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The growth of administrators within Adventism has outpaced the growth of pastors and membership in recent years, according to studies done by the Adventist Office of Statistics, Archives, and Research. In his report to the General Conference Executive Committee on global trends, Archivist David Trim said the number of pastors increased by 85%, while the number of administrators grew by 300% since 1988. He suggested that examining the balance between administrators and pastor/evangelist workers might help us to see greater growth in the numbers of accessions.

Increasing the number of pastors might also help the church address the rate of retention. Currently, we lose approximately 40% of those who are baptized. Membership now stands at 23,967,592. Since 1965, 37,592,451 people have become members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Of those, 15,132,555 have chosen to leave.

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as well as the number per congregation. Tithe rates in each division were tallied, also, which may inform the conversation later in the week about tithe parity. The North American Division has the highest tithe per capita at $856, and the highest tithe per congregation at $235,546. The Divisions with the next highest tithe per capita are the European Divisions: the Inter-European Division (EUD) at $774 and the Trans-European Division (TED) at $728.

Parity was the most contentious issue on Sunday. And the item that sparked the afternoon debate was seemingly a small one. General Conference President Ted Wilson told the Committee that the North American Division had requested not only tithe parity, but policy parity, to be treated like the other divisions in other matters as well. Accordingly, a vote was taken to amend the GC Constitution and Bylaws so that the North American Division Secretary and Treasurer would no longer also hold the titles of Associate Secretary of the General Conference and Associate Treasurer of the...
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