Almost 100 General Conference Executive Committee members from the Adventist Church’s 13 divisions converged on the church’s world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, April 10 and 11, to assess mission, vote policies, and discuss other matters of church business.
GC vice presidents Michael L. Ryan, Lowell C. Cooper, and Mark A. Finley led a two-hour presentation on the world church’s evangelistic initiative Tell the World, whose primary mission is to provide a way for every person in the world to hear the gospel message within the next five years.
Describing the Adventist Church as being “not a bureaucratic institution involved in administrative trivia but [an organization] focused on mission-its evangelistic mission,” Finley reminded attendees of the church’s continual growth since its beginning in the mid-nineteenth century. He pointed out that it took the church 107 years, from 1848-1955, to grow to 1 million members; 14.7 years, 1955-1970, to reach the 2 million mark; and 3.3 years, 1983-1986, to hit 5 million. Since 1986, the church has grown by a million members every 12 to 18 months, he said. (Click here to read the entire story.)