Membership at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Maryland grew in 2020 despite the global epidemic, but church officials on Sunday reported the lowest annual increase in 16 years at their annual business meeting.
David Tram, who heads the group’s archives and statistics unit, said about 80,803 new members joined through the profession of baptism or faith.
“Before last year, eighteen of the last twenty-one years had reached more than a million, and each year for sixteen consecutive years,” Mr Trump said in a video report shown at the church’s annual council in Silver. But there was a small contingent, but most participants practically participated due to travel restrictions related to epidemics.
Mr Trim said epidemics had led to a “sharp decline in public evangelism” as a result of government restrictions on private gatherings and a sharp decline in personal outreach.
At the same time, he said, “We should be surprised, not that access was reduced, but that in 2020 the Seventh-day Adventist Church was joined by more than 800,000 people.”
Mr. Trim also noted the overall rate of membership losses. Although there are currently 24.4 million church members worldwide, 16.8 million who have been members since 1965 have dropped out, accounting for 41% of the net loss.
“In other words, four out of every 10, two out of every five members slip,” Mr Trump said. When it comes to retaining members, he added, “We need to do a lot better.”
An Adventist official said there was a steady stream of donations during the epidemic: Church members contributed one-tenth of 2. 2.39 billion in 2020, down slightly from 2. 2.4 billion a year earlier. Mission offer fell 25 percent, however, from 88 88.6 million in 2019 to 66 66.5 million last year.
Formally organized in Battle Creek, Michigan, 1863, the movement’s global headquarters moved to Tacoma Park, Maryland in 1903 and has been in the DC metro area ever since.