Adventists report adding a million members in a year, elect leaders

Posted: Friday, July 14, 2000

TORONTO (AP) -- The rapidly growing Seventh-day Adventist Church added 1,090,848 new members in 1999, an increase of nearly 11 percent, and now has a following of more than 11 million, said a report to the faith's international meeting.

Of those members, 91.6 percent now live outside North America, where the church originated.

The meeting elected the Rev. Jan Paulsen to a five-year term as world president. Paulsen, a native of Norway, assumed the post last year when his predecessor resigned over a church investigation of his business dealings. The Rev. Don Schneider was chosen new president of the North American division.

Adventist delegates passed a revised policy on divorce and remarriage. It says abandonment or physical abuse can justify divorce. The church permits remarriage only in cases of adultery by a spouse, but now specifies that this includes incest, child sexual abuse and homosexual practices.


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