What is Growing Young Adventists?

Growing Young Adventists is a learning journey for local churches and leaders helping to build faith communities that will not only survive, but thrive in the years ahead. It is an inter-generational movement nurturing relationship building and cultural transformation that embraces young people and benefits all generations in the Adventist church. #GYA #GrowingYoungAdventists Let’s make the…

Brimming Full

As a high school student, I loved to go to leadership camp where we had opportunity to do all kinds of team building activities and group dynamic exercises. A fun one involved a large steel drum riddled with holes, where teams would attempt to fill the drum with as much water as possible. It was…

The Snowbird Phenomenon

Most of my childhood was spent in Florida, United States, which is known as the Sunshine State. As a kid I was always amazed during the height of winter when we locals would be layered and bundled, that visitors would be in shorts and flip flops—some even enjoying the beach or swimming in a pool….

SECC Growing Together in Christ

With “Growing Together in Christ” as their theme, the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists [SECC] has embarked on an ambitious multi-faceted endeavor which includes, ENGAGE. We ENGAGE next generation leaders as a welcoming Christian community, through thriving ministries for youth and young adults, and in the development of leadership opportunities to serve that shape our…

God Broke Through

“Change is Possible” – Adventist Northwest Growing Young Cohort. Pastor Dustin Serns shares the story of growth, change, and hope that is taking place at the Port Orchard Seventh-day Adventist Church in the North Pacific Union. Through God’s leading this church is on journey from surviving to thriving. This “growing young” story can be the…

Changing Our Communities

“Together we can make our communities better” – Adventist Northwest Growing Young Cohort. Pastor Marquis Johns, of the North Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church, shares a powerful story of life change involving a young man named Lionel. Through God’s leading local churches can become safe, warm, and welcoming environments for everyone to feel loved and empowered…

Adventist Northwest Growing Young Cohort: Oregon

If you frequent Adventist circles often, chances are you’ve heard mention of the Growing Young Adventists movement. Based on research conducted by the Fuller Youth Institute, Growing Young directly addresses the widening gap in communication between older and younger generations, equipping local church leadership with education, training, and a practical strategy for revitalizing their congregations….

Leaders Raise Up Leaders

Last Fall, Kristi Reeves was part of a team from the San Marcos Seventh-day Adventist Church to attend the Growing Together Summit held in San Antonio.  Her team as well as teams from over 20 other churches embraced core commitments that can make a church a great place to grow.  One of these commitments, “Keychain…

#GYA Presentations: Selected & Abridged

Across the Seventh-day Adventist Church landscape, Growing Young Adventists is being shared with congregations, pastors, local church leaders, ministry professionals, educators, and church administrators.  Throughout the North American Division and beyond, the interest grows for loving next generations better, and making our church the best place for all generations to grow. Here is a limited…

Growing Together Journey

The Growing Together Journey intends to cheer, support, and resource local churches and organizations adopting and adapting #GYA into their local culture.  Online groups, coachinars, webinars, and electronic resourcing will begin in 2019 to help you and your team make the Adventist church the best place for all generations to grow. Sign Up To Join…

#GYA 2018 Review

Growing Young Adventists [#GYA] is a learning journey encouraging leaders, churches, organizations, and groups to love next generations better. #GYA Certified Speakers completed their training this past Spring and we’ve seen great momentum across the North American Division as unions, conferences, and local churches intentionally build great relationships between the generations, and mentor next generations…

Growing Together Summit: DFW

Church leadership teams from throughout the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists convened October 5-6, for the Growing Together Summit: DFW Metroplex. Pastor Benjamin Lundquist presented the core commitments that draw younger generations into the vitality of church life and afford seasoned generations vibrant relationships and meaningful growth. [As a resource, the first seven sessions…

Lead Well. Lead Now.

Pastor Benjamin Lundquist presented, Lead Well. Lead Now, a free leadership brunch held this Fall at the Arlington Seventh-day Adventist Church, Texas. Leaders of all ages attended the leadership intensive, which followed Growing Together Summit: DFW as an added value to registrants and a benefit to area ministry leaders. Leaders from throughout the Southwestern Union attended,…

#GYA Texas Style

Hundreds of pastors and conference leaders recently gathered for the Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists​ Pastors’ Retreat, held at La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa.  Fuller Youth Institute​’s Jake Mulder​ and North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists​’ Daniel R. Jackson​ powerfully presented Growing Young Adventists​, challenging each of our churches to become the best place…

#GYA Breakout at NAD Teachers’ Convention

With over 6,000 educators convened for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists Teachers’ Convention, it was standing room only for the Growing Young Adventists breakout session led by Ken Rogers and Steve Case. Steve offered, “Ken gave a great presentation on ‘Unlocking Keychain Leadership’ with personal stories and suggestions for educators in addition to…

Free Resources

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…

#GYA Goes To Summer Camp

#GrowingYoungAdventists [#GYA] – This past summer, Benjamin Lundquist, Oregon Conference Young Adult Ministry director, taught #GYA content to young adult summer camp staff members. He encouraged the application of the #GYA commitments in the Summer camp setting, with the goal being to help camp continue to grow young through both campers and staff engagement and…