Heritage

The Seventh-day Adventist Church emerged during the Second Great Awakening of the 1840s in the United States. The church pioneers were members of several other religious organizations such as the Methodist, Presbyterian, and Baptist churches. The SDA church currently has approximately 15 million members spread over 200 countries around the globe. The church is well known for its excellence in healthcare, education, and human service activities.

From its beginnings, the SDA church has stressed the importance of healthcare and education. In fact, the Adventist Church is currently the second largest private school system in the world behind the Catholic educational system. The church is also present in the form of hospitals and clinics around the globe. We currently have healthcare facilities in all the U.S. major cities are constantly establishing new clinics and school in various marginal areas around the world.

One of the founding principles of Adventism is a healthy lifestyle characterized by balancing the following factors in one’s life: exercise, diet, rest, and trust in God. Members of the Adventist church abstain from smoking and drinking and focus on maintaining a close bond with God through a genuine relationship with Jesus. In a recent study, the Adventist community found in Loma Linda, CA. was identified as a “blue zone” or “longevity oasis” where the residents tend to not only live longer lives but are also happier and healthier too.

Currently, the Seventh-day Adventist Church as over 15 million members worldwide in over 200 countries. The SDA church has approximately 1.5 million students enrolled in the over 7,200 schools, 168 hospitals, almost 450 clinics, 138 nursing homes, and 34 orphanages. In addition, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), a disaster relief organization, funds over 2,400 projects in 112 countries.   What does the name “Seventh-day Adventist” refer to?  The name refers to two core beliefs of the church. First, in accordance to God’s statues found specifically in the fourth commandment (Exodus 20:8-11), Adventists worship on Saturday, the 7th day of the week. Second, the term “Adventist” is based on the premise that Jesus promised to return to earth to gather His people. Thus, as a church, the Adventists await the advent or second coming of the Lord. To find more information on our church please visit the following page www.adventist.org

CMS welcomes students from all religious backgrounds and proudly creates a safe environment where all creeds and ideologies are respected. However, we present Judeo-Christian values and principles as part of our curriculum. At our school, students’ freedom to think for themselves is respected and nurtured and students are encouraged to learn how to make positive moral decisions regardless of their creed or belief system. In fact, one of our fundamental beliefs is that God has given us freedom of choice, which means that anyone who is interested in joining the church must do so based on their own will.