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Seventh-day Adventists report increase of close to 1 million members


SILVER SPRING, Md.(RNS) - The Seventh-day Adventist Church has grown to a total of 13.3 million baptized members worldwide, an increase of almost a million in the last year.

The statistics, as of Oct. 10, were reported at the church's Annual Council of the General Conference Committee.

Jan Paulsen, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, said the church is working to involve youth in its ongoing evangelism goals.

"I think we have become better at acknowledging and affirming the creative role that young people and young professionals can and must play in our future," he told reporters at a news conference at the denomination's headquarters. "Fifty-five, 60 percent of our total world community are under 30 years of age."

The 13.3 million figure includes only baptized adults, Paulsen explained. As of June 30, 938,662 Seventh-day Adventists lived in North America.

The entire global Adventist community, including children, is more than 20 million, he said.