On Sunday November 3, the North American Division Retention of Young Adults Building Block better known as Young Adult LIFE, was presented by Focus Group Members Benjamin Lundquist and Marquis Johns. They were introduced by Debra Brill, NAD Vice President and the presentation began with the six "Initiatives/Ideas" that the Young Adult Focus Group developed: We Are Ready to Listen, Small Group Communities, iCreate, Why Am I An Adventist?, The Locals and Mentoring/Campus Ministry. Benjamin mentioned the NAD Camp Ministry study and how Adventist Camp Ministry is one of the best ways to retain young adults in the church. The presentation also included a report from Clint Jenkins, PhD Vice President for Research for The Barna Group on the SDA Millennials Study. The NAD Year End Meeting delegates listened intently as Dr Jenkins shared the attitudes of SDA Young Adults (ages 18-29) towards the SDA Church, Doctrines, Lifestyles and Practices. He also shared stories of several SDA Young Adults and how their intergenerational relationships in the church had affected them in both positive and negative ways. He concluded by reminding the attendees that intergenerational relationships, especially mentoring type relationships between older members and young adults are crucial in the spiritual development of SDA Millennials and ultimately in their decision to stay or walk away from the church.
My name is David Bermejo. I am the director of the Orlando Spanish Adventurer Club in Orlando, Florida. I would like to share with you a story that is not only inspiring and encouraging, but a first-hand example of the great things ministry work does for our