For decades, a person became an Adventist after he or she was thoroughly taught the church's fundamental beliefs and conformed to its standards. If converts agreed to the beliefs and behaviors, then they could belong. In today's North American culture, that paradigm works best when it is turned completely upside down. The friendship factor of our local congregations is critical to effective assimilation. Small group gatherings during the week or on Sabbath morning help in fulfilling that important component of church health. Revitalizing Sabbath School classes to be ministry-driven and highly relational is something we really believe in, have experience with, and can help coach your congregation to do.