Pathfinders - Still Relevant and Marching Forward!
by Manny Cruz, associate director, NAD Youth Ministries
According to a recent survey reported at this year’s Annual Council, the quality that young people value most is relationships with older members. Watch the video report. Two qualities pop out from that report that are strongly supplied by our nearly 100-years-old Pathfinders organization: a sense of community and relationships with older members. In Pathfinders, the staff to student ratio is about 1:5.
Pathfinders is about connecting to the community and Pathfinder Sabbath, October 27, is an opportunity to invite those from the community who have been impacted by the club's ministry through service.This year when you watch your Pathfinders march to the front of the church and participate in the service, think about the incredible value the club supplies: service opportunities, intergenerational relationships, learning a sense of community and teamwork, learning respect and self discipline, learning new skills, learning to appreciate God's creation, having wholesome and constructive fun with other Christian youth, and much more.
If your church doesn’t have a Pathfinder Club, you can start one with very few members. MORE
Following three hours of respectful study and discussion, leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist world church voted to approve a “Statement on Church Polity, Procedures and Resolution of Disagreements in the Light of Recent Union Actions on Ministerial Ordination” on October 16, during the Annual Council of world church leaders held in Silver Spring, Maryland. "We think the discussion was carried on in a very positive manner and that it bodes well for the future decision making processes of the church. The decision clearly spells out the position of the world church and we believe this is something our unions can live with," said Elder Dan Jackson, NAD president. MORE
The ACS Community Life Distribution Center responding to the High Park fire victims in Larimer County, Colo., received some great accolades in the Fort Collins Coloradoan recently. It tells about all of the good work that has been done and that continues on for those affected by the wildfires that destroyed entire neighborhoods. - via RMC News Nuggets
Gone but not Forgotten - Cyril Miller, former vice president of Global Mission for NAD and former president of the Southwestern Union, passed away on October 13 in Fort Worth, Tex. His memorial service, at 4 p.m., October 20, will be livestreamed at www.keenechurch.com. MORE
October emphasis days celebrate Adventist history
Walla Walla University Church Holds 50th Anniversary Celebration
Adventist Engaged Encounter Set for November 9-11
Contributions come evenly from North America, other world regions
Oakwood University surveys spiritual life of students
Five ways vegetarians live longer
Why young people are setting time aside for faith
"Christ's Method Alone Day," October 27, will be a day of training for the NY13 evangelism project on effective methods in reaching people with the gospel. All personal ministries directors, Sabbath school superintendents, elders and health ministries directors of NY13 participating churches are invited to attend. MORE
Watch online at www.auam.tv or live on Hope Church Channel: Sabbath, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Vote and help It Is Written Canada (IIWC) to be able to broadcast all of their evangelistic series, outreach efforts and Partnership weekends for FREE in 2013. 3AngelsTube, a leading provider of internet broadcasting services and the one IIWC has been working with for the past two years, has initiated a grant program where three Adventist organizations will get live streaming service for one year at no charge. By November 13, go their Facebook page, scroll down and vote for IIWC. The three organizations receiving the most votes win.
REACH: Community Outreach and Evangelism
"Spanglish" services have been started by several Hispanic churches around the Columbia Union Conference to reach young people for Christ. Hispanic youth who had lost interest in the church or stopped attending altogether are now attending these “Spanglish” services. Others are bringing their unchurched friends, and previously uninvolved youth are now becoming leaders. Read the full story.
Also going on this week is “Changed: Real lives in a real world” which is designed to speak second and third-generation Latinos’ language and present Jesus as One who identifies with their needs. It’s being uplinked live on Esperanza TV.
Use the Pathfinder Quick Start Guide if you are interested in starting or revitalizing a Pathfinder Club in your church. MORE
Spanish version: Director Del Club de Conquistadores - Una Gruia Rapida
More Pathfinder leadership resources.
At a recent NAD staff worship, Sung Kwon, executive director of Adventist Community Services, shared a YouTube clip of what it truly means to be a disciple.
Stay Socially Connected with NAD
October 17, 2012
Diversity Celebration, Oct. 31-Nov. 2
Daughter of Zion SDA Church Men’s Ministries Weekend, Nov. 2-4
NAD Year-end Meeting, Nov. 2-6
Church Plant Coaching Certification, Nov. 9, 10
Michigan Conference Marriage Retreat, Nov. 9-11
Cruise with a Mission, Dec. 9-16
Hope Channel (HC)
NAD Prayer Calendar
Oct. 21-27: Gulf States Conference, with 76 churches, and 10,474 members
Daily Bible Reading Plan
October and November
NAD Calendar of Offerings
World Report: "Adventist Cruise to Alaska Inspires Revive! Campaign," p. 6
NAD October Edition
NAD News: “Reports about The Great Hope Project," p. 11
NAD Update: "Choosing Life,” p. 14
NAD Perspective: “A Ministry to Everyone,” p. 17
NAD Letters: p. 18
NAD Feature: "What About Our Children?” p. 36
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