2017-2018 Global Church Member Survey Concerning the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Reach the World 2015-2020 Strategic Plan Meta-Analysis: Final Report

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This report is an overall analysis of the omnibus data set for the 2017-2018 Global Church Member Survey (GCMS). The purpose of this report is to:

1. Focus on key Reach the World Objectives using 2017-2018 GCMS items – The GCMS instrument was designed to measure select Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) outlined in the Reach the World Strategic Plan 2015-2020 and the Request for Proposals (RFP) for this project. It is important to note that this report is a first examination of the GCMS data to provide the Future Plans Working Group and other readers a broad overview of the state of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. For each of the selected Objectives, we summarize the objective and KPIs, identify the corresponding GCMS items, narrate and summarize the patterns in the data, and depict the patterns graphically.

2. Report patterns from each world division on the Reach the World Objectives in addition to overall patterns so that readers can visually compare each world division to other divisions and the overall global responses – This report will provide an overall snapshot of respondents’ answers and will allow readers to quickly see how respondents’ answers vary by world divisions.

3. Provide an initial overview of the answers to each GCMS item from all of the global respondents –The overall proportions and by-division breakdowns for all GCMS items and several derived variables are provided in graphic and tabular form in the appendix to this report.


General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists


Silver Spring, MD

First Department

Behavioral Sciences

Second Department

Social Work

Third Department

World Mission


FAR Report 2020