Hi & Welcome to The Story Church Project!

My name is Marcos. I am an Adventist pastor in Western Australia and I love the Adventist church. There is something about the story we tell that is eccentric, relevant and transformational. It's a story about God - His heart and passion - that our culture and communities desperately need.

However, our local churches are in crisis and as a result, our movement is losing its relevance and impact on the culture. Below are some examples of what I am referring to:

In 2013 the Adventist church held its first ever member retention summit. The results were sobering. The data revealed that from 1960 onward 30 percent or 1 in 3 people were leaving the church after being baptized, in less than 3 years. The precise ratio was 43 people lost for every 100 converts.
— Adrian Zahid, The Compass Magazine
Unfortunately, very few [Adventist] church leaders are skilled in strategic leadership. In a recent division-wide survey... pastors rated their preparedness to do strategy dead last... As a result, the work suffers from fragmented efforts, botched opportunities, and poor accountability.
— Paul Brantley, Dan Jackson & Mike Cauley, "Becoming a Mission-Driven Church"
We are living in one of the fastest periods of change in human history and the local Adventist church is in danger of becoming irrelevant, even outdated. The local church is at a crossroads and needs to reinvent itself to stay relevant in a rapidly changing world.
— Kayle B De Waal, "Mission Shift"

Member Retention

Pastoral Skills

Growth Trends


So what can we do to turn this thing around? Is there anything that church members and local leaders can do to redesign their church to tell our story loud? I believe there is. And while I don't have all the answers, The Story Church Project (formerly known as is my contribution to this conversation. This project is all about 1) the story we have been called to tell and 2) redesigning our local churches to tell it loud. So thanks for visiting and I look forward to journeying with you!

To start your journey, just click the "Start Here" button below!.