The Adventist Youth Society
Making disciples from adolescence to young adults.
The story of the Adventist Youth Society began over 125 years ago along a dusty country lane in Michigan with two young boys kneeling in prayer. Today that dusty lane has become a world-wide web of highways that links over 10 million Seventh-day Adventist young people in nearly every political entity on every continent of the globe. This story comes in every hue of the rainbow; it is filled with extremes of exhilaration and mountaintop experiences, as well as deep sadness and unfulfilled dreams. This is the story of God’s leading a fascinating army down through the battles of the great over arching conflict that is life as we know it now.
Created by youth for youth.
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2012 is the year of DISCIPLESHIP
GROW ● REFLECT ● REVEAL
the character of Christ
It’s often believed that being a disciple of Jesus is an "automatic" event. Once you’ve accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, all you have to do is read the Bible and pray, and all will be well. Of course, those are imperative to the Christian journey. But how do we read the Bible? How do we pray? How do we best open our hearts and minds so that the Holy Spirit can do His work in us?
The Disciples In Action CurriculumTM is built on the Together Growing Fruitful Disciples (TGFD) framework. This framework is the foundation of a discipleship model designed to help us think more clearly and deeply about the spiritual growth and maturity of ourselves and others as disciples of Jesus Christ. It identifies four growth processes around which we believe the disciple’s journey occurs:
Connecting : Growing in relationship with God, others, and self
Understanding : Growing in knowledge of Jesus and His teachings
Ministering : Growing in participation of God’s mission of revelation, reconciliation, and restoration
Equipping : Growing in the body of Christ by walking alongside other disciples in order to support, nurture, and strengthen in love
All four processes in this model are centered on and accomplished through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Separating these processes may seem artificial, but it does allow us to bring clarity to vital aspects of discipleship that might otherwise be overlooked.
In this model, commitments for the growing Christian are articulated for each of the individual processes. Within each process, commitments are further divided into key aspects of spiritual growth called indicators represent behaviors through which, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can grow and mature as disciples of Jesus Christ. They also represent a lifetime of following Jesus.