The name "Seventh-day Adventist" turned 150 years old on Oct. 1. The name was decided on during a conference of pastors from five different states in Battle Creek, Mich., in 1860.
Here's how it happened:
In the mid 1800s, a group of Christians wanted to share Jesus by printing pamphlets and newspapers about Him. The group wanted to own a publishing house, but needed to create an organization that could legally own it.
Twenty-five pastors from five different states met in Battle Creek, Mich on Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, 1860 to decide on a name for the organization. Eventually, they decided to call it "Seventh-day Adventist." They also decided to use that name for churches in general.
So that's the quick version of how we got our name. Ok, that's cool... but what does it mean?
The founders of our church chose to include this in our name because it refers to how we worship on the seventh day of the week: Saturday.
Advent means the return of an important person, thing, or event. In our case, advent means the return of Jesus Christ (He's important isn't He?). So, an Adventist is someone who is waiting on the return of Jesus to take us to heaven.
Put these two words together, and you've got a name that quickly gives you a clue about what we believe in.
Happy 150th anniversary!
Read more about how we got our name (with more details) at www.150sda.org.