Family Statistics in the
North American Division
The Adventist family of the 21st century, more than likely, is much different than the average Adventist family some 50 years ago. We look different and our needs are surely different. The stresses and trends that have hit North America—the civil rights movement, the women's movement, the sexual revolution, drug abuse, divorce, just to mention a few—have had an impact on our church. But, praise God, we still have families who are committed to serving the Lord (Joshua 24:15) and parents who manage their children and household well (1 Timothy 3:12).
However, as already mentioned, the Seventh-day Adventist family of the 21st century has dealt with some real issues. Norma and Monte Sahlin, who both served as pastors and comunicators in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, have compiled some very revealing statistical information regarding the Adventist family. Together they have written the book, A New Generation of Adventist Families. In a highly readable and informative style, Monte and Norma present a well-researched view of the Adventist family at the start of the 21st century. Charts, graphs and supporting tables reveal fascinating portraits of the diversity in today's Adventist family.
The book is out of print, however you can get it in CD by clicking on the link above. If you already own the book and just need the study guide, it is available through AdventSource online or by calling 800.328.0525.
Another document, The State of Our Unions is published annually by University of Virginia as part of The National Marriage Project. This project has five goals:
- Annually publish The State of Our Unions, an index of the health of marriage and marital relationships in America
- Investigate and report on younger adults' attitudes toward marriage
- Examine the popular media's portrait of marriage
- Serve as a clearinghouse source of research and expertise on marriage
- Bring together marriage and family experts to develop strategies for revitalizing marriage.
The report can be downloaded by clicking on the link above.