“We are healed to help others. We are blessed to be a blessing. We are saved to serve, not to sit around and wait for heaven.” --Rick Warren
At Arlington Seventh-day Adventist Church we aspire to make our church the best place for young people to grow. Over my eight years here, I've witnessed first-hand church members pouring grace and goodness into next generations, aiming to embrace, equip, and empower youth and young adults for vibrant life in Christ.
We are so fortunate, because this is not the case everywhere. Our church is far from perfect, but our over 50 years of loving young people has taught us a thing or two that really ought to be shared with others. My sabbatical will allow me to do just that.
Over the next three months, I will have the opportunity to give focus to #GrowingYoungAdventists [#GYA], an initiative of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists [NAD] for which I am one of the primary architects.
Using #GYA, our church & school leadership, as well as ministry mentors, have been giving careful study to various core commitments that attract young people to a life of faith and community. During my sabbatical, I will continue my research, partnered with Barna Group, Fuller Youth Institute, and the NAD, and hope to teach, train, and equip other churches, leaders, and Adventist organizations to grow young. [GrowingYoungAdventists.com]
For some of you, this is the first you have heard of Growing Young Adventists. I hope your curiosity will entice you to listen to the audiobook I'm making available to you by clicking the image below:
Additionally on Sabbaths, during our 10:15AM Younger Generation Church worship experience, we will be giving #GYA emphasis in our #Generations series. This is a great time for all ages to come enjoy YG and learn the ways we have and continue to love next generations well.
During my sabbatical, our young adults and their mentors will continue to give leadership and direction to YG, and this is a great season to start or bolster your involvement as we have great plans for the months ahead. YG leaders, church pastors, support staff, volunteers, and guest presenters are all aligned to see that YG church continues to thrive, and even gain more momentum during my research sabbatical.
We have been blessed to be a blessing. I'm grateful for the opportunity, during my research sabbatical, to share with others the ministry wealth we take for granted. Let me also express my appreciation for you. Your love is what makes our church so wonderful. Your love helps us grow young.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me this week as I will be available until July 26th, with the intent to be back to regular church office hours October 29th.
It is my honor to minister alongside you. All for His Fame!
P.S. I wanted to provide you some links to discover more about the research and work I'm doing with #GrowingYoungAdventists
- GYA General Info: https://
- Growing Young Summit: http://www.nadadventist.org/
- GYA Certified Speakers: http://www.nadadventist.org/
news/growing-young-certified- speakers-help-local-adventist- churches-love-next- generations-well
- Millennials: https://www.adventistreview.
org/church-news/story6055- what-are-we-to-do-with- millennials
- Start at Home: https://csps.
globalmissioncenters.org/ mission-begins-at-home-q-and- a-with-dr.-a.-allan-martin
- Sharing About YG: https://csps.
globalmissioncenters.org/ growing-a-younger-generation- church
- GYA at Arlington Adventist Church: http://www.
arlingtonadventist.com/yg- university/yg-cultivating- faith-filled-disciples-of- jesus-and-young-spiritual- leaders/