Seventh-day Adventists are Bible-believing followers of Jesus who are dedicated to sharing the good news of his love with the community. Adventists are committed to serving others in all areas of life, including providing support in practical and effective ways, and helping people get to know God and to grow spiritually.
Globally, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has 21 million members, including 623,000 in the South Pacific region. We operate nearly 8000 schools and 733 hospitals and health clinics around the world.
Caring for health
We want everyone to live their best life possible. For over 150 years Seventh-day Adventists have been promoting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. We are committed to the wellness of our local communities. That’s why we run a variety of activities and programs focused on whole-person health including The Live More Project, De-Stress and Thrive, Forgive to Live and the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP).
Caring for families
Our goal is to empower families and provide them with the support they need to thrive in our rapidly changing world. Families receive nurture and support through our network of schools. The Adventist Church runs a highly respected and caring Christian educational system, catering for pre-school to tertiary level. We also run a variety of activities, including Mums At The Table, Adventurers, Pathfinders, relationships programs, and seniors living communities.
Caring for communities
When disasters strike and crises happen around the world, Adventists are swift to respond. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has a long history of providing help to those who are struggling due to war and disasters. Our support also includes food pantries, op-shops, community gardens, financial counselling, sustainability and resilience training.
Caring for your future
Adventists believe that the best future is one in which Jesus is at the centre. Jesus has an amazing future in store for us. He loves us so much and offers us the choice of a forever home with him. We can help you discover more about the wonderful future that Jesus has promised.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the name Seventh-day Adventist mean?
Seventh-day Adventist is a name that draws on two of our key beliefs: that the seventh day of the week (Saturday), also known as the Sabbath, is a special day of rest from work and a day to worship God as outlined in the Bible; and ‘Adventist’ reflects our belief that Jesus is coming back to this world a second time, known as the second ‘advent’.
Do Seventh-day Adventists believe in the Bible?
Yes. Adventists believe that the Bible is God’s special message to humans and provides the ultimate explanation for why we are here. The Bible helps us to live our best possible life and gives us hope for the future.
What is the Sabbath?
Seventh-day Adventists believe that the Sabbath, the seventh day of the week, was established by God as a special day of rest and fellowship with Him, family and fellow believers. This 24-hour period, from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday, is a wonderful opportunity to stop work and take a break from the stress and busyness of life, to relax and be rejuvenated, to spend time worshipping God and connecting with others, and to enjoy the natural world. For more about Sabbath, visit our Sabbath Gift site.
What do Seventh-day Adventists believe about death?
Death is a sad reality of living in this imperfect world. The Bible compares death to sleep more than 50 times. In other words, it’s like being unconscious, unaware of the passing of time or what is going on around us. Adventists believe that death is not the end of the story—that one day Jesus will return to this world, and those who put their trust in Him will be wakened from the ‘sleep’ of death and live eternally in a brand new world without evil, suffering and death.
Do Seventh-day Adventists believe in climate change?
Adventists believe that the Earth belongs to God and that humans were given the responsibility to care for it and to use its resources wisely to sustain ongoing life. Sadly, human activities have resulted in widespread damage to the environment, including air and water pollution, exploitation of our natural resources, and loss of wildlife and forests. There is scientific evidence that the world’s climate is changing—including rising sea levels impacting South Pacific communities. Adventists advocate for respect of the natural environment, restraint in the use of the world’s resources, and re-evaluation of our needs as individuals.
Do you have to be a vegetarian to be a Seventh-day Adventist?
No. Adventists believe in freedom of choice, including dietary choices. Many Adventists choose to follow a vegetarian diet, while others choose to include meat in their diet. However, the Seventh-day Adventist Church does have a rich history of promoting community health and wellbeing, and thus advocates a plant-based diet. This has been shown to have many benefits, including boosting immunity, reducing inflammation, helping to maintain a healthy weight, and lowering cancer risk. Adventists advocate other healthy lifestyle measures such as regular exercise, drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, and serving others. We also abstain from harmful drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
What do Seventh-day Adventists believe about prayer?
Seventh-day Adventists believe that prayer is an essential means of communicating with God and building a relationship with Him. Prayer helps humans to connect with God—to share joys and frustrations, or simply express love and appreciation for His care and protection. When we pray, God listens and responds, and that’s incredibly reassuring when facing life’s challenges.
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