Friday, October 23, 2015


Interdenominational The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) held its first meeting on September 5, 1810. Initially an organization of Massachusetts and Connecticut Congregationalists, the ABCFM shunned the term Congregationalist in its title and recruited Presbyterian and Dutch Reformed members (until they established their own foreign mission boards.) The ABCFM was the first foreign mission board founded in the US, as well as being the largest in the nineteenth century. It was the first "national" benevolent society. While the ABCFM began as an inter-denominational society, after 1870, it became a Congregationalist body. United Church of Christ is the successor of the ABCFM.

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