Humanitarian Focused Design

I am mesmerized by the virtue and vision that exudes from Emily Pilloton as she shares this TED talk.  I am intrigued and inspired by the implications this has if applied to our ministry mission.

“In order to do good, you first have to do something.” — Emily Pilloton

What if the plight of our aging Adventist churches in the North American Division got injected with this type of pragmatic, innovative thinking?  What if we fueled talented young adults like Emily to foster constructive change to redeem rural religiosity, sparking a revolution that dares to do ministry business differently.  I dream of a day where it becomes part of our ministry culture to invest in new generations.

Listen to what Emily is sharing and contextualize it to our ministry aspirations.  I would be eager to read your reflections and commentary.


About A Allan Martin, PhD

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2 Responses to Humanitarian Focused Design

  1. John Turner says:

    I think we can all agree that investing in the next generation is important and much needed, but the facts are that there are too few leaders in the church who will support it and most young adults are being driven away by a lack of engagement, fellowship and support. To really accomplish our goals we need to attack the root of the problem: the local church. There is a way to accomplish both at the same time. Here is one idea:

    I have proposed to a number of people is that we create an elite team of trained young adults on the conference level to send out to our local churches to work with local leaders to relevize (revitalize and make relevant) their church and bring it back in line with the gospel commission. We would send them out in twos or threes for a term–length to be determined–in a local church.

    The training will prepare them for dealing with the local church board and the congregation to break down existing barriers that have fouled them up and to help them design a new, unique plan for that church. If necessary they will help re-establish the fundamental structures of the church as defined by the Church Manual. They will serve as advocates, facilitators, teachers and support personnel in the local church.

    This is just one strategy for dealing with the barriers to youth/young adult ministry on the local level and at the same time it engages the young adults and gives them a specific purpose with a vision and goals to achieve.

    Hopefully something comes from it.

  2. thaddeus mariita says:

    we are proud to see adventist community growing but we are not focusing to our first people who repented where they are by now ,more so youths who are in needy of help to come out succesfuly to lern from us .i thank God for keeping our adventist youth endure this hard oppotunites

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