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Young Adults on Stage

Once a year the North American Division Executive Committee meets in November at General Conference. Given our NAD Administration has chosen Young Adult Ministry as major key focus for our division, we have to report during this meeting.

We have an awesome team of young adult leaders that are working with teams to create and implement some of the latest cutting edge models for young adults called Young Adult Life (YAL). We are focusing on 7 key areas that we hope and pray will change the statistics on young adult retention in the church. The areas are:

  • We are Listening
  • Overflow-Mentoring
  • Why am I an Adventist?
  • Verb
  • Small Groups Discipleship
  • The Locals
  • Public Camp Ministry for Adventist Students

Our new website will be released within weeks. We will feature the full research presentation by the Barna Group, an update on each model, and additional strategies for retention and much more.

We only had 30 minutes to make our presentation. We decided to only share a few areas of focus given the times restraints. We featured - We are Listening, Overflow-Mentoring, Public Campus and Mission Lifeguard. We had conference presidents share with their counterparts how these ministries have literally impacted their conferences. Then we had Elizabeth Arnold, a student from the University of Florida, share about her experience as one of 12 one-year-in-Mission participants around the North American Division. For one year these individuals will serve as a missionary on 12 campuses to share the love of Jesus with those who don't know him as well as build and strengthen Adventist Christian Fellowship chapters.

I closed with a challenge to administrators, to get involved with what is happening in their conferences with youth and young adults. To make certain there is a clear vision and agenda for blessings young people. Many have accepted the challenge. Truly God moved the hearts of the Committee. It was evident by the number of people coming to the mic to speak. Our 30 minute presentation turned into a 2 hour presentation by the time we ended.

Continue to pray that God will use the entire Young Adult Life team to make certain that we make it very difficult for any senior youth or young adult to want to ever leave the church.



Pastor JB
North American Division
Youth & Young Adult Ministries Director



Family of Anthony Kelly

Prayer for the family members of Anthony "Tony" Kelly. Tony passed away on November 1st. He served as the Lake Region Conference Youth Director, and was serving in the Southern California Conference as a senior pastor.
Source: 411, CYE


Adventurer Prayer Request
Sandra Mit-Chel's son underwent heart & kidney transplants ln November. Please keep the family in prayer. During the Christmas season, we are praying that all of you will be blessed and be a blessing to others.


Lauren Kreuger Smith's Family

Prayers for the family of Lauren Kreuger Smith: Lauren, the young adult daughter of the FFIC assistant medical director passed away while giving birth to her second child. Please uplift Lauren's husband, and family in prayers.
Source: 411, CYE

Conference Leadership

YPAC Meetings and LGBT Summit

Annually, the different ministry leaders and coordinators that comprise the NAD Youth and Young Adult Ministries department meet to improve the offerings available to the NAD church.

This year, YPAC is meeting from March 7-10, 2015 at the Ortner Center in Lincoln, NE (Union College). Following the YPAC Leadership meetings, NADYM is hosting a LGBT Summit.

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2015 Youth/Young Adult Ministries LGBT Summit

Please save the date for our second NADYM Summit schedule for March 11-12, 2015 on the beautiful campus of Union College in Lincoln, NE. The purpose of the LGBT Summit is to provide an opportunity for youth and young adult leaders and the entire church leadership body to come together to have a candid conversation about where we stand with LGBT and how can these issues may be affecting our ministries. We will have the experts and those who live these lifestyles to help with the discussion. This is our first open discussion from our office and we trust it will not be our last. Registration information will be released within days. Please plan now to attend.


President Addresses Deomonstrations and Grand Jury Decisions in MO and NY
The president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, Daniel R. Jackson, issued the following statement on December 8, 2014 in response to the growing number of demonstrations following the grand jury decisions rendered in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in N.Y.:
Source: NAD NewsPoints December 8, 2014


REPOST: Guidelines for Distribution of Investiture Items

'Investiture* patches, pins and other uniform items created by the North American Division and General Conference for Adventurer Clubs, Pathfinder Clubs and Master Guides will only be sold to individuals/churches by their constituent conference. Conferences choosing not to stock Investiture materials may make arrangements with AdventSource to maintain
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Announcements / Highlights / Reports 

Congratulations Grandpa!

Pastor James Black is now a grandfather to James Larry Black III. Take a moment to send him a note #PrJBGrandpa


CLYP Scholarship – See letter to union directors
Youth ministry is not about programs but it's about "Ministry". Every church needs someone who is adequately trained to minister to the hearts of our youth. There may be a free scholarship for you in the end. Please contact your conference youth director and inquire about the special discount available for a limited time!
Source: Certified Lay Youth Pastors' website


Just Claim It Youth Prayer Movement – SAVE the DATE February 17-21, 2016

Just Claim It Youth Prayer Movement – Please mark your calendar for the next JCI Convention scheduled for February 17-21, 2016 at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, California. Also soon to be released is the JCI Youth Prayer Resource for the local church. If you don't have a youth prayer ministry you will soon. Some have asked "What does Just Claim It stand for?" The answer: Youth and Young Adults claiming God's promise to save them and to use them for His glory!!! The devil can't touch this! See the JCI5 Promo Video (Link)

JCI Local – Next year we will have several area Just Claim It Youth Prayer Rallies around the NAD. One is coming near you. See the schedule in our next newsletter.


Taos Ski TripTaos New Mexico Young Adult Ski Trip
Southwestern Union Youth Department
February 5-8, 2015
Southwest Youth


Atlantic Union Staff Training
with NAD YM Guests
January 23-25, 2015


Impact San Antonio 2015

Join 500 Young Adults in San Antonio, Texas during the General Conference Session July 2-12, 2015. We are coming to serve the community in every capacity. These 10 days will change your life forever. Some of the features are:

  • Daily Anointed Speakers
  • Seminars
  • Small Groups Discipleship
  • Street Ministries
  • Community Projects
  • Youth/Young Adult Ignition Congress
  • One Year In Missions Focus
  • Young Adult Life
  • iSA Amazing Race
  • Prayer Ministry alone the River Walk
  • Biblical Drama Presentations
  • The International Experience
  • Testimonials
  • Experience Discussions During GC Session on the Floor
  • Learn How the Church Functions

More information - NAD Registration


Global Youth Day

We are challenging every church to have a Global Youth Day plan. Join millions around the world who will choose to be the sermon in their community on March 21, 2015
More info....


Camp (website)

Camp Cherokee Celebrates 50 Years
Camp Cherokee celebrated 50 years of ministry with a reunion over the weekend of August 29-September 1. The theme was Mirror Image: Reflecting Jesus for 50 Years. Four Youth Directors were represented and as the role was taken, the staff who served with each of the four were asked to come forward. There were staff members representing each director all the way back to the first camp director, Elder Hoffman, of which four were present from the very first year camp opened. Of course, many pictures and stories were shared, but what was especially interesting were the stories of miracles God has performed through the years. God is so good to have blessed the ministry at Camp Cherokee!
Source: November 2014 Camping Ministry E-news


Host the 1015 AACP Convention?!
Would your camp be willing to host the 2015 AACP Convention? If so, check out this site for all of the basic information. And be sure to communicate with Wendy Eberhardt before the end of November about your interest. The AACP board will be deciding on the location at their meeting just prior to the convention at Camp Kulaqua.
Click here for all of the information:
Source: November 2014 Camping Ministry E-news


Powerboat Needed
Wewoka Woods (Oklahoma Conference) is looking for a good powerboat to use in their summer camp ministry (skiing and tubing). If you have a boat (or know of a boat), please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Pastor Apple Park (Oklahoma Conference at 405-721-6110 or his cell 918-605-0348).
Source: November 2014 Camping Ministry E-news


Upcoming Dates
ACA Convention       February 3 - 6, 2015         New Orleans, Louisiana


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Young Adults / ACF
(Public Campus website)

Event: Southwestern Union - Young Adult Ministries Ski Trip @ New Mexico
February 5-8, 2015
Contact: Suzanna Facundo


Twelve ACF Mission Year Volunteers serving on college and university campuses across the NAD. Natasha Richards (Miami), Elizabeth Arnold (University Of Florida, Gainesville), David Buruchara, Jorge Campos, Jermaine Gayle, Lionel Kanyow, Shoma Mowa, Jonathan Walter (Michigan), Samantha Schleicher (University of Minnesota), Peter Gyimah (Northern Arizona University), Chris Albrecht (Arizona State University), Karen Campbell (University Of California, Berkeley). Please pray for our Mission Year Volunteers!


2015 ACF Campus Minister's Advisory Retreat for full time campus ministry professionals: Lansing, Michigan, January 26 - 30. Up to Ten full time campus ministry professionals will be gathering next month to inspire and encourage one another and to vision together for NAD ACF over the next five years.


2015 ACF Institute
Campus Ministry Training: Next years ACF Mission Year Volunteer Training will be held at Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, May 22 - June 1. Save the date and watch for details on how to register for this ten day intensive training in public campus ministry.


I Am The Church 2015 Public Campus Ministry Conferenc
May 28 - June 1, Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Students from non-Adventist college and university campuses are being invited to attend the first Young Adult Life Conference for students on public college campuses. Delegates will participate in a weekend of listening and brainstorming on how to connect with and engage students on non-Adventist college campuses in the mission of the church. Save the date!


2015 ACF/NAD Campus Ministry Advisory
March 12, 9 am, Lincoln, NE. If you have an interest in the focus and direction of Adventist ministry on public college campuses please join us for the 2015 ACF Campus Ministry Advisory.
Help influence the direction of ACF in the North American Division


2014 Sumit for Young Adult Retention and Involvement Report
The following is the text of the report given at NAD Year End Meeting on Young Adult Retention and I Read More...
Source: Jiwan Moon December 8, 2014


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Event: Catalyst Dallas
A gathering for leaders who love the church -- January 22-23, 2014 at Gateway Church, just minutes from the DFW International Airport.
Special Rate Code: ALLAN

CATALYST unifies change makers - equipping you with impactful content and experiences that transform thinking, provoke action, and cultivate community. We're challenging leaders who love the Church to break the bonds of an ordinary existence and find the courage to embrace and radiate bold change.
Source: A Allan Martin

Mission Lifeguard
(Mission Lifeguard website)

Inflating Young Adult Attendance
Recently, the North American Division (NAD) conducted its annual "year end meetings." Church representatives heard report and took votes pertaining to Seventh-day Adventist Church minitry in North America. A portion of the report included the Young Adult LIFE Initiative for the NAD Youth and Young Adult Ministries Department.

An outgrowth of that initiative is Mission Lifeguard. Many acknowledged the challenge of reaching out to missing young people. Some heard about Mission Lifeguard for the first time.

"Church-boy Charlie" illustrated one method for filling a church: use inflatable dummies. This was in contrast to reaching out to missing young people who are real. The spoof brought attention to the need to invest time and energy, rely on Holy Spirit power, and be persistent.
Source: December Lifeline Mission Lifeguard newsletter


Driving Force: Young People + God
Niles Southside SDA Company - Michigan Conference

"Programs implemented in our congregation are driven by young people," according to Hapson Msipa, Lay Pastor. So, based on present practices, and confidence in the Holy Spirit's empowering, positive connections are going to be made with young people in the community as members in this church get familiar with Mission Lifeguard.


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Youth/High School (website)

Adventist Volleyball Team Walks Away From Championship Game
They honored the Sabbath...and ended up honored!


Public Campuses are the NORM for Adventist High School Students!
More info...



Adventurers (website)

Jesus Christmas Ornament Craft

Enjoy the following Craft -- Christmas ornaments to make with the all the names of Jesus on them. We've had fun building them!
Link here...


Little LambREPOST: Little Lamb Curriculum NOW ONLINE!
For years we have provided the basic classwork outlines and awards for the four classes - Busy Bee, Sunbeam, Builder, and Helping Hand. We are expanding our online offerings with the addition of "Little Lamb" (and hopefully Eager Beaver is soon to come online too)!
Download Resources -- Go to Website


Pathfinders (website)

Pathfinder Uniform Guidelines Updated
We have recently received a number of questions about the NAD policy on Pathfinder Class A uniform pants, skirts etc. The current edition of the Pathfinder Staff Manual (2007 edition, page 44 & 45) and the uniform section on the NAD Pathfinder website ( show different standards. The website covers the full range of options as voted by the NAD Pathfinder Committee in February of 2000 (Action PA 2000.19). We are sorry to say that the Pathfinder Staff Manual information on the subject is not complete. 

Also: The History of Pathfinder Uniform "Bottoms" see article


PBE Sample Questions
I am getting an article from Gene soon
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PBE SDA Bible Commentary - Matthew
Download here...


God's MessengerHonor Focus-God's Messenger
Pathfinders might be surprised about how much they can LOVE learning about Ellen White! Learn about Ellen White in a positive Christ-centere way!



Resources (website)

ADRA's Gift Catalog

This holiday season buy a gift that has the power to change a life with ADRA's Really Useful Gift Catalog. Give individually, with your family or as a church. Visit


Still Wanting Quality Camporee Photos?
If you are looking for pictures or video from the 2014 International camporee, check out the following link to the CYE camporee website. There are some awesome photos and videos for you to share with your club and church!


NEW NAD Master Guide Record Card (PDF download)
Download it here or Purchase at AdventSource.


YouthSpecialties: Utilizing Youth Ministry's Number One Treasure
One of the most common ailments that I encounter in youth ministries across the country is the problem of attracting volunteers. No matter the denomination, region, size of church, or city, youth ministers have the common problem of meeting their volunteer quotas. While the problem is common, the surface reasons vary from church to church:



Ministry Welcomings/ Openings / Ministry Seekers

Welcoming Tim Feig - Associate Youth Director in Arizona

Please welcome Tim Feig as the new Associate Youth Director for Arizona Conference. He joins Manny Cruz. Pastor Tim Feig will oversee Summer Camp and Outdoor Schools. 


Atlantic Union Youth Director Needed

The Southern New England Conference, serving Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, has an opening -- the Associate Youth Director position. This position focuses on young adults, Collegiate Ministries (public campuses), camp meeting (youth divisions), Adventurer ministries, Family Ministries, and organizing large events, among others. Weekend retreats, speaking engagements, and meetings are a normal part of the job.

It should be noted it is necessary to be ordained or commissioned to apply.

All applicants should submit their resume to Jose Alarcon, Executive Secretary,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Upon receiving the resume submission, the Associate Youth Director job description will be emailed to applicants.


Pennsylvania Conference Youth Director
A leader with a focus on youth evangelism is sought.
Source: December CYE 411


Northern New England Conference
Conference Youth Director opening.
Source: December CYE 411


Ohio Conference:
Conference Youth Director.
Source: December CYE 411


Want to be a Nature Center Docent?

Mount Aetna Retreat Center is seeking persons interested in nature, creation and sharing to volunteer as a Nature Center docent once per quarter on Sabbath afternoons at their location in Hagerstown, Maryland. To participate in this unique ministry, contact Joel Springer by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call (301) 824-6045 to learn more and register for the training. Docent training is planned for Saturday, December 20, from 5-6 p.m. at the Nature Center.



In Closing

Rather you are entering the Christmas season on your "last leg" or with the energy to make one more "gift for the kingdom," we pray that your holiday is a blessing FIRST to Jesus, then to you and those around you.


NAD Youth Ministries Team


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