Seventh-day Adventist Church

Seventh-day Adventist Church

12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904-6600
United States

Attesting Officer
Kathleen Jones
Assistant for General Statistics


Media Contact
Dir., Communication, Williams S. Costa, Jr.

39.0610333, -76.9655662


The Seventh-day Adventist Church grew out of a worldwide religious revival in the mid-19th century. People of many religious persuasions believed Bible prophecies indicated that the second coming or advent of Christ was imminent.
When Christ did not come in the 1840s, a group of these disappointed Adventists in the United States continued their Bible studies and concluded they had misinterpreted prophetic events and that the second coming of Christ was still in the future. This same group of Adventists later accepted the teaching of the seventh-day Sabbath and became known as Seventh-day Adventists. The denomination organized formally in 1863.
The church was largely confined to North America until 1874, when its first missionary was sent to Europe. Today, over 154,000 congregations (churches and organized companies) meet in 216 countries and areas of the world. Membership exceeds 20 million.
In addition to a mission program, the church has the largest worldwide Protestant parochial school system with approximately 8,208 schools with more than 1,922,900 students on elementary through college and university levels.
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) helps victims of war and natural disasters, and many local congregations have community service facilities to help those in need close to home.
The church also has a worldwide publishing ministry with 61 publishing houses producing magazines and other publications in over 375 languages and dialects. In the United States and Canada, the church sponsors a variety of radio and television programs, including Christian Lifestyle Magazine, It Is Written, Breath of Life, Voice of Prophecy, and La Voz de la Esperanza.
The North American Division of Seventh-day Adventist includes 58 Conferences and one Mission (comprised of United States, Canada, Bermuda, and Guam and Micronesia) which are grouped together into nine organized Union Conferences; and the one Mission. The various Conferences work under the general direction of these Union Conferences; the Mission works directly under the Division.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
1980
571,141
0
0
571,141
3,730
1979
553,089
0
0
553,089
3,672
1978
535,705
0
0
535,705
3,591
1977
522,317
0
0
522,317
3,482
1976
509,792
0
0
509,792
3,446
1975
495,699
0
0
495,699
3,386
1974
479,799
0
0
479,799
3,333
1973
464,276
0
0
464,276
3,301
1972
449,188
0
0
449,188
3,278
1971
433,906
0
0
433,906
3,235
1970
420,419
0
0
420,419
3,218
1969
407,766
0
0
407,766
3,216
1968
396,097
0
0
396,097
3,202
1967
384,878
0
0
384,878
3,180
1966
374,433
0
0
374,433
3,163
1965
0
0
0
364,666
3,156
1964
0
0
0
370,688
3,326
1963
0
0
0
346,286
3,125
1962
0
0
0
335,765
3,261
1961
0
0
0
329,152
3,054
1960
0
0
0
317,852
3,032
1959
0
0
0
311,535
3,002
1958
0
0
0
301,826
2,956
1957
0
0
0
291,567
2,912
1956
0
0
0
283,140
2,880
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
1980
1,986
0
0
4,266
1979
1,875
0
0
4,388
1978
1,885
0
0
4,016
1977
1,826
0
0
3,939
1976
1,779
0
0
3,207
1975
1,748
0
0
3,630
1974
1,681
0
0
3,606
1973
1,597
0
0
3,490
1972
1,539
0
0
3,422
1971
1,482
0
0
3,365
1970
1,504
0
0
3,341
1969
1,406
0
0
3,151
1968
1,409
0
0
3,443
1967
1,393
0
0
3,266
1966
1,877
0
0
2,315
1965
2,554
0
0
2,394
1964
2,554
0
0
2,829
1963
2,554
0
0
2,802
1962
2,554
0
0
2,210
1961
2,554
0
0
2,631
1960
2,499
0
0
2,563
1959
2,470
0
0
2,532
1958
2,169
0
0
2,252
1957
2,497
0
0
2,357
1956
2,208
0
0
2,167
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
1979
3,748
0
0
436,792
1978
3,673
0
0
477,208
1977
3,575
0
0
428,251
1976
3,520
0
0
411,536
1975
3,443
0
0
409,078
1974
3,389
0
0
397,141
1973
3,351
0
0
385,516
1972
3,312
0
0
383,239
1971
3,315
0
0
375,031
1970
3,266
0
0
369,212
1969
3,263
0
0
376,609
1968
3,254
0
0
361,805
1967
3,243
0
0
363,262
1966
3,234
0
0
388,451
1965
3,222
40,462
328,447
368,909
1964
3,345
40,462
328,447
368,909
1963
3,176
40,462
306,714
347,176
1962
3,168
40,462
306,714
347,176
1961
3,122
40,462
317,220
357,682
1960
3,144
42,396
279,761
322,157
1959
3,108
40,535
269,623
310,158
1958
3,081
41,782
258,476
300,258
1957
3,001
41,251
248,628
289,879
1956
2,993
40,058
240,504
280,562
1955
2,980
38,314
235,509
273,823
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
1980
$276,000,000
$397,000,000
$121,000,000
1979
$256,000,000
$375,000,000
$119,000,000
1978
$227,000,000
$331,000,000
$104,000,000
1977
$216,000,000
$315,000,000
$98,468,365
1976
$185,000,000
$266,000,000
$81,577,130
1975
$185,000,000
$257,000,000
$72,060,121
1974
$166,000,000
$233,000,000
$67,241,956
1973
$150,000,000
$211,000,000
$60,643,602
1972
$132,000,000
$187,000,000
$54,988,781
1971
$120,000,000
$169,000,000
$49,208,043
1970
$110,000,000
$155,000,000
$45,280,059
1969
$103,000,000
$143,000,000
$40,378,426
1968
$95,178,335
$132,000,000
$36,976,280
1959
$0
$65,590,236
$0
1958
$0
$62,964,770
$0
1957
$0
$58,285,364
$0
1956
$43,940,941
$54,183,177
$10,242,236
1955
$40,118,187
$49,709,926
$9,591,739
1954
$39,137,675
$47,798,932
$8,661,257
1953
$36,680,185
$44,376,669
$7,696,484
1952
$34,122,264
$41,056,175
$6,933,911
1951
$30,124,342
$35,911,227
$5,786,885
1950
$0
$34,410,584
$0
1923
$0
$8,133,391
$0
1922
$0
$6,471,887
$0