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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?

For additional information, go to the “Media & Publications” tab above, then click the Week of Prayer link. (from the Youth Department in General Conference)

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.

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).

Bible Studies

In all of history no one has been more masterful in changing lives than Jesus Christ. But how best can we know Him?

This site is dedicated to providing resources that will assist in the study of His Word, the Bible. A study of the Bible will help answer any questions you may have. It is also our hope that the material provided in this site will give you clearer insight into who God really is, His will for your life, and encouragement to explore the Bible on your own or share the experience with others. The Bible—changing you from the inside out! Click here for online Bible.

Prayer Time. Hanging out with God.

Personal spiritual growth is very important to making any ministry a success. Your ministry will grow as  you grow. People will observe you and want to aspire to be closer to God because of the example you set by your lifestyle.

A prayer journal is an exciting way to experience God in a new and fresh way. It is also a great way of tracking your requests and God’s answers to your prayers. There are different ways to create your prayer journal. There is the electronic prayer journal where you store request on a computer. Then there is the prayer blogging, where you invite others to join your prayer group and you create a blogring. And, of course, there is the tried and true, more traditional way, a book./journal. In any case, whatever you chosse to do, just do a prayer journal. It will prove to be one of the best decisions you ever make.

SPEND TIME WITH GOD. Seek His Face.

Consider this:

But Jacob stayed behind by himself, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he couldn’t get the best of Jacob as they wrestled, he deliberately threw Jacob’s hip out of joint.

The man said, “Let me go; it’s daybreak.”

Jacob said, “I’m not letting you go ’til you bless me.”

The man said, “What’s your name?”

He answered, “Jacob.”

The man said, “But no longer. Your name is no longer Jacob. From now on it’s Israel (God-Wrestler); you’ve wrestled with God and you’ve come through.”

Jacob asked, “And what’s your name?”

The man said, “Why do you want to know my name?” And then, right then and there, he blessed him.

Jacob named the place Peniel (God’s Face) because, he said, “I saw God face-to-face and lived to tell the story!”

;Genesis 32:24-30 (The Message)

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 2322
D.I.A. Série 2 2.94 MB Download 1551
D.I.A. Série 3 762.69 KB Download 1694
D.I.A. Série 4 178.13 KB Download 1496
D.I.A. Série 5 926.77 KB Download 1647

Steps to Discipleship – English

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

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Steps to Discipleship 3.96 MB Download 7780

Steps to Discipleship – Française

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

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Sur Les Pas Des Disciples 683.41 KB Download 1684

Discussion Questions

Perfect for your weekly Adventist Youth meeting or Friday-night fellowship time. These small group discussion questions have been developed to help your youth group reach another level in fellowship, with God and each other. Each year the questions are focused on the yearly theme designated by the General Conference Youth Ministries Department.

We may not have all the answers, but we have some really great questions… enough for the entire year.

It is the prayer of the General Conference Youth Ministries team that these discussions will help youth to grow in love with Jesus Christ and become like Him.

Watch your youth group grow from the inside out.

Videos

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SMALL GROUP TRAINING VIDEO A small group training video. Perfect for your week of prayer, discipleship curriculum, Bible studies, and any other type of group activities. TRAINING. SMALL GROUP Unknown Download 902
Small Group Discussions. Theme: Identity Small Group Discussion Questions for youth and young adults. Perfect for your AYS meeting or Friday night fellowship. Program Help 1.18 MB Download 2628
Discussion Questions. Theme: Leadership Small Group Discussion Questions for youth and young adults. Perfect for your AYS meeting or Friday night fellowship. Program helps 762.38 KB Download 1437
Discussion Questions Theme: Witnessing. Small Group Discussion Questions for youth and young adults. Perfect for your AYS meeting or Friday night fellowship. Program helps 1.17 MB Download 1091
Discussion Questions. Theme: Sacrificing (Compassion) Small Group Discussion Questions for youth and young adults. Perfect for your AYS meeting or any youth fellowship. Program helps 1.17 MB Download 1231
Discussion Questions. Theme: Renewing Small Group Discussion Questions for youth and young adults. Perfect for your AYS meeting or Friday night fellowship. Program helps 618.87 KB Download 1074

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.

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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

Programming Ideas

 “Those who are seeking to shield the youth from temptation and to prepare them for a life of usefulness are engaged in a good work… May the efforts of all such instructors be crowned with success.”  (Messages to Young People, page 442)

Agape Feast

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Agape Feast The Communion Service points the Christ Second Coming 238.76 KB Download

2009 Discussion Questions

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2009 L’ANNÉE OÙ L’ON BRILLE 2009 Discussions en Petits Groupes Pour La Jeunesse Adventiste 750.50 KB Download
2009 Discussion Question Small Group DISCUSSIONS for Adventist Youth 238.76 KB Download

Tips

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Great Ideas Ideas and tips that will help enhance your youth ministry. 30.50 KB Download

Discipleship

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Power of Prayer To stimulate young people to think about what God can accomplish through the power of prayer. 5.08 KB Download
Prayer To help youth realize the importance and power of prayer in their personal lives. 40.77 KB Download
Obedience To stimulate young people’s thinking about the role of obedience in the Christian’s life 5.04 KB Download
Personal Devotions To stimulate young people’s thinking about the role of obedience in the Christian’s life 7.53 KB Download
Reading To help young people think more carefully about what they read and how it affects them. 4.08 KB Download
Substance Abuse To help youth think seriously about issues around substance abuse and other crises teenagers face. 37.48 KB Download
Teen Pregnancy stimulate young people’s thinking about the issues around teen pregnancy. 11.04 KB Download
Self-Control To help youth recognize the value of self-control. 8.92 KB Download
Step-Parents To give youth practical suggestions for dealing with the challenges of blended families 4.00 KB Download
Career Choices To help youth think through career choices in the light of their commitment to serve God 6.15 KB Download
Character To help youth reflect on what it means to be “a person of character”. 5.68 KB Download
Affirmation To help youth affirm one another and know that God affirms them 5.35 KB Download
Beginning a Relationship with God To help each young person think about either starting his or her relationship with God, or moving that relationship to a higher level. 8.92 KB Download
Fashion To stimulate thinking about fashion and what our choices of clothing say about us. 6.12 KB Download
Integrity To stimulate thinking about “integrity” and what it means in the life of the young Christian 5.96 KB Download
Make-Up and Accessories To help youth reflect on what’s being “sold” when society encourages them to wear make-up and accessories. 6.32 KB Download
Grace To help youth realize that Jesus’ offer of eternal life is a completely free gift that no-one can earn. 5.23 KB Download
Homosexuality To help young people be aware of and evaluate the different views on homosexuality in the Christian church today, and compare them to Biblical teachings. 12.79 KB Download

Evangelism

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Power of Prayer To stimulate young people to think about what God can accomplish through the power of prayer. 5.08 KB Download
Origin of Life To help young people think about the implications of the fact that we were created by God. 5.28 KB Download
Prayer To help youth realize the importance and power of prayer in their personal lives. 40.77 KB Download
Second Coming Adventist youth have heard about Jesus’ second coming since they were in Cradle Roll. Can they still be excited about it? 40.71 KB Download
Renewal To encourage youth to keep the fire of renewal alive in their lives after a revival experience has ended. This program is best used after a Week of Prayer, youth retreat, crusade, or other experience where many of our youth have made commitments or re-co 5.60 KB Download
Music To encourage youth to think carefully about their choices in music. 5.28 KB Download
God’s Kingdom To emphasize how the values of God’s kingdom are different from the world’s values. 8.23 KB Download
Following Jesus To encourage youth to apply Jesus’ standards and values to their everyday lives 6.14 KB Download
Grace To help youth realize that Jesus’ offer of eternal life is a completely free gift that no-one can earn. 5.23 KB Download
Liberty To help youth realize the value of religious liberty. 6.73 KB Download
Images of God To help youth explore creatively their images of God. 5.05 KB Download

Fellowship

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Belonging This program will encourage youth to think about what it means to “belong” and how the church family can be a place for them to belong. 5.02 KB Download
Beginning a Relationship with God To help each young person think about either starting his or her relationship with God, or moving that relationship to a higher level. 8.92 KB Download
Abuse To raise awareness about abuse in all its forms 14.31 KB Download

Leadership

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Ethics To help youth learn to make ethical decisions 5.64 KB Download

Mission

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Church History To help Adventist youth learn more about and identify more with the experiences of our church’s founders 5.85 KB Download

AY Silver Award Plan for Physical and Cultural Excellence

CHALLENGE AND ACHIEVEMENT

The AY Silver Award is a prize worth striving for. It brings together core aspects of physical, mental, and spiritual vitality. It presents a clear plan and encourages young people to be well-rounded, fit individuals, by excelling in all three areas. By encouraging physical fitness, good health practices, life skills, and more, the AY Silver Award is an ideal way to develop strong character qualities, clear thinking, and keen spiritual perception that will prepare youth for life here and for eternity.  Now, as never before, we need an army of youth rightly trained, to carry “the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Savior . . . to the whole world!” ( A Call to Stand Apart, p.67

I am pleased to endorse the AY Silver Award plan of the General Conference’s Youth Ministries Department and encourage our youth everywhere to strive for this high achievement.

Ted N.C. Wilson, President

GENERAL CONFERENCE OF ADVENTISTS

AY SILVER AWARD

Did you know that Daniel the prophet earned an AY Silver Award? OK, maybe not, but only because the award didn’t exist back then but Daniel definitely took care of his body was greatly rewarded for it. Despite the fact, he was daily temped to ruin his physical, spiritual and mental health with the king’s food and drink, but this young man determined in his heart to honor God instead, by treating his body like a temple! As a result, God blessed Daniel and his three friends to the point that they were ten times better looking and ten times smarter than the other young people! This Special AY Silver Award is a reminder that God still blessed young men and women who determine in His strength to honor God with their bodies.

Gary Blanchard, Director, Youth Ministries

GENERAL CONFERENCE OF ADVENTISTS

Documents

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AY Silver Award 728.73 KB Download
AY Gold Award plan for physical and cultural excellence

AY GOLD AWARD

The AY Gold Award is presented to Young Adults under 31 years of age who have completed the Silver Award and who have demonstrated exceptional qualities of physical, mental and cultural development.

Sponsored by the Youth Ministries Department, the plan gives Young Adults an opportunity to find satisfaction in worthwhile achievement. Membership in the Seventh-day Adventist Church is not a prerequisite.

The sincere effort and perseverance required to qualify in the various activities will develop qualities of character much needed in today’s generation. The AY Gold Award recipient will be better prepared to take his place as a constructive member of his church and community.

In these last days of earth’s history, demands upon God’s people will become increasingly intense. Only those youth who have a firm foundation on the Word of God and have chosen a moral platform which reflects the purity of Jesus Christ will be able to withstand the withering attack upon Christian standards. Good health, clear thinking, and keenness of spiritual perception are closely linked together. The AY Gold Award has been introduced to give strength to these important elements of life. Youth who earn the AY Gold Award will be youth of true distinction.

TESTS, AWARDS, AND RECORDS

The conference/field or on each college or university campus an AY Gold Award committee shall be appointed by the AY/ Young Adult executive committee to direct the AY Gold Award plan. The union conference Youth Ministries Director is a member ex officio of this committee. This committee appoints a supervisor of testing and at least one qualified examiner for each category.

An accurate record of the candidate’s completion of each requirement is to be filed with the AY Gold Award Committee. This record must include (1) the date each requirement was completed, (2) score (where indicated), and (3) certification signature of a qualified examiner authorized by the AY Gold Award committee.

PRESENTATION

Application for the AY Gold Award to be presented to candidates who have completed their requirements is made to the union conference Youth Ministry Director. He will arrange for a special presentation ceremony when the award can be presented in an impressive way. Church and civic officials should be invited to the occasion. The presentation of the AY Gold Award should be the principle event on the program and should not be combined with a Pathfinder/Adventurer Investiture service.

The AY Gold Award medal and ribbon will be treasured by all who receive it. The name of the recipient should be etched on the reverse. (No AY Gold Awards should be presented which do not have this personalized inscription.)

LIVE LIFE TO THE FULL!

Life is a precious gift, as is health. We all wish to be strong and healthy – especially when we admire the rippling, sculpted, and powerful muscles of the well-trained athlete. We may desire to be strong and agile, but desire is not enough. There must be the choice to get fit and to develop our total fitness and strength.

Successful living requires choices and the cultivation of healthy habits. It is necessary to give priority to the important and exclude or discard what will not contribute to success. This means we should have a plan and follow it. We need to budget and use our time wisely. We are multidimensional beings, created in the image of God. The AY Silver Award requires not only physical fitness, but mental, spiritual, and emotional wellness and wholeness (as wholistic beings). Each dimension of health must be carefully developed and nurtured, and sacredly guarded. We need to exercise, but we also need to rest. We need a balanced, nutritious diet, and lots of pure water. We must avoid harmful substances and behaviors, and live balanced lives.

As we strive to add speed to our strength and endurance to our agility, let us ever keep our eyes upon Jesus. As we feed on His Word, we will learn to know Him, and speak with Him as to a friend. He came in order that we may have life and live it to the full (John 10:10). In His strength, and by His Spirit, physical exercise, spiritual commitment, emotional stability, and mental sharpness can all come together in purpose, service, and a fulfilled life. The goals of the AY Silver Award Winners will thus be fully attained, and in turn, many others blessed by these lives of healthy service.

Peter Landless, M.D.  Director, Health Ministries

GENERAL CONFERENCE OF ADVENTISTS

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AY Gold Award 670.03 KB Download