The Great Controversy Project 2.0

Join the distribution of millions upon millions of copies during 2023 and 2024 in preparation for Jesus' return.

“The Lord impressed me to write this book in order that without delay it might be circulated in every part of the world, because the warnings it contains are necessary for preparing a people to stand in the day of the Lord.”

Ellen G. White, Manuscript 24, 1891

Why distribute "The Great Controversy"?

Revelation 18:1 describes how God will illuminate the world with the everlasting gospel, and according to Ellen White, this illumination will largely take place through physical publications:

“In a large degree through our publishing houses is to be accomplished the work of that other angel who comes down from heaven with great power and who lightens the earth with his glory.” —Testimonies for the Church 7:139, 140.

Ellen White wanted The Great Controversy widely distributed at the close of earth’s history, when the “last message of warning” is given:

“The Great Controversy should be very widely circulated. It contains the story of the past, the present, and the future… I am more anxious to see a wide circulation for this book than for any others I have written; for in The Great Controversy, the last message of warning to the world is given more distinctly than in any of my other books.” —Colporteur Ministry, 127

As we near the final events of earth’s history, the sharing of the Three Angels’ Messages through electronic media may be subject to increasing restriction and regulation by various agencies and authorities. Placing a printed copy of the The Great Controversy into every home will ensure access to God’s last message to the world.

How should the distribution be organized?

Each Division shall develop a distribution strategy, involving all departments, institutions, and members of the Church. Every Church administrator, worker, pastor, and member is encouraged to be involved in the distribution of The Great Controversy as an integral part the 2020 – 2025 I Will Go Strategic Plan.

Partnerships between churches, districts, and conferences is encouraged, as bulk book purchasing can vastly reduce prices and joint planning can help avoid distribution overlaps. 

How will The Great Controversy be distributed?

Members are encouraged to share The Great Controversy directly with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Personal contact in connection with literature distribution is an effective way to encourage reading. Local churches are encouraged to organize strategic programs for a wide distribution in the community.

Isn’t literature distribution an “outdated” method?

The Seventh-day Adventist Church utilizes all available communication media, such as TV, radio, internet, printed books, and social media. Literature, in all its forms, is a powerful method of communication. Its production and distribution are vital parts of the church’s holistic evangelism strategy. Printed literature distributed door-to-door is timeless in its usefulness for the following reasons:

  • Books can reach more people than the living preacher
  • Book distribution awakens missionary passion in church members
  • Books can be distributed in places where church members cannot go
  • Books, once distributed, cannot be subjected to online censorship
  • Books continue talking and convincing over long periods of time
  • Books can be distributed by any member with minimal or no training
  • Books lead readers to seek the church
  • Books have a very positive track record as a tool for soulwinning

Here are a few inspired statements that encourage the distribution of printed books:

“There are many places in which the voice of the minister cannot be heard, places which can be reached only by our publications,—the books, papers, and tracts filled with the Bible truths that the people need.” CM 4.3

“It is true that some who buy the books will lay them on the shelf or place them on the parlor table and seldom look at them. Still God has a care for His truth, and the time will come when these books will be sought for and read.” —Testimonies for the Church 6:313, 314 (1900)

Why not advertise a free digital copy?

Electronic versions of The Great Controversy in various languages will be made available for free download at While we actively utilize paid social media ads for The Great Controversy Project, we encourage a wide distribution of the physical book by individual church members. God intended for the participation of all church members in the proclamation of the Three Angels’ Messages, and literature distribution is an easy way to get involved. Additionally, physical books received in a face-to-face encounter are far more effective than other methods.

“Tracts, papers, and books, as the case demands, should be circulated in all the cities and villages in the land. Here is missionary work for all to engage in.” CH 466.2

Why not create a video series of the book?

The Church encourages institutions and ministries to use creative ways to present the The Great Controversy message in various formats. Please contact us if you have useful resources.

Who will pay for the distribution of these books?

The missionary book distribution program of our church is mostly funded by church members and churches who are interested in a wide distribution in their community. Generous donors further support the printing and distribution of this book throughout the world. 

Is there any follow-up information in these books?

Each copy of The Great Controversy will contain relevant follow-up information, such as free online Bible courses and additional content that will connect the reader with the Church. The local church shall add their own follow-up response card before distributing.

Will there be a reading plan?

Yes, the church will encourage the reading of The Great Controversy during 2023 and 2024. More information will be available shortly.

Where can our church order books?

Please check with your local conference, union, or publishing house to see if they will be compiling pre-orders. We will soon provide links for direct purchasing options in various languages on our website.

Where can I purchase bulk quantities of the book?

We will provide links to the various publishing houses that will provide the book in different languages. Please join our Facebook Page and Telegram Group for updates coming soon.

Why delay the project until 2023?

The careful planning and preparation for a global distribution of The Great Controversy in over 70+ languages takes significant time. We are working with various publishing houses to make new translations available for download and distribution. This was the soonest we could accommodate this initiative.