Women's Ministries is a place to address the spiritual, emotional, physical and social needs of women in the church. It encourages women to improve their potential for participation in the mission of the church. It is a support system for hurting women — whether they are suffering from divorce, abuse or simply loneliness. It is a forum to help address topics and issues as they affect the woman. It encourages young women through a scholarship program. It encourages women to become involved in all areas of ministry in their church, their community, and in their home. It mentors young women so that they may find joy in the Lord. Women's Ministries recognizes that women have many Gifts of the Spirit and it attempts to help women discover and use these gifts to the glory of God.
Women are an influential force in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. When women are ministered to, the family, church, and community receive the benefits of their spiritual strength and their ministry.
Through prayer and encouragement; by helping to see that there is an active Women's Ministries program in your church, conference, union, and division; by volunteering your talents and leadership abilities; through your financial support.
Women's Ministries is involved in sponsoring and developing a number of programs and activities. Some of these are:
- International Women's Day of Prayer (First Sabbath in March)
- Women's Ministries Day (Second Sabbath in June)
- Literacy programs
- Abuse recovery
- Prayer and Love Saves
- Global Mission projects
- Area-wide retreats and rallies
- Prayer groups and prayer chains
- Small group ministries/Bible studies
- Church hospitality
- Mentoring young girls and women
- Leadership Training
Women's Ministry information courtesy of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Definition and Commission
One might wonder how men's ministry is any different from a woman's ministry or for that matter, any kind of ministry. After all, it would seem that ministry, if done in service for the Lord, is all the same regardless of the gender, age, or race of the individual serving. Men's Ministry is the active pursuit of men in order to connect them to God, His Word, and other men for the purpose of winning, growing, and training God's man in Christ.
We know one thing for sure - God will use the heart and life of anyone who chooses to make himself available to Him. The Bible says, "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." This is the great commission spoken by Jesus Himself. In other words, Jesus Christ is commissioning His followers to go into the entire world and reproduce believers. This is a big calling.
This raises a question. How do we reproduce believers? Can a men's ministry enable a man to better understand his calling in life and how to achieve it? Can a men's ministry challenge a man to grow deeper in intellect, emotion, and spirit? Can a men's ministry teach men how to stay sexually pure? The answer to this question is a resounding yes!
Beginning the Process
The first step in forming a vital men's ministry in your local church or small-group community is to decide what you want to see happen in a man's life. Once this is determined, you will need to raise up leaders who will catch the vision and help you lead a potential army of men into a deep relationship with the Lord.
In order to have a strong and balanced Christian men's ministry, you will have to build a framework of non-negotiables. Here are eight biblically-balanced benchmarks for a healthy ministry to men.
FILLING - God's man is a self-feeder. Consistently studying and applying God's Word independent of the church or small group is essential. To do this, a man must be taught how to study the Bible. We suggest building your frame work to support a weekly meeting with the pastor or small-group leader to teach Bible interpretation skills. (1 Peter 2:1-3; Psalm 1:1-3)
TRAINING - God's man receives regular/weekly biblical instruction (1 Thessalonians 2:13). This can be achieved through a weekly small-group Bible study or large-group study with small-group discussion.
PRACTICING - God's man learns how to apply God's Word to all areas of life. It is essential to allowing room for accountability within the men's ministry for the purpose of consistency and obedience to God's Word. (James 1:22-25; Ezekiel 33:30-32)
UNITING - God's man makes it a priority to connect with other men at least two times a month for the purpose of community, accountability, confession, and prayer. (Galatians 6:1-3; James 5:16; Hebrews 10:23-24)
SURVIVING - God's man learns to address major life temptations and/or crises according to his need and life-stage. Support and encouragement from the ministry leader and small group is essential. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
REACHING - God's man gets involved in some form of men's ministry based on his gifts and talents. God has called each of us to pour out to others what He has poured into us. (1 Peter 4:10-11; Ephesians 4:11-13)
IMPACTING - God's man invests time and resources into the lives of other men. We suggest one-on-one connection through shared activities, spiritual mentoring, and modeling. (2 Tim. 2:22; Proverbs 27:17; Mark 3:13-14)
SHARING - God's man learns to actively share his faith in order to lead others into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 3:15; Matthew 28:18-20)
Men's Ministry information courtesy of the South Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” ~ 1 Timothy 4:12
Adventist Youth Society
Children and teens are an integral part of our church. We have Sabbath School classes appropriate to their ages, and there is a children’s sermon during the worship service.
On Sabbath evenings, the youth host a service called AYS (Adventist Youth Society) that is an inspiring program of music, drama, Bible games, and fellowship. It meets about an hour before sunset.
Although the Adventist Youth Society is hosted by children and youth, people of any age are invited to enjoy AYS. Ever wanted to be an actor or actress? The audience often participates in planning and performing dramas that illustrate truths from the Bible or the Christian life. Like to sing? There’s plenty of fun, upbeat Christian music at AYS. Enjoy learning more about the Bible? AYS will sharpen your scripture knowledge.
Looking for a challenge to follow God’s special plan for your life? You’re likely to hear that kind of challenge at the Adventist Youth Society meeting. You are invited to attend and participate.
The Pathfinder Club is a worldwide program organized and directed by the Youth Department of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It offers a wide range of learning experiences for young people 10 to 18 years of age (and older) and is operated by the international Seventh-day Adventist church under the direction and control of the local conference youth director. There are Pathfinders all over the world.
Pathfinder clubs are sponsored by a local Seventh-day Adventist Church or school and meet on a regular basis - often weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.
Annually, each conference will hold a large event known as a camporee where Pathfinders from throughout a local conference will come together to participate in events, activities, competitions, and religious meetings.
Every so often a camporee is held during which clubs from a large area such as North American or South Pacific divisions come together and enjoy fellowship and do activities together.
Activities include community service, camping, crafts, classwork, marching, Bible study, Seventh-day Adventist Church history, and leadership training. Staff to student ratio is said to be about 1:5, which the organization stresses as an important learning benefit for participants. Participants are children and teenagers aged 10–18, progressing through different ranks called class levels each year.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13