Report Analyzes Church Attendance and Missionary Involvement

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T he Seventh-day Adventist Church officially has just over 2.5 million members in eight South American countries, according to updated records from the organization’s Executive Secretariat. However, how many members are frequent, how many are not, and who are the ones that Adventist leadership often say need to be sought or rescued? A new survey carried out by the Adventist Church obtained an index of 97.6% of members classified according to their involvement in official programs, as well as indicators related to spiritual aspects of the members.

“It was a big job, with all the secretaries, and it reached this level of precision. Behind these data, all people are identified,” emphasizes Pastor Edward Heidinger, executive secretary of the Adventist South American headquarters.

Frequent Members

The report presented during the Adventist Church’s Annual Council, which takes place this week, shows that 56.2% of the total membership (i.e., 1,438,454) is considered frequent. A percentage of 12.9% (329,845) is classified as infrequent. The frequent ones are the people who usually participate in the regular services and programs considered official by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The other group, on the other hand, exhibits contrary behavior; that is, it is not assiduous to official Adventist programs for different reasons.

At the same time, the report showed other classifications of members regarding participation in the life of the church. A group of 7.1% is appointed as frequent members who are in the process of transfer. They are part of a specific Adventist congregation, but their membership is in a different congregation.

People to Rescue

Another group, however, draws attention when looking at the statistics. This is 17% (435,388) who need to be rescued. “They are baptized people, they continue to be members, but they no longer attend the congregation on a regular basis. People in the community, however, know who these people are and where they are. And, therefore, they need to be motivated to return,” comments Heidinger.

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