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The Adventist Research website is one of a cluster of sites maintained by the General Conference Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research (ASTR). Its purpose is to inform church members and scholars about important research into the ministry, mission, and administration of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

In ASTR, we work with research partners around the world, commissioning, funding, supervising and analyzing qualitative and quantitative human-subject research, intended to identify and assess significant trends in Adventism and to inform the World Church’s strategic-planning process. We also evaluate the mission effectiveness of denominational agencies, programs, and ministries, helping to facilitate their continual improvement. In addition, we organize and support conferences for SDA researchers and church leaders.

We would like to share with you the information that has come to ASTR from human-subject (social-science) research undertaken by and for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Here you will find reports on research projects, presentations and research papers by ASTR staff members, and the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan Reach the World with documents relating to it.

This website also includes information about the Adventist Human-Subject Researchers Association (AHSRA), which is one of our key partners. This Association unites Adventist researchers from around the world and provides an access to the digital warehouse of social-science research reports and dissertations produced by Adventist researchers. AHSRA organizers annual conferences for Adventist researchers: look for information about AHSRA events elsewhere on the website.

If you work at an institution that values research, we are interested in establishing new research partnerships: we have signed memoranda of understanding with several Adventist universities and colleges, and have contracted research teams from literally all around the world to carry out different projects. However, if you do human-subject or social-science research, then we would be pleased to hear from you, regardless of whether you work as part of a team or unilaterally: the key is that you want your research to contribute to the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

It’s our hope that you will find the information shared on this site helpful for your ministry in your church or region or be of interest in your own research. Please contact us, if you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback at research@gc.adventist.org