I can look back on a SDA history sinvce the 1850ies - I owe the script of a sermon one of my ancestors delivered to the littlle split - off lay congregation on August 18, 1848 - - the group then heard about Sabbathkeepers in Swizerland and contacted Erzberger.
Then private Bibe study groups - Konventikel - were the attraction. War after war came -and preople were eager for catchhing some hold, since the Lords and Kings suddenly were - off. - - - And Adventists tried their best to be established as petty bourgeois, a little back in the history - see the great glasstaied window “Rosette” in Friedensau.-
and of course the organ. Times went by, new communkation media, new technologies, new Saturday Night fever epidemies - - new vacation places. and styles.
And the help - no , “help” came from the West. Just behave, obey and copy what is our big success. , so tent meetings in an area with little halls, large halls, domes - - and the public accepted Mc Donalds and Coke, but not
the evangelistic shows - -
-Times went by. -
My little local church , fouded 1933, : The maiority of members are young ones, having come from the street ! _Yes, we accepted them,So seing that for worship you are properly, festively dressed - they then came with outfits, somehow derived from the Beatles - - -ok, the Saville Road does not mark the lines of our dresscodes ! - - And then watch their weddings !! Unusual, but a joyful, happy day !!!
And now, in the suburb, we offer mother / babe - days,parents / teens - days - - but right across a first class health food supermarket and everybody crazy about wellbeing, wellness, body care, and a one hunderd percent social insurance system - please NO HEALTH EVENTS !
They share Bible studies, share heir probems of how to cultivate a Biblical family life, how to cope with their “worldly” problems . - and are eager to organize new attractions for mission ! No, not my taste, not something that would attract me - but it is fo a vey new generation !