Based on the most extensive research ever conducted on
the attitudes, beliefs, experiences and spiritual
practices of Seve...
Re a d i n g :
Finally, all of you,
have unity of mind,
sympathy,
brotherly love, a
tender heart, and a
humble mind.
1 Pet...
SOURCES: Based on surveys, questionnaires, interviews and the GC Statistical
Archive
“Landmark survey reveals in-depth be...
Slow Membership Growth in the North American Division
Compared with World Growth, 2012
2 % NO. AMERICAN DIVISION
MEMBERSHI...
From 1975 to 2005 the population grew by 1.09 percent, but the
church grew by 0.06 percent.

“This indicates that the Seve...
Number of Members Needed for
ONE Convert in NAD
30
25
20
Members Needed for
ONE Convert

15

27

In 1913

5

15

10

In 20...
Cost per Convert in 2005 Dollars
50,000
50,000
40,000
30,000
20,000
10,000
0
0
In 1913
In 1913

Cost per Convert

In 2010
...
CHURCH GROWTH
12
10
8

6

Bible Study Groups

4

Fellowship & Social

2
0
% CHURCH GROWTH
DUE TO

Congregations that have ...
Only 50 % Attending Church
100
90
80

50
40
30
20
10

50%
attending

60

Book Membership

70

0
Book
Membership

Attending...
Contacting Visitors
CONTACTING VISITOR

Contacts by
phone, e-mail, mail
Rarely, IF EVER
Contact Visitors
Membership Gains and
Losses, 2000-2013
15
Million

From 2000 to
2012, more than
13.6 million people
joined the
church, mos...
Youth apostasy
and recovery

Dr. Allan Martin, former Seminary professor and current young adult
pastor told that between ...
“Landmark survey reveals in-depth beliefs”: http://news.adventist.org/all-news/news/go/2013-10-17/landmark-survey-reveals...
7
6

4 out of 10 Adventists slipped out of

5

without ever being contacted
by anyone.

4

2

1
0

the church

Never conta...
Sabbath School teachers were ranked
higher than pastors and elders when

church members were asked to state who was
friend...
19 % Worship in the USA in
other Language then English

Spanish
Percent of Sabbath Worships
which Never Use the Following Instruments Never Use Guitar

Never Use Drums

Organ
Choir
Drums...
25%

75%
About three-fourths of Adventists strongly embrace the
prophetic ministry of church co-founder Ellen G. White.
“...
2

1

0

10

20

30

40

50

60

70
“Landmark survey reveals in-depth beliefs”: http://news.adventist.org/allnews/news/go/2013-10-17/landmark-survey-reveals-...
“Landmark survey reveals in-depth beliefs”: http://news.adventist.org/all-news/news/go/2013-10-17/landmark-survey-reveals...
“The median age of
Seventh-day Adventist in
North America is 51.
The median age for the general
public is 36 in the U.S. a...
40%
35%
30%
25%

 Adventist churches have

fewer households with
children than other
faiths.

20%
15%
10%
5%
0%

 Only 2...
50%
45%
40%
35%
30%
25%
20%
15%
10%
5%
0%

1977-94,
(“Gen X”), born
1965-76, now
b 1933-45,
now 57 – 69

WW II
generation
...
When Children and Youth are present few are
involved in Sabbath Worship Services

Seldom & Never
Involve Youth or
Children...
To few Children and Youth Programs

No Youth Programs or
emphasis of Youth
Programs

No Team Sports

No Pathfinder or
emph...
The study guide, perhaps not surprisingly, is
least popular with worshipers is in North
America, parts of Europe, and in a...
92 percent of Adventists have an
overwhelming conviction that the
Seventh-day Sabbath is the true Sabbath
“Landmark surve...
Approximately 90 percent of respondents strongly
agreed that the Seventh-day Adventist Church is
God’s true last-day churc...
“Landmark survey reveals in-depth beliefs”: http://news.adventist.org/allnews/news/go/2013-10-17/landmark-survey-reveals-...
9%

30%

6%

55%
Caucasian

Caucasian, 55%
African-Am 30%
Hispanic 9%
Asian etc. 6%

Fast Growth of Ethnic Membership, Gro...
“This is a subject that is not going away! This topic can no
longer be ignored!”
According to Claude E. Steen III, ministe...
WHY?

The next generation does not have a big
problem with gays in the Church
“Almost half of college students and recent
...
WHY?
Adventist members softening their Stance
Collegedale Adventist
Commissioners Voted to Give
Family Benefits to Same-Se...
http://gladventist.org/
IAGC Intercollegiate Adventist GSA Coalition
iagc.andrews@gmail.com

Gay SDAs

http://jhegarty.com...
Pastors Dwain Esmond, Eddie Hypolite (England) and
Matthew Gamble discussing Homosexuality on Youtube

Ministry for Advent...
"The Church should not remain silent on issues prominent in
society, especially when they also touch the Adventist faith
c...
liberal

progressive

Moral
influence
theory

ultra-extreme
extreme
conservative
evangelical moderate conservative conserv...
Volume 25, Number 6 • June 2010
The Immutable Law of God • Christ
Our Righteousness • The Seventh-day
Sabbath, The Three A...
Pastor Benjamin Schoun, the
General Conference vice president
acknowledges the challenges facing
the denomination.

“We ha...
Re a d i n g :
Here there is no Gentile or
Jew, circumcised or
uncircumcised, barbarian,
Scythian, slave or
free, but Chri...
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  1. 1. Based on the most extensive research ever conducted on the attitudes, beliefs, experiences and spiritual practices of Seventh-day Adventists
  2. 2. Re a d i n g : Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 1 Peter 3:8 ESV If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3 ESV
  3. 3. SOURCES: Based on surveys, questionnaires, interviews and the GC Statistical Archive “Landmark survey reveals in-depth beliefs”: http://news.adventist.org/all-news/news/go/2013-10-17/ landmark-survey-reveals-in-depth-beliefs-perceptions-of-adventist-members/     http://www.adventiststatistics.org/ http://faithcommunitiestoday.org/sites/faithcommunitiestoday.org/files/Seventh-day%20Adventist%20Final%20Report.pdf www.creativeministry.org David Beckworth, S. Joseph Kidder, Reflections on the future of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America: Trends and challenges, MINISTRY, Dec.2010
  4. 4. Slow Membership Growth in the North American Division Compared with World Growth, 2012 2 % NO. AMERICAN DIVISION MEMBERSHIP GROWTH 2 % or 23320 new members 6.6 million in Africa, 5.8 million are in Latin America 3.4 million are in Asia. 15 % Worldwide Membership Growth Or 1.1 million new members Southwestern Union, Fastest Growing http://news.adventist.org/all-news/news/go/2013-10-13/membershipnears-18-million-secretary-highlights-regions-of-growth-decline/
  5. 5. From 1975 to 2005 the population grew by 1.09 percent, but the church grew by 0.06 percent. “This indicates that the Seventh-day Adventist presence is shrinking in the NAD. From 1975 to 2005 the population grew by 1.09 %, but the church grew by 0.06 % shrinking relative to the population Membership Growth does not keep up with the general population growth in the NAD If the number of the converts continues to grow below the rate of population growth, the church will become a shrinking part of the population, making it increasingly more difficult to fulfill its mission.” David Beckworth, S. Joseph Kidder, Reflections on the future of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America: Trends and challenges, MINISTRY, Dec.2010 Population Growth (1.09) vs Converts (0.06) 2 1 0
  6. 6. Number of Members Needed for ONE Convert in NAD 30 25 20 Members Needed for ONE Convert 15 27 In 1913 5 15 10 In 2010 0 It now takes about 27 members to produce one baptism, whereas from 1913 to 1980 it took only about 15 members David Beckworth, S. Joseph Kidder, Reflections on the future of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America: Trends and challenges, MINISTRY, Dec.2010
  7. 7. Cost per Convert in 2005 Dollars 50,000 50,000 40,000 30,000 20,000 10,000 0 0 In 1913 In 1913 Cost per Convert In 2010 In 2010 In 1913 In 1913 5,500 In 2010 In 2010 41,000 In terms of economic productivity, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the NAD was spending about $41,000 in 2005 per convert while in 1913 it took about $5,500 (2005 US$) to do the same because of the high structural overhead. David Beckworth, S. Joseph Kidder, Reflections on the future of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America: Trends and challenges, MINISTRY, Dec.2010
  8. 8. CHURCH GROWTH 12 10 8 6 Bible Study Groups 4 Fellowship & Social 2 0 % CHURCH GROWTH DUE TO Congregations that have fellowship or sponsor other social activities are more likely to be growing than those that don’t. Their presence accounts for 8.9% of the growth. If we add Bible study groups other than Sabbath school, the strength rises to 10.7%. http://faithcommunitiestoday.org/sites/faithcommunitiestoday.org/files/Seventh-day%20Adventist%20Final%20Report.pdf
  9. 9. Only 50 % Attending Church 100 90 80 50 40 30 20 10 50% attending 60 Book Membership 70 0 Book Membership Attending Active Tithing http://www.creativeministry.org/site/1/docs/Quit.PDF
  10. 10. Contacting Visitors CONTACTING VISITOR Contacts by phone, e-mail, mail Rarely, IF EVER Contact Visitors
  11. 11. Membership Gains and Losses, 2000-2013 15 Million From 2000 to 2012, more than 13.6 million people joined the church, mostly through baptism. But during the same time, 5.9 million Adventists were lost (and that doesn’t include those who died). That’s a loss rate of nearly 43.4 per 100 10 5 0 “Landmark survey reveals in-depth beliefs”
  12. 12. Youth apostasy and recovery Dr. Allan Martin, former Seminary professor and current young adult pastor told that between 59 and 70% of young adults leave the Church. http://www.columbiaunion.org/article/1281/news/2013-news-archives/may-16-2013-columbia-union-leaders-discuss-youngadult-attrition
  13. 13. “Landmark survey reveals in-depth beliefs”: http://news.adventist.org/all-news/news/go/2013-10-17/landmark-survey-reveals-in-depth-beliefs- perceptions-of-adventist-members/
  14. 14. 7 6 4 out of 10 Adventists slipped out of 5 without ever being contacted by anyone. 4 2 1 0 the church Never contacted 3 1 2 “Landmark survey reveals in-depth beliefs”: http://news.adventist.org/allnews/news/go/2013-10-17/landmark-survey-reveals-in-depth-beliefs-perceptions-of-adventist-
  15. 15. Sabbath School teachers were ranked higher than pastors and elders when church members were asked to state who was friendlier, warmer, more caring and had a positive effect on their spiritual lives. Findings, released to delegates at the 2013 General Conference Annual Council
  16. 16. 19 % Worship in the USA in other Language then English Spanish
  17. 17. Percent of Sabbath Worships which Never Use the Following Instruments Never Use Guitar Never Use Drums Organ Choir Drums Never Use Choir Guitar Never Use Organ 0 20 40 60 http://faithcommunitiestoday.org/sites/faithcommunitiestoday.org/files/Seventh-day%20Adventist%20Final%20Report.pdf 80
  18. 18. 25% 75% About three-fourths of Adventists strongly embrace the prophetic ministry of church co-founder Ellen G. White. “Landmark survey reveals in-depth beliefs”: http://news.adventist.org/all-news/news/go/2013-10-17/landmark-survey-reveals-in-depth-beliefs- perceptions-of-adventist-members/
  19. 19. 2 1 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70
  20. 20. “Landmark survey reveals in-depth beliefs”: http://news.adventist.org/allnews/news/go/2013-10-17/landmark-survey-reveals-in-depth-beliefs-perceptions-of-adventist-
  21. 21. “Landmark survey reveals in-depth beliefs”: http://news.adventist.org/all-news/news/go/2013-10-17/landmark-survey-reveals-in-depth-beliefs- perceptions-of-adventist-members/
  22. 22. “The median age of Seventh-day Adventist in North America is 51. 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 than 51.” David Beckworth, S. Joseph Kidder, Reflections on the future of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America: Trends and challenges, MINISTRY, Dec.2010
  23. 23. 40% 35% 30% 25%  Adventist churches have fewer households with children than other faiths. 20% 15% 10% 5% 0%  Only 26 % have young children at home.  Adventist World, Feb.2012, p. 11 Many or most Some Adventists A few All faiths Hardly any or none
  24. 24. 50% 45% 40% 35% 30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% 1977-94, (“Gen X”), born 1965-76, now b 1933-45, now 57 – 69 WW II generation 26 to 37 Swing Baby Boom Baby Bust generation generation generation General population now 18 to 25 Millennial generation Adventist Church www.creativeministry.org
  25. 25. When Children and Youth are present few are involved in Sabbath Worship Services Seldom & Never Involve Youth or Children Involve Youth and Children Involve Youth & Children Seldom or Never Involve Youth or Children 0 10 20 30 http://faithcommunitiestoday.org/sites/faithcommunitiestoday.org/files/Seventh-day%20Adventist%20Final%20Report.pdf
  26. 26. To few Children and Youth Programs No Youth Programs or emphasis of Youth Programs No Team Sports No Pathfinder or emphasis of Pathfinder No Pathfinder No Team Sports No Youth Programs 0 20 40 60 80
  27. 27. The study guide, perhaps not surprisingly, is least popular with worshipers is in North America, parts of Europe, and in and around Australia “Landmark survey reveals in-depth beliefs”: http://news.adventist.org/all-news/news/go/2013-10-17/landmark-survey-reveals-indepth-beliefs-perceptions-of-adventist-members/
  28. 28. 92 percent of Adventists have an overwhelming conviction that the Seventh-day Sabbath is the true Sabbath “Landmark survey reveals in-depth beliefs”: http://news.adventist.org/all-news/news/go/2013-10-17/landmark-survey-reveals-in-depth-beliefs- perceptions-of-adventist-members/
  29. 29. Approximately 90 percent of respondents strongly agreed that the Seventh-day Adventist Church is God’s true last-day church with a message to prepare the world for the Second Coming of Christ.
  30. 30. “Landmark survey reveals in-depth beliefs”: http://news.adventist.org/allnews/news/go/2013-10-17/landmark-survey-reveals-in-depth-beliefs-perceptions-of-adventist-
  31. 31. 9% 30% 6% 55% Caucasian Caucasian, 55% African-Am 30% Hispanic 9% Asian etc. 6% Fast Growth of Ethnic Membership, Growth does not match the ethnic makeup of the population
  32. 32. “This is a subject that is not going away! This topic can no longer be ignored!” According to Claude E. Steen III, minister and Missionary for 40 years thinks there may be today anywhere from 250 000 Pastor Steen to “1 Million Seventh day Adventist Gays” ? http://www.buildingsafeplaces.org/index.php/archives/who-cares-newsletter-archives/july-2011/editors-perspective-a-million-gay-adventists.html “The discussion about homosexuality and everything that relates to it has hardly started in the Adventist Church. The church is still too busy with the commotion surrounding ordaining female ministers, and the problems concerning a literal six-day creation. But in the Reinder Bruinsma, President of the Belgium-Luxembourg Conference. meantime it is clear that the questions regarding same sex relationships (which according to many Adventists are unequivocally condemned by the Bible) can no longer be ignored.” Reinder Bruinsma, President of the Belgium-Luxembourg Conference. Posted on August 26, 2012
  33. 33. WHY? The next generation does not have a big problem with gays in the Church “Almost half of college students and recent college graduates (North America) said they would accept practicing homosexuals as church members in good and regular standing.” “Landmark survey reveals in-depth beliefs”: http://news.adventist.org/allnews/news/go/2013-10-17/landmark-survey-reveals-in-depth-beliefs-perceptions-ofadventist-members/
  34. 34. WHY? Adventist members softening their Stance Collegedale Adventist Commissioners Voted to Give Family Benefits to Same-Sex Couples, 5 August 2013 How does one of the most traditional Adventist communities in the U.S. become a national trendsetter by bucking its state's constitution and granting city benefits to an employee's same-sex spouse? Two of the four votes in favor of the resolution came from long-time Adventist residents of Collegedale, both of whom have been heads of departments and academic administrators at Southern Adventist University. A third commissioner who voted “yes” is married to a current professor at Southern. (3 out of 4 votes Adventist) Kat Cooper Kat Cooper, city police officer of more than eight years, who married her long-term partner in Maryland this year, had applied for benefits and got it Certainly, for people who live and work in Collegedale, the dominant emotion in town, on Southern’s campus or off of it, was the absence of outrage and a strong desire to live and let live. http://spectrummagazine.org/blog/2013/08/09/why-collegedale-voted-give-familybenefits-same-sex-couples
  35. 35. http://gladventist.org/ IAGC Intercollegiate Adventist GSA Coalition iagc.andrews@gmail.com Gay SDAs http://jhegarty.com/gaysda/
  36. 36. Pastors Dwain Esmond, Eddie Hypolite (England) and Matthew Gamble discussing Homosexuality on Youtube Ministry for Adventist families and friends of gays and lesbians DVD. Interviews with Adventist parents of gay and lesbian people:  Dr. Walt & Virginia Cason physician/daughter of Elder H.M.S. Richards),  Dr. George P. Babcock (53 years educator & church adminstrator)  Mrs. Carrol Grady (minister's wife). A Pastor’s family agonizing about their gay youngest son My Son, Beloved Stranger / Kate McLaughlin 1995 Pacific Press Adventist Family and Friends of Gays and Lesbians Christianity And Homosexuality Some Seventh-day Adventist Perspectives Edited by David Ferguson, Fritz Guy and David Larson
  37. 37. "The Church should not remain silent on issues prominent in society, especially when they also touch the Adventist faith community. A Christian church is expected to uphold biblical standards. But it is equally important that as Christians we are always full of grace and compassionate towards everyone." Ray Dabrowski, the SDA's communication director discussed proposed changes to the church’s statements on homosexuality. Adventist Church Vice President Ben Schoun, left, chairs Annual Council delegates as they Official statements updated, modified to reaffirm biblical stance October 17, 2012 | Silver Spring, Maryland, United States | Author: Edwin Manuel Garcia/ANN The Seventh-day Adventist Church on Wednesday reaffirmed its stance against homosexual activity and same-sex marriage, softened the denomination’s position statement but also
  38. 38. liberal progressive Moral influence theory ultra-extreme extreme conservative evangelical moderate conservative conservative (It is) an “undeniable fact that contemporary Adventist theology has quite a few different faces” Reinder Bruinsma, Executive secretary of the Trans-European Division & President of the Netherlands Union. http://www.ministrymagazine.org/archive/2010/december/theological-diversity-a-threat-an-asset-or-what "A problem in past evangelical evaluations of Adventism has been the failure to recognize its theological diversity. Adventism is anything but monolithic.“ Kenneth R. Sample, The Recent Truth About Seventh-day Adventists in Christianity Today February 5, 1990.
  39. 39. Volume 25, Number 6 • June 2010 The Immutable Law of God • Christ Our Righteousness • The Seventh-day Sabbath, The Three Angels’ Messages • The Non-Immortality of the Soul • The Sanctuary
  40. 40. Pastor Benjamin Schoun, the General Conference vice president acknowledges the challenges facing the denomination. “We have much to learn and we probably need to incorporate these results into our strategic planning, because it is a very sobering picture in some cases, even though we have our strengths as well.” Dr. Benjamin Schoun
  41. 41. Re a d i n g : Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, hu mility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you — Colossians 3:11-13

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