30 April 2021 | The official census of the United States was released this week. The item most widely noted was the fact that the population has increased only 7.4 percent over the past 10 years since the last census in 2010. This was the slowest growth rate for the U.S. since the 1930s when it was 7.3 percent during the Great Depression.

Over the same period, from 2010 through 2020, the Seventh-day Adventist denomination in the U.S. grew by 12.1 percent. This is the lowest growth rate for any decade since the first ten years of the 20th century, when it was 11 percent.

Many of the same factors that have slowed overall population growth in the U.S. also work against Adventist church growth. These include a declining birth rate and a growing percentage of senior citizens.

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