Our desire is to cheer, support, and resource congregations who desire the vitality of our young people and the great relationships they bring. We also recognize the reality that budget for “resourcing” can be at times, let’s admit it. . . shoestring.
Although funds may be meager, #GrowingYoungAdventists [#GYA] wants to encourage your innovation and efforts. So to that end, find here some free resources we hope will bless your endeavor to make your church the best place for all generations to grow. . . together!
Time to collaborate and share resources. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust the entire world into a challenging and concerning era. Now more than ever in recent history, the Church and its leaders are needing to revolutionize their methodologies as they have all been thrust into the digital landscape as the new frontier for relational ministry for all generations. We hope you will find these resources helpful to your ministry endeavors in this brave new world.
Online Worship Tools from Adventist Learning Community: The church is not a building, it’s a people. And the Sabbath is not a destination, it’s a place in time that comes to everyone regardless of physical location. The North American Division has gathered and will continue to gather and produce new resources and content to help our church community come together for worship in the digital space.
If Your Church is Closed. . . Be The Church
The closing of church buildings has not suddenly given you more time and space to relax with family, read the books waiting on your desk, explore the offerings of YouTube or finish your post-graduate study. No, it has been just the opposite. Your church is now scattered to multiple households. Your task has just become incredibly complex.
Author and renown church planting expert, Peter Roennfeldt offers free this pragmatic and Christ-centered guide to “being the Church” in this brave new world.
Igniter Media is providing free graphic resources for you to engage your church and community during the COVID-19 pandemic. 100% free to download. No email required. Click here or the above icon to receive the free download.
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Growing Leaders’ Home Chats
As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, schools are closed across the country leading to many parents and children having increased time at home together. So how can parents take advantage of this time with their kids? Is there an opportunity to engage kids in the home in meaningful ways? We think so and it is why we created Home Chats as a resource for parents to help open up those opportunities for purposeful family discussions.
Growing Leaders‘ Home Chats discussion guides are one-page conversation guides to enable you and your kids to discuss and build relevant leadership and life skills. Each Home Chat guide uses a Habitude to teach leadership and build an applicable life skill by utilizing relevant visuals and activities to create a fun way for parents to engage their kids.
Arlington Seventh-day Adventist Church has compiled resources to help those coping with fear, stress, and anxiety related to the pandemic and it’s aftermath. Ranging from coping skills checklists, suggestions for mitigating anxiety, and spiritual/Bible study resources, the resource page is filled with free and pragmatic tools to be of help to churches and their community. Click here to peruse the website.
World Vision is excited to share their brand new Ignite Learning Series for kids. This engaging 8-part digital series helps kids explore global humanitarian topics such as health, water, and sanitation programs. Older kids will also get the chance to chat with World Vision experts about current issues.
Your kids can join the learning series from home, at any time — and can follow along at their own pace with free, unlimited access.
The best part of this learning series? No parent-lead instruction required. They have turned their experts into instructors. All lessons are easy, age-appropriate digital experiences that your child can do by themselves.
Free Financial Resources from Dave Ramsey: A variety of COVID-19 related free resources in coping with the financial implications of the pandemic including a free 14-day trial of Financial Peace University.
Fuller Youth Institute [FYI] is a great partner to #GYA and has a free library of downloadable resources which they regularly update, adding great materials for you to use. FYI also recently debuted a multicultural page that features the Growing Young wheel in select languages as well as other free resources.
NEXT STEPS is the prequel to #GrowingYoungAdventists offering a research-based investigation of young adult attrition in the North American Division [NAD] context.
This free, online, young adult ministry training intends to empower a research-informed, relevant approach to young adult ministry by exploring the Adventist Millennial Study conducted by the Barna Group. Eager to help your local church love young adults better? By the end of Next Steps, you and your team will be able to apply the research findings from the Adventist Millennial Study to young adult ministry in your context. Find Next Steps at nextsteps.youngadultlife.com
Now also available in Spanish! nextstepsSPANISH.youngadultlife.com
Founded in 2003 by Dr. Tim Elmore, Growing Leaders is a non-profit organization focused on youth leadership development. Through relevant and innovative events and resources, they equip the next generation and the parents, teachers, coaches and mentors who shape their lives. Click the image to the left to access their helpful and free resources page.
Adventist Christian Fellowship [ACF] is the official organization for Adventist campus ministry on non-Adventist college and university campuses within the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventist’s, including the United States, Canada, Bermuda, Micronesia, and Guam. Currently ACF is a network of over one hundred chapters across the NAD. Click the image to the left to access their free resource page.
The Growing Young Assessment is an academically-validated survey tool that provides vital insights about your church’s effectiveness with young people. It harnesses the collective insights of your entire congregation to provide you with a true picture of reality. No more guessing or simply hoping you’re focusing your church’s energy in the right places.
Based on the 6 core commitments discovered in the Growing Young research, the Assessment will highlight both strengths and growth areas based on data collected from you, your team, or your entire congregation.
For Adventist leaders interested in embarking on the #GrowingYoungAdventists journey or congregations/organizations already engaging with the Growing Young book, the NAD has partnered with FYI to offer a sample of the Growing Young individual assessment free of charge and significant discounts for the team and church versions. Contact any #GYA Certified Speaker or Dr. A Allan Martin for more information.