North American youth leaders convene at Union over spring break

Students will soon eagerly depart campus for exotic destinations as spring break approaches, but the Union College campus will be far from empty without them.

From March 7-14, youth directors and youth pastors from across North America will gather at Union College for the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s North American Division (NAD) Youth Ministries Annual Committee Meetings. The meetings see numerous researchers, administrators and pastors convening to discuss issues relating to youth and young adults in the U.S., Canada and Bermuda.

The biennial meetings will be hosted by AdventSource, the NAD Youth Ministries Department’s official distributor of Pathfinder and Adventurer resources. Its second time hosting the event, AdventSource has been tasked with making reservations, organizing Sabbath sightseeing tours for participants and coordinating the meetings.

Much of the discussions throughout the week will focus on Pathfinder and Adventurer concerns and other youth ministry business, but on March 12-13, Pastor James Black, youth and Pathfinder director for North America and Pastor Manny Cruz, associate youth director, will host a special symposium focused on addressing issues facing Caucasian youth.

“After much prayer and council, I truly believe that God has placed me in a unique position to raise awareness for youth and young adults of all ethnicities,” said Black in an article discussing the event on Pathfinders Online. “I truly believe that we need to have an honest conversation that represents the concerns and needs of Caucasian youth in the church. We must find ways to adequately address issues concerning them and not ignore their concerns.”

All conference youth directors and ministry coordinators are encouraged to attend the meetings and learn more about what is happening in their area of ministry. The symposium will be held in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at the corner of 48th and Prescott on the campus of Union College. Syposium attendees need to preregister here.