All Heart Church* wanted to reconnect with their inactively attending members. They made contacts, they extended invitations, they loved people well.

But as you might imagine, progress was slow. Trust needed to be built.
 
Then one day, an inactive member told an active member that he’d come back to All Heart Church that next Sabbath. The active member was elated, and positioned himself in the parking lot of the church that morning to welcome his friend at his car and not when he came into the lobby..
 
The inactive member eventually showed up, late, and got out of his vehicle and visited with his active member friend and other greeters hanging out in the parking lot. But the inactive member seemed reluctant to go into the church, preferring rather to visit at the far end of the parking lot.
 
The active member didn’t push it. Engaging conversation ensued in the parking lot during the entire worship service. The inactive member eventually left after expressing appreciation for the visiting that day, and offering to come back sometime.
 
A few weeks later he returned. The inactive member was ready to meet again in the parking lot. This time, the active member had juice and water bottles with him for those who were visiting outside. There was no rush to go inside on anyone’s part.
 
The Shift
Weeks and months passed, and the visiting at the far side of the parking lot continued, and increased. The inactive member was telling others about All Heart’s hospitality and others were joining him. Soon someone brought a canopy for shade over the people and refreshments, and lawn chairs were found as well.
 
Everyone knew the gathering at the edge of the parking lot was a safe place to connect, whatever your story.
 
Adventist Today is that gathering at the edge of the Adventist parking lot.
 
People with an Adventist background (any anyone else for that matter) hopefully can tell that we are willing to talk about anything here. We can have differing points of view, and it’s okay. We’re willing to stretch beyond where we’re comfortable to be able to learn something new or achieve continuous quality improvement, and that’s a given.
 

From Subscriptions to Membership
To expand the Adventist Today reach “at the edge of the Adventist parking lot” and be able to serve people well will take your membership support. We are asking for you to become a member at any of the levels listed here:

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Only a Few Days Left
This week, we’ve been hearing from so many friends of Adventist Today. We’re anticipating specific numbers of people to give at these membership levels based on previous giving patterns:

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Advising Member: 285 friends

Out of 200,000 Adventist Today readers, we think it’s entirely possible to hear from 815 new and returning friends of the ministry this week. But it’s time to act! If we haven’t heard from you already, please contact us now.
 
Your Invitation
It may be easy to think, “There will be plenty of other Adventist Today readers who will give. They don’t need me.” Friend, we need you! Please pray right now about what level of membership God would have you choose to support our shared multimedia publishing enterprise.
  • Adventist Today readership has expanded exponentially on every continent of the world in recent months. What an exciting opportunity we have been given to inform many parts of the Adventist community that are unaware or misinformed about progressive perspectives.

  • The average age of our readership is getting younger. What an awesome opportunity it is to include new generations in the conversations that help them make their faith their own.

  • New technologies allow for increasing innovations in visual and audio news resources, in addition to our quality print journalism, that we can’t wait to share with you.

Become a part of a winning team. Our shared experience will be more than a time to ask for money, it will be a spiritual experience that gives praise to God.

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