“When the youth give their hearts to God, our responsibility for them does not cease. They must be interested in the Lord’s work and led to see that He expects them to do something to advance His cause. It is not enough to show how much needs to be done and to urge the youth to act a part. They must be taught how to labor for the Master. They must be trained, disciplined, drilled, in the best methods of winning souls to Christ. Teach them to try in a quiet, unpretending way to help their young companions. Let different branches of missionary effort be systematically laid out, in which they may take part, and let them be given instruction and help. Thus they will learn to work for God” (Gospel Workers, p. 210).
The AY Ministries that keeps these three purposes in mind will become a dynamic and spiritual influence of the church, and this is what it should be. The success of every AY Ministries depends on the faithful fulfillment of these purposes and the way in which the members apply the spirit of the AY Pledge to their lives.
“They [the youth] can form themselves into bands to do Christian help work… They will find many opportunities to use the talent that God has given them in carrying melody and sunshine into many lonely places darkened by sorrow and affliction, singing to those who seldom have church privileges” (Counsels to Teachers, p. 547).
That the youth may work for:
- Other youth
- Their church
- Their fellow men
This triple purpose that God has outlined for His youth is really the second part of the objectives presented in a practical sense: “guide into service.” From the time youth missionary work first began, this triple purpose has been put into practice. The goal is to save each Adventist youth who faces the battle against sin, striving to rescue more and more souls for the kingdom of God. In 1947 the dynamic slogan “Share your Faith” brought new emphasis to soul-winning around the world.
That the youth may work for other youth. Educate the youth to help the youth; and in seeking to do this work each will gain experience that will qualify him to become a consecrated worker in a larger sphere” (Messages to Young People, p. 208).
The following objectives will be achieved as leaders explore and develop their programs based on the seven programming fundamentals.
- Encourage Senior Youth to discover their God-given talents and to use their gifts and abilities to fulfill God’s expectations for them.
- Build into the youth’s lifestyle an appreciation, understanding, and love for God’s creation through a safely planned program of adventure and discovery. They will find their fellowship with God to be more meaningful as they have the opportunity to experience that sense of wonder and worship as nature unfolds its deepest spiritual secrets as outlined in Romans 1:19, 20.
- Encourage the youth to develop and maintain physical fitness through an active, energetic, drug-free lifestyle.
- Provide youth with opportunities to develop and demonstrate their leadership abilities. They will strengthen their resolve to develop and maintain appropriate internal discipline and apply their skills of resourcefulness and understanding of the processes of group dynamics.
- Inspire the Senior Youth to give personal expression of their love for God by uniting them in various outreach activities.