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An all-time record 1.26 million people joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 2015, according to the Church’s “2016 Annual Statistical Report”.
The total of 1,260,880 people who became Seventh-day Adventists by baptism and profession of faith was a new record for total accessions in a calendar year.
“The total of 1,260,880 people who became Seventh-day Adventists by baptism and profession of faith was a new record for total accessions in a calendar year,” Dr David Trim, director of the world Church’s Office of Archives, Statistics and Research, wrote in an introduction to the report, which is available HERE.
This was the 14th year in total and the 12th year in a row that more than 1 million people joined the Adventist Church.
The Church had 19,126,447 members as of December 31, 2015—a net increase of 647,144 people, or 3.5 percent, from the previous year, the Adventist Review reported in April. The growth comes even as the Church, founded with only 3500 members in 1863, undergoes a comprehensive membership audit to ensure that reported statistics reflect the reality on the ground.
The 2016 “Annual Statistical Report”, now in its 152nd edition, contains membership statistics for the worldwide Church as at the end of 2015.
More analysis of South Pacific statistics coming soon.