InfoGraphics: A Full Breakdown of General Conference Delegates by Division, Gender and Age

The charts below tell the numerical story of how delegates are apportioned by age, gender and geography at the upcoming General Conference Session in San Antonio. The first image is a graphical representation of the delegates by gender and age.

Compare those numbers with the 2013 statistics (the most recent numbers available from the Office of Archives, Statistics and Research) on church membership by gender and age. It's important to note that the "under 30" category here includes all baptized members under the age of 30, whereas delegates under age 30 in the image above tend to be college-age and above.

The next image provides membership data for the 13 divisions and 2 world fields that make up the Seventh-day Adventist World Church.

The final image lists the number of delegates from each division, that number as a percentage of total delegates, the number of members in each division, that number as a percentage of total members, and the differential between delegate percentage and membership percentage. It is important to point out (as Bonnie Dwyer explains in more detail here) that delegates are apportioned primarily on the basis of church structural units rather than on membership. This chart shows some of the gaps between membership and representation at General Conference Session.

Bonnie Dwyer also explains why, although the General Conference does not have a membership base aside from the 3,946 members who live in the Middle East and Israel, territories that were recently attached to the GC. The article provides a chart with the ratios of delegates to members for each division.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at

Excellent data visualization work here, Jared. Well done.

The frontier-length dresses on 57% of the icons are also perfect.


Wow!..45% are under the age of 30. I would have thought that those under the age of 30 would be among the lowest numbers. I’m stunned, and over joyed at the same time. This is great.

God will do something with these younger folk. Regardless if their put into positions of power or not: social media/Internet.

Thanks Jared :+1:

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A question: Can one be considered an Adventist and at the same time NOT believe that there is a remnant end time “church”?

In other words there are only remnant people that may come from a variety of “churches.”

The focus so often seems to be on the denomination and its numbers and growth much like a top 500 company report.

Rather, It should be a revelation of Christ’s character and what He is in a corporate sense. It is not about us…

Someone may then question why I am an Adventist. I am because when done right, the truth about God’s character as revealed in the Bible most closely matches our fundamentals. Not, I repeat, because of our special status that in turn ultimately pushes us to pride.