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Global Changes and the Impact on the Adventist Church.

Global Changes and the Impact on the Adventist Church.
Will the SDA Church Adapt Successfully?

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  • Mohra Origin of Luther’s Family
  • Eisnach, Karlsplatz Luther Street Luther House
  • Augustinian Monastery which became his home . St. Mary’s, Luther’s parish church where he was pastor Univ. of Wittenberg
  • Luther before Emperor Charles V
  • Wartburg Castle
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  • Savonarola
  • Hus
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  • Luther had the right religious message The princes and political authorities supported Luther Luther appealed to emerging nationalistic feelings in the German states The upper class saw an opportunity to confiscate church property The emerging middle classes supported Luther because they refused to pay taxes to Church and Foreigners
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  • I. The Expanding Church
  • My children's generation 1960 Year Membership I. The Expanding Church cont.
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  • There will be about 31.5 million baptized Adventist members by the year 2020. These members, together with their children and other unbaptized church attendees, will total nearly 50 million by that time .
  • Projected Distribution of Adventist Church Members in 2020 Members in 2000 By 2020, the Adventist Church will be a “young church ;” most will have been members for 20 years or less. New Members
  • Since the expanding church will be a “young” church, the crucial question is how does one pass on the identity and values from one generation of believers to the next.
  • Sabbath Second Coming State of the Dead Non-Variables
    • Identify the Adventist
    • non-variables
    • Continually teach these
    • non-variables
    • Flexibility on non-essentials
    • Respect for local traditions
    • and cultures but place the
    • faith and moral values above
    • local culture if they conflict
    • with each other
  • 2. Exploding Diversity in the SDA Church
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  • Andrews University graduate George Speight, a rebel leader , hostage taker against democratically elected prime Minister of Indian descent . George Speight Elizaphan Ntakirutimana a Seventh-day Adventist leader involved in the ethnic cleansing in Rwanda, 1994
  • 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism ; 6 one God and Father of all* , who is over all, and through all and in all. Eph 4:3-6 (NIV) 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— E P H E S I A N S E P H E S I A N S Our unity as a diverse and global church is based on the strong foundation of God’s Word AND * We are all Children on an equal basis.
  • No America 12% Europe 8% SDA Membership in 1979
  • North America Europe
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  • Iglesia Adventista del Séptimo Día Hispana de Keene “ A majority of baptisms throughout North America are among those who are immigrants.” Monte Sahlin, director of research and special projects for the Adventist Church in Ohio
  • President Humphrey H Walters South England Conference "Without immigrants the Adventist church in England would be reduced significantly," says Aris Vontzalidis, director of Church Growth in South England. More than 80 percent of the Adventist Church's membership in England comes from other countries http://news.adventist.org/data/2007/1186410031/index.html.en
  • (Romanian Adventist Church in Vienna, Austria)
  • http://news.adventist.org/data/2007/1186410031/index.html.en Non-French, 80 % In France, about 80 percent of the Adventist Church's membership is not native to France. Bernard Sauvagnat, director of evangelism for the Adventist Church's Franco-Belgian region, The non-native membership of Dutch Adventist churches has grown to 45 percent of the country's 4,600 members. Henk Koning, secretary of the Adventist Church. While church leaders look at any kind of growth in their churches as good, there is concern that native church members are not always feeling at home any longer in their own churches, according to Koning. "[Some] fear that native Adventism will disappear or greatly diminish in five to 10 years," Koning says.
  • “ The median age of Seventh-day Adventist in North America is 58. The median age for the general public is 36 in the U.S. and 37 in Canada. Among native-born White and Black members the median age is even higher.” Study by Dr. Ron Lawson, professor of sociology at the City University of New York
  • Age by generation b 1946-64, now 38 -56 b 1933-45, now 57 – 69 1977-94, now 8 to 25 (“Gen X”), born 1965-76, now 26 to 37
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    • Adventist churches are somewhat less likely than other faiths to have households with children.
  • Age by generation b 1946-64, now 38 -56 b 1933-45, now 57 – 69 1977-94, now 8 to 25 (“Gen X”), born 1965-76, now 26 to 37
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  • Local Youth Ministries
      • www.creativeministry.org
  • When the Seventh-day Adventist Church was newly formed, it was teenagers and young adults who held many leadership positions and helped to transform the church into the organization it is today. Ellen Harmon was just 17 years old when she received a vision from God. The Church was once a Youth Church
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  • Gender keeps some 70 percent of the Seventh-day Adventists out of many church leadership positions. Changes are beginning to take place. In Southern Mexico women leaders are beginning to transform churches. Marbella Ascencio is one of three elders at the Juarez Central Adventist Church in Juarez in the Southern Mexican state of Chiapas. Church in Juarez in the Southern Mexican state of Chiapas. http://news.adventist.org/data/2008/1214322875/index.html.en
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  • Welcome to our list of over 3038 Adventist Churches with web pages in 30 languages from countries all over the world!
  • The Church of Liberal Borrowings By RICHARD N. OSTLING Plagiarism and fraud charges rock the Seventh-day Adventists Seventh-Day Adventist Deception Seventh-Day Adventism is of the Devil, an apple rotten to the core. http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Religions/Seventh-Day%20Adventist/deception.htm  Satanic-prophecy-by-seventh-day-adventist-killer-cult- http://video.aol.com/video-detail/satanic-prophecy-by-seventh-day-adventist-killer-cult-part-1/3798441971?icid=acvsv1
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  • “ Bible is God's word with human thought forms and perspectives." The Bible is God’s Word period without the human limitations Present truth refers to the ongoing search for truth and an attitude of humility that there is no time at which the church's beliefs are perfect. "There are mines of truth yet to be discovered by the earnest seeker.“ E.G. White, Testimonies for the Church , 5:204. The Truth has been revealed in the Bible and “The Spirit of Prophecy” A less rigid view of the Inspiration of Ellen White Ellen White is inspired and contains and is not influenced by contemporary human thought and perspectives. Flexibility about the age of the earth & creationism Young earth creationism For candid reporting of news and information about the church with Transparency and Accountability Report the good news only. Trust the hierarchy they are God’s Chosen leaders Open to a variety of styles of worship & music Traditional music only.
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  • 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all and in all. Eph 4:1-6 (NIV) E P H E S I A N S E P H E S I A N S 1 I therefore, …beseech you that ye walk worthy,… 2  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.