A Growing Church
Seventh-day Adventist Churches literally circle the globe. Recent
(2011) statistics show membership beyond 17.2 million worshipping in more
than 141,000 congregations in 209 countries. (Note that the UN recognises 232 countries in the world!) On average over 2,889 people join the Adventist church each day with an annual global growth rate of 2.43%. The membership in the UK and Ireland is 33,878 (September 2012) with attendence being considerably higher than this..
A Caring Church
The Adventist Church also operates 173 hospitals, 348 clinics and
dispensaries, medical centres, nursing homes, retirement centres, orphanages and
children's homes, that in the year 2010 served almost 16 million people.
In the UK you will find that many churches run feeding programmes and
are engaged with their local communities in mentoring programmes, children's
clubs and other activities.
A Teaching Church
In addition the Church runs a world-wide system of more than
7,800 schools with over 1,668,000 students from kindergarten to
graduate professional schools. Educational
institutions in the UK and Ireland include 1 college, 2 secondary schools
and 7 primary schools.
A Serving Church
In response to Christ's invitation to feed the hungry and clothe the
naked, Seventh-day Adventists try to help friends and neighbours in need
irrespective of race, colour or religion. Internationally, the
Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) helps victims of war, famine,
floods, earthquakes, and other disasters. In addition, many Adventist
congregations have community service facilities, from which volunteers
help those in need close to home. In the year 2000, Adventists helped
over 15 million men, women and children. An annual camp, sponsored by
is held in North Wales for handicapped children.
A Communicating Church
The Adventist Church also has a world-wide publishing ministry, with
more than 50 publishing companies, printing scores of magazines and
other publications in nearly 327 languages and dialects. Leading
magazines in the United Kingdom include "Focus" - dealing with
doctrine and prophecy from Scripture, and "Encounter", a
specialised youth magazine. If you live in the United Kingdom or the
Republic of Ireland you can get a free sample of either of these
publications by emailing or writing to the Communication
Department of the British Union Conference of Seventh-day
Adventists at the following address:
Seventh-day Adventists also support a variety of
programmes. Perhaps you have watched one of the Church's
television productions, such as "Viewpoint", "In Conversation", "Lifestyle Magazine
", "It is
Facts", "Breath of Life
", or "Ayer, hoy, y Manana". Adventist World Radio
is developing a chain of short wave, AM and FM radio stations to reach masses of potential listeners in scores
of languages along with an increasing multi-lingual podcast presence. Bible correspondence courses - most free for the asking - are available in 60
languages, being serviced in the United Kingdom by the Adventist
Discovery Centre in Watford.