Contribution to Book
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is serious about the spiritual nurture of younger generations. It spends millions of dollars and dedicates countless hours to preserve the faith of children and youth. However, perhaps the most glaring gap in the church’s ministry for younger generations is the absence of ministry during significant times of transition. This is particularly true when those transitions take the young people outside the bubble of the Adventist world. Nowhere is this issue more critical than in the lives of Adventist college students who attend secular schools. The Church is also serious about evangelism. Curiously, the church is missing one of the greatest evangelistic opportunities by not capitalizing on the presence of thousands of Adventist students attending public institutions. It is time to redirect Adventist youth ministry from its goal of preservation to focus on proclamation. Nurture is not the exclusive right of students in Adventist schools or even of those involved in Pathfinders or Sabbath School. Adventist youth and young adult ministry must “go outside,” disciple Adventist students who are already there, and reach the public college campus for Christ.
Reach the Campus, Reach the World
The 180° Symposium
King, Kirk, "Let’s Go Outside: Transforming the Transitions" (2010). 180 Symposium Publications. 105.
Posted with permission, Center for Youth Evangelism at Andrews University