The Adventist Youth Society is a department of the church through which the church works for and through her youth.
"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 [110 CHURCH MANUAL] given instruction and help. Thus they will learn to work for God."—Gospel Workers, p. 210.
Mission Statement—The primary focus of youth ministry is the salvation of youth through Jesus Christ. We understand youth ministry to be that work of the church that is conducted for, with, and by young people.* Our task is to:
1. Lead youth to understand their individual worth and to discover and develop their spiritual gifts and abilities.
2. Equip and empower youth for a life of service with God’s church and the community.
3. Ensure the integration of youth into all aspects of church life and leadership in order that they might be full participants in the mission of the church. (See Notes, #9, p. 136.)
*Adopted by the General Conference and division Youth directors, July 1993.
Objectives—In response to these inspired directives, the Youth Ministries Department was organized to give leadership training and to provide resource materials and evangelistic plans for the Adventist Youth Society in the local churches. The Spirit of Prophecy sets forth the [AUXILIARY ORGANIZATIONS OF THE CHURCH 111] objectives of the youth organization as follows: (1) to train the youth to work for other youth, (2) to recruit the youth to help their church and "those who profess to be Sabbathkeepers," and (3) to work "for those who are not of our faith."—Signs of the Times, May 29, 1893.
In seeking to reach these objectives the youth are called upon (1) to pray together, (2) to study the Word together, (3) to fellowship together in Christian social interaction, (4) to act together in small groups to carry out well-laid plans for witnessing, (5) to develop tact and skill and talent in the Master’s service, and (6) to encourage one another in spiritual growth.
The Aim of the Adventist Youth Society is: "The Advent Message to All the World in My Generation."
The Motto is: "The Love of Christ Constrains Me."