Young Adults

 Young Adults

Created by youth for youth: making disciples from adolescence to young adults. The story of the Adventist Youth Society, now titled Young Adults (YA), began over 125 years ago along a dusty country lane in Michigan with two young boys kneeling in prayer. Today that dusty lane has become a world-wide web of highways that links over 10 million Seventh-day Adventist young people in nearly every political entity on every continent of the globe. This story comes in every hue of the rainbow; it is filled with extremes of exhilaration and mountaintop experiences, as well as deep sadness and unfulfilled dreams. This is the story of God’s leading a fascinating army down through the battles of the great over arching conflict that is life as we know it now.

Have you had your Youth Week of Prayer?

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AY MISSION:

The salvation of youth through Jesus Christ. We understand youth ministry to be that work of the church that is conducted for, with, and by young people.

AY AIM:

The Advent message to all the world in my generation.

AY MOTTO:

The love of Christ compels me.

AY PLEDGE:

Loving the Lord Jesus, I promise to take an active part in the youth ministry of the church, doing what I can to help others and to finish the work of the Gospel in all the world.  

The Objective of Young Adults Ministry

“To save from sin and guide into service:” this true and only motive, so complete and impressive, was adopted during the 1926 General Conference session.  To obtain the salvation of the youth it is necessary to give them every possible opportunity to participate in all Adventist youth activities.  By keeping youth actively preparing for more efficient service, they are protected from evil.  It is necessary to place them in some activity as soon as they are ready.  “Seeking the good of others is the way in which true happiness can be found” (Counsels on Stewardship, p. 24).  The enemy will not prevail against youth who are actively engaged in the things of God. That the youth may work for:
  • Other youth
  • Their church
  • Their fellow men
This triple purpose that God has outlined for His youth is really the second part of the objective presented in a practical sense: “guide into service.”  From the time youth missionary work first began, this triple purpose has been put into practice.  The goal is to save each Adventist youth who faces the battle against sin, striving to rescue more and more souls for the kingdom of God.  In 1947 the dynamic slogan “Share your Faith” brought new emphasis to soul-winning around the world. That the youth may work for other youth.  Educate the youth to help the youth; and in seeking to do this work each will gain experience that will qualify him to become a consecrated worker in a larger sphere” (Messages to Young People, p. 208). “He [Satan] well knows that there is no other class that can do as much good as young men and young women who are consecrated to God.  The youth, if right, could sway a mighty influence.  Preachers or laymen advanced in years, cannot have one-half the influence upon the young that the youth, devoted to God, can have upon their associates” (Messages to Young People, p. 204). “Young men and women, God calls upon you to work, work for Him… You can do a work that those who minister in word and doctrine cannot do.  You can reach a class whom the minister cannot affect” (Messages to Young People, p. 207). That the youth work for the church.  The youth should work for the church, and for “those who profess to be Sabbath-keepers.”  Faithfully attending the services of the church, the prayer meetings, and the missionary meetings; helping in the Sabbath School and in the AY Society, and participating in the missionary activities of the church, they encourage and strengthen the church. “Loyalty to Christ demands the faithful performance of church duties” (Education, p. 269). “The church is languishing for the help of young men who will bear a courageous testimony, who will with their ardent zeal stir up the sluggish energies of God’s people, and so increase the power of the church in the world” (Message to Young People, p. 25). The youth may work for youth not of the faith.  “Time is short.  Workers for Christ are needed everywhere.  There should be one hundred earnest, faithful laborers in home and foreign mission fields where now there is one.  The highways and the byways are yet un-worked” (Fundamentals of Christian Education, p. 488). There is need for those who would work from house to house.  “The Lord calls upon our youth to labor as canvassers and evangelists, to do house-to-house work in places that have not yet heard the truth” (Messages to Young People, p. 220). “The Lord calls for decided efforts to be put forth in places where the people know nothing of Bible truth.  Singing and prayer and Bible readings are needed in the homes of the people” (Counsels to Teachers, p. 540). “They [the youth] can form themselves into bands to do Christian help work… They will find many opportunities to use the talent that God has given them in carrying melody and sunshine into many lonely places darkened by sorrow and affliction, singing to those who seldom have church privileges” (Counsels to Teachers, p. 547). Companies should be organized and thoroughly educated to work as nurses, gospel visitors, and Bible readers, as canvassers, ministers, and medical missionary evangelists” (Counsels to Teachers, p. 546). The AY Society that keeps these three purposes in mind will become a dynamic and spiritual influence of the church, and this is what it should be.  The success of every AY Society depends on the faithful fulfillment of these purposes and the way in which the members apply the spirit of the AY Pledge to their lives. “When the youth give their hearts to God, our responsibility for them does not cease. They must be interested in the Lord’s work, and led to see that He expects them to do something to advance His cause.  It is not enough to show how much needs to be done, and to urge the youth to act a part.  They must be taught how to labor for the Master.  They must be trained, disciplined, drilled, in the best methods of winning souls to Christ.  Teach them to try in a quiet, unpretending way to help their young companions. Let different branches of missionary effort be systematically laid out, in which they may take part, and let them be given instruction and help.  Thus they will learn to work for God” (Gospel Workers, p. 210).

Research indicates that when young people are active in the evangelistic mission of the church, they remain in the church.

The Elijah Project is a collaborative effort of the Center for Global Evangelism, the General Conference Youth Ministries and Personal Ministries/Sabbath School departments, and Adventist-laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI) to involve Seventh-day Adventist youth in the presentation of a full centered, doctrinal evangelistic series. Imagine what might happen if each Adventist academy, college, or university sponsored youth evangelistic teams for three to four weeks during the summer. Imagine what might happen if each youth department on a local church level accepted the challenges sponsoring a group of youth for a full scale evangelistic series. Imagine what God might do if Adventist church leaders provided motivation, training, materials and funding to involve more than 100,000 youth in 7,000 to 10,000 evangelistic teams. Research indicates that when young people are active in the evangelistic mission of the church, they remain in the church. The “One Thousand Missionary Movement,” ASI Youth for Jesus, and many other youth evangelistic programs around the world continue to demonstrate the value of Adventist youth sharing the message of Scripture with others. Youth involved in sharing the gospel play a significant role in revitalizing the church. Thousands of Seventh-day Adventist youth are involved in a variety of outstanding service, witness, volunteer, and student missionary projects. While The Elijah Project affirms each of these noteworthy outreach activities, it focuses on evangelistic proclamation.  
D.I.A. Disciples in Action Curriculum. The youth and young adults discipleship curriculum that will help you on your journey toward an authentic walk with Jesus.
 
 

D.I.A. – Disciples in Action – English Version

D.I.A. Disciples en Action – Version Française

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D.I.A. Série 1 221.04 KB Download 7530
D.I.A. Série 2 111.83 KB Download 4923
D.I.A. Série 3 762.69 KB Download 6360
D.I.A. Série 4 178.13 KB Download 5927
D.I.A. Série 5 926.77 KB Download 6382

Steps to Discipleship

Steps to Discipleship is a seven-week journey of constant seeking, studying, and self-discovery that will lead to a closer relationship with God.

English

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Steps to Discipleship 3.96 MB Download 17105

Française

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Sur Les Pas Des Disciples  8/25/2015 683.41 KB Download 5344

Outreach Mission

Do you want your youth group to be visible in the community?

Experience the transformation that comes from reaching out to others. Watch your young people grow in their relationship with God through sharing God’s love with others. See that love overflow into families, friends, neighbors, and yes… the world!

 “Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: ‘God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age'”  (Matthew 28:18-20, The Message).

We have the vision. Show us your passion.

Service Projects Ideas

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Service Project Ideas Great service project ideas to involve your youth group in. Abroad and at home. 820.28 KB Download