NAIROBI, KENYA — In his report to the members of the Executive Committee if the East-Central Africa Division of Seventh-day Adventists, Executive Secretary Pastor Alain Coralie, PhD stated that the Division now has more than four million members. His report included the fact that at the beginning of the third quarter of 2015 the membership was 3,116,320. ECD membership now stands at 4,097,347. This means it has increased its membership by nearly a million (981,027) in the last three years. The growth rate is of 31.5%, or an average increase of over 10% every year.
ECD members and leaders have wholeheartedly embraced the “Mission Priority” theme of the Division. This has resulted in the great success of our Total Member Involvement (TMI) initiatives. TMI is designed for every member to be involved in the work of winning souls as a lifestyle.
While this number of members is an unprecedented accomplishment in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Pastor Coralie counterbalanced the good news with the fact that the church also lost nearly 150,000 members over the same three year period. Simply put, for every 100 members who joined the church, about 15 decided to leave. This state of affairs pricked the ECD president Pastor Ruguri Blascious,
Because of this growth we smile, but the loss makes us shy.
Pastor Coralie urged church leaders and members to let the love of Christ propel them to spare no effort in reclaiming former members. He also challenged delegates to share strategies for nurturing and retaining the new persons who join God’s remnant church.
Nature and discipleship should not be an afterthought,
Pastor Coralie concluded his report by introducing ACMS (Adventist Church Management System). He hailed it as a sound membership management that will enable unions to report membership with the highest level of accuracy and reliability,
By faith, we will push forward with a renewed commitment to our vision.