Adventist Schools Build Faith
The picture shows Joshua Essink, an 8th-grade student at Boise Valley Adventist School (BVAS), delivering the sermon for Impact Sabbath at Cloverdale Seventh-day Adventist church. The entire church service was created by, and featured students from, BVAS.
One of the largest studies was the set of Valuegenesis surveys, conducted over a 20-year period, from 1990 to 2010. Valuegenesis1 data from 2,267 12th-grade Adventist students in Adventist schools in the North American Division, for example, showed that the more years of Adventist schooling, the greater the person’s reported loyalty to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, his or her belief in the fundamental teachings of the church, and his or her intention to remain an Adventist at age 40. In the 2010 Valuegenesis3 survey, 82% of all students indicated that attending an Adventist school was the most important factor that had helped them develop their religious faith, with the Adventist school ranking more highly than any other factor.