A significant group of young people has been long-neglected in the Seventh-day Adventist church ministries. Perhaps this was a result of unintentional omission, however, it has been noted that after completing the Pathfinder program there is a structured program for the youths (16-21 years). This group finds themselves in the middle of two worlds (Pathfinder and Senior Youth/Young Adults) and they do feel fully integrated into either, hence the need for the Ambassador Club.
During the 2001 World Youth Leadership Convention an action was taken to mandate the General Conference Youth Department to develop resources that will minister to the needs of young people ages 16-21 years. The result of that mandate is the Ambassador curriculum.
Therefore, Ambassador Club is simply another arm of the youth department (like Adventurer, Pathfinder, Young Adult Clubs) charged with particular responsibility to meet the needs of young people ages 16-21 years. And so the curriculum that is presented below was created by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Youth Department.
“The Ambassador Group is an organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church dedicated to meeting the spiritual, social, and lifestyle needs of youth ages 16-20’s by challenging them to experiencing and sharing a personal relationship with Christ, developing a lifestyle fitting their belief system and vocational interest, and providing them with an adequate venue for wholesome development of lifelong friendships.”
The Advent Message to all the World in My Generation
The love of Christ compels Me.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has consistently remained faithful to its mission as God’s last day remnant to warn the world of the impending doom. The church also believes and recognizes the vital role of the young people in fulfilling this mission and therefore its commitment to understanding and training its youth for leadership and service to humanity.
The Ambassador Club provides another systematic platform for young people to enlist in the mission of the church (locally and globally) while at the same time being relevant to their immediate community. It is also a vehicle for young people to discover their unique talents and spiritual gifts for ministry in the church and society at large. The programing is flexible enough to allow each Local Church integrate its unique situation and/or need.
- Adapt all programming to ensure that the first priority is the personal salvation of the Ambassadors.
- Help Ambassadors to appreciate how much God and His church loves and desire that they contribute in mission of the church in proclaiming the gospel in all the world (Matt. 28: 18-20; Acts 1:8).
- Inspire Ambassadors to discern their God-given spiritual gifts and talents for ministry and to utilize these gifts for service to God and mankind as expected of God.
- Motivate Ambassadors to engage in outreach activities as expression of their love and devotion to God.
- Inspire appreciation for God’s creation in the Ambassadors, through special nature adventures and discoveries (Gen 1-2; Romans 1:19, 20).
- Train Ambassadors in relevant skills/trades that can be developed into employment or careers.
- Motivate Ambassadors to choose health lifestyles and maintain physical fitness.
- Mentor and release Ambassadors to fulfill their roles as leaders in the church and community.
- Create comprehensive and healthy environment for young people (male and female) to interact in meaningful ways that can lead to and strengthen life-long faithful relationships.
- Discipleship – A Christ-centered discipleship
- Leadership – Curricula such as the Master Guide, AY Leadership, Small Group Leadership and other age appropriate and well established schemes can be considered.
- Outreach – A personal and small group based mission lifestyle.
- Outdoor – Character and personality development/awareness through outdoor/high adventure programming.
- Vocation – Lifestyle vocational/career development through specialized multi-vocational training and advanced honor level.
- Relationship – Friendship and relationship skill development.
- Community – Community outreach development through service and emergency preparedness training.
Four Essential Elements
Each child is encouraged to participate in all activities and parents/guardians are given assignments along with their child. There are many age-challenging activities on the Adventurer menu. These range from games and outdoor activities to nature exploration and family camping, field trips and community service projects. A five level age-specific curriculum is used along with approximately 80 specialized award areas of crafts, nature, recreation, spiritual development and home arts.
Any youth age 16 up through the mid-twenties who choose to live by the principles and guidelines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
For definition purposes, the Youth Department defines Junior Youth Ministry as focusing on those under the age of 16 (another way of wording it would be ages 15 and under). Senior Youth are those who are ages 16-30+, divided in two Ministries: Ambassadors, ages 16-21 and Young Adults, ages 22 to 30+. This club’s focus is primarily for those within the Senior Youth category; however, the upper age limit is left more open because in many areas there are young people in their 20’s that would very much enjoy the benefits of membership in this club.