Extreme Youth Ministry — Integrating Churches and Youth for Mission as Ellen White Counseled

When a Church, a Conference, and the Youth Department of the Conference all become intentional to focus on the calling of Christ for His mission in these last days, amazing things can happen!

The Pennsylvania Conference has challenged churches and pastors to become intentional for mission.  One of the churches that took up the challenge was the Reading Kenhorst Church. They invited the PA Conference Youth Department to send the COOL Camp summer day camp team to their area and they reached out to the children of the low income community around their church.  Kenhorst also invited the PA Conference PYC student literature evangelist team to come and reach hundreds of homes around the church.

From these efforts, the Kenhorst Church has begun a church planting project, that is involving a team of students from Blue Mountain Academy to be the ministry leaders as the mission to the children and families around the church continues on Sabbath afternoons. Compelling stories are coming from the young children as they are ministered to by our Adventist Youth.

This is just one of the ways that the Pennsylvania Conference and local churches are seeking to re-capture the Adventist calling in mission and youth ministry as given through Ellen White.  “With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Saviour might be carried to the whole world!”  Education p. 271.    And it is a joy to see multi-generational efforts between the church members and the youth in this mission.  Ellen White had encourage us that, “There are many lines in which the youth can find opportunity for helpful effort. Let them organize into bands for Christian service, and the co-operation will prove an assistance and an encouragement. Parents and teachers, by taking an interest in the work of the young people, will be able to give them the benefit of their own larger experience, and can help them to make their efforts effective for good.”  Education pg. 268-269.

Will you join me in lifting up in prayer these efforts to incorporate our Youth and our Adults together, in the mission and ministry of Christ all across Pennsylvania?

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