Purpose of the Adventist Youth Society
The stated purpose of official organization was for “more effectual missionary service.” This resolution was preceded by an impassioned speech by Luther Warren in which he quoted from the messages concerning the Societies sent by Ellen White from Australia in 1893 and which he said had been sent repeatedly during the “last eight years”. The quote reads, “Young men and young women, can you not form companies, and as soldiers of Christ enlist in the work, putting all your tact and skill and talents into the Master’s services, that you may save souls from ruin? Let there be companies organized in every church to do this work. Young men and women, come to the work in the name of Jesus… [Unite] together upon some plan and order of action. Let there be a company formed, somewhat after the order of the Christian Endeavor Society…”
From the moment of its foundation, the purpose of the Adventist Youth Society has been missionary, more than a society it has been a movement to reach youth, young adults, kids, and even adults for Christ. If the youth led component and the missionary and volunteer factors are taken away from the Adventist Youth Society it will cease to exist. As a matter of fact it has done just that in places where it is no longer led by young people and where mission and service are not part of its daily operation.
If you would like to have a solid Adventist Youth Society or just a strong Adventist Youth Ministries in your church; it must be youth-led and there must be a very strong emphasis on mission and service.