Timeline of Mission

A timeline of the history of mission from that first meeting in 1806 through today.

1806 Original Haystack Prayer Meeting at Sloan's Meadow by five Williams College students in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

 

1808 Samuel Mills forms The Brethren, dedicated to spreading the message about missionary service

 

1810 America's first foreign mission society, the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions (ABCFM) is formed by Congregationalists in Massachusetts

 

1812 ABCFM sends its first group of five missionaries to India, (including Adoniram Judson and Luther Rice)

 

1819 ABCFM sends first missionaries to Near East, including Turkey and Palestine; ABCFM sends first missionaries to Sandwich Islands

 

1821 The Missionary Herald, ABCFM's magazine of missionary reports is established

 

1830 ABCFM sends first missionaries to China

 

1833 ABCFM sends first missionaries to Africa

 

1854 Byram Green returns to Williamstown, telling of the original meeting and pointing out the site of the haystack. Consequently, Sloan's Meadow is purchased and renamed "Mission Park"

 

1856 Semi-centennial of the Haystack Meeting is celebrated

 

1867 Marble monument is erected and dedicated on the site of the original meeting

 

1868 Women's Boards of Missions established

 

1906 Centennial anniversary of the Haystack Meeting is celebrated in Williamstown

 

1931 Merger of Congregational and Christian churches, forming Congregational Christian Church, with the ABCFM

 

1934 Merger of the Evangelical Synod of North America and Reformed Church in the United States, forming the Evangelical and Reformed Church, with its Board of International Missions

 

1956 157th Annual Meeting of the ABCFM and Sesquicentennial of the Haystack Meeting celebrated in Williamstown

 

 

1961 ABCFM merges with Board of International Missions to form the United Church Board for World Ministries (UCBWM)

 

1981 175th Anniversary of the Haystack Meeting celebrated in Williamstown

 

1995 Global Ministries is established as a partnership between the UCBWM of the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the Division of Overseas Ministries (DOM) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

 

2000 UCBWM becomes Wider Church Ministries, one of four UCC covenanted ministries. Wider Church Ministries remains in partnership with DOM through Global Ministries

 

2006 200th anniversary celebration of the Haystack event in Williamstown, MA

 

2010 200th anniversary commemoration of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions