2Adventist Youth Society “The Adventist Youth Society is a department of the church through which the church works for and through her youth. ”Church Manual Page 85
3Mission StatementThe primary focus of youth ministry is 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.Our Tasks:Lead youth to understand their individual worth and to discover and develop their spiritual gifts and abilities.Equip and empower youth for a life of service with God’s church and the community.Ensure the integration of youth into all aspects of church life and leadership in order that they might be full participants in the mission of the church.
4Objectives To train the youth to work for other youth Recruit the youth to help their church and “those who profess to be Sabbathkeepers,” andTo work for “those not of our faith.”(Signs of the Times, May 29, 1893)In response to these inspired directives, the Youth Ministries Department was organized to give leadership training and provide resource materials and evangelistic plans for the Adventist Youth Society in local churches. The Spirit of Prophecy sets forth the objectives of youth organization as follows:
5Strategies Pray together Study the Word together Fellowship together in Christian social interactionAct together in small groups to carry out well-laid plans for witnessingDevelop tact and skill and talent in the Master’s serviceEncourage one another in spiritual growth
6Aim Moto Pledge “The Love of Christ Constrains Me.” “The Advent Message to All the World in My Generation.”Moto“The Love of Christ Constrains Me.”PledgeLoving 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.
7Adventist Youth Ministries Committee MembersElected officers of the AYSPersonal Ministries LeaderYouth Sabbath School Division LeaderHealth Ministries LeaderPathfinder Club DirectorAdventurer Club DirectorSponsorPastorSchool Principal (where applicable)The AYS Leader is the chairperson of the committee.AYMC is the umbrella organization in the local church responsible for the general planning of the youth ministry program.
8Adventist Youth Society Committee A chief factor in the success of any AYS is its leadership. When officers are dedicated, active Christians, with initiative and ability to organize and inspire others, the work will go forward, young people will be saved and trained in God’s service, and the whole church will be strengthened.The AYS committee is responsible for senior youth activities of the local church and works in coordination with other youth entities through the AYMC. Where there is no Pathfinder or Adventurer program, the AYS will include these younger members in a Junior Society.
10Youth Leadership “A Call to Serve” You have been called to serve to lead from the front but not always being in front. You are to mentor, guide teach and train the youth in your local congregation to cope and function as global citizens. Your sole aim should be to equip these young ambassadors, who have been entrusted into our care with the tools to complete the work which God has mandated us to do in Mathew 28:18-20.
11ReferenceSeventh-day Adventist “Church Manual for Church Leaders” Revised th Edition Published by the Secretariat General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist