Continued Church Attendance

Our last blog looked at what factors initially attract members of the Adventist Church to their respective congregations. With many local churches experiencing member drop-out (known as the “leaky bucket syndrome”) and much lower weekly attendance numbers than book membership, one might question what factors keep members coming back to their congregations week after week. As…

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Drawing in New Church Members

When you consider what brought you into the church you currently attend, what comes to mind? Were you drawn in by the pastor’s meaningful sermons? Perhaps it was the familial atmosphere in the church community? Was it an active children’s ministry? For each of us, there is likely something very specific that first drew us to the church we…

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A Cheerful Giver: Mission Offering Giving Habits

Have you ever noticed how money is a topic that no one wants to talk about? A conversation can be sailing nicely along, but then the topic of finances comes up and suddenly things come to a screeching halt. Or, perhaps when you’re in church, you remain tuned in until the church budget is discussed…

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The Christmas Season: A Time of Recommitment

The holiday season is upon us; wherever you look, you are reminded of Christmas. Perhaps it’s bright, twinkly lights and candles decorating every surface. Maybe it’s nativity scenes set up – either indoors or out. Or, sadly, it might be more secular symbols of Christmas, such as reindeer and elves. The Christmas season provides the…

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The Value of Corporate Worship

Why do you go to church? While the question may seem simple enough on the surface, when you get down to the heart of the matter, you must ask yourself what role corporate worship plays in your spiritual life. While there are some who ignore the importance of worshipping together in a church setting, Paul…

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The Writings of Ellen G. White

The writings of Ellen G. White are an integral part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. While the Adventist Church holds the Bible as its only creed and strongly adheres to the teaching of the Scriptures, Ellen G. White’s writings are viewed as a secondary companion to the Bible – more so than ordinary Christian literature. As…

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By Faith Alone

“BAM! BAM! BAM!”  Can you imagine the sound of Martin Luther’s hammer ringing out as he nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the All Saint’s Church in Wittenberg? On October 31, 1517, this radical German friar did just that, setting in motion the events that would become known as the Protestant Reformation. While Luther…

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Grab a Hand: Supporting Seventh-day Adventist Pastors

There’s an old poem by John Donne, a famous Protestant preacher and pastor, as well as poet, which begins, “No man is an island entire of itself…” This saying could not be more true – especially when it comes to ministry. Throughout the Bible, we see many examples of spiritual leaders being made stronger by those…

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Worship Services in the Lives of Adventist Church Members

One would think that being part of a church family includes attending corporate church services with fellow Adventists. However, for some of those who consider themselves members of the Seventh-day Adventist church, this is not the case.  In 2013, a survey of church members around the world was conducted under the direction of the General Conference…

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Engagement of Young People in Church Life

With summer’s end comes the start of a new academic year for young people. As they start school, many may disconnect from their local churches because of busyness, or alternatively, they may find reasons to further engage in a local congregation. When you think back to your time as a young person in the Adventist Church,…

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