I’m going to place a few quotes from the Christian Century Article on the seemingly impressive Adventist growth numbers and then simply a link to the full article which is fantastic.
“If the church founded by visionary Ellen G. White is posting membership gains, especially at a time when liberal and conservative churches are suffering from a demographic malaise, it certainly deserves a closer look. But one thing closer scrutiny reveals is that the membership growth is largely attributable to the influx of immigrants from countries where the church’s missions have enjoyed great success. This trend is acknowledged by researchers and Adventist leaders in the U.S.”
“The dropout rate among Adventist youth in the developed world is 50 to 60 percent in spite of the fact that in America close to half have attended church-sponsored schools,” added Lawson, who cited data from an Adventist sociologist. “The realization that there are probably more former Adventists than currently attending members in America has caused heartburn,” he said.
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