The organizational structure of the International Missionary Society follows the original pattern of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. There are churches, mission fields, districts, fields, unions, and the General Conference. The highest governing body of the denomination, the General Conference Assembly, is composed of delegates from around the globe, meets in full session once every 5 years to elect a 15-member governing Board, to study doctrinal issues, and to establish missionary priorities. The most recent such Assembly was held in 2007 in Mexico.
The International Missionary Society is represented in more than 100 countries. Its adherents worship on the seventh-day Sabbath (Saturday) and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. The organization holds the Bible to be inerrant and acknowledges the published writings of Ellen G. White to be part of the Spirit of Prophecy (inspired writings) for the last days.
Points of difference with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, besides conscientious objection to war, include the view that abortion and homosexuality violate God’s will, a determined refusal to participate in political activity, the upholding of the marriage institution as sacred to God, a refusal to participate in ecumenism and labor unions, and advocacy of health principles such as vegetarianism and natural healing while abstaining from harmful substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.
They do not divide into different churches on the basis of language, ethnic, or racial differences. They have a strong family, education, health, and missions emphasis in their projects, funding, and resource allocation.
The international headquarters facility in Cedartown, Georgia, U.S.A., was purchased in 2007 and is staffed by ministers, doctors, teachers, and missionaries from a broad base of countries.