Mission to the Cities and Centers of Influence: Global Knowledge of and Participation in the General Conference Initiatives

Did you know that the General Conference organizes and promotes a number of global initiatives? These are designed to encourage and grow the faith of members, as well as reach others with the good news of the hope that can be found in Jesus. In the 2017–2018 Global Church Member Survey (2017–18 GCMS), survey respondents…

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Adventist and Christian Radio: Church Members’ Listening Habits

Have you ever considered the impact of Adventist and Christian radio on believers worldwide? Today, in addition to the thousands of Seventh-day Adventist radio stations in all continents of the world, there are also countless Christian radio stations available worldwide. This means that members and nonmembers—followers of Christ and those who do not yet know…

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Adventist TV: Church Members’ Viewing Habits

Have you ever heard of Hope Channel? How often do you watch it? What about other Adventist television programming? Hope Channel launched in 2003 and today is a global network with 70 channels and growing, each creating content in its own local language. According to their website (n.d.), “Hope Channel offers programs on wholistic Christian…

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At the Click of a Button—Data on Social Media Usage

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok are a few examples of social media platforms. How do you feel about social media? Do you see it as a resource to reach and influence people? Are you curious about what age group of Seventh-day Adventist Church members uses social media the most? What about apps? Are you familiar…

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Church Locations of the Global Survey Participants: What do These Data Mean? Part 2

Does a church’s location impact its outreach into the community—specifically to non-Adventists? Could it affect how Adventist church members interact with people outside the church walls, how they form friendships, and how much they serve in the community? Jesus mingled with people seen by the Pharisees and society as unclean. How does your local congregation…

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Church Locations of the Global Survey Participants: What do These Data Mean? Part 1

When you consider the “ideal” setting for a church, what do you picture? Do you envision a large church downtown in a big city? Do you picture a small, rural church? While you may have a clear idea of what the perfect church looks like, many Seventh-day Adventist Church members don’t have a choice when…

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Are Adventists Happy and Grateful People?

The apostle Paul told us to rejoice always, in good times and difficult circumstances. Are we taking these words to heart? If so, does that make us happier and more grateful people? The Global Church Member Survey 2017–18 (2017–18 GCMS) asked multiple questions that assessed not only members’ emotional state (i.e., happiness) - but also…

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My Church and its Reputation in Community, Part 2

The apostle John depicted a scene about heaven in the book of Revelation that made one thing very clear: the people group in heaven will be as diverse as the world’s population. God asked us to partake in the creation of this beautiful picture. Being involved in the community through outreach activities is an important…

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My Church and its Reputation in Community: Part 1

In the book of Revelation, a beautiful picture is painted of Heaven. People of every nation, tribe, people, and language are standing before Jesus, shouting praises to Him. Does this picture give you goosebumps? The apostle John’s depiction of this scene in heaven makes one thing very clear: the people group in heaven will be…

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Helping Each Other to Grow Spiritually

“When a person becomes a Christian, he doesn’t just join a local church because it’s a good habit for growing in spiritual maturity. He joins a local church because it’s the expression of what Christ has made him—a member of the body of Christ.” – Mark Dever Being a member of the Body of Christ…

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Global Perspectives on Righteousness by Faith and the State of the Dead

How well do you understand the principles of the Scriptures that are fundamental to our Church? Do you hear sermons on various topics that are applicable to your daily life and help you to better understand such principles? Today we like to take a closer look at some specific findings that were revealed through the…

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“The Sabbath Was Made for Man:” Global Perspectives on Sabbath-keeping

The Sabbath is central to Seventh-day Adventists; in fact, it is so important that it is part of our name! From the very beginning of time, God set the Sabbath apart as a day of rest and restoration: physical, mental, and especially, spiritual. When Jesus spoke on this topic, He emphasized what a gift the…

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Global Prayer Meeting Attendance Trends and Belief in the Power of Jesus’s Name

Do you pray for others? Have you experienced the power of prayer in the name of Jesus? In Matthew 18:20, KJV, Jesus promises that "...where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Do you believe that? Do you pray for and with others during a…

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The Importance of Prayer

How important is prayer to you? Do you pray daily or once in a while? How do you meet your day-to-day challenges? Prayer is a vital part of spiritual growth. It connects us to our Heavenly Father and helps us grow in Christ. The apostle Paul called us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:17…

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“The Type of Church I Attend:” Preferences in Church Size and Setting by Age

The 2017–2018 Global Church Member Survey (GCMS 2017–18) was conducted globally to understand different aspects of church life. One area studied was the impact of church size on different aspects of church life. A total of 63,756 surveys were collected. While the opinions of survey participants were subject to the participant him- or herself, these…

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Gender Statistics in the Adventist Church

Have you ever wondered what our worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church membership looks like in regards to gender and age? The Annual Statistical Report (ASR) presents all kinds of membership information collected from around the world. Statistics on baptisms, tithe returned and offerings given, and membership numbers are just a few of them. The recent 2021…

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Women’s Involvement in the Adventist Church

International Women’s Day was observed in many countries on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. On this day, people express their appreciation of what women do for us and celebrate the successes and achievements of women worldwide.  According to the 2021 Annual Statistical Report (ASR), the percentage of women inside the Adventist Church is higher than that…

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What are the Objectives and Philosophy of Mission-Effectiveness Evaluation?

Did you know that it has already been more than ten years since the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has commissioned the Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research (ASTR) to conduct and coordinate research in different areas of church life and ministry? Church leadership recognizes the need for professional research into the operations of organizations…

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Involvement of People with Disabilities in the Church (Part 2)

Have you ever considered how God is able to use anyone, even in spite of their weaknesses? When we look at the story of Moses in Exodus 4:10–12, we discover that Moses thought he had a good understanding of his limitations, but God had other plans for his life. Once Moses got out of his…

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Involvement of People with Disabilities in the Church (Part 1)

Have you ever wondered if people with disabilities feel valued in their local church? Are they invited and enabled to participate in church ministries? The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 12 that everybody is needed in the Body of Christ. No matter how we feel about ourselves – insignificant or significant – God calls…

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Applying to Daily Life! Research Data from the East-Central Africa Division

There’s an old children’s worship song by Rob Evans (better known to many as the “Donut Man”) that goes like this: I like the Bible! I like the Bible! Cuz I read it, and I do it! I read it, and I do it! You can hear the full song here.[1] For many in their…

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Christ’s Method in the Trans-European and Inter-European Division

How well do we know our neighbors or the people living across the street? Do we know them well enough to know what their needs are? Are we able to meet their needs? As a new year has begun, let us explore ways to get to know our neighbors and co-workers better. Jesus understood that…

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South Pacific Division: Commitment to Adventism and Understanding God

What is your perception of God? Is He a distant God to you, who seems to make your life difficult? Is He a friend to you, someone who is by your side in good and in bad times? How does this perception effect you and your relationship with God? Are you eager to spend time…

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Guests Welcome! The Prevalence of Pastor, Elder, and Member Home Visits in the SUD

How important is church community to you? Do you like to visit other church members and spend time with them? Do you know people that feel alone and isolated, especially during this holiday season? Can we make them feel included? In a recent blog, we saw that members in the Southern Asia Division (SUD) demonstrate…

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North American Division Beliefs Regarding the State of the Dead

We were created for life. But death has been with us ever since sin entered the human world. We have been confronted with it, especially during these last two years, as it has been on the front page of the news. Covid-19, different kinds of sickness, accidents, and violence have been the cause for the…

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Global Beliefs Regarding the Second Coming of Jesus

How do you feel about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ? Do you believe He will return soon? Since the Covid-19 pandemic arrived, many people have wondered if Jesus’ Second Coming will occur soon? The Bible tells us many things about Christ’s return. Revelation 22:12, KJV states: And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward…

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Leadership Qualifications and Teamwork in the Southern Asia-Pacific Division

How do you feel about the leadership in your local church? Do you believe they are qualified to lead your church? Do they work together as a team? The Bible reminds us many times about the value of teamwork. Today’s blog explores research findings on how church members in the Southern Asia Pacific Division (SSD)…

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The Southern Asia Division: Members Living in Community

Are you an active member of your community? Do you participate in church activities or ministries of your local church? If you are volunteering in your community or participate actively in your church, you will probably agree that such activities create joy - not only for us but also for others. Such involvement gives us…

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Spiritual Growth Activities in the Euro-Asia Division

The Euro-Asia Division (ESD) covers a very multicultural area in the world including the territories of Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan, where Christianity has even been outlawed for periods of time and where even today people still die for their faith in Jesus.…

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Use of Christ’s Method to Reduce Suffering and Poverty in the WAD

In Deuteronomy 10:18, we read, “[The Lord your God] executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.” We find many reminders in the Bible to care for the needy (often referred to as the widow and orphan). We also discover that during His early ministry, Jesus…

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Cross-cultural Communication and Conflict Resolution in the SID

“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” – Colossians 3:13 (KJV) Throughout the Bible, we are told time and time again about the importance of conflict resolution and reconciliation (Lev 19:18; Prov 16:7; Matt 5:9; 18:15-17; Luke 17:3,…

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A Vibrant, Active Church in the Inter-American Division

In the letter to the Hebrews, the author gave the Early Church instructions on ways to create a healthy, engaged body. He wrote: “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so…

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Defying Obstacles: An Active Church in the NSD

The Northern Asia-Pacific Division covers the vast territory of Mongolia, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, North Korea and South Korea. This Division is facing many challenges, such as secularism, materialism, atheistic ideologies, and philosophies. While the task to spread the message of the gospels   may seem insurmountable from a human perspective, the church leadership is…

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NAD Teachers: Clinging to the Faith

“Our church schools need teachers who have high moral qualities; those who can be trusted; those who are sound in the faith and who have tact and patience; those who walk with God and abstain from the very appearance of evil….” [1]   There is no arguing about the impact that teachers have. They can…

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The Adventist Health Message: A Global Opportunity for Outreach

Seventh-day Adventists take pride in being a “global family of Christians who holds the Bible as the ultimate authority” and represents “all the people” of “the nations” praising our Father in Heaven, as mentioned in Psalm 67;3-5 KJV. As of the end of 2020, the Church noted a global membership of over 21.7 million members…

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Youth Involvement in Mission and Youth Leadership Programming in the WAD

In this blog, we will explore similar survey questions in the West-Central Africa Division.

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Declaring His Glory

At the end of a long day, many people like to sit down in front of the television and unwind. When it comes to TV programming, we all know that many of the programs available are far from Godly and do little to enhance one’s walk with Jesus.  However, there is one major exception offered…

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