Adventist Book Center Church-owned retail establishments offering Christian literature and health foods. ABC is acceptable on second reference.

Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries Church department established in 1985. It places and supports Adventist Chaplains on school campuses, in community agencies, correctional institutions, healthcare facilities, military forces and the workplace. Use ACM on second reference.

Adventist Church Always use Seventh-day Adventist Church on first reference, capitalizing "C" for the word "Church." Use a lower case "c" when describing local congregations without a proper name: Jim helped build an Adventist church. See Seventh-day Adventist Church and Seventh-day Adventist world church

Adventist Church world headquarters Use instead of General Conference or GC.

Adventist Development and Relief Agency ADRA is acceptable on second reference or in headlines. International headquarters is in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States.

Adventist Health International A management organization that partners with health care services in developing countries. Headquarters is in Loma Linda, California, United States.

Adventist Heritage Ministry Church corporation that preserves four sites pertaining to the denomination's founding in the United States: Historic Adventist Village in Michigan, the William Miller and Hiram Edson Farms in New York, and the Joseph Bates' boyhood home in Massachusetts. Legal name is Adventist Historic Properties, Inc.

Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies Graduate school for religious studies located in Silang, Cavite, Philippines. Affiliated directly with the Adventist Church world headquarters.

Adventist Mission Church organization at the world headquarters that promotes mission service. Includes Global Mission. Established in 1990.

Adventist Review Founded in 1849 by church co-founder James White as "The Present Truth," today is the flagship journal of the denomination, which serves North America. Adventist World magazine, launched in 2005, serves the world.

Adventist Risk Management, Inc. Corporation that provides risk assessment services and insurance for Adventist Church institutions. ARM acceptable on second reference. Established in 1936 following the advice of Adventist insurance professional William A. Benjamin, who suggested the denomination could better protect its properties and save money by operating its own insurance company. Based in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States with offices worldwide.

Adventist world church Use this term when describing the global denomination on second reference. On first reference, use Seventh-day Adventist world church ("world church" is lowercase) or Seventh-day Adventist Church ("Church" is capitalized).

Adventist World Radio The radio ministry arm of the Adventist Church. AWR is acceptable on second reference. Headquarters is in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States.

Andrews University Located in Berrien Springs, Michigan, United States. Home of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. Named after John Nevins Andrews, the church's first overseas missionary.

Annual Council One of two biannual meetings of the Adventist world church's Executive Committee, usually held at the world church headquarters in October. See also Spring Meeting

Adventist-laymen's Services and Industries ASI is acceptable on second reference. An association of lay members in business and professions, including lay supporting ministries, all dedicated to sharing Christ in the marketplace. Headquarters is in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States.

ASI See Adventist-laymen's Services and Industries

Auditing Service See General Conference Auditing Service


Biblical Research Institute Provides biblical studies, reviews documents, and answers questions on biblical matters. BRI is acceptable on second reference. Located in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States.


campaign Use this term instead of "crusade" when describing evangelistic outreach. See crusade

Christian Record Services for the Blind Service organization offering free inspirational publications in braille and large print, as well as audio materials for people with visual impairments. On second reference use shortened version Christian Record or abbreviation CRSB. Legal name is “Christian Record Services, Inc.” Affiliated directly with the Adventist Church headquarters. Located in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States.

Communication Church department dedicated to internal and external media outreach. No "s" -- do not use "Communications department." Established in 1912 as the Bureau of Press Relations when administrators at the world church headquarters hired Baltimore Sun newspaper reporter Walter Burgan to help respond to attacks on the church in the media.

conference A local administrative area consisting of a number of church congregations and schools. Instead, name or describe the area: Aaron Woehler is youth director for the church in Northern California or Ronn Kakazu is Communication director for the church in Japan. See also union

crusade Never use this reference to 12th-century Christian military campaigns against Muslims when describing an evangelism event. Instead, use meeting, series, or public evangelism outreach.

Children's Ministries Church department dedicated to the spiritual development of children. Established in 1995.

Church official/s Highest ranking of administration. Includes president, secretary and treasurer, as well as their associates: vice president, undersecretary, associate secretary, undertreasurer and associate treasurer. See Church leader/s

Church leader/s Department director and associate director. Communication director or associate should be identified as such, but may also be referred to as a spokesman or spokeswoman when speaking to media on behalf of the denomination. See Church official/s

colporteur See literature evangelist


dateline Use city, state (province), and country. When referring to one of the international cities sited in the Associated Press Stylebook, just use the city. (i.e. no location explanation needed for well-known cities such as London, Tokyo, etc.)

delighted Overused in quotes, usually in response to a question about how someone feels about a new employee or program. Instead, have the source talk about what skills the employee brings or what the program will accomplish.

department Church office at each level of administration: world church headquarters, division, union, conference, local congregation.

department director Capitalize the name of the department. "...said Heather-Dawn Small, Women's Ministries director."

division One of 13 administrative regions of the world church. Trans-European Division. Lowercase "division" when not referencing a specific division, or on second reference.


Ellen G. White One of the church's founders, who exercised the gift of prophecy during her 70-year ministry. Do not abbreviate. Describe as a church co-founder on first reference.

elder Title of a local church lay leader. For ordained clergy, particularly leadership, the preferred term is Pastor. ex. Pastor Nate Hawthorne.

Education Church department established in 1902 to support development of the Adventist school/university system; a core church program.

Executive Committee The second-highest governing body in the denomination, following the delegates of the General Conference in Session. It's comprised of General Conference officers, department directors, the 13 division's officers, union presidents, presidents of General Conference institutions, three lay members from each division, one pastor from each division, one additional front-line employee for every 500,000 members or portions thereof for divisions with more than 500,000 members, and 30 members at large.


Family Ministries Church department centered on supporting and developing relationships in families. Established in 1975.

field In-house term for a geographic area in which Adventist pastors and lay members work to advance the Gospel message. Use the actual geographic designation, e.g., Israel and not Israel Field.


GC see General Conference

GC president Use Adventist world church president.

General Conference Title of church's world headquarters and name of legal entity "General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists." In print, instead use Adventist Church world headquarters.

General Conference Auditing Service Provides auditing service to the denomination from the church's headquarters with offices worldwide. Use GCAS on second reference.

General Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists The legal name of the global denomination, based in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States.

General Conference Session The church's highest governing body, which meets every five years for a global business meeting and spiritual gathering. 

Geoscience Research Institute Church organization founded in 1958 to research both science and the biblical account of creation to address the question of origins. Affiliated directly with the Adventist Church headquarters. Located in Loma Linda, California, United States.

Great Disappointment An event in the early history of several Christian denominations, including Adventism, when Jesus did not to return to Earth on October 22, 1844 as some expected. Between 1831 and 1844, Baptist preacher William Miller launched the "great second advent awakening." Based on his study of Daniel 8:14, Miller calculated Jesus would return sometime between 1843 and 1844. Others calculated a specific date of October 22, 1844. When Jesus did not appear, Miller's followers experienced what came to be called "the Great Disappointment." See also Millerite movement

Griggs University/ Griggs International Academy An institution providing distance education programs for the Adventist Church. Offers preschool, K-12, college, and graduate programs and degrees. Formerly known as Home Study International. Established in 1909 and located in Berrien Springs, Michigan, United States.


Health Ministries Church department promoting healthy lifestyles; a core church program. Reorganized to current form in 1980.

health message In-house jargon for the church's counsels on health. Instead, mention Adventist emphasis on healthful living.

Hope Channel Official television network of the Adventist Church. Offers culturally contextualized programming worldwide in multiple languages online and via satellite over multiple channels. Use only Hope Channel, not "the Hope Channel," "Hope TV" or "Hope." Based in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States.


Institute of World Mission Provides cross-cultural training for new full-time, short-term and volunteer workers working in a foreign country, and facilitates their re-entry to their home country. Located in Berrien Springs, Michigan, United States. Launched in 1966.

intentional Overused word in religious management. Omit unless part of a quote, or use the word "deliberate." 

International Religious Liberty Association Launched by the church in 1893 as NRLA (National), the non-sectarian organization is now the world's largest forum on religious freedom. IRLA is acceptable on second reference.


literature evangelist One who goes door-to-door selling religious materials.

Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center A non-profit corporation that serves as the umbrella organization for Loma Linda University, Loma Linda University Medical Center and several other medical and educational entities. Directly affiliated with the church's world headquarters. Located in Loma Linda, California, United States.


Millerite movement Founded by Baptist preacher William Miller to publicize the soon return of Jesus Christ, precursor to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. See also Great Disappointment

Ministerial Association Serves the Adventist Church through services to pastors, pastors' families, local church elders and company leaders, and Adventist Ministerial Association secretaries. Note: leader of this organization is titled secretary, not "director." Located at the church's headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States. Established in 1922.


North American Religious Liberty Association The North American branch of the International Religious Liberty Association. NARLA is acceptable on second reference.


Oakwood University A historically Black Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher learning located in Huntsville, Alabama, United States. Directly affiliated with the denomination's world headquarters. Established in 1896.

Office of Adventist Mission World church office dedicated to reach people in areas of the world where the church has not been established or only recently established. Based at the Adventist Church world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States.

Office of General Counsel Provides legal advice and services to the General Conference Corporation. Located in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States. Established 1936.

Office of Global Software and Internet Provides platforms for local church and institutional websites.


Pacific Press Publishing Association An Adventist publishing house in Nampa, Idaho, United States. Commonly referred to as "Pacific Press." It is directly affiliated with the church's world headquarters.

pastor Capitalize when used as a title immediately before a name on first reference: Pastor Jimmy Thurber. Otherwise, lowercase: Sam Clemens is pastor of the Hannibal Adventist Church. On second reference, use only last name. See also elder

Pathfinders An Adventist Church youth activity organization.

PARL Use as an abbreviation of a department of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty on second reference.

Pen of inspiration Colloquial phrase used to describe the writings of Ellen G. White, and should not be used when writing for the public. Instead, use as mentioned in the writings of church co-founder Ellen G. White.

Personal Ministries Church ministry focusing on discipling through training, equipping, and mobilizing members for personal involvement in faith-sharing. Now part of the church department Sabbath School and Personal Ministries. Formerly named Lay Activities. Established in 1870 as the Tract and Missionary Society.

Planned Giving & Trust Services Church department offering services assistance to church members in making provision for bequests and in managing their estate. Established in 1968.

president Capitalize only when used as a title before a name: President Ted N. C. Wilson. Otherwise, lowercase: Erton Köhler is president of the church in South America.

Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Church department that promotes freedom of conscious and conducts outreach to legislators. PARL is acceptable on second reference. Established in 1902.

Publishing Ministries Church department focused on production and distribution of religious materials including books, magazines and multimedia. Established in 1902.


regional conferences Church associations that have historically represented African-American congregations in the Eastern United States.

Remnant or Remnant Church Internal term used to describe the Seventh-day Adventist movement. Should not be used when writing for public unless part of a quote.

Review and Herald Publishing Association Adventist publishing house in Hagerstown, Maryland, United States, often referred to as Review and Herald. Directly affiliated with the world church headquarters.


Sabbath School Weekly discipling groups offered by local churches for people of all ages that include fellowship, Bible study, community service and mission.

Sabbath School and Personal Ministries The Church department supporting Sabbath School, Personal Ministries, Community Service, and Bible Correspondence Schools.

SDA Do not use this abbreviation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church because those not familiar with the Adventist Church may not know what it is (it could be Soap and Detergent Association). The shortened version of Seventh-day Adventist is Adventist, which is the preferred term on second reference.

Second Coming Refer to as the Second Coming of Jesus.

Seventh-day Adventist Do not abbreviate because those unfamiliar with the Adventist Church may not know what "SDA" is (it could be Software Dealers Association). The shortened version is Adventist, which should be used on second reference.

Seventh-day Adventist Church Notice capitalized "C" in "Church" and lowercased "d" in "day." A global Christian faith community with a membership of nearly 17 million at the end of 2010. Use Adventist Church on second reference. See also Adventist Church. See entry in Associated Press Stylebook.

Seventh-day Adventist world church Notice lowercase "w" in "world" and "c" in "church." Use this term when describing the global denomination. See also General Conference

Spirit of Prophecy Books and articles written by Ellen G. White, one of the founding pioneers of the church. Use writings of church co-founder Ellen G. White.

Spring Meeting One of two biannual meetings of the world church's executive committee held at the church's world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States. See also Annual Council

states Do not abbreviate state locations in the United States of America.

Stewardship Ministries Church department emphasizing Christian management of resources. Established in 1967.


10/40 Window A term used by several Christian denominations to describe a geographical rectangle in the eastern hemisphere between the 10 and 40 northern lines of latitude, where more than 60 percent of the world's population live, most of whom have not yet been reached with the Gospel message.

Three Angels' Message Add a reference to the Book of Revelation, chapter 14.

Twenty-eight Fundamental Beliefs The church's understanding and expression of the teachings of the Bible. Established in 1980. Use 28 Fundamental Beliefs with numerals when not beginning a sentence. Capitalize Fundamental Beliefs when standing alone.


United States Use U.S. on second reference.

union Internal term for a federation of churches or conferences. When appropriate, instead use a geographic designation when writing for the public: the Adventist Church in Mid-America or the Adventist Church in Portugal.


White, Ellen G. Do not abbreviate. One of the church's founders, who exercised the gift of prophecy during her 70-year ministry. On first reference, introduce her as a church co-founder.

White Estate, Ellen G. Incorporated The estate of church co-founder Ellen G. White, who exercised the gift of prophecy. Refer to as the Ellen G. White Estate on first reference and the White Estate or the estate on subsequent references. Located in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States. Established in 1915 and incorporated in 1933.

Women's Ministries Church department focusing on women's issues and spiritual development. Officially established in 1995.

worker Antiquated term for a Seventh-day Adventist pastor or employee. Instead, use actual job title/position: pastor or Bible teacher.


Youth Ministries Church department focusing on teenagers and their spiritual development.