Seventh-Day Adventist Church

A conservative Christian body, worldwide in extent, evangelical in beliefs, and professing no creed but the Bible. It places strong emphasis on the Second Advent, which it believes is near, and observes the Sabbath of the Bible, the seventh day of the week. These two distinguishing points are incorporated into the name Seventh-day Adventist. The church is administered by a representative organization ranging from the local churches, through the conferences (or missions, or sections, the terminology varies in different countries) and unions, to the General Conference, with its 11 divisions in various parts of the world. The worldwide membership of 7,498,653 in 1992 was distributed approximately as follows: one third each in Latin America and Africa; one sixth in Asia; one tenth in North Ame...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.