Growing Young Adventists
CORRALES, N.M. – In October, Andre Arrais and Michael Razon, along with North American Division (NAD) youth and young adult leaders, completed speaker training and certification at the Fuller Youth Institute in Pasadena, Calif.
The Fuller Youth Institute researches, trains and develops resources for reaching young people. The Institute published the book Growing Young for congregations who wish to better engage and embrace next generations. Participants will complete their Growing Young speaker certification after a second training session in February 2019.
Arrais and Razon aspire to visit 15 churches in the Texico Conference in 2019. They will be training local church leaders in the Growing Young strategy, which focuses on the importance of congregations growing together across all generations. They will join Growing Young Adventists, a group of certified Adventist leaders, professors and young adults who are working on encouraging Adventist communities to “grow young.” Arrais started training in the fall of 2018 and visited the Midland and Lubbock Seventh-day Adventist Churches.
“Growing Young is not simply about changing youth and young adult ministry. It is about changing church culture,” said Arrais. “We are really excited about taking part in this initiative.”
By Debbie Márquez, Communication Director