In my thirty-one years of serving the church in young adult ministry, I have had the honor of working with the Seventh-day Adventist faith community in every strata of it's organization.--From the local church leader to consulting with the General Conference; from being a campus ministry leader to teaching at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary; From program directing at summer camp to organizing GODencounters for the General Conference Session--I've enjoyed every facet and have a great appreciation for the system at each strata.
Amidst all the research, development, programming, and initiatives I've seen over these three decades, I've come to one critical criterion question:
"What might be done to help Adventist churches engage and disciple young adults, integrating next generations into the vibrant expression of spiritual community in the local context?"
It is the goal of YG University [YGU] to respond to this question with helpful insights, resources, and conversation that can be used by young adults, ministry leaders, and pastors in the local church. I don't profess to have all the solutions or answers to all the questions, but I do believe that between my academic experience, research interest, and active ministry practice of young adult ministry at Younger Generation Church, there are some things to share.
So here's my commitment: Look regularly for posts here at YGU to share, help, and encourage local young adult ministry. If you've got specific questions or young adult interests, send them my way and I'll do my best to integrate them as I can. My hope is YGU will be helpful, supportive and cheer you. I'm here to be of support and to learn from you along the way as well.
It's my prayer, as a result of our efforts, that next generations will find themselves more deeply devoted to Christ Jesus and committed to His beloved church.
--A. Allan Martin, PhD [ ]