which was the task of the General Conferences of 1901 and 1903, (2) to show that the plan which was carried out, and which, as revealed to Mrs. White, received God's approval, was reorganization, not disorganization, and (3) to trace briefly the effects of this plan for concerted action as it has resulted in the great worldwide enterprise of Seventh-day Adventists today.

Importance of the Study

Evidence of God's leading in the past brings added assurance of his divine direction and aid in solving present problems which would otherwise be overwhelming. In the years leading up to 1901, through the voice of the Spirit of prophecy counsel was given to the leaders in responsible positions as to the proper principles behind the steps to be taken at the General Conference of 1901. There were some who were not in favor of the new policy, but it has proved its value. A brief view of how the work has prospered since the reorganization of 1901 emphasizes this value and serves as an inspiration to go forward in confidence, knowing that God will finish the work he has started.

Subject Area

General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists--History; Seventh-day Adventists--Government


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