Purpose of the Adventist Youth Ministries
The stated purpose of the 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 Ministries has been missionary, 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 Ministries, 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 Ministries in your church; it must be youth-led and there must be a very strong emphasis on mission and service.
GOALS & OBJECTIVES FOR ADVENTIST YOUTH MINISTRY/SOCIETY (Teens & Youth/13 years old – 17 years old)
1. To have an active Adventist Youth Ministries in each local Church of the Atlantic Union, (whether it be an Adventist Youth Society, a Teens Small Group, a Young Adult Small Group, or any other creative ministry for youth and by youth) A total of 535 Adventist Youth Societies or its Equivalent across the Atlantic Union.
2. To provide training and resources to help make each church in the Atlantic Union a “Youth Friendly Church” where youth are welcomed and involved.
3. Encourage each church in the Atlantic Union to start a Small Group for Youth (13-17)
4. To make Service/Mission/Outreach a vital component of any ministry that is related to Adventist Youth. Ministry only within the walls of the church will result in isolation, irrelevance, and sure extinction.
5. To present a new curriculum for Adventist Youth Leadership (Senior Youth/equivalent to Master Guide but with the focus on Youth and Young Adults who are not into Pathfinders, Adventurers, and Master Guides)
6. To celebrate an Atlantic Union Youth & Young Adult Week of Youth Evangelism, where young people preach, every year.
7. To have an annual Atlantic Union Youth Baptism Day. On that day youth would be baptized all over the Atlantic Union.
8. To work together with the Education Department of the Atlantic Union and our Conferences to develop a curriculum, plan, and present an annual Academy Service & Leadership Conference for Adventist Academy students and public High School students.
9. Take a large delegation of youth and young adults to receive inspiration and equipping at Just Claim It 3, in Greensboro, North Carolina.
10. Encourage a large participation from the Atlantic Union in the World Youth Congress in South Africa, 2013.
11. To have an Atlantic Union Adventist Youth Evangelism & Leadership Congress in 2015 with the participation of all the Conferences in our Union.
The Adventist Church Founded by Youth and Young Adults
Adventist Youth Ministries in the Atlantic Union Conference Territory
Official Names of the Adventist Youth Ministries
Tips for a Great Evangelism Program
- Plan to start at a realistic time
- Have videos, countdowns, music playing 15 minutes before starting time
- Make sure there are some very happy youth & young adults welcoming people at the door
- Start on time
- Meet with Team 30 minutes before program starts to ask the Holy Spirit for His presence and power through the night.
- Great singing, praise and worship is a big thing for youth and young adults (singing is more important than special music because while singing mostly everyone is involved, special music is appropriate but does not involve most people)
- Include as many instrument as possible, it is Biblical (make sure they practice before the program and that they are on point).
- Ice breakers and gifts help to create a friendly atmosphere
- Encourage people to sing, pray, clap, say amen as the program progresses, it is Biblical.
- Open the mic for 5 minutes and let people come up and give a brief testimony, while there is a countdown on the screen (this reminds people they have a brief moment for their testimony)
- Take time for Prayer (time for individual prayer, reflection, and group prayer is always good, prayer must focus on the needs of the people attending)
- Request help from your Pastor and other speakers in your church in coaching the youth & young adult speakers for the week.
- Leave 15-20 minutes after the sermon for the Small Groups to have a conversation about what was said by the speaker (if you are using the Cafe Setting, the discussion would happen by tables)
- Provide 3 or 4 questions for each group to discuss after the sermon/talk
- If possible keep a table with refreshments, snacks, and warm drinks for Cafe Setting (in a church sanctuary setting, you can offer the refreshments and snacks, at the end of the service).