Adventism in Quebec: The Dynamics of Rural Church Growth, 1830-1910 traces the instructive story of the precipitous rise and intermittent decline of Sabbatarian Adventism in rural southern Quebec. Originating out of the Millerite, or Second Advent, movement of the 1840s, the Sabbatarian wing of Adventism that later developed into the Seventh-day Adventist Church flourished for a time in that area of Quebec bounded on the south by Vermont and on the north and west by the St. Lawrence River. That area is known as the Eastern Townships.
In this highly readable account, the author goes beyond history to provide a thoughtful reflection on the pointed and poignant lessons church leaders—locally, regionally and nationally—must learn about keeping a faith and movement alive and thriving in a rural setting.
Denis Fortin is professor of theology at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, where he teaches historical theology. He is co-editor of the Ellen G. White Encyclopedia. He holds a Ph. D. degree in theology from the Université Laval in Quebec City, and worked for several years as a pastor of Seventh-day Adventist churches in Quebec.
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List of Illustrations
Chapter 1: The Eastern Townships in the Early Nineteenth Century
Chapter 2: The World Turned Upside Down (1830-1843)
Chapter 3: The Year of the End and Its Aftermath (1843-1845)
Chapter 4: Searching Times (1845-1850)
Chapter 5: Sabbatarian Adventism in Canada East (1848-1860)
Chapter 6: The First Seventh-day Adventist Congregations (1860-1865)
Chapter 7: Supervision by the Vermont Conference (1862-1875)
Chapter 8: Augustin Bourdeau’s Renewed Efforts (1875-1883)
Chapter 9: New Strides under Rodney S. Owen (1884-1893)
Chapter 10: Progress and Decline (1893-1910)
Chapter 11: Lessons on the Dynamics of Rural Church Growth
Appendix A: Early Seventh-day Adventist Churches in Quebec
Appendix B: Quebec Camp Meetings
Appendix C: Conference Officers