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"The history of youth ministry in the African American church in the U.S. has always had young adults leading and taking action. In San Bernardino African American churches, that is not the case. Reasons such as fear, pressure, and lack of peer group have kept many young adults from wanting to be in leadership in their local church. The local church should be the place where emerging adults can be valued, supported and developed. By using the human resource frame and the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, local churches can create a new paradigm for leadership transfer that includes and empowers emerging adults. This process of leadership should be reproducible and transferable to create a culture that breeds young adult leadership."

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Fuller Theological Seminary


Christian leadership, Valley Fellowship, young adult leaders, youth ministry


Missions and World Christianity

First Department

World Mission

Creating a culture for African American young adults in Seventh-Day Adventist Church leadership in San Bernardino County