You HAD to be There!
This past Sunday was an exciting day for Senior Youth and Young Adults. In preparation for our Year End Report for the NAD Executive Committee, we had to present our report on Young Adult LIFE (formerly known as Young Adult Retention). We were blessed to have young adults present the entire report -- which included the newly released research by the Barna Group on Seventh-day Adventist Millennials. The result of the report can be viewed here.
Benjamin Lundquist and Marquis Johns, both young adults, gave the Young Adult LIFE (YAL) presentation. In addition, five students from Washington Adventist University read "A Letter to the Church." This insightful letter's reading brought a standing ovation. Additionally, young adult guest representatives from iShare (Pacific Union) and Adventist Intercollegiate Association (all NAD Adventist Universities) were given opportunity to participate and "give their voices" to the LIFE conversation. While they had no voting privileges, their voices WERE clearly heard!
It was clear from the Young Adult LIFE report that the NAD is clearly on a path to fighting and eliminating the issue of youth and young adult attrition. Established from the ground up, a focused group of about 30 young adults met earlier this year to establish an agenda and areas of focus for investing this initiative. The areas are:
1. We Are Listening
2. Small Group Communities
3. Why am I an Adventist?
4. iCreate Movement
5. The Locals
6. Public Campuses
$250,000 per year is given to launch and implement these initiatives that will ultimately impact every congregation in NAD. Please make certain your local leaders are tuning in to make certain your church benefits. Having them subscribe to this newsletter is a start.
The full plan and how you can you benefit from resources, training, grants, etc. will be launched at the Just Claim It Prayer Conference in Miami in February. A special two-day conference for Young Adults called IGNITION will host this occasion (this alone makes it worth coming).
Mission Lifeguard – we are pleased to introduce our Mission Lifeguard Coordinators – Steve Case and Carol Moses. Mission Lifeguard was created to assist churches with a plan for search and rescue of missing youth and young adults or anyone. This life-saving resource now has wheels and will be rolling fast. For more info visit www.missionlifeguard.com and register.
Please continue to pray that the power of God will rain down on our church and we will always be sensitive to those whom we have lost and to those who are barely holding on. Jesus says "I came that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10 (last part).
To view all reports including the Defining the Theology of Ordination Study Committee visit http://bit.ly/1cHE7Pa
North American Division
Youth & Young Adult Ministries Director