Email Addresses – Some Examples

Email Addresses – Some Examples

Are there officers in your church or conference that use a “work” or “officer” email address as well as their “personal” or “home” email address? eAdventist provides a simple but powerful way to track both addresses and always know that you’re using the right one.

Pastor with a Work Email Address

A typical example is a Pastor Fred who uses “pastorfred@meadowglade.org” for work mail and “fred@bedrock.com” for personal mail. Enter the personal/home email address on the Person page. This address will be used by Person Labels and Mailing List that are for members (“by organization”).

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Then enter the work address in the “Other” field on the Officer page. This address will be used by Officer Labels and Mailing Lists that are for officers (“by office”).

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Both email addresses are now displayed on the Person page.

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Treasurer with an Officer Email Address

This also works well for a church treasurer who uses an email address like “treasurer@firstchurch.org” that is provided by the conference or church. Enter her personal email (“maria@gmail.com”) on her Person page, then enter the officer email (“treasurer@firstchurch.org”) on the Officer page as “Other”.

Member with Several Personal Email Addresses

Occasionally, you may have a member that wants to provide more than one personal email address. You can enter them in the “Email” field on the Person page, separated by semi-colons. All of the addresses will be used for reports, like the Church Directory or Member List. However, eAdventist will only use the first address for Person Labels and Mailing Lists.

The combination of “personal” and “officer” email addresses in eAdventist provide a simple but powerful way to handle multiple email addresses for a member.

Reclaimed: Welcome Back

Reclaimed: Welcome Back

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”.

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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.

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The History and Statistics screens will now show this initial change.

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Next, click the “Change Status” button and choose “Reclaim” (instead of “Baptism”).

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This will change the person’s “Status” to “Member” (just like “Baptism” would) but will indicate that they rejoined “by Reclaim”.

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Both the History and Statistics screens will now show these 2 steps.

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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.

 

Good News for Endangered Adventists

Good News for Endangered Adventists

The Adventist Review recently published  Endangered Adventism, painting a very bleak outlook for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America.

According to research by Dr. David Trim and the office of Archives, Statistics & Research (ASTR) at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, the median age of an Adventist around the world is 32. In the U.S and Canada, that number is 51.

18.46%. That’s the percentage of Adventist members in North America that are under the age of 40. The percentage under the age of 25—4.55%.

There is no doubt that there is serious competition for the hearts and minds of young people in North America, but are they truly that close to disappearing from our churches?

Exactly where did these numbers come from?

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In 2013, the General Conference conducted an online survey of the North American Division. Email invitations were sent to a selection of churches and 300 of them signed up to participate. 12% of the members in these churches actually filled out the survey – 1,495 people. The report indicates that this is a fairly typical response for online surveys. Of these 1,495 people, 4.55% were 25 or younger and 18.46% were 40 or younger.

It’s clear that this survey was carefully prepared by a meticulous team. The question is, are these 1,495 members a representative sample of 1 million+ members in North America? Is this the best data we have?

eAdventist

eAdventist is North America’s membership records and currently contains over 1.15 million members. More than 780,000 of these members have provided their birth dates.

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1,495 vs 780,00

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2016 members by 10-year groups (eAdventist)

Query those 780,000 people like it’s 2013 and a very different picture emerges.

Median age of members = 46
Members 25 and under = 16.8%
Members 40 and under = 40.0%

If you exclude people under 10, the median age of the United States (2010 Census) is 42 and Canada (2011 Census) is about 44. Even more encouraging, the median age of members joining by baptism or profession of faith in the last 8 years is 32.

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Baptisms by age (eAdventist)

Most young adults are making major life changes – launching careers, deciding on relationships or marriage and evaluating their commitment to God and church. Let’s encourage and welcome them whether they attend regularly or occasionally. Thankfully, it appears that the reports of their extinction “have been greatly exaggerated“.

Metropolitan Adventists

Metropolitan Adventists

Jesus told his followers that they were “the salt of the earth” (Matt 5:13). With over 80% of the population of the United States and Canada now living in “urban” areas, how much salt do Seventh-day Adventists contribute to North America’s largest metropolitan areas today?

The US Census Bureau uses “metropolitan statistical areas” (MSA) and Stats Can uses “census metropolitan areas” (CMA) so we compared the populations (2015 US Census, 2011 Canada Census) to current membership of churches (eAdventist) in each of these areas. The 5 largest metro areas looked like this:

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 Total Population (blue), Members (green)

Clearly, a little salt is having to go a long way in these large cities. To get a better comparison, we magnified the members by a factor of 100 and used stacked bars. Note that the population totals are still correct but the “population” (blue) is reduced by magnifying the “members” (green).

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Members x 100 (green)

It’s safe to say that there is no shortage of opportunity for the “salt” in these areas. The metro areas with the highest ratio of members have Adventist hospitals, headquarters offices or both.

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Members x 100 (green)

Predictably, the metro areas with the lowest ratio of members do not have hospitals, schools or headquarters offices in them. This provides them with a fantastic opportunity and challenge.

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Members x 100 (green)

Here is an Excel spreadsheet (nad-metro-areas) of the 38 largest areas in North America, including population and members. Contact us at help@eadventist.net if you would need more of this kind of information for church planting or metro outreach.

Transfer Comments

Transfer Comments

eAdventist makes most membership transfers easy by connecting church clerks and eliminating “snail” mail. However, some transfers aren’t “business as usual” and require a conversation:

  • “Did you mean Maxwell Sr or Maxwell Jr?”
  • “Sorry, Ayeisha transferred to Rock Solid Church last year”
  • “Any update on the status of this transfer?”

“Online” clerks have always been able to contact each other by email, but Transfer Comments make these conversations even easier to start and follow.

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As soon as you click “Save”, eAdventist will email the comment to each of the “online” clerks involved in the transfer. For any “offline” church, the email will go to the conference clerk. The “Email” tab lets you check the delivery status of these messages.

Transfers that have comments are easy to spot on the Transfers page. Just look for the “comment” icon.

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PRO TIPS

  • Sort all transfers that have Comments to the top by clicking on the “comment” column heading.

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  • Sort all transfers that have green “lights” to the top by clicking on the “lights” column heading.

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Attach a File

Attach a File

eAdventist’s Mailing Lists are a powerful way to stay in touch with members in your church or conference. Now you can include file attachments in your messages – the agenda for your next board meeting, PDF announcing an upcoming event, registration forms, reports, photo images, and more. Just be sure that any file you want to send is under 9MB.

Here’s how it works. Create your message, then click on the “paperclip” icon and choose a file to attach. That’s it!

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Here’s what it looks like in action!

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Oh, and one more thing. If you’d like to see what you’re about to send to your entire list, you can now send a test message to yourself before clicking “Send” to everybody.

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Extra power and insurance for your Mailing List.

Officer Labels update

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Officer Labels is powerful tool for communicating with your organization’s officers. Based on your feedback, it now handles two challenging situations even better:

Officer has been “dropped”

If the listed officer has been dropped (deceased, missing, removed, duplicate), the Officer Labels screen displays their status in red. However, the officer was still included in the mailing labels with the officer’s name and address. Now, this label will be an “Anonymous” label with the office title and the church’s address.

Treasurer
Rock Solid SDA Church
123 Granite St
Bedrock WA 98123

Officer’s address is empty or stopped

Until now, Officer Labels provided to option to exclude these labels or include them – with the officer’s name and empty/stopped address. Now, these labels will be “Anonymous” to ensure that the church is not left out of the mailing.

For more information on Officer Labels, check out this article in our knowledge base.