REPORT

13TH SABBATH SCHOOL OFFERING

Sabbath School was established in the Adventist church in 1853 before there was an organized church. However, it was 25 years before anyone thought to take an offering for Sabbath School expenses. In 1885 the first mission offering was taken

in the Upper Columbia Conference to send missionaries to Australia. Then word came to the church that the people

on Pitcairn Island were keeping the Sabbath and wanted to be baptized, but the

church could not find a ship passing that way.

The Pitcairn Ship became the first Sabbath School project with it

sailing from San Francisco on October 28, 1890.  



Sabbath School children grow up learning about different parts of the world and where to find them on the map. An important result has been the stewardship training from an early age, and the desire to help people outside their neighborhood."

Dean

The first “13th

Sabbath Offering Project was introduced in 1912 to establish a mission in

India. With approximately four

hundred 13th Sabbaths since

that first project, this offering has

allowed the church to build schools, dormitories, hospitals, clinics, churches,

mission-launches, lamb-shelters, printing presses and universities around the

world. Often there is more than one

project for an offering so there have been over a thousand projects. Because Tithe money is not allowed to be used

for buildings, the 13th Sabbath offering has usually been for construction-type

projects.  

The world wide work

of the church has progressed much faster because of the four times a year when

the world-church takes up an offering in Sabbath School to support a project in

one of the divisions. Because the mission stories for that quarter are focused

on that division and their projects, the church learns about the needs of

diverse nationalities, races and cultures.

Sabbath School children grow up learning about different parts of the

world and where to find them on the map.

An important result has been the stewardship training from an early age,

and the desire to help people outside their neighborhood.



The blue bar in the

chart below shows the actual offerings from 1969 to 2009 in ten-year intervals.

The growth in actual offerings shows a steady increase. The red bar shows the real value of the US

Dollar based on the 2009 Consumer Price Index. In the 1970s there was a 50%

increase with the real value decreasing in the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s. Over the last 100 years, the Adventist church

has grown from 100,000 members to 17 million members world-wide. The 13th Sabbath Offerings have played a

major role in this growth.

Dean Rogers

GC Assistant Treasurer

Dean holds a Business

Administration degree from Union College, and has experience in both the

private sector and the church. In over

30 years with the church, he has served as academy business manager, the Zaire

Union Treasurer, Director of TRIPS and In-House Operations at the General

Conference.

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