Executive Secretary’s Report to the 28th Constituency Session
Jesus traveled through all the cities, unincorporated communities, and suburbs of the area. He taught in the meeting places and preached the good news of the Kingdom. Everywhere He went the Master healed people of every sort of illness and disease. But when he saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because their problems were so great and they didn’t know where to go for help. Jesus said to His disciples:
“The harvest is so great, but the laborers are so few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest and ask Him to send out more laborers to bring it in.” Then Jesus explained: “Look around you! Vast fields of human souls are ripening all around us and are ready now for the harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages and will be gathering souls into the eternal granaries of heaven! The fruits they harvest are people brought to eternal life. What joys await the planter and the harvester, both together!”
Matthew 9:35-38 and John 4:35-36
King James, New International, Promise Bible, Clear Word, and Living Bible Translations
The vast fields of human souls that Christ’s eye looked upon with compassion surround us still today, here within the borders of the Arizona Conference.
Our Conference territory includes the Apache, Cochise, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Greenlee,
The Arizona Conference currently provides a total of 77 churches, 7 companies and 10 groups. As a result of God’s leading we are welcoming 5 new congregations into the sisterhood of churches: Gilbert Adventist Christian Fellowship, Litchfield Park/Arizona Evangelism Center, Phoenix Central Korean, Phoenix Central Valley Spanish, and Tucson South Spanish Churches.
Living within the borders of the Arizona Conference are 221,987 African American residents, 3,736,790 Anglo Americans, 135,659 of Asian-Pacific descent, 1,757,400 Hispanic Americans, and 314,482 Native Americans. We have both pastoral and lay “harvesters” working extensively throughout our state to present the message of the Bible through worship services, Sabbath Schools, home meetings, one-on-one contacts, and other creative means. Individuals in
According to a 2000 report,
There are 974,883 Catholics in the state of
During this quadrennium, October 2003−2007, we rejoice that there were 3,586 additions through baptisms and professions of faith. These represent an accession rate of over 22.3% when compared to the total Conference membership of 16,077 constituents. An additional 1,617 joined our family through membership transfers.
Who are these 3,586 new believers? We find that 116 of them are African American, with a total African American membership of 1,039. Another 1,381 are Anglo, with a total Anglo membership of 9,387. Additionally 2,014 are Hispanic, with a total Hispanic membership of 5,299. Finally, 75 are Native American, with a total Native membership of 352.
We are immensely saddened to acknowledge that during this same period 980 former members chose to leave the Seventh-day Adventist faith. These 980 beloved former constituents represent a loss rate of just under 6.1% when compared to total Conference membership.
While we share the sorrow of the 378 families who laid loved ones to rest during this four-year period, our hearts hope in the blessed promise of Christ’s return and His assurance of our eternal reunion with Him and with those we have lost.
The prospects for successful reaping are overwhelming. The rich cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity of
Updating and maintaining the membership records for our Conference, and the service records for our employees, are only two of the major responsibilities of the Executive Secretary’s Office. Fortunately, the
At the touch of a button, e-Adventist provides us with (1) immediate, accurate membership data and (2) ease of paperless communication and relay of information with other conferences—all done safely, securely and confidentially. Our ministers and teachers can quickly contact
What an amazing time it is to be serving the Lord! It is indeed a privilege to work as Executive Secretary for the Arizona Conference of Seventh-day Adventists—one of the most progressive and rapidly developing conferences in the North American Division.
QUADRENNIAL MEMBERSHIP COMPARISONS
Begin Baptism/ Transfers Apost Transfers Ending % Net
Year Memb Prof Faith In Missing Out** Memb (Adj) Growth
2003* 13,663 235 384 -33 -402 13,847
2004 13,847 1,110 448 -478 -346 14,501 -80 4.72
2005 14,501 848 332 -146 -311 15,129 -95 4.33
2006 15,129 876 304 -255 -294 15,697 -63 3.75
TOTALS 3,586 1,617 -980 -1,548 -261
* Figures given for 2003 reflect membership activity only for the fourth quarter of 2003.
out of the Conference.