Andrews University is a Seventh-day Adventist institution. As a Christian school, we encourage strong moral principles and a close relationship with God. We celebrate the diversity of faiths represented at Andrews and respect the differences of persuasion that are present. We believe in a holistic approach to life that balances body, mind and spirit in such a way that students are fully prepared to serve the world when they finish their studies.
Seventh-day Adventists trace their roots back to the Millerite movement of the 1840s when thousands of Christians were searching for a better understanding of Bible prophecy. A small group of these searchers, based in New England, felt impressed to start a church with the knowledge they had gained. The name they chose reflects two distinctive ideas they discovered: "Seventh-day" refers to the biblical Sabbath, Saturday. The fourth commandment of God's unchangeable law requires the observance of this seventh-day Sabbath as the day of rest, worship and ministry in harmony with the teaching and practice of Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath. "Adventist" refers to the second coming of Jesus - something they believed was happening soon. In 1863, pioneers organized the new denomination with 3,500 members worshiping in 125 churches. The church grew quickly and today there are over 19 million members in 237 countries around the world. Adventists operate the largest Protestant hospital and educational system in the world, as well as several publishing houses and humanitarian organizations.
Adventists hold most beliefs in common with other Protestants. The Trinity. The divinity of Jesus. Salvation through faith in Jesus. Adventists believe that true spirituality impacts every area of their lives. Physical health, a sound mind and strong relationships with God and other people are all seen as important. Each week Adventists celebrate a 24-hour Sabbath rest from work and school, from Friday sunset through Saturday sunset. The day is about taking a break from the daily grind, spending quality time in worship, and nurturing relationships with family and friends.