Departments are functional subdivisions of the denominational work on various administrative levels of the church. They are arranged to promote and guide specific areas of denominational activities. In their respective territories, each union and conference (administrative units) has departments in the same or similar categories, which work under their executive committee with the aid and guidance of the General Conference and division departments. The structure of departments was created during the last major organizational readjustment of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1901.
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is a humanitarian agency that rehabilitates communities and enhances the quality of life and well-being of individuals through its financial, material and technical resources. ADRA is active in many developing countries and provides aid to the extremely deprived.
Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries (ACM) is comprised of trained chaplains, from diverse backgrounds, who are committed to Jesus-Christ and the global mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. These men and women desire to help people in the sites where they minister and share with them the soon coming of Jesus.
The Office of Adventist Mission was founded in 2005, merging Global Mission and Mission Awareness together in one office. Its purpose is to further the Global Mission objective of carrying the gospel to unreached areas, and to promote the importance of mission and raise vital financial support.
Children’s Ministries is about developing the faith of children ages birth to fourteen. While Sabbath School provides religious education once a week, Children’s Ministries looks at the whole child and seeks to provide multiple ministries that will lead them to Jesus and disciple them in their daily walk with Him.
Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (PARL) supports religious liberty internationally as one of the fundamental principles of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and as a God-given right. PARL represents the world headquarters of the Church on government issues, has an office at the United Nations, and hosts many diplomatic meetings to reinforce relations between the Church and different countries.