Passing On the Keys to Creativity

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Global Youth Leaders Congress speakers push participants out of missional comfort zone

As the 2018 Global Youth Leaders Congress turned the corner toward its conclusion, Seventh-day Adventist youth leaders from around the world donned matching event t-shirts for a mass group picture and crammed in as many seminars as time would allow.

Organizers also facilitated an investiture service for Master Guides, the highest level of achievement for a Pathfinder — the Adventist club for young men and women akin to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. 

And, to no one’s surprise by this point, speakers continued to push participants outside their comfort zone. 

Incubators of Creativity 

Ty Gibson, co-director of Light Bearers Ministries, continued his series by focusing on what he suggested is the environment within local churches most conducive to evangelism and ministry, especially considering younger generations. 

  • David Asscherick presenting at the Global Youth Leaders Congress 2018. [Photo: Luis Sanchez]
  • The daily presentation at GYLC 2018 of cultural outfits and flags from various world divisions and regions. More than 120 languages were represented at this year’s Global Youth Leaders Congress. [Photo: Luis Sanchez]
  • Ty Gibson presents on fostering incubators of creativity in local churches, at GYLC 2018 in Kassel, Germany. [Photo: Luis Sanchez]

Gibson shared that the church-at-large is facing a “seismic shift” in the way people process information and, as a result, how they respond to the evangelistic efforts of the church. He outlined a shift from an authority-based system to an information-based system. “People used to respond to an authoritative figure with an authoritative book quoting authoritative words,” he said. However, as more information became universally available, Gibson said, people shifted to a system in which self-gathered information became the new norm for processing reality. 

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