World Church


Seventh-day Adventists can truly be regarded as a worldwide family of Christian believers. The Adventist presence manifests itself in nearly every country of the globe.

The church is served through its administration of 13 world divisions and two attached fields. No matter where you find a Seventh-day Adventist believer, you will find them adhering to the ideals described by the Bible. Their lives will illustrate both faith in God and the church’s commitment to the betterment of all human beings.

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Adventist World Church Map 2013

  General Conference

The General Conference coordinates the global ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and is responsible for the spiritual and developmental plans of the church around the world.

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  East-Central Africa

East-Central Africa

The East-Central Africa Division is comprised of 11 countries. Amid a population of about 307 million, the Seventh-day Adventist Church counts more than 2.5 million members worshiping at more than 11,000 churches.

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csm_map-large-east-central-africa_99f81e83aaThis division is home to the Adventist University of Africa in Kenya, which provides theological training to pastors across the continent. It also operates several other universities and many secondary schools. The church in Rwanda has more than half a million members and is well regarded in the community. Rwandans are required to perform community service for basic country development on the last Saturday of each month, but the government allows Adventists to perform these duties on Sunday instead to accommodate Sabbath-observance. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency has major operations throughout the division. Kenyan long-distance runner Abel Kirui, an Adventist Church member, won the silver medal in the men’s marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
  Euro-Asia

Euro Asia Division

The Euro-Asia Division spans 11 time zones across northern Asia.

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csm_map-large-euro-asia_6c03c09332Adventists worship at almost 2,000 churches across the region, which is comprised of 13 countries. By population, Euro-Asia is the second smallest of the denomination’s 13 world divisions. In a population of about 280 million it has about 140,000 church members, more than 45 percent of whom live in Ukraine. In Russia, the division operates Zaoksky Adventist Seminary, located about 80 miles south of Moscow. The Adventist Church in Euro-Asia has emerged from years of strict Communist rule. Beyond church membership growth, the Adventist Church has been able to establish schools, a publishing house and a media center. In March of 2013 Hope Channel Ukraine was launched, giving the Seventh-day Adventist Church its fourth full-time satellite channel in Europe.
  Middle East and North Africa

Middle East and North Africa Union

The Middle East and North Africa Union is comprised of 20 countries.

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csm_map-large-middle-east-and-north-africa_4dc6bf0cf8The region is bordered by Morocco to the west, Iran to the east, Turkey to the north and Sudan to the south. The population of the region is about 500 million people. The region is home to 220 cities that each have a population of more than 1 million people. Languages in this region include Arabic, Turkish, Berber, Farsi, French and English.The denomination operates Middle East University in Beirut, Lebanon, which was established in 1939. It is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the country.
  Inter-American

Inter- American Division

The Inter-American Division (IAD) is comprised of Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and the five northernmost countries of South America. This division reports more than 3.5 million members, making the division the church’s most populous region.

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csm_map-large-inter-american_3dcc0c6f83There are roughly 11,000 Adventist churches in this division, which is home to a population of nearly 280 million.IAD is home to 13 Adventist universities. The region also operates 13 major hospitals, located in Belize, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Venezuela and three in Mexico. Other major organizations within this division include the Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary, which offers graduate-level religious education to pastors and teachers on the campus of 10 affiliated Adventist universities and seminaries. Adventist Health Services in IAD serves as an association of all the Seventh-day Adventist healthcare institutions in the division. In an effort to share the gospel throughout the region, IAD overseas nine media centers, seven radio stations and numerous Internet radio ministries.

  Inter-European

Inter-European Division

The Inter-European Division (EUD) oversees the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 20 countries across Central, Western, Southern and Eastern Europe. Its headquarters is located in Berne, Switzerland.

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csm_map-large-inter-european_1f9e2d2ac7This territory was the destination of the denomination’s first overseas missionary. John Nevins Andrews came to Basel, Switzerland, in 1874 from the United States. His dedication to the publishing ministry had a strong impact on early believers and sympathizers, and led to the spreading of the Seventh-day Adventist Church throughout Europe.Today, the division territory has a population of nearly 340 million people, among them some 180,000 Adventist Church members. The Adventist Church operates three universities in this territory: The Adventist University of France (Campus Adventiste du Salève) in Collonges, France; Friedensau Adventist University in Germany; and Marienhöhe Academy, also in Germany. EUD operates two hospitals in its region: Berlin Hospital in Germany and Lake Geneva Sanitarium in Switzerland. The church’s operations here is conducted in 12 major languages, as well as additional local dialects.

The division operates 11 publishing houses producing books, magazines and electronic media in 30 languages. The Adventist Church also ministers through the Internet, Hope Channel television, Adventist World Radio and various Bible correspondence schools. The division operates media production centers in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy and Romania.

 
Israel Field

Israel Field

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csm_map-large-israel-field_08b5b4ed4eThe Israel Field reports a membership of nearly 900 members amid a population of 7.7 million. There are 13 Adventist congregations in the country. The Life and Peace Publishing House offers literature from its headquarters in Jerusalem. The Israel Field also offers several Bible correspondence schools.
 
North American

North American Division

The Seventh-day Adventist Church was formed in this division in 1863, a region home to freedom of speech and religion.This division is the largest sender of overseas missionaries and short-term volunteers.

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csm_map-large-north-american_c61067cb47NAD sent out nearly half of the denomination’s 1,200 volunteers in 2012.This division is comprised of Bermuda, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, the French possession of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Guam, Johnston Island, Marshall Islands, Midway Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and the United States of America. There are about 1.1 million Seventh-day Adventist members among a population of 345 million. The division operates a system of more than 1,000 elementary and secondary schools and 15 colleges and universities. Key institutions include Andrews University in Michigan, Oakwood University in Alabama, and Loma Linda University in California. Loma Linda operates a medical school, which throughout the church’s history has produced healthcare professionals and missionaries who have served worldwide. Adventist health principles from this division have been documented to increase longevity, as noted in “National Geographic” magazine, reports from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and in the book “Blue Zones.”
 
Northern Asia-Pacific

Northern Asia-Pacific Division

The Northern Asia-Pacific Division (NSD) is the largest division in the world by population. About one fourth of the world’s population – roughly 1.5 billion – reside in the territory. Among them, about 3 percent are Christian.

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csm_map-large-northern-asia-pacific_59cf764fe7The other 97 percent are Buddhists, Shintoists, Muslims, Shamans and Atheists.Adventist Church-run Sahmyook University in Metropolitan Seoul, South Korea, has more than 5,700 students, making it one of the top five universities in the denomination by enrollment.Each year, NSD receives the most volunteers of any division. In 2012, it received 538 volunteers, most of them serving at South Korea’s SDA Language Institute. The Division has several mission initiatives, including: The 1000 Missionary Movement (1000 MM): Young people are trained and then spend 10 months serving in countries such as Taiwan, China, Russia and Burma. As a result of their service, some 750 churches have been constructed, and more than 60,000 people have joined the church through their ministry. Pioneer Missionary Movement (PMM): The project aims to establish new churches within the division. Its goal is to send 100 church pastors to other countries within the NSD territory for cross-cultural missionary work. These pastors will be sent to territories where no Seventh-day Adventist churches exists. The Golden Angels: A group of music missionaries organized with eight volunteer musicians every year since 2004 supports evangelistic activities of PMM missionaries and strengthens youth ministries in the field. His Hands Mission Movement (HHMM): The HHMM volunteer missionaries dedicate a minimum of 10 hours a month to share the gospel message with their neighbors.
 
Southern Africa-Indian Ocean

Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division

The Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division (SID) is the newest of the world church’s regions, covering much of Africa and island nations in the Indian Ocean.

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csm_map-large-southern-africa-indian-ocean_aec7aa4217More than 150 million people live in this division, and there are more than 2.1 million Seventh-day Adventist Church members. That is a ratio of about one Adventist for every 72 people. There are five educational institutions in this division: Helderberg College in South Africa, Mozambique Adventist Seminary, Rusangu University in Zambia, Solusi University in Zimbabwe and Zurcher Adventist University in Madagascar. The Adventist Church has many missionaries and healthcare institutions in the division. Maluti Adventist Hospital in Lesotho has about 150 patient beds and sees on average 200 patients per day. The ophthalmology unit provides eye care for the eastern half of Lesotho, serving a population of about 1 million. There is also a large Adventist literature operation in many parts of this region. In Zambia, which has more than 800,000 Adventist Church members, the Adventist Press has been supplying Christian books to sellers for more than 20 years.
 
South American

South American Division

With a population of 315 million, the South American Division (SAD) has more than 2 million members and 10,600 churches.

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csm_map-large-south-american_3c9b53e4f1The division includes Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Falkland Islands, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, with adjacent islands in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.This region has a strong collaborative spirit in working together in church projects and initiatives for outreach and service.Brazil is the membership powerhouse of this division, and it has the largest Adventist Church membership of any country. Brazil’s national “Christmas Mutirão” campaign in the past five years collected nearly 30 tons of food, toys and clothes in eight countries of South America. The annual initiative is endorsed by numerous A-list celebrities, including soccer icon Pelé. Peru also has a high member-to-population ratio, one of the highest for a large country. The Adventist Church operates two medical schools in this division – in Argentina and Peru. The division has 13 colleges and universities, five of which are in Brazil and three of which are in Argentina.
 
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Pacific

The South Pacific Division

The South Pacific Division (SPD) is comprised of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and numerous islands throughout the South Pacific Ocean.The Adventist Church counts about 423,000 members worshiping in nearly 2,000 churches.

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csm_map-large-south-pacific_f7b9223c56The division’s population is nearly 37 million people. More than 80 percent of the division’s membership lives in Papua New Guinea and Pacific island nations.There are three universities in this region: Fulton College in Fiji, Pacific Adventist University in Papua New Guinea, and Avondale College in Australia. Sydney Adventist Hospital was built in 1903. It employs more than 2,200 staff and 750 accredited medical practitioners and offers surgical, medical and emergency services to more than 50,000 inpatients and 175,000 outpatients each year. The hospital also operates the Healthcare Outreach Program, which since 1980 has partnered with AusAid and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to provide surgeries to 2,850 patients in mission fields around the world. The Adventist Church’s Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing Company produces several health food products, including Weet-Bix, Australia’s top-selling breakfast cereal. In 1891, Adventist Church co-founder Ellen White arrived in Australia. Her nine years in the region had a major impact on the church’s early work in the South Pacific. In 1927, David Sibley is believed to have broadcast the first Adventist radio program in Melbourne. In 1966, the Adventist Media Centre in Australia began producing the “Focus on Living” films. Today, the Adventist Media Network operates television, music and magazine outreach ministries. The division is a diverse region: several nations are predominantly Melanesian, Polynesian or Caucasian, and the division comprises substantial Asian, South American, African and Middle-Eastern communities.
 
Southern
Asia

Southern Asia Division

The Southern Asia Division (SUD) is comprised of four countries: Bhutan, India, the Maldives and Nepal. It has more than 4,000 churches in a population of about 1.2 billion.

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csm_map-large-southern-asia_fd1a1415d6Hope TV India started in 2008 in the southeastern city of Chennai. This is the first Adventist television channel in the country and is broadcast 24/7. Hope Channel programs are available in Hindi, Tamil, English, Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu.India has the largest membership of this division. The Adventist Church in this country operates six educational entities and 12 health institutions.Church structure began to grow around clinics and hospitals founded by early missionaries. Today this is still the case in many areas in this division. In Nepal, Scheer Memorial Hospital is a major regional healthcare institution in Banepa, just outside of Kathmandu. The country recently adopted a secular constitution, which expanded religious freedom. Many supporting ministries of the Adventist Church also operate institutions.  Asian Aid School for the Blind in Bobbili, Andhra Pradesh, enrolls about 100 students, many of whom are orphans.
 
Southern Asia-Pacific

Southern-Asia Pacific

The Southern-Asia Pacific Division (SSD) includes the southeast Asian countries of Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam, as well as Pakistan.

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csm_map-large-southern-asia-pacific_77e4ea4e7cThe region has a population of more than 950 million.The Adventist Church in this division counts more than 1.1 million members, making it the fifth largest division worldwide. The Philippines and Indonesia provide the majority of this division’s members. The Adventist Church in the region operates 875 primary schools, 92 secondary schools, and 13 colleges and universities. It also operates 18 hospitals and clinics.Two major publishing houses supply literature to some 5,000 literature evangelists. Vegetarian restaurants near major shopping areas in several countries enable members to share a more healthful way of life to their neighbors. A resurging Cambodia has benefited the Adventist Church there with growth in recent years. Membership in Vietnam has also grown steadily since the Adventist Church received official registration in the country in 2008.   The division is also home to the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, which is a graduate degree institution serving the world church in Asia.
 
Trans-European

Trans-European Division

The Trans-European Division (TED), which encompasses 22 countries, was first organized in 1928, and last reorganized in 2012.

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csm_map-large-trans-european_c3fe040b56Europe is the world’s second-smallest continent by landmass, covering only about 2 percent of the Earth’s surface. In terms of population, however, it is the third-largest continent (after Asia and Africa) with a population of some 733 million, or about eleven percent of the world’s population.Amid a population of about 205 million, there are about 81,000 Seventh-day Adventist members worshipping in 1,165 churches across TED.Most of this division’s inhabitants live in a highly secular region of the world. Ministries focus on evangelism and outreach for postmodern thinking. One example of this is Ministry to Postmoderns, which is a source of information and support to those who seek to understand and minister more effectively to the postmodern culture. LIFEdevelopment is a discipleship model that encourages people to meet up in small groups, using friendship evangelism to make connections and build relationships. Another ministry that serves as a tool to complement Ministry to Postmoderns and LIFEdevelopment is Essence of Worship, a website that invites in-depth thinking about worship and provides resources such as interviews, worship guides and worship videos. TED has also created an online community called LIFEconnect, a space to explore life and learn more about God together. Another initiative is TED relay, a website that aims to stimulate biblical thinking as well as leadership development, and provides information and resources to that end. Finally, tedMEDIA creates music videos, drama productions, life stories, documentaries and other video resources for use in sermons, worships, Bible studies and small group outreach. The production team also produces promotional material for TED.
 
West-Central Africa

West-Central Africa

From Mauritania in the northwest to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the south and Chad in the northeast, the West-Central Africa Division (WAD) is comprised of 22 countries.

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csm_map-large-west-central-africa_c6c1a80f19With a population of about 350 million, the division has a church membership of about 865,000 people worshiping at 3,400 churches. The division was reorganized in 2003 when the denomination added a third division in Africa to accommodate church growth on the continent. WAD has three universities in its territory. Nigeria is home to Babcock University, which includes the Benjamin S. Carson School of Medicine. The school has more than 5,800 students and is among the top three largest universities in the denomination by enrollment. Ghana is home to Valley View University, and Adventist University Cosendai is located in Cameroon. The University is one of only two private universities in Cameroon whose degrees are recognized by the government. The school has about 370 students.