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This WikiProject is for the development of Wikipedia articles related to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The main aim of this page will be to promote collaboration on these articles and to organise a combined effort.


The scope of this project will be the articles included in the Category:Seventh-day Adventist Church and its various subcategories. For a full list of categories, please see Wikipedia:WikiProject Seventh-day Adventist Church/Categories.

A list of articles in one reference work recently published specifically devoted to the Seventh-day Adventist Church can be found at Wikipedia:WikiProject Seventh-day Adventist Church/Missing articles. John Carter (talk) 18:08, 7 November 2012 (UTC)

Project banner[edit]

To add an article to this WikiProject, please go to the article's Talk page, click on Edit, and enter the following code: {{WP Adventist}}

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anywhere on your userpage. You may want to include it in an infobox:

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This displays the default message "This user is interested in the Seventh-day Adventist Church", and can be easily changed by supplying a parameter text, as demonstrated to the right (see page source or documentation). Please don't make the text anything too polemic or critical of others.

Every page using it will automatically go into Category:WikiProject Seventh-day Adventist Church participants. Note that "fair use" images (in particular, the church logo) are not allowed on templates.

Requests for assessments[edit]

If you have made significant changes to an article and would like an outside opinion on a new rating for it, please feel free to list it below. If you assess an article, please strike it off using <s>Strike-through text</s> so that other editors will not waste time going there too. Old and fulfilled requests are periodically removed from the list.

Add requests to the bottom of this list, please also sign your request by adding four tildes (~~~~):

  • Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia: This is a more general request for help, but I'm putting it here because I can't find where it should really go. This seems to be an Adventist grad school that appears nowhere in the lists of Adventist colleges and universities (okay, I don't know if it could be called one of those, but it does offer a Masters and a doctorate) nor in any of our categories. I only ran across it because I was correcting links to "Seventh Day Adventist" to point to "Seventh-day Adventist Church" and it was there. I think this falls under our project (I'll let someone else add the box on the talk page if people agree) and besides recommending improvement and appropriate categorization, I think it should be added to any applicable lists. Assessment wouldn't be a bad idea either. --Cromwellt|talk|contribs 06:29, 26 January 2014 (UTC)


There are other Wikimedia Wikis to which we can contribute Seventh-day Adventist related material, such as Commons (for free images, sound and other multimedia files), Wikisource (for primary-source texts and translations) and Wikiquote (for quotations). Add links between the projects, as demonstrated to the right.

Style guide for Seventh-day Adventist related articles[edit]

This is a style guide for articles relating to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Category:WikiProject Seventh-day Adventist Church contains templates, project userbox, stub articles etc., for editors.

(Note: Most of these guidelines were contributed by one or two authors only. Please be bold in suggesting alternatives, by discussing them on the talk page. Other specific guidelines appear in /Article requests.)

The Adventist News Network maintains a glossary of recommended terms for news reporting. The suggestions are generally to improve clarity, which is consistent with Wikipedia's aim.[1]

Church name spelling and abbreviation[edit]

The spelling preferred by the church is "Seventh-day Adventist", note particularly the hyphen and lowercase 'd'. The phrase "Seventh-day Adventist Church" has a capital "C" when talking about the world church; this is abbreviated "Adventist Church".[2]

Be careful to avoid confusion regarding the term "Adventist". Generally, "Adventism" includes other groups which arose from the Millerite movement. (Literally, an "Adventist" is someone who awaits the Advent [meaning "arrival"] or Second Coming of Jesus to Earth). Write "Seventh-day Adventist" in full the first time to establish context, and then usually abbreviate afterwards to "Adventist". An exception would be in articles covering both the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Millerite/Adventist movement, where this usage would be ambiguous.

In general, the phrase "Adventist Church world headquarters" is preferable to "General Conference" or "GC". You can 'pipe' links like this: Adventist Church world headquarters, where the display text for the link is worded differently to the link location. Instead of "General Conference president", use "Adventist world church president".[2]

For regional organizations of the church, try to avoid the terms "Conference", "Union", and "Division". Instead, refer to the region being covered, as in "...Adventist Church in France" or "Smith is youth director for the church in Northern California." Use "region" instead of "Division".[2]

Names of Adventist people[edit]

Articles about Adventist people should use the form of their name that most sources use (see WP:COMMONNAME). Early Adventists were typically known by their initials, e.g. "J. N. Andrews", rather than "John Andrews" as we would say today. Some encyclopedias use the following format: J.[ohn] N.[evins] Andrews (see page source), to indicate they were known by their initials, and this method still supplies their full given and middle names.

For more recent people, the reliable sources usually call them by their given name and surname. If disambiguation is needed (for instance, there are many notable "George Knight"s in the world), including the middle initial seems the norm, as in George R. Knight, and not the full middle name. Other options with disambiguation are including the full middle name, or adding a descriptor in parentheses, as for Joseph Bates (Adventist), whose middle name is apparently unknown or nonexistent.

See also Wikipedia:Manual of Style (biographies).

External links[edit]

At the end of the "External links" section in each article, add a link to the index of articles in Adventist magazines. This enables the reader to quickly locate other references. (Though links to internet search engines are not recommended, justifiably this index is obscure and would be otherwise unknown by most readers). Trim unnecessary parts of the URL.

For biography articles like Ellen G. White:

For other topics, like Sabbath in seventh-day churches:

Adventism template[edit]

{{Seventh-day Adventism}} produces the following sidebar, which may be placed on Adventist articles (in the general sense of the term "Adventist"):

Stub articles[edit]

Place {{SeventhdayAdventist-stub}} near the bottom of stubs relating to this WikiProject. This will automatically place the article in Category:Seventh-day Adventist stubs.


Articles should be added to Category:Seventh-day Adventist Church or, preferably, one of its child categories. See also #Proposed articles for additional category-specific guidelines.

Bible verses[edit]

Bible verses can be linked using the {{Bibleverse}} template, for example, {{bibleverse||John|3:16|NIV}} which produces John 3:16. See the documentation on the template's talk page.


"Public domain" images should be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, not Wikipedia itself. Add them to commons:Category:Seventh-day Adventist Church (?). "Fair use" images can only be uploaded to Wikipedia, not Commons. For these, add them to this WikiProject by placing "{{WikiProject Seventh-day Adventist Church|class=image|importance=}}" on the top of its talk page.

See Wikipedia:Images for general information.

Church by area[edit]

One suggestion is to the Adventist structures not by their official name, but like this: [[Australian Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists|Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia]], which produces: Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia. This improves readability and avoids elitism.


Some editors want to ask what the "official" position is on a topic. Most often, there is no official position. The 28 Fundamentals are the official beliefs of the church, and should be quoted or referenced in relevant articles. The key in articles is to present all major points of view, and in proportion. There will often be different opinions about just how "major" certain points of view are - the talk pages are for discussing these and other questions.

  • Adventist Review (and Adventist World) are the preeminent Adventist magazines. The Australasian Record for instance is also significant. These have mostly online archives
  • Ministry is the official magazine of the Ministerial Association, also sent to non-Adventists
  • Andrews University Seminary Studies is a peer-reviewed journal (the only one?) published by Adventists. It and Ministry appear in Christian seminaries worldwide, apparently

As of October 2007, Adventist articles seem to have acquired a strong bias towards sources available online, with few citations from offline resources such as most books. Please include more referenced material from the best offline resources! The Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia is a good offline resource, however remember that it has an Adventist point of view whereas a neutral point of view is required for articles.

Some of the most helpful online resources are:

Overviews of sources:

  • Arthur Patrick, Adventist Studies: An Annotated Introduction for Higher Degree Students. Excellent survey of sources, see the footnotes in particular.
  • Compiled Adventist studies resources – books and theses by Jeff Crocombe, a lecturer at Helderberg College
  • George Knight...
  • Web sources: "Web Guide", p469–70 of Seeking a Sanctuary

Other suggestions:

Quoting Ellen White[edit]

Multiple times in Wikipedia articles, editors have made claims regarding Ellen White's point-of-view on various topics. Even though specific citations have often been provided, some of these claims are dubious. This is because White produced a very large body of material, so quotations can be selectively chosen to justify the editor's claim. Additionally, most or all Adventism scholars believe she changed some views or emphases over time, notably from a harsher God to a more loving God. One editor suggests she would be better treated as a primary source, thus on contentious issues, better to cite what reliable secondary sources claim she taught, as well.

"Wikipedia articles should be based on reliable, published secondary sources and, to a lesser extent, on tertiary sources. Secondary or tertiary sources are needed to establish the topic's notability and to avoid novel interpretations of primary sources, though primary sources are permitted if used carefully." (From WP:PRIMARY section of "Wikipedia:No original research")

Disambiguation pages[edit]

It would be helpful to monitor various disambiguation pages, to ensure that articles do not link to these but to the correct page. To check for articles, just go to one of these articles and then click on "What links here" on the sidebar. This will show you which articles need to be changed. These articles include: James White, Millerite (should link to Millerism instead), George Knight, Spirit of Prophecy, Review and Herald, etc. You can "pipe" links by typing [[James Springer White|James White]], for example, which produces James White which links correctly.

Wikipedia 1.0 articles[edit]

Here is a summary of the Wikipedia 1.0 articles for this WikiProject:

You may also view the expanded list.

On the talk page of article in this project, {{WP Adventist}} should be placed at the top. This will include the article in Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team and also help to identify it as a part of this WikiProject. You may also include a "class" or "importance" tag, or both. "Class" indicates the quality of the article (see the proposed guideline for ranking of Adventist articles). "Importance" indicates the importance of the article within this WikiProject, and may be low, mid, high or top. For example, {{WikiProject Seventh-day Adventist Church|importance=mid|class=stub}}.

Other WikiProjects: Many articles (schools, churches, hospitals etc.) should also be added to the appropriate regional WikiProject.

Recognized content[edit]

Featured articles[edit]

Good articles[edit]

On this day[edit]

DYK (Did You Know)s[edit]

This list is incomplete:

Formerly recognized content[edit]

Former featured articles[edit]

Former good articles[edit]

Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team selections[edit]

Article Alerts[edit]

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Proposed articles[edit]

/Article requests

Published references to this WikiProject[edit]

This is a list of references by external, reliable sources to Wikipedia articles on Seventh-day Adventist related topics. Please add any you discover:

Simbagraphix (talk) 09:32, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:Wikipedia in the media, Wikipedia:Press coverage or Wikipedia:Wikipedia as a press source 2008.


External links[edit]

Draft on SDA writer[edit]

This draft could use some love and sources. Draft:James W. Walters. Legacypac (talk) 05:29, 16 February 2018 (UTC)