NOTE: The process for recording “Reclaimed” in eAdventist has been updated beginning in 2018. See Reclaimed: Welcome Back (Updated) for the details.
It’s a great day when a former member decides to rejoin the church family. We’re making a change to eAdventist help you track these events. Until now, clerks have recorded both new and former members rejoining as a “Baptisms”. Now, the former members will be recorded as “Reclaimed”.
When someone who has been “Removed” from membership decides to rejoin, click the “Change Status” button and choose “Start Reclaim”.
The person’s “Status” will be changed to “Nonmember”. If the person is rejoining a different church, you can the use “Change” button (next to the Church) to move them to the appropriate church.
The History and Statistics screens will now show this initial change.
Next, click the “Change Status” button and choose “Reclaim” (instead of “Baptism”).
This will change the person’s “Status” to “Member” (just like “Baptism” would) but will indicate that they rejoined “by Reclaim”.
Both the History and Statistics screens will now show these 2 steps.
Naturally, eAdventist allows you to undo “Start Reclaim” and “Reclaimed” statistics in case you ever need to correct a mistaken entry.
We are currently updating all of the statistical reports to include a new “Reclaimed” column. If you run these reports for any quarter earlier than 2nd Quarter, 2017 the “Reclaimed” column will always be zero because they are included in the “Baptism” column. From 2nd Quarter, 2017 on, the “Reclaimed” column will show them separate from the “Baptism” column.
Let us know if you have any other questions about the new “Reclaimed” statistic. You can find more information about “Reclaiming” in this knowledge base article.