How Youth Groups Can Defeat Their Purpose

The Sabbath School lesson on discipling children reminded me of a post someone shared with me on Facebook that really hit home. The article, “Youth Groups Driving Christian Teens to Abandon Faith” mentions that many (not all) church youth groups help teens connect with each other, but fail to connect teens with the church or with God. When … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: My Sister’s Faith

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My family is Buddhist, the traditional religion of Mongolia. I often visited the Buddhist temple to pray and even learned to chant some Buddhist prayers. I planned to become a Buddhist nun when I finished college. Then my younger sister, Mungu, began attending the Adventist church. I told Mungu that her religion was foolish, but … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Determined to Serve


Enkhchimeg Enkhbaatar Eggie’s family wasn’t religious, but when a classmate in secondary school invited her to attend church with her, Eggie agreed to go. She knew that her parents didn’t mind, for her mother had told her that worshipping God was a good thing. Her friend’s church was a small group of 20 or 30 … [Click to read more …]

Where Goeth Adventist Youth Ministries?


In 1879, teens Luther Warren and Harry Fenner wanted to do evangelism for Jesus. Praying together often for ideas and vision, young Fenner and Warren initiated the first Adventist youth group. Their Michigan Adventist Youth Society was successful from the beginning, and soon spread to other conferences. In the early years of Adventism, youth work … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: A Family Affair

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Papa greeted his daughter, Tamara, as she entered his home. During her visit she noticed an invitation to a Christmas program in another church in their city. She was curious and asked her father to go with her to the concert. Papa was an elder in the Molokan church, an evangelistic, Bible-centered church in their … [Click to read more …]