Early Adventism was a church planting movement. Paid pastors were primarily apostolic workers to initiate work in new areas, volunteer elders led churches, and sacrificial ministry by all members was the norm. Over time, the work of ministry in existing churches increasingly became the domain of paid professionals and the multiplication of churches slowed. In fact, in 1995 the number of new churches in North America actually declined.
As a result there were leaders in North America–including Russell Burrill (former director of the Evangelism Institute) and others–that started Seeds Church Planting Conferences. Held for the first few years on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, today Seeds takes place in multiple locations across North America to raise awareness, call for commitment, and deliver practical training. While Seeds holds a historic and continued significance, there is today a resurgence of interest and movement for church planting in the North American Adventist church. This renewal is seen in multiple coaching and church planting initiatives, training opportunities, resources, and collaboration for mission.