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Author: General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists.
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 1951.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists.
OCLC Number: 8912457
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: 297 pages ; 17 cm
Contents: Chapter 1. The church of the living God --
The supreme object of Christ's regard --
The opposition of the enemy --
The church complete in Christ --
Chapter 2. Fundamental beliefs of Seventh-day Adventists --
Chapter 3. Organization founded on divine principles --
The Biblical basis --
The vital importance --
The divine purpose --
Chapter 4. The form of organization in the Seventh-day Adventist church --
Forms of church government --
Five steps in our organization --
Relationship between organization --
General conference the highest authority --
Chapter 5. Church membership --
Membership on a spiritual basis --
Baptism a gospel requirement --
Baptism a prerequisite to church membership --
Mode of baptism --
Ministers thoroughly to instruct candidates previous to baptism --
Public examination --
Baptismal covenant --
Doctrinal instruction for baptismal candidates --
Baptismal vow and baptism --
Baptismal vow --
Welcoming candidates --
Baptismal ceremony --
Transferring members --
Receiving members who are not known --
Transferring church members --
Method of granting church letters --
Clerk to make out letter --
Membership during interval of transfer --
The receiving of members disturbed by world conditions --
Counted in statistical reports --
If member is not accepted --
No letters to members under discipline --
Church letters granted only to those in good and regular standing --
Not to vote letter without member's approval --
Church boards cannot grant letters --
Conference church --
Organized companies --
Queries concerning receiving and dropping members --
Receiving members on profession of faith --
Dropping names --
No retired membership list --
Rebaptism --
Of converts from other religious communions --
Of church members and former Seventh-day Adventists Chapter 6. Church officers and their duties --
Their qualifications --
Moral fitness --
Religious fitness --
The church must be guarded and fed --
Respect and deference due to ministers and officers of the church --
Men not to be hurried into office --
Those opposed to unity not suitable for office --
Unsafe to choose men who refuse to cooperate with others --
The church elder --
The office an important one --
A religious leader of the church --
Capable of ministering the word --
Elected for one year --
Ordination of local elder --
Work of church elder is local --
To foster all lines of missionary work --
Relationship to the ordained minster --
Conduct of church services --
The baptismal service --
The baptismal service --
The marriage ceremony --
To cooperate with the conference --
To foster tithe paying --
To distribute responsibility --
Seniority of elders --
Elder no a delegate ex officio --
Limitation of authority --
Church leader --
The deacon --
Importance of the office --
Training younger men as deacons --
Board of deacons --
Deacons must be ordained --
The duties of deacons --
To assist in church ordinances --
The car of the sick and the poor --
The deaconess --
The duties of deaconesses --
Board of deaconesses --
The church clerk --
The important office --
No names added or dropped without vote of the church --
Transferring members --
Corresponding with members --
Delegates' credentials for conference session --
Reports to be furnished promptly --
Church records --
The church treasurer --
A sacred work --
Church treasurer the custodian of all church funds --
Funds to be sent to the conference --
Sabbath school funds --
Missionary volunteer society funds --
Church school funds --
Funds of other auxiliary organizations --
Proper method for payment of money by members --
Receipts to church members --
Proper method of remitting funds to the conference --
Preserving vouchers --
Books should be audited --
Relations with members confidential --
The church board Chapter 7. The services and meetings of the church --
Spiritual worship --
Reverence for the house of worship --
Children to be taught reverence --
Decorum and quietness in the place of worship --
Arrangements for church meetings --
Hospitality --
Unauthorized speakers in our churches --
The Sabbath worship service --
The form of service --
Longer order or worship --
Shorter order of worship --
Announcements --
Sacredness of the Sabbath worship hour --
The Sabbath morning service --
Public prayer --
The communion service --
Announcing the communion service --
Conducting the communion service --
Who may participate --
Every member should attend --
Unfermented bread and wine --
A memorial of the crucifixion --
Ordinance of foot washing --
Suggestive order for the communion service --
Who may conduct communion service --
Communion for the sick --
The prayer meeting --
The Sabbath school teachers' meeting --
Senior missionary volunteer society --
Junior missionary volunteer society --
Church missionary meeting --
Times of meetings --
Supplying literature on the Sabbath --
Church board meetings --
Work of the church board --
Quorum of the church board --
School board meetings --
Parents' meetings --
Business meetings --
Music --
Place of music in divine service --
Sing with the spirit and the understanding --
Selecting choir leaders --
Membership of church choirs Chapter 8. Auxiliary organizations of the church and their officers --
The church missionary organization --
Church missionary committee --
Church missionary leader --
Missionary secretary --
Dorcas welfare society --
The Sabbath school --
The Sabbath school council --
The superintendent --
The assistant superintendent --
Secretary --
the assistant secretary --
The chorister or song leader --
The organist --
Sabbath school offerings --
Expense money --
The quarterly report --
The senior missionary volunteer society --
Objective --
Membership in the senior missionary volunteer society --
Senior membership pledge --
The officers of the senior society --
the missionary volunteer society executive committee --
Leader and assistant leader --
Secretary-treasurer and assistant --
The missionary volunteer sponsor --
Missionary volunteer features --
Missionary volunteer bands --
The junior missionary volunteer society --
Object --
The work of the junior missionary volunteer society --
Missionary volunteer pathfinder clubs --
Board of counselors --
Membership --
The junior missionary volunteer pledge --
The junior missionary volunteer law --
Units --
Missionary volunteer classes --
Missionary volunteer honors --
Leadership --
The executive committee --
Parents' societies --
Home and school association or Christian home council --
Purpose --
Officers --
Leader and assistant leader --
Secretary and assistant secretary --
The church school board --
Membership --
Officers --
Relation of union school boards to the local churches --
Term of office --
Meetings --
Qualifications --
Duties of the officers --
Functions --
Chapter 9. Ministers and workers in relation to the church --
A divinely appointed ministry --
The conference president --
Pastors and district leaders not executives --
President and committee direct departmental secretaries --
Relation of ordained minster to church work --
Work of departmental secretaries not administrative --
Churches do not elect pastor --
Licensed ministers --
Bible instructors --
Book and Bible house secretaries --
The pastor should assist the evangelist --
President and committee direct conference workers --
credentials and licenses --
Expired credentials --
Relieving a minster of his office --
Sustentation workers --
Ministers without credentials serving in our churches Chapter 10. The church election --
Nominating committee --
How nominating committee is appointed --
Who should be members of the nominating committee --
Work of the nominating committee --
Nominating committee discussions are confidential --
Reporting to the church --
Obje3cting to the report of the nominating committee --
Vacancies --
Self-appointed organizations --
Election of delegates to local conference session --
Choosing delegates --
Duty of delegates --
Responsibility of conference officers --
Conference committee members to represent the entire conference --
Chapter 11. Gospel finance --
Stewardship --
The tithe --
systematic benevolence and unity --
The tithe --
How tithe is to be used --
How the tithe is paid --
Conference workers and church officers to set example in tithe paying --
Tithe paying a scriptural obligation --
Offerings --
Sabbath school offerings --
Other offerings --
Special gifts to fields --
Assisting the needy --
Church budget fro local expenses --
Sample budget --
Church budget --
Estimated receipts --
Estimated expenses --
General counsel --
On solicitation of funds --
On questionable methods for raising church funds --
On tithes and offerings not a personal trust fund --
On avoiding debt --
On financing church buildings --
On handling and accounting for funds --
On auditing --
Chapter 12. Standards of Christian living --
The high calling of God in Christ Jesus --
Bible study and prayer --
Community relationships --
Sabbathkeeping --
Reverence for the place of worship --
Health and temperance --
Dress --
Simplicity --
Reading --
Radio and television --
Recreation and amusement --
Music --
Social relationships --
Chaperonage --
Courtship and marriage --
Conclusion Chapter 13. Church Discipline --
General principles --
Dealing with erring members --
To seek reconciliation --
The authority of the church --
Church responsible for dealing with sin --
Unconsecrated resist church discipline --
Rules and regulations necessary --
Administering discipline --
Censure defined --
Disfellowshiping defined --
Reasons for which members shall be disciplined --
Caution in disciplining members --
Ministers or churches not to establish tests of fellowship --
At a duly called meeting --
Majority vote --
Church board cannot disfellowship --
Right of the member to be heard in his own defense --
Lawyers not to be represent members --
Members not to be dropped for nonattendance --
Members moving away and not reporting --
Members not to be dropped for pecuniary reasons --
Dropping a member on his own request --
Reinstating disfellowshiped members --
Right of appeal for reinstatement --
Chapter 14. Organizing, uniting, and disbanding churches --
Organization of a church --
Uniting of a church --
Uniting churches --
Disbanding churches --
Loss of members --
Disciplinary reasons --
Apostasy --
Conference session to act in all cases --
Chapter 15. Divorce and remarriage --
Our position Chapter 16. The pulpit not a forum --
Chapter 17. North American supplement --
Organizations for holding church properties; suggestions regarding wills, annuities, et cetera --
Organizations under the law --
Title to church properties --
Insurance --
Care of legal papers --
Repairs and upkeep --
Wills, testaments, gifts inter vivos and gifts causa mortis, annuity contracts, and trust agreements --
Laws must be strictly followed --
Who my make wills --
A will should always be dated and witnessed --
Making changes in a will --
A suggestive form for a simple will --
To whom will should be made --
Transferring property before death --
Bequests to religious institutions limited --
Annuity contracts --
Annuity payments --
Trusts and trust agreements --
Secure counsel --
Press relations bureau --
Importance of publicity --
The organization --
The secretary and his work --
American temperance society --
Organization --
Duties of the church temperance secretary --
The church treasurer and temperance funds --
Religious liberty department --
The religious liberty association --
The religious liberty association in the local church.

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