Compares two different ways of looking at membership of the church and how that affects mission and outreach.
Adventism was birthed in a largely Christian environment and has had its greatest successes among people who were already Christian. In working among Christians it was only natural that Adventist apologetics and evangelistic strategies would stress Adventist doctrines that were different from other Christian groups. It was assumed that people already knew the basics of Christianity and had a living, growing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. However, Global Mission with its emphasis on sharing the distinctive Adventist message with Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and secular postmoderns has faced new challenges and obstacles. The approaches that work well among Christians often do not work as well among people who belong to one of the other world religions.