Manchmal werde ich gefragt, wie viele Personen wohl in Deutschland nicht mehr zur Gemeinde gehören oder nicht mehr zur Gemeinde kommen. Nach meiner Einschätzung - gestützt auf die Diplomarbeit eines Theologiestudenten - beläuft sich diese Gruppe auf ca. 25.000. Da wir in Deutschland gegenwärtig etwa 35.000 Gemeindeglieder zählen, sollte jeder beim Vergleich dieser beiden Zahlen spüren, um welche Aufgabe es sich bei dieser Arbeit handelt. Häufig sind es ja die Jugendlichen aus unseren Gemeinden, die andere Wege einschlagen, und wir sind bestürzt, dass es so viele sind (We are sad that they are so many) % 25,000 35,000
Of those born Adventist or entered Adventism along with a parent during childhood one third will leave the Church.
(GSS) The General Social Survey 1972-2000 (c.othr6(77)
Third One Third
The proportion of Adventists born into the church, remain loyal to it without ever faltering, and die within the faith in which they were raised may well be less than 20 percent of the total membership. Bull & Lockhart, Seeking a Sanctuary, 349 Adventist born die as Members
Teenage Adventists leave the Church in their mid-twenties at the rate of 40-50%.
Some may return later.
Dudley, Why Our Teenagers Leave the Church, 35
The official apostasy rate is 26.3 percent of conversions in the developing world during 1994. However, Lawson's interviews revealed a situation which was far different.
Visiting Afro-American evangelists had conducted evangelistic efforts during the previous three years in Zaire resulting in 1,500 baptisms.
Lawson’s painstaking interviews found that only 50 were still in the church or 3.3 percent of the 1,500!
Ronald W. Lawson is Professor of Urban Studies at Queens College, City University of New York.
Evangelistic Efforts Persisting Members
Worldwide, the church lost 35 members for every 100 baptized in the past five years. In some world church areas, the numbers are even less encouraging, Haloviak reported, with reports of 61, 65 and even 104 members being removed from membership lists for every 100 joining. http://news.adventist.org/2005/10/worl-church-membership-growth-retetio-focus-of-suay-afteroo-sessio.html Conversions Losses
KELLOGG One of the founders of Adventist Health Work
Why did he leave?
Power (Control) & Money
He wanted to build a Health Empire
Wanted the Church to finance it
His book “ The Living Temple ”
contained some Pantheism
It challenged the Three Angels Message
He believed E.G. White got some
Health Ideas from him
Ellet J. Waggoner, 1855 -1916 Author, Physician, Assistant Editor for the Signs of the Times (1883-1891). Worked in England, taught at Emmanuel Missionary College Why did he leave?
His entanglement with British nurse Miss. Edith
Adams and subsequent divorce and remarriage
Changing Doctrinal Views
Pantheism that is more subtle than routine pantheism;
Christ lives within the believer, the believer is made
sinless by the internal, transforming work of
Christ — and is thus declared just because the
person has been made actually just, not justified.
3. Questioning the Three Angels Message
4. Rejected the Church Organization. G.R.Knight, Organizing for Mission and Growth, 93
Regardless of what happened to the man, Mrs. White declared about the message , "I see the beauty of truth in the presentation of the righteousness of Christ in relation to the law as the doctor has placed it before us." MS 15, 1888.
Editor of Liberty and associate editor of Review and Herald until 1901 Member of General Conference Committee until 1899. President of the California Conference of the church, 1901-03 Chief defender of religious liberty and against Sunday law A Hero of 1888 and Righteousness by Faith
He was controversial, pompous, egotistical, harsh, confrontational, abrasive,
consequently he clashed with Church leaders and then he felt wronged.
"Because Jones frequently did not really believe he was wrong when reproved
[by Ellen G. White], his differences with Mrs White festered (in) …his
mind ." (G.R.Knight, From 1888 to Apostasy, 228)
Church never fully accepted righteousness by faith Jones, "God's Everlasting Covenant," Remarks made
in the Battle Creek Sanitarium Sabbath School, n.p., July 20, 1907, p. 31
Jones rejected the Church Organization . Promoted each man alone, full
independence. G.R.Knight, Organizing for Mission and Growth, 93-94
Decided to work for J. H. Kellogg and was attacked for it by Church leaders
Dudley Marvin Canright (1840–1919) For 20 years, Canright labored as a minister and evangelist across the US In 1876 elected to the General Conference Executive Committee. In 1878, he was elected President of the Sabbath School Association
Why did he leave?
Ambition thwarted. He eyed the G.C. presidency
Ten Commandments as binding upon Christians
the position the U.S. in prophecy,
Ellen G. White
M. Canright visited Texas from May 5-15, 1876. During that time, he organized the Dallas Seventh-day Adventist Church. Encouraged Whites to visit Texas
Father Minister Raymond W. Numbers loyal until death to SDA Paternal Grandfather Ernest R. Numbers minister and G.C. Officer committed adultery and questioned E.G.White Maternal Grandfather W.H.Branson G.C.President Professor of History of Science and Medicine at Andrews, Loma Linda and Univ. Wisconsin
Wrote Prophetess of Health which provided a naturalistic
explanation for her Health Message
After its publication he was fired at Loma Linda
After his move to Madison “I thought maybe it would be
good to attend the local church”
The G.C. sent Robert Olson the expose him to the church.
Olson said: “Br. Numbers do you believe that the
Investigative Judgment began on Oct. 22, 1844.”
Numbers answered: “I don’t Know”
Olson: “Then you are not really an Adventist”
“ I decided that if my presence was that disruptive, I
wouldn’t have anything more to do with the Church.”
SPECTRUM, vol 36 (3), p.9
From Staunch Defender to Non-Believer in E.G.White Walter T. Rea Dirk Anderson
Adventist education produces higher social status and greater economic resources
For lifelong members, upward economic mobility is associated with disengagement from the church. Bull and Lockhart, p.354
More General Reasons
Along with their annual planning and budgeting for evangelism, executive committees and local church boards should assess the membership retention capacity in their territory. This will require careful review of membership care measures along with accession and loss patterns. Analysis of the situation should be followed by deliberate steps to address the circumstances that lie within the church's ability to change. RECOMMENDED To approve the following appeal to the world Church regarding membership retention and the reclaiming of former members; http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/other-documents/conserving-gains.html This Appeal was voted by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Executive Committee at the Spring Meeting in Silver Spring, Maryland, April 10, 2007.