Newsdesk this month is devoted to the five-year retrospectives from the specialized ministries through which Adventist members in the Pacific Union are nurturing discipleship and spiritual growth and reaching out to the communities of the Pacific Southwest.
The mission of Youth Ministry and Pathfinder Ministry in the Pacific Union Conference (PUC) is to share the gospel of Jesus with young people, helping them to understand their role in the larger church community, encouraging them to fulfill the gospel commission, and providing them with opportunities to make a difference in the world.
Youth Ministry is headed by Eddie Heinrich, who currently also serves as Youth Director for the Northern California Conference. He has also worked in the Minnesota Conference and Kansas-Nebraska Conference.
The following are some of the projects and accomplishments of PUC Youth Ministry and Pathfinder Ministry:
Just Claim It (JCI): World Changers 2016
JCI was a prayer conference designed to help young people understand the importance of prayer. The event trained attendees to lead small group Bible studies, provided connection opportunities with other young people, and led them into a deeper relationship with Jesus. At the JCI Prayer Conference in Ontario, California, over 100 young people helped train and lead during the weekend—and by the end, many more had been trained and their relationships with Christ were strengthened.
One Way Jesus—PUC Camporee 2017
In October of 2017, over 5,000 Pathfinders descended on Lake Skinner in California for the Pacific Union Camporee. During the four-day event, Pathfinders achieved many honors and engaged in many fun outdoor activities. The goal of the camporee was to challenge the Pathfinders to recognize Jesus as the one way to find truth and to assure them that His love is never ending. On Sabbath evening, over 100 Pathfinders were baptized.
Pathfinder Bible Experience
Each March, different conferences host the Pacific Union Level Pathfinder Bible Experience (PBE), the North American Division (NAD) Bible Study program. Teams of Pathfinders study in minute detail a particular book of the Bible that has been chosen by the NAD. In order to participate in the union PBE, teams must score at least 90 percent on the conference-level testing. It is amazing to watch as Pathfinders plant the Word of God in their hearts.
These events are a few highlights of what has taken place over the past five years. The youth directors of the Pacific Union volunteer their time in order to help youth connect with Christ, church, and community.