Conference History

Memorable History

1831 | Vermont – William Miller preaches about the Second Coming

1840 | Maine – Ellen Harmon hears William Miller preach

1844 | Maine – Ellen Harmon receives her first vision while in Maine

1846 | Maine – Ellen Harmon and James White get married and accept the Sabbath

1862 | Vermont – J. N. Loughborough establishes the Vermont Conference

1923 | Maine and New Hampshire are added to the Conference

1938 | Conference headquarters moved from Rochester, NH to Portland, ME

Recent History

Most Americans think of the mission field as being overseas, yet Barna, a research company focused on the connection between faith and culture, has released a study showing the lack of Christianity in the Northern New England area. In 2019 they released this study that showed the 10 most post-Christian cities in America.

Our conference covers 3 of the top 5 on this list!

Barna defines “post-Christian” as individuals that meet 9 or more of the following criteria.

  1. Disagree strongly or somewhat that their faith is important in their life
  2. Identify as atheist or agnostic
  3. Faith Tribe: Skeptic
  4. Unchurched (have not attended a Christian church in the past six months)
  5. Have not prayed to God (past week)
  6. Have not read the Bible (past week)
  7. Have not volunteered at church (past week)
  8. Have not attended an adult Sunday school (past week)
  9. Have not attended a small group (past week)
  10. Have not donated any money to a church (past 12 months)
  11. Do not participate in a house church
  12. Do not believe in God
  13. Disagree strongly or somewhat that the Bible is accurate
  14. Have never made a personal commitment to Jesus
  15. Agree strongly or somewhat that Jesus committed sins
  16. Disagree strongly or somewhat that they have a responsibility to share their faith
  17. Bible engagement scale: low (have not read the Bible in the past week and disagree strongly or somewhat that the Bible is accurate)

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