Adventist History Slideshows

Several slideshows about early Adventist history, including the Millerite Movement, Sabbatarian Adventism, the main branches of the Adventist Church's work, and the 1888 General Conference session, are available for use here.

The Millerite Movement - Slide Show

The Millerite Movement (1830 - 1845) consisted of tens of thousands of people primarily in the northeastern United States awaiting the soon return of Jesus Christ to earth.

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Sabbatarian Adventism - Slide Show

Sabbatarian Adventism (1844 - 1860) was the period between the Millerite Movement and the Seventh-day Adventist church when, led by pioneers such as James and Ellen White and Joseph Bates, a foundation was established for what would become the Seventh-day Adventist church. “Sabbatarian” refers to the belief in the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath, and “Adventism” is the belief in the second coming of Christ.

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The Founding Session - Slide Show

The General Conference Session in Battle Creek, Michigan, held on May 20 and 21, 1863, marks the official incorporation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The following slides feature the Session venue, participants, the official constitution adopted, and the officers elected.

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General Conference Presidents - Slide Show

On May 21, 1863, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists was officially formed at the inaugural General Conference Session. On that same day, a president was chosen to lead the new church.

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Publishing - Slide Show

Reaching the world with the gospel of Jesus was the motivation for early Adventists in embracing the publishing work. In 1848 Ellen White had a vision that she shared with her husband: “You must begin to print a little paper and send it out to the people. Let it be small at first; but as the people read, they will send you means with which to print, and it will be a success from the first.

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Education - Slide Show

Education early became an essential facet of the Seventh-day Adventist philosophy of ministering to the whole person–– “the physical, mental, moral, and religious.” The focus of the movement to share the gospel with the world necessitated the establishment of schools with the purpose of training young people to improve themselves in order to better serve humanity.

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1888 General Conference Session - Slide Show

The 27th General Conference session was held in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from October 17 to November 4, 1888. This session was notable because of debates about the theology of salvation. An important outcome was a new emphasis on righteousness by faith in Christ.

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Health - Slide Show

Shortly after the incorporation of the General Conference, Ellen White received a vision about health on June 6, 1863. Based on the Bible, White articulated principles of healthful living and urged members to practice them. Adventist-operated hospitals and medical facilities were established upon these principles and experienced tremendous success. Today the Adventist health system is one of the premier in the world.

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