Essay on Youth
Focusing on Salvation and Service
Prepared by the General Conference Youth Department
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Our twofold focus as Adventist youth leaders must always be: Salvation and
Service. We work to introduce our young people to Jesus Christ so that they will choose a saving relationship with Him for themselves. The second part of this work, equally important, is to then train them to bring His message of love and hope to others.
This handbook will focus on four keys to achieving the twin goals of Salvation and Service:
Discipleship is the process of learning to follow.
Ultimately, the leader we want our youth to follow is, of course, Jesus. As leaders, we ourselves need to be Christ’s disciples. Then we need to encourage young people to become our disciples, in order to teach them to follow Jesus. Paul said:
“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1, NIV).
This is akin to the concept of mentoring that is so popular in the business world, but it goes much farther. Jesus’ commission was to “go and make