Young Adult Life is recognized as one of six “building block” initiatives the North American Division (NAD) Executive Committee voted at the November 2012 year-end meetings. Each initiative carries momentous priority and is receiving significant resources.
A process to assess needs and direction was begun by James Black, director for NAD Youth and Young Adult Ministries. He convened twenty-five young adults, pastors, and young adult leaders to bring ideas from their experiences and develop recommendations for action. Facilitator Chris Blake, associate professor of English and communication at Union College, asked participants to share their best ideas for young adult empowerment, retention, and involvement, which were then assigned to categories for small-group brainstorming.
The dialog was candid and bold, the participants engaged and hardworking. After two intense days of concentrated effort and much prayer, the team choose 7 focus areas to begin the “Young Adult Life” movement.
- Support honest conversation regarding the current state of young adult ministry in the Seventh-day Adventist church.
- Provide local churches with resources and funding to encourage innovative young adult ministry efforts.
- Build a platform for creative young adults to use their gifts and abilities to advance the gospel through the arts.
- Develop a national network of inclusive young adult communities in major cities.
- Create a space for the Seventh-day Adventist Church and young adults to discover what it means to be a Seventh-day Adventist young adult in today’s world.
- Advance efforts to spread the gospel and love of Jesus to public university campuses across North America.
- Encourage discipling/ mentoring relationships between the Seventh-day Adventist Church the “next” generation.