Are We Commitment-Phobes?

Are We Commitment-Phobes?

A Protestant pastor and a congregational researcher recently tackled what many have referred to as “the 20/80 problem,” which they define as “20 percent of the members doing 80 percent of the work, while most of the rest do nothing. Is this a problem in the Seventh-day Adventist church?  

Article by Beth Michaels

A Protestant pastor and a congregational researcher recently tackled what many have referred to as “the 20/80 problem,” which they define as “20 percent of the members doing 80 percent of the work, while most of the rest do nothing.” In their 2011 book The Other 80 Percent: Turning Your Church’s Spectators Into Active Participants, the authors use national research, field studies and hundreds of interviews with members of various denominations—some of the most extensive data available to date—to determine a diversity of approaches to the issue.

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The authors determine that some of the main reasons members lack commitment is that they are affected by individualism and consumerism popular in American culture, they have experienced disappointment with their church and lack a willingness to give back, they lack an understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus or their church simply lacks organization and good leadership.

Is this also true in the Seventh-day Adventist Church? Read on to see!